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80 Blocks From Tiffanys No Hook 80 Blocks From Tiffanys   No Hook (Ambassadors Theme)

Pete Rock used same sample as in I Got A Love for new track from Volume 2 of the 80 Blocks mixtape series.
Via TSS.

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Talib Kweli & De La Soul’s Maseo discuss Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey – the colossal 420 page coffee table book exploring four decades of hip-hop culture from its roots & humble beginnings through to its present day global impact. 70 original essays. 337 poster size photos. 154 interviews with your favorite MCs, DJs, Graffiti Artists, B-Boys, Producers & more. With an introduction by Afrika Bambaataa.

Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey is available for purchase here.

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riz 02 DJ Riz   Samples & Breaks (1995 Mix)

Sample & Breaks mix Riz recorded back in ’95 on WBLS FM, ripped by JR.

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While currently on Tech N9ne’s All 6′s & 7′s tour, ¡MAYDAY! still found time to drop this new joint feat. the legendary Del. Produced by Plex Luthor (of ¡MAYDAY!).

Download the song here.

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Official video from Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun’s new Monumental album, out now. Video directed by Court Dunn. Listen to album sampler here.

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complex 50 rap logos 540x348 The 50 Greatest Rap Logos by Complex

The great rap logos from the history of hip hop acted as cultural co-signs, and for every great rapper and label there is a memorable stamp of approval. A lot of the great ones were designed in the art departments of the labels by a few notable designers, who at the time probably didn’t know that they were penning what would become cultural iconography. Sometimes, the logos went beyond the group or the label itself, marks like the Wu-Tang “W” and Tommy Boy logo had moments where the image itself stood on its own.

Check out the whole article here.

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Torae Jesse West Kool Keith DJ Eclipse 403x540 Rap Is Outta Control (26.06.) & Live From HQ (24.06.) podcasts

Here’s both this past weekend’s “Live From HQ” show and “RIOC” show. I filled in for Preem on Friday along with Panchi & King Of Chill and on Sunday Torae & I had Kool Keith & Jesse West (3rd Eye) up at the show. Keith was as entertaining as you would expect him to be. Shout out to Scaramanga (Sir Menelik) for calling up as well. Aside from that, lot’s of new music as usual.

Download links and tracklists after jump.

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jay wtc Jay Z 1995 Interview & Criminology Freestyle

This weekend Jay-Z’s debut, Reasonable Doubt, turned 15 years old. To commemorate the milestone, Philadelphia radio personality Colby Colb, released Jay’s 16-year-old interview and Criminology freestyle.

This was before Rocafella, this was best friends Jay and Dame driving down to Philly in twin Lexus GS Coupes with records in the trunk. This was one of Jay-z first interviews outside of New York. You could see the potential in him, he was nervous yet confident. During this interview he talks about life before Reasonable Doubt which didn’t come out until 10 months later.

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Big Daddy Kane is the latest artist for TVOne’s Unsung. In this installment, Biz Markie, Kool Moe Dee Roxanne Shante chronicle the uprising of one of Hip Hop’s most charismatic MC.

Via Yardie.

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Fremdtunes Double Helix def front 800 x 800 DJ Optimus Feat. El Da Sensei, Maylay Sparks & Budy Mokoginta   Intercontinental

Taken from DJ Optimus‘ new album Double Helix DNA, in stores now.

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