- Jay Electronica
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Cheeba and Suede talk about their track, Da Jaz, recorded exclusively for Splash. One of the six specialty tracks created for their EP for the New Music Cartel.
Lupe spits a few bars over the Dre and Snoop's deep cover instrumental.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Woah woah, never heard this outta The Cool Kids before. I'm expecting this to be on the new album.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wale - Warwick Avenue
2. Uncut Raw
3. Gimme Your's [Featuring] - Nas
4. Ho Happy Jackie
5. Rather Unique
6. I Feel For You
7. Sugar Hill
8. Mo Money, Mo Murder "Homicide" [Featuring] - Nas
9. Doe Or Die
10. We Can't Win
11. Your World Don't Stop
12. Sugar Hill (Remix)
Here's AZ's debut album. Now I know I said that A.W.O.L. was my favorite AZ album...but this one meets the same criteria. The lyricism is amazing, better than that of A.W.O.L. I love the 90's feel it generates. In my opinion this is one of the best hip hop releases of the 1990s along with Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt and a few more. In fact, come to think of it, This album has a mixed feel of Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. It has a mix of that mind blowing Nas lyricism, and those pimpish laid back Jay-Z instrumentals. But thats just my opinion, all I know is that this is an album for the ages. Get at it if you dont already have it.
Lupe Fiasco - Free
“When I told people lupEND would be my last album, I also said it would be the greatest album ever. I am doing something completely new and different, that hasn’t really been done before and it’s something people wouldn’t expect. On Halloween we gonna make a special announcement telling you what that kinda special thing is.”
K. Sparks - Spittaz
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Mos Def - Life In Marvelous Times
Dead Prez - PolitriKKKs
AZ ft Nas - Mo Money, Mo Murder, Mo Homicide
New stuff from Mos Def. Sounds pretty good to me. No download just yet, just a stream.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Jay Electronica from stay dougie on Vimeo.
Some long awaited new stuff from Jay E. Not really new stuff just a few bars he drops acapella. Too sick for words. And the best lyricist award goes to...
02. Never Change
03. New York (Feat. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah)
04. Can't Stop
05. Still Alive
06. AZ's Chillin'
07. City Of Gods
08. Street Life (Feat. Half-A-Mil & Begetz)
09. Bedtime Story
10. The Come Up
11. Envious (Feat. Bounty Killer)
13. Live Wire, Magic Hour & The Truth (Bonus Tracks)
I've been listening to AZ a lot lately, and I've had this album for a while. You may know him by way of Nas' Illmatic song "Life's A Bitch". I recently started downloading AZ's discography, and I've concluded that this album is my favorite. A.W.O.L. has that up beat, head bobbing feeling that you get when listening to Nas'. I don't really have much to say about it, but if you have never heard of AZ...please download this, it's for your own good. I'll probably be posting up a few more albums from this cat such as his very first album Doe or Die, which is a cult classic, so look out for that.
"Far as poetry I'm Nas, Biggie, Jay, Mos def/Rakim, Kool G Rap, Kane, KRS"
Kanye West - Robocop
Kanye West - What It Is (snippet)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Evidence (ft. Phonte, Blu, Will.i.am) - For Whom The Bell Tolls
Thursday, October 23, 2008
TreaZon (ft. Mickey Factz and Nero) - Explosion RMX
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Download: Body Rock
While we're on that Crown City tip, here's another little video exemplifying their love for music.
Let's check out whats new with Crown City. Just discovered some new tracks up over at their myspace, and they're bangin! Check 'em out.
2. I'm Illy (Prod. by Danja)
3. Ready For Whatever (Prod. By DJ Toomp)
4. On Top Of The World (ft. Ludacris & B.o.B)(Prod. by Kanye West)
5. Live Your Life (ft. Rihanna)(Prod. By Just Blaze)
6. Whatever You Like (Prod. by Jim Jonsin)
7. No Matter What (Prod. by Danja)
8. My Life Your Entertainment (ft. Usher)(Prod. by Drumma Boy)
9. Porn Star
10. Swing Ya Rag (ft. Swizz Beatz) (Prod. by Swizz Beatz)
11. What Up, What's Happenin' (Prod. by Drumma Boy)
12. Every Chance I Get
13. Swagga Like Us(ft. Jay-Z, Kanye West & Lil Wayne)(Prod. by Kanye West)
14. Slide Show (ft. John Legend)
15. You Ain't Missin' Nothing
16. Dead And Gone (ft. Justin Timberlake)(Prod. by Timbaland)
I haven't posted a album download in ages, so I thought I might throw this one up there. I know, I know this is very mainstream for my normal taste, but hey I've been a fan of T.I. since I heard Trap Muzik. His previously released album T.I. vs T.I.P., didn't do too well...but this new album brings back the old A-Town T.I. we know and love. Seriously, I didn't think I'd like this album as much as I do. The tracks that stand out the most in my opinion are as follows: 56 Bars, I'm Illy, On Top Of The World, No Matter What, My Life Your Entertainment, You Aint Missin Nothin, and Dead and Gone. Overall, this album deseves a place in your library, everyone needs some "dirty south" hip hop in their collection.
"Never have ya seen in ya life time, a divine southern rapper with a swag like mine"
Monday, October 20, 2008
Nero - Swagger Like Nero
K. Sparks - Hip Hop
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Mikey Rocks catches an interview at the same event as freestyle below.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Asher Roth x The Cool Kids Freestyle @ Sk8tique from Sickamore on Vimeo.
The Coolest Kids on the block plus Asher Roth = freestyle phuckary. Check it out.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Lupe Fiasco - Accept The Troubles
"My shit stay over their heads, like carry on luggage"
2 new freestyles from DC native Wale and ATL native B.o.B. Pretty sick if you ask me, I'm really lovin these XXL vids.
Praverb - Blessed With A Gift
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Eminem - Guess Who's Back Freestyle
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26th
w/ THE COOL KIDS
ADV. TICKETS: $23.00
DAY OF SHOW: $25.00
A couple weeks ago Blu & the Johnson’s performed at 111 Minna, a club in San Francisco, and brought “Johnny” along for additional support. There are several photos from that night that prove that the “Red Baby” truly was in attendance. He was spotted hanging out w/ the homies, a bunch of Filipino girls and 1 white chick dancing to early 90s hip hop. Towards the end of the show MainFrame noticed and screamed on the mic “Yo, Where’s the “Red Baby” Yo” … at 1:43 a.m. the “Red Baby” was announced as a missing person.
Was the “Red Baby” a victim of a kidnapping? Did a another MC or crazed J&J fan snag the baby off stage? Or was this a conspiracy plotted by a group of young Filipino girls to black mail Blu & MainFrame for some shit.
In hoping that the “Red Baby” gets home safe Blu & MainFrame have posted this unreleased MP3 entitled “Baby Don’t Leave Me Now” to help lure any information pertaining to the missing “Red Baby”. If you have any info email 1_800_JOHNSON@gmail.com."
Johnson & Jonson - Baby Don't Leave Me Now
Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss, Raekwon, Fat Joe - John Blaze
I love this song, I've had it on repeat all day.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Let’s start off the interview with a brief introduction. Your name, where you’re from, what you do, etc.
K: For starters let me say thanks to the Trolley Stop for building with me. My name is K. Sparks, I'm from Queens New York, and I'm an artist. I do everything from traditional Hip Hop to Jazz Hip Hop fusion.
When did you first start this Hip Hop thing? Was it always in your blood? Or did it just recently come about?
K: Actually I use to draw a lot when I was younger. I was heavy into comic books and shit like that so I would spend a lot of time drawing. Then the first time I heard Hip Hop was when I heard LL Cool J, after that it was a wrap like Christmas gifts. I was like a Hip Hop savage, I was lookin for any and everything Hip Hop. I was listening to cats like Ras Kass, Chino XL, The Bush Babies,
What influences your music and your style?
K: Life. As long as you are alive you should have content to discuss. Some days I get up and everything is straight like Indian hair, so I make a song that reflects that emotion. Other days are shitty so I make a song that reflects that emotion. Any true artist should be able to be honest enough with themselves to give the fans that real music. As far as my style, I am a product of the golden era of Hip Hop. That era to me is cats like Ras Kass,
As of now, who are your top 5 favorite music artists, regardless of genre?
K: My top 5 favorite artist are very eclectic, some of them most people probably never heard of before, and a few of them are familiar to most. For starters, 2 Pac is the dopest in my opinion for the simple fact that he is hands down a dope emcee. He had the ability to make any kind of song, dude made we wanna take music to another level. My second artist is Mike Phillips, he is a jazz player that is signed to Hidden Beach Records. Dude is dope, he has the ability to make songs that has me scratchin my head. Also, cats can't put him into a box due to the fact that he is so eclectic. My third artist is Tonex. He is an artist that is dope period. This cat can make any kind of record, and it's still fresh, creative, and innovative. My fourth artist is Jill Scott. I remember when I heard her first album, I was like "yo, this chick is the truth". Shorty is just a dope artist period. Lastly, my fifth artist is Big Pun. I mean, do I even have to explain that choice? Pun had a flow and style that was his own. Alotta cats try, but no one will ever be able to duplicate what he has done.
I’ve noticed that you and many other artists have been getting most of your music out by way of internet. How do you feel about the internet as a tool for reaching out to listeners and how it has affected the music business?
K: The internet is the best way for artist to get a name. Essentially if you have talent, and a computer you can utilize the internet to generate a solid buzz. The internet is a blessing to artist that are on the come up because it allows artist to be heard. For a while the industry was fucked up because there were not many outlets artist could be heard. Let's face it, this industry is grimey and filled with payola and ass holes. If you ain't payin then they ain't playin. A lot of these known Hip Hop websites only fuck wit artist if they pay them, a lot of DJ's only fuck with artist if they pay them, show promoers only let you perform if you pay them, but the internet levels the playing field. Between the blog sites along with other outlets artist now have been blessed with the opportunity to get proper shine. The internet is beautiful.
Honestly the first time I heard you was on the track you did with Kid Cudi, “Take ‘Em High”. That’s what got me hooked. As two up and coming artists how was it to work together?
K: Cudi's my dude. I was working on my album project and told him I wanted him to hop on a song. I sent him the beat and he laced it. I told him to come to my studio in
Let’s take a little break from serious conversation; straight up, Autobots or Decepticons?
K: Both. I like the fact that the Autobots stood for a good cause, but they was kinda soft n shit. Like in the movie when Bumblebee was gettin fucked up by the humans and being taken into custody. Optimus was like "yo, let's fall back cuz we can't risk harming the humans". I was like what the hell is this bitch ass nigga talkin bout, this nigga soft (laughs). The Decepts was bad, but them niggas was on some g shit. They ain't give a fuck, so I feel them in that aspect.
Everyone seems to be asking this question, so I might as well also. What are the top 5 girls you would smash?
K: Model Reicha, Sanaa Lathan, Gabrielle Union, Alicia Keys, and that chick that was in the Get Rich or Die Tryin Movie (I can't remember shorties name).
If you could genetically enhance yourself right now to have as many as 3 super powers what would they be?
K: It's funny you asked that cuz I was talkin to Big Drew about this same shit in the studio a few weeks ago. Number one above all I want some super color coded x-ray vision to see which woman got any kinda disease. Like I'll be walkin down the street seein colors n shit. If a chick is red that means she got the monster. If she green that means she got the clap, if she muddy brown that means there is an odor problem, and etc. Number 2 I would have to walk on water cuz I can't swim for shit. And Number 3 I need to be able to fly. You know how much money I would save goin from state to state doin shows?
Back to the important questions; what do you wish to accomplish with the new Manic Mondays platform?
K: Manic Mondays is a promotional tool to flood the market with solid music. I saw Crooked I and Mickey Factz both utilized weekly platforms to get their music heard. I spoke it over with my team and we all decided as a collective that this was something that I should do. I have so many dope producers at my disposal that it is an easy task to complete weekly. I'm very pleased with the response that Manic Mondays has gotten so far. The Blog Sites, Hip Hop Sites, and my fans have been really supportive. It's amazing because I'm only on Week 7 of this series, and the response already has been great. Along with the weekly songs I will also be doing a lot of mixtapes/albums. So far
Do you have any official albums or EPs in the works for the fans?
K: Mos def, now is a very exciting time for myself and my company because we have a lot of stuff going on. For starters, myself and Pajozo are working on our next album which will be released next year. Once it's complete we will shop it around to see which distributor we want to utilize. Also, I am working on my own album project which will be released next year as well. The majors have been hitting me up, but I'm still waiting for that right situation. Once it comes I'll make that step. Also, my artist Dave Barz is working on his album project as well. Kurser will be doing all of the production for that project, and I'm confident his project is gonna be solid. I don't have any set dates for when the projects will be released, but once I do I'll certainly let you know.
What does Hip Hop mean to you? Just give us your personal definition.
K: My personal definition of Hip Hop is very complicated, but I will attempt to summarize it by simply calling it a way of life. Hip Hop means everything to me, it means life, it means fun, it means the good, it means the bad, everything.
On behalf of Trolley Stop Entertainment and the fans, I would like to thank you for taking the time out to answer these questions. It means a lot to us, and we hope to hear more from you in the future. Anything else you want to add before you go?
K: Thanks for havin me, and I just wanna say to everyone out there that has dreams/goals, persistence wears down resistance. Don't ever stop reaching for the top, and never let anyone tell you what you can't do. Shout out my Double Up Entertainment family, Reicha Frazier, Tiff Wells, Big Drew, Dave Barz, Moe, Tina Quallo, D Roof, DJ Ophax, DJ King Flow, DJ Killa P, Mixtape Assassin, Pajozo, Kurser, Maine, Cartel, DJ Z and everyone that rides wit us. Thanks.Be sure to check here every monday for K. Sparks' Manic Mondays, and check him out on his myspace too. Big ups to Double Up Entertainment! Keep putting out good music K!
The KnuX - Fire
Monday, October 13, 2008
Official video for Murs' single off his new album Murs 4 President.
Chip Tha Ripper (ft. Kid Cudi) - Ask About Me
K. Sparks - Nostalgic
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I want this. What better way to scare off pick pockets, thugs, and thieves?? Just flip the hood up and zip the jacket all the way, and you're ready for some crime fighting action. How amazing is that! haha
Damn. What can I say about that? Blu is sick.
Lets check out whats going on with the scholars of the northwest, who are subsequently one of my favorites in the industry right now. Big ups to The Blue Scholars, and to Seattle!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sick incredible freestlye, by this cat D. Julien from NY. My boy Shogun has been promoting him for a while now, and I've enever really paid attention, until he sent me this track via email. check it out.
D, Julien - Understand Me
Friday, October 10, 2008
A classic live performance teaming up freestyle champions from NYC (End of the Weak), England (Stig), France (Warlock) and Germany (Iago). I wish I could understand the German and the French emcees haha. Sick stuff!
Jay Smooth has done it once again, I can relate exactly to what hes saying.
So the brother Dustin the Inkmaniac has been cooking up something extra special. Hes working on a six page comic that is set to appear in an upcoming issue of Dolor (Dolor is a small 4 x 6 mini black and white comic, put out by Rotopolpress, and is just a chance for a few artists to get together and do what they love; comics!). The story is based mostly on two beast-like Hip Hop junkies, which is pretty badass if I do say so myself. Check out the painstaking process he's going through to create this master piece. Can't wait for this to come out, I'll definitely be keeping you guys posted on this one!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
"I appreciate all the support the blog sites continue to show me so I wanted to create a concept joint around the blogs while shoutin em out, my boy DJ Ophax did the beat...most cats beg the blogs to post they shit but never do anything in return for the blogs...so I figured I'd rep for ya'll...I tried to mention everyone that supports my movement, but if I missed you hit up my team and I'll catch you on the next one"-K. Sparks
K. Sparks - Blogology
Diverse - Escape Earth
Kid Sublime ft. Camp Lo - Rappin Blak
Word up to Rhymehouse
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
3. Ain't No Thang
4. Welcome To Atlanta (Interlude)
6. Call Of Da Wild (Feat. Goodie Mob)
7. Player's Ball (Original)
8. Claimin' True
9. Club Donkey Ass (Interlude)
10. Funky Ride
11. Flim Flam (Interlude)
12. Git Up, Git Out (Feat. Goodie Mob)
13. True Dat (Interlude)
14. Crumblin' Erb
15. Hootie Hoo
17. Player's Ball (Reprise)
Outkast has played a huge role in hip hop even to this day. This album, their debut album, is credited with setting the foundation for southern hip hop. It's a classic. Big Boi and Andre 3 stacks definitely shine on every track on this album, and flow together perfectly. I don't even know what else to say about them...If you don't have this (even though you should) get it.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Nero - Amorous Casualty
U-N-I - Beautiful Day (rmx) f. Evidence, Big Pooh, Aloe Blacc, Fashawn, Mickey Factz, Theo & Kes Kaos
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sick sick Kid Cudi freestyle. You cant really understand him too well...but im sure you can manage to catch some rhymes. Can't wait for a real Kid Cudi album!
Add-2 - The Dating Game (Next)
haha Add-2 spits some fire about the dating game.
Common ft. Pharrell - Universal Mind Control
Hmmmm some new Common Sense...what do you guys think?
Murs - Lookin' Fly
haha Murs is rediculously badass! Cop Murs For President!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
K. Sparks (ft. Angelous) - Rewind
The great Kimbo Slice falls to a pink haired kid. Damn, that sucks.
"Smif n' Wessun flow, you should tell them niggas Duck Down"
Drake - Swagger Like Us Freestyle
New track from Lupe! LupEND on its way...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Here's a little mixtape from Nero of The Wave Club. Stuff is pretty good. Loving the lyrics! Check the track listing and preview them above. You might know a few of the beats, but its the lyrics that really stand out. Don't sleep on this cat.
I was a big fan of this cartoon when I was younger, used to watch it everyday after school, on Toonami. I'm glad it's just a fake trailer.
Friday, October 3, 2008
The Incomparable Shakespeare - New York Swagger
The Mighty Underdogs - Want You Back
The Mighty Underdogs. I heard of them because they're associated with one of my all time favorites Crown City Rockers!! Crown City's Headnodic is part of this group.
One of the sickest verses ever!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
We Need Change. Obama '08. Vote!
Griplib - Charmed I'm Sure
Honestly, who doesn't like J5?
The first video preview from J5: 11th Anniversary Deluxe Re-issue in stores November 11th. The 3 disc release features Jurassic 5’s first breakthrough album J5 in its entirety, 15 never before released tracks and a feature length documentary directed by Jason Goldwatch.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Download- The Find Magazine: Issue One
patr00 "Night Session vol.2" from Sixteen Pads Films on Vimeo.
Caucasian/patr00 " Thinking of you" from Sixteen Pads Films on Vimeo.
Pretty deep videos from half of the Jonesz, the producer Patr00
the Jonesz "Guess What" from Sixteen Pads Films on Vimeo.
Check the video for Guess What by The Jonesz off their new album Season One!