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Westside Gunn

Westside Gunn “Rolack’s” Feat Skyzoo Prod By CamoflaugeMonk via Griselda Records

“Hitler Wears Hermes”, Westside Gunn’s breakout mixtape, is full of Apollo Brown beats and gritty lyrics about crime, cash, and clothes. This comes as no surprise, Westside Gunn spent some of his formative years in federal prison for involvement with drug trafficking. In fact, a […]

Gdot Born Feat Masta Ace

Gdot Born Feat Masta Ace “Ghetto Survivors” Produced by Ben Hedibi Cuts by DJ Technic

Socially conscious hip hop artists address subjects such as poverty, violence, and discrimination in their music. Since contemporary hip hop is marketed based on materialism, socially conscious artists are misrepresented in popular hip hop culture. However, the underground hip hop movement preserves the culture of […]

Hip Hop Producer Statik Selektah

Hip Hop Producer Statik Selektah “Rhythm Roulette” Session Diggin’ In The Crates

For those that don’t know, Rhythm Roulette is a series on YouTube hosted by Mass Appeal on which producers blindfold themselves, choose random records, and make a beat with whatever they got. It is a true test of producer ability, as they never know what […]

Rapper Big Pooh

Rapper Big Pooh “Words Paint Pictures” Prod by Apollo Brown via Mello Music Group

Lao Tzu claimed that, “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” Occasionally, the universe can also stir music from the chambers of the soul. These are the songs tattooed into our memories, torn from headlines and unsettling encounters, intense anthems of immediacy. […]

Living Legend

Living Legend “Pete Rock Tribute” Ed O.G. Feat Grap Luva & Rob-O Prod by Confidence

Delivering an artist tribute shows a special sign of respect and gratitude for the artist’s accomplishments and influence. Needless to say, hip hop culture encompasses numerous contributors that have changed how we perceive and express ourselves through hip hop. In particular, the Pete Rock “Living […]

The Hip Hop Album “Persona” Various Artist Release by Arizona’s Mello Music Group

The Hip Hop Album “Persona” Various Artist Release by Arizona’s Mello Music Group

Currently touting a roster of 119 releases on Bandcamp, Mello Music Group is now a hip hop force to be reckoned with. They have been doing their thing since 2007, and today in 2016 it looks like there is no stopping them. Their digital discography […]

Fat Beats Drops Album

Fat Beats Drops Album “LUV NY Collective” Produced by Ray West via Red Apples 45

New York is arguably the epicenter of hip hop culture. Although hip hop is currently a global phenomenon, hip hop music and culture evolved in the South Bronx. The LUV NY collective is a crew dedicated to the sharing, knowledge and understanding of pure hip […]

Emcee B Flatt

Emcee B Flatt “Back To Basics” EP Produced by NoiseMan Originally Released in 1996

Originally released in 1996, 2016 brings about the 20 year anniversary for B Flatt “Back To Basics”. The 20 year re-up! This vintage hip-hop project was originally released on Cassette Tape and CD. 42 minutes of hip-hop music, it has been re-mastered and will be […]

Producer Klaus Layer

Producer Klaus Layer “The Adventures Of Captain Crook” Digital Album via Redefinition

As a veteran of abstract sample selection, eclectic usage of horns and piano, and re-imagination of jazzy basslines, Klaus Layer isn’t your typical producer. And that’s okay- he fits right in with the rest of the Redefinition crew. Beginning with a flute-laden sample in “All […]

 Eddie Coleman's

Eddie Coleman’s “Friday Night Theme Music” by Atlanta Hip Hop Producer aka Illastrate

The foundation of Hip Hop music incorporates influences from multiple genres of music. Genres such as Jazz, Soul, film Sound Tracks, Rhythm & Blues, Big Band and World music. Because of Hip Hop music’s diverse background, it is a versatile art form. That is to […]

Detroit Hip Hop Producer Black Milk

Detroit Hip Hop Producer Black Milk “Rhythm Roulette” Session Diggin’ In The Crates

Rhythm Roulette is a series on YouTube hosted by Mass Appeal in which producers blindfold themselves, choose random records, and make a beat with whatever they got. It’s a true test of producer skills and ability, as they never know what they’re gonna get. On […]

Hip Hop Emcee Quartermaine

Hip Hop Emcee Quartermaine “War Of The Roses” Prod by Kev Brown via Redefinition

If I had a quarter for every dope Kev Brown beat I heard, I’d be filthy rich by the time I bumped this Quartermaine record. This joint is no change from the usual fire. Laced with spacy guitar riffs, some soulful strings, and his signature […]

D.I.T.C. Big L Remix

D.I.T.C. Big L Remix “Casualties Of A Dice Game” Prod by 9th Wonder via Slice Of Spice

A project like this delivers that smooth vibe, that essential music for the soul. Story telling while rhyming, keeping the flow in the pocket and delivering dope lines is no easy task, matter of fact, there are only a few cats who can really pull […]

Hip-Hop Producer Moka Only

Hip-Hop Producer Moka Only “The Prestige” Released by Wandering Worx Entertainment

The underground hip-hop scene has been home to some highly talented producers. Producers whom have been instrumental in uplifting the bar, generating new-style beats with old-school inspiration. Digging in the crates to construct those lush sounds that separate timeless hip hop classics from mediocre rap […]

Oxnard CA Emcee Mic Bles

Oxnard CA Emcee Mic Bles “Pay Homage” Feat Ras Kass Produced by Science Green

The legacy of hip hop is evident in popular culture. Popular culture such as film, fashion, linguistics, and music possess influences from hip hop culture. In particular hip hop music builds upon the innovation of its predecessors. The Golden Era of hip hop was characterized […]

First Division

First Division “Overworked And Underpaid” Bomb Shelta Association Official Album

Hard hitting flows that definitely spell “d-day” for the competition. The combined forces that complete the production squad for this project will have you running for the nearest bomb shelter. The beats on this First Division project come complete with a full metal jacket, guaranteed […]

Boston MA Emcee Mr. Lif

Boston MA Emcee Mr. Lif “I Phantom” Album Release via Mello Music Group

This album is an exploration of the dynamics of everyday life, & the pursuit of our dreams, in a rapidly decaying society. I Phantom is a story from beginning to end, told mainly from third & first person perspectives. It starts with the main character […]

Hip Hop Producer Marco Polo

Hip Hop Producer Marco Polo “MPC: Marco Polo Collectables” via Slice Of Spice

Legendary hip hop producer Marco Polo strikes again. Dropping illustrious beats from the vault, production veteran Marco Polo shares vivid orchestrations crafted from a deep vinyl collection. This Toronto / New York native brings us a compilation album containing his unreleased material, which dates back […]

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