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Los Angeles-based photographer Steven Taylor shares with us some insights backstage during his recent work sessions with Common and Nas. Having already worked with the likes by John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Incubus, Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars and John Legend, amongst others, the 25 year old photographer intends to further cement his status within industry by offering some rare behind-the-scenes impressions from the current works of Common and Nas. Taylor takes us to some of his favorite spots in Los Angeles while giving a personal recount of his profession and highlighting the timeless value of certain moments.

Via Hypebeast.

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Evidence and Fashawn hold it down for the West Coast on DJ Green Lantern’s Invasion Radio show (featuring Boss Lady) on Sirius/XM’s Hip-Hop Nation.

Via NR.

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Here’s our show from last thursday…All the new Hip Hop heat you need, and i went in with the best of Mobb Deep!!!!

Tracklist after jump.

share save 171 16 DJ MK and Shortee Blitz Best of Mobb Deep

black moon Black Moon To Reunite For Beatminerz Produced LP

– DJ Evil Dee:

It will be me and Mr. Walt, and I might have to introduce some new Beatminerz to the scene, but it’s gonna be a Beatminerz-produced album, fully produced by Beatminerz.

Read the article on MTV.

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Taken place before her unfortunate passing, Amy Winehouse actually recorded a duet record with legendary jazz legend Tony Bennett. The song was to serve as one of the featured singles on Mr. Bennett’s 85th birthday compilation album Tony Bennett: Duets II. That album is slated to release on September 20, while the single and music video will be available on iTunes on Amy’s Birthday, September 14, 2011. All proceeds will go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation which advocates young people who suffer from alcohol and substance abuse issues. Rest in peace Amy.

Via Hypetrak.

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Via NQM.

share save 171 16 Erykah Badu Speaks On Her Hip Hop Roots

Via The Diggers Union.

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mugo Kenny Dope: Mugo   Untitled

Acclaimed DJ/producer Kenny Dope presents sweet sounds of early 1970’s funk and soul from the NE Washington, DC collective as Mugo Kenyatta, meaning ‘wise musicians’ in Swahelli. This digital album of previously unreleased material features mixes from Kenny Dope which were recorded at his Kay-Dee Studio. Don’t miss out on these funky sounds from an obscure D.C. band!

The Funk

Via Collector’s Item.

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Off Asia’s Crack Belt Theatre.

Via Dot Got It.

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biggie cane Notorious B.I.G.   Victory (Unreleased Demo Version)

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