Friday, November 27, 2009

DJ Dbefekt – Raised On Classics f. Termanology & Reks

Yes, I too was raised on the classiks; too bad the younger generation have lesser acts to [reader input]... 2 of Massachusetts finest lay some bars for DJ Dbefekt while on tour...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Souls of Mischief - Proper Aim

Produced by Prince Paul, Proper Aim is the first single from Souls of Mischief's upcoming album Montezuma’s Revenge, which will be available on December 1st. When discussing why this track was chosen as a single Tajai says, “It showcases our lyricism, plain and simple. There's no deeper meaning. Prince Paul's beat gave us the perfect foundation to just let it rip.”


S.O.M. - Proper Aim

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Trinity - Roc Raida Tribute

Here is the video for Trinity’s (AG, Sadat X & DJ Jab) Roc Raida Tribute. The video features studio recordings of the trio paying homage to one of the culture’s most esteemed DJ’s while also allowing viewers to soak in a legend putting it down on the ones and twos.

Monday, November 23, 2009

K-OS- I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman

Here is what seems to be a ?Dukes of Hazzard? Inspired-video for the K-OS and Saukrates track featuring Nelly Furtado, I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman. I will be the first to admit that this song is not exactly my cup of tea, but it’s very catchy with a happy-go-lucky appeal. But for the life of me I cannot figure out what it has to do with Natalie Portman…

XO - F.R.N.O.

This is...For real Ni**as (so hard to come by these days) only...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Nocturnal Videos 32 - Jazzy Belle

Outkast please drop an album already, preferably a single disc, a double CD would suffice as well providing 3 Stacks spits...

Mega- Salute The Realness

When Cormega says, “I trusted the most typical dude in the industry that I should never have trusted”, it is hard not to phantom the rebel to Amerikkka, Nas as that dude, off course record company people are shady also comes to mind. Nevertheless, it’s obvious that Mega, the seasoned and underrated veteran exudes an assured maturation on his latest LP, Born And Raised. He realizes that tomorrow is not promised today is a gift...what you did yesterday you can never relive to pursue it is to question what your relevance is. Apparent in this line is Cormega’s growth, and that is exactly what his new album does, it displays growth from Queensbridge’s finest by way of Brooklyn. I recently caught up with Mr. Fuck A Flow this is a lyrical aqueduct to discuss his new album and find out the reasons behind his hiatus.

ER: Mega, Wassup?

Cormega: What’s going on?

ER: Ain’t nuthin…I understand you are going on out of town tomorrow?

Cormega: Yeah, I am going to do some promotions and shows.

ER: Where at?

Cormega: Chicago.

ER: Oh, Ok. Why the hiatus Mega, what is it been like 7 years since you released True Meaning?

Cormega: had to do what was best for my career. Also I had a kid at the end of the year when True Meaning came out so…the length of time is basically because of my kid and I was working on other projects.

Cormega: Chicago.

ER: Is that your child at the end of The Journey video?

Cormega: Yes.

ER: What’s the next video you are going to be working on?

Cormega: Rapture, I am going to do a video for Rapture, One Purpose, possibly two or three more songs. I am going to do a minimum of five videos for this album.

ER: Ok, you mentioned One Purpose but it’s really short…

Cormega: Yeah but it’s not going to be short when I re...when I do the video I am going to do a different version. I am also going have a different version that’s going to be on another album I am putting out. I am reissuing Born and Raised.

ER: When is the reissue for Born and Raised coming out?

Cormega: Within the next 4 months.

ER: Word…

Cormega: Yeah I am going to make some changes, like I said One Purpose is going to be longer. I am going do different mixes on some of the songs.

ER: What has the response being like to Born and Raised?

Cormega: The response has been very, very good, especially from the media.

ER: What’s your take on the media considering they recently misconstrued your words about Drake?

Cormega: I could care less.

ER: (Laughs) Ok could you explain the meaning behind the album’s title?

Cormega: The meaning…is just youknow growth. You know growth from the place where I am from.

ER: Born and Raised is a who’s who of producers, how did you go about selecting cuts for this project?

Cormega: I listen to them (laughs)

ER: (Laughs) Obviously…

Cormega: I just listen as opposed to just getting production from people that’s hot; I just went with my heart.

ER: Would you agree that the NY movement has taken a back seat to other regions?

Cormega: Not recently, in the last few years, yes; but not recently.

ER: Could you elaborate on that statement?

Cormega: Look at the music that has been out. You got Jay Z with Empire State of Mind; the chorus is I am from NY. I was in Boston I heard that on the radio, everywhere I go I hear that on the radio. Everybody is making noise, Raekwon. There are a lot of people; Fabolous came out, Jadakiss; so NY is back.

ER: Looking back on your career do you have any regrets?

Cormega: Not Really (Pauses) only regret that I have is that I trusted the most typical dude in the industry that I should have never have trusted.

ER: Even though most artists claim to be in touch with their fan base, you actually converse with your fans in your Legal Hustle forum, what prompted you to this?

Cormega: I don’t know it was just something I wanted to do because I realized the importance of it. Like fans are your friends at the end of the day. Some of my fans actually become my friends, like some of them have my phone number; I just thought it was important customer relations, youknow now everybody is doing it, so it is what it is.

ER: How do you feel about the situation with Jay and Beans?

Cormega: I don’t care; I have learned to mind my business. People that talk about other peoples business don’t have any business of their own going on. So I really don’t care, but I will tell you one thing I like Beanie Sigel as an artist A LOT. I think Beanie Sigel is underrated, I love him.

ER: Anything else you want your fans to know?

Cormega: Yeah, my album is out go get it! (Laughs)


Cormega - Live and Learn

Cormega - Rapture

Cormega - Girl

Kam Moye - Let's Be Honest

The video for Kam Moye’s Let’s Be Honest from his new album, Splitting Image finds the North Carolina native being quite frank (take heed up and coming rappers) about what matters most.

Special Reserve (Cover Art & Tracklisting)

Having sold over 1.5 million records to date, Obie Trice returns with his first album since severing ties with Shady Records. Special Reserve finds the man who once chimed that she gotta have teeth, collaborating exclusively with beatsmith MoSS who has worked with the likes Ghost, Big Shug and V-Stylez to name a few. Moss also happens to be the first producer signed to Premier’s Works of Mart production company; which surely speaks to his dexterity on the boards. Obie Trice’s Special Reserve will be released on 12-15-09.

1.) Welcome

2.) Got Hungry

3.) You’ve Been Slain

4.) On & On

5.) I Am

6.) 4 Stories

7.) Roughnecks f/Deuce Wonder

8.) Cool Cat

9.) What You Want

10.) Jack My Dick

11.) Dope, Jobs, Homeless (alternate take / Bonus Song)


Obie Trice - Got Hungry

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tale Of The Gun

Despite the harrowing tragedies that ensue from their inappropriate use, references to and the use of guns has long been a part of hip-hop. Perhaps their existence in rhymes, videos, waists whatever the case may be is due to the inherent machismo and dog-eat-dog nature that is hip-hop; or because rappers feel the need to keep it real, often emulating the lifestyles of the streets tragic heroes. Or simply for the sake of protection, after all you know what they say- we some crabs in a barrel man! At any rate it seems as though guns are here to stay; preferably in metaphors. Thus after listening to Before I Self Destruct's (which is surprisingly better than I would have thought, given Fiddy’s recent track record) Hold Me Down, I thought about some of my favorite songs with gun metaphors et voila….


Tupac - Me And My Girlfriend

50 Cent - Hold Me Down

Nas - I Gave You Power

Organized Konfusion - Stray Bullet

Friday, November 6, 2009

OASIS (Cover Art & Tracklisting)

Having amassed a dedicated following through a combined 10+ albums under their collective belt; Diggin’ In The Crates (D.I.T.C.) members, O.C. & A.G. team up to release a collaborative album, OASIS. The LP which will be released on November 24th via Nature Sounds/D.I.T.C. Records features production from their D.I.T.C. cohorts Show and Lord Finesse amongst others including Statik Selektah. When describing their album making process OC explains, “It was organic cause the chemistry was also so crazy”. While A.G. similarly explained, “The whole process was really pure and from the heart and hip-hop fans are gonna love it”

1. Oasis – Produced by Statik Selektah

2. Keep It Going - Produced by E Blaze

3. Give It Back - Produced by Lord Finesse

4. Alpha Males - Produced by Lord Finesse

5. Young With Style - Produced by Show and KC

6. Every Day Life - Produced by E Blaze

7. Think About It - Produced by E Blaze

8. Against The Wall - Produced by E Blaze

9. Put It In The Box - Produced by E Blaze

10. Boom Bap - Produced by Show

11. Reality Is - Produced by E Blaze

12. Contagious - Produced by E Blaze

13. Supreme Squad - Produced by Show

14. God's Gift - Produced by E Blaze

15. Get Away - Produced by Lord Finesse

16. 2 For The Money – Produced by Show

17. Pain – Produced by E Blaze

OC & AC - Oasis