Magna Carta - Best Marketing Plan Ever?

This morning I woke up to find my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds flooded with posts from iPhone users boasting that despite not owning a Samsung phone, they were in possession of the new Jay-Z album – Magna Carta. The READ MORE…

Statik Selektah – Extended Play

Brooklyn DJ / producer Statik Selektah recently dropped his newest LP – Extended Play. The album features an all-star / up-and-coming lineup with almost all production handled by Statik himself. Overall, the album is pretty damn good but leaves a READ MORE…

HDM – Real MC’s

I was diggin around in my crates and pulled out this old 12-inch single from 1997. I bought this because HDM aka Hype Da Madman was from Staten Island, and at the time I was ALL about anything even remotely READ MORE…

Underrated - Easy Mo Bee

When the topic of legendary 90’s producers comes up, you’ll often hear names like Pete Rock, Buckwild, and Large Professor. There is one name that almost never comes up. This month’s edition of Underrated is dedicated to Easy Mo Bee. READ MORE…

Underrated – CRU

This is my first installment of a new segment entitled – Underrated. Each month, I’ll be showcasing a group/song/album from the past that I feel is often overlooked when the word “classic” comes up. The hope is new and old READ MORE…

Pete Rock – Strange Fruit (Unreleased Version)

Soul Survivor was Pete Rock’s first solo effort, released via Loud Records. Before the album dropped, a rare sampler entitled It’s Me made it’s rounds early in 1998. The sampler featured tracks produced by Pete Rock (and strangely a track READ MORE…

Tha Alkaholiks & Xzibit – Freestyle (1995)

Many current hip-hop fans might not know that Xzibit was a rapper and not just the host of Pimp My Ride. He actually started out as an underground West Coast rapper and was helped out by Tha Alkaholiks. Tha Liks READ MORE…

Nas / N.O.R.E. Freestyle

Before rappers were reading freestyles off of Blackberries, they were actually spittin’ verses off the top of the dome. Okay, so NORE’s verses from this track are actually from his album but at least he memorized them! Check this vintage READ MORE…