John Legend Ft. Common – Glory

John Legend Ft. Common – Glory

On Christmas, a movie by the name of Selma will be hitting select theaters. It’s based on the 1965 Selma Montgomery voting rights marches. The film was shown at the American Film Institute festival in November, and was met with some positive reception. New York Times praised Ava Duvernay, the director, in a recent article. For the soundtrack, John Legend and Common team up to bring us “Glory.” This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music these two have created together. To say it couldn’t have came at a better time is an understatement. John sings a powerful… continue reading

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Mixtape: Montana Of 300 – Cursed With A Blessing

Mixtape: Montana Of 300 – Cursed With A Blessing

Earlier this year, I stumbled upon a post declaring Montana Of 300′s “Chiraq” the best freestyle of 2014. Usually these ridiculous claims get ignored, but it has been a slow year for freestyles. After clicking play, I was blown away. The Chicago native bodied the instrumental. I’ve had a pretty different view on some of the music coming out of the windy city lately. Besides Lil Bibby and Herb, most of it didn’t satisfy. I was able to add Montana to the list after watching more well-done visuals from shot by Azae Productions. Cursed With A Blessing is Montana’s first… continue reading

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Michael Christmas Ft. Sir Michael Rocks – Bootleg Designer (Prod. By Goodwin)

Michael Christmas Ft. Sir Michael Rocks – Bootleg Designer (Prod. By Goodwin)

From the swap meet to Canal Street, Michael Christmas and Sir Michael Rocks express their feelings toward spending all their hard earned money on the latest in fashion. Hint: he doesn’t like to do it. “Bootleg Designer” is another great chapter in the likable career of Mickey. The bouncy Goodwin production is excellent for both artists, especially sounding like something the colorful Sir Michael Rocks would be using. Their chemistry off this one song is pretty strong. Both artists have this fun balance in their music. You can pick up a project from either and be entertained off the cool… continue reading

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Freddie Gibbs – Sellin’ Dope (Prod. By Mike Dean)

Freddie Gibbs – Sellin’ Dope (Prod. By Mike Dean)

When it came out last year, Freddie Gibbs was featured on Grand Theft Auto V twice. One song and a feature. For any Rap fan, cruising around to Gangsta Gibbs and shooting stuff up has to be a strong highlight. Why wouldn’t Rockstar want to do this more? The next-gen version of the game adds an astonishing 162 songs to the mix. One might assume that Gibbs is going to run out of records related to the dope game. Quite the contrary. His rhymes are sharp, always evolving and never sounding like the last song. Sure, concepts like “Sellin’ Dope”… continue reading

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Thelonious Martin Ft. Curren$y & Domo Genesis – Atlantis

Thelonious Martin Ft. Curren$y & Domo Genesis – Atlantis

Thelonious Martin is a name you should be familiar with. The young Chicago producer is killing things with some of your favorite rappers. Chance The Rapper, Action Bronson, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul and more have enlisted his services since he started out. As impressive as his resume is, his pride and joy is his own debut album, Wunderkid. It’s a mix of instrumentals and completed records like “Atlantis.” WARNING! Once you click play, you’ll be hooked. This beat is absolutely ridiculous. After that draws you in, Curren$y and Domo Genesis make it their goal to keep you coming back. Replay value… continue reading

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Lupe Fiasco Ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Deliver

Lupe Fiasco Ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Deliver

It’s clear as day that Lupe Fiasco really appreciates the talent of Ty Dolla $ign. In this year alone, “Deliver” marks their third collaboration, and the second that’ll likely be on his next album (unless “Next To It” gets cut). Even though the involvement from Ty$ is minimal on this one, it does give him a little more push. Out of all the singles for his upcoming album, Lu displays his most creative side on “Deliver.” As he always does, Lupe preaches the gospel about the hood but putting together the pizza man’s addition for a slightly different touch. “Deliver”… continue reading

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