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wakeup front588 540x540 J.Period, The Roots & John Legend Present: WAKE UP! RADIO (Mixtape)

In anticipation of an award-winning evening for John Legend & The Roots’ WAKE UP! album (nominated for 5 Grammys at Sunday’s 2011 Grammy Awards), J.Period & Truelements Music are pleased to present WAKE UP! RADIO – a star-studded mixtape collaboration with Columbia Records’ multi-platinum singing sensation, and the hardest working Late Night band on the planet!

Hosted by The Roots’ own Black Thought, WAKE UP! RADIO pays tribute to the legacy of soul music that paved the way for WAKE UP! and imagines a world where mainstream radio transmits music with a message. Employing an all-star cast of musical contemporaries (including John Legend & The Roots themselves), J.Period dissects, remixes and rebuilds the original recording sessions from the WAKE UP! album in an unprecedented manner, defying the conventional wisdom of what a “mixtape” can be—producing a full-fledged remix album in the process. The result is a treasure trove of powerful new music, produced and remixed exclusively by J.Period for WAKE UP! RADIO.

Adding to the historic nature of this mixtape release, J.Period will also release an exclusive Digital 12” on Tuesday, February 15, featuring a history-making collaboration between John Legend, Black Thought of The Roots, and hip hop luminary, Rakim. The track, entitled “In the Ghetto (Wake Up!)”, produced by J.Period, is an homage to the Eric B. & Rakim classic “In The Ghetto”—which hearkens back to a time when hip hop and social messages went hand in hand.

Additional featured guests on WAKE UP! RADIO include Common, Q-Tip, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, Nigerian songstress Nneka, Somali sensation K’NAAN, Def Poet Mayda Del Valle and more, in addition to never-before-heard music from Black Thought and John Legend. Also look out for J.Period’s history-making “Our Generation” Remix, reuniting hip hop legends Pete Rock & CL Smooth, which was originally released online in November, and is also featured on WAKE UP! RADIO.

Tracklist & download link after the jump.

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Slaughterhouse stop by The Breakfast Club to talk about their deal with Shady, recently released EP, Yelawolf and more. They also mention the album should be out this year and Eminem will be heavily involved.

Via KillerHipHop.

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j dilla obey print 405x540 10 Facts About J. Dilla You Might Not Know

It was on this day five years ago that James DeWitt Yancey, known to music fans worldwide as Jay Dee or J Dilla, left this earth far too soon at age 32 because of complications from the autoimmune disorder lupus. One of the most prodigious production talents hip-hop has ever witnessed, Dilla’s legacy was uniquely multi-faceted: hit-maker for the likes of Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Common, Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, etc.; underground hero for his dual Fantastic voyages with his hometown Conant Gardens, Detroit crew Slum Village; sonic innovator, whose classic later efforts Ruff Draft, Jaylib (collaborative album with Madlib), and Donuts defined an aesthetic for a generation of listeners and beat-icians. Indeed, J Dilla changed our lives. And in homage we present a few facts you might not have known about his storied life. Raise it up for one of the all-time greats. J Dilla 4ever.

Chairman Mao penned this article, which reveals some pretty interesting facts. Read it here.

Related: The story behind the Donuts album cover

R.I.P. J. Dilla

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ComplexMag 450x618 Maffew Ragazino   Complex Mind Of Paul Pierce (prod. by DJ Scratch)

Maffew goes hard over this Scratch produced banger. If you want to check out his new mixtape Rare Gems, download it here.

Download: Maffew Ragazino – Complex Mind Of Paul Pierce (prod. by DJ Scratch)

Via Nah Right.

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game dre 540x348 The Making Of Games The Documentary

By 2005, it had literally been over a decade since a new West Coast rapper had made a huge national impact. If Jaceyon “The Game” Taylor was going to break the dry spell, he’d need help. Luckily for the Compton Blood with a Yonkers flow and a G-Unit affiliation, he had Dr. Dre beats, 50 Cent hooks, and an Eminem feature for his debut album, The Documentary. In addition, with production from a diverse array of A-list beatmakers like Buckwild, Havoc, Just Blaze, Timbaland, Hi-Tek, and Cool & Dre, the album’s geographical ambiguity only increased its appeal. Game also continued G-Unit’s tradition of making gangsta-ass albums that had big pop smashes with “How We Do” and “Hate It or Love It.”

When the highly-anticipated project dropped on January 18, 2005 and the first week numbers of almost 600,000 CDs moved came back, the drought was over. Unfortunately, so was Game’s time as a member of G-Unit as him and 50 fell out shortly after. As their beef escalated and became uglier, questions started emerging about how much Dre actually produced, how much help 50 provided, and just how much Game did. The fact remains, The Game’s The Documentary is a classic album. Six years after its release, Complex decided to speak with the album’s key contributors to try and answer everything else.

Check the article here.

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phonte Phonte   Tigallos Unreleased Jams Yo (Mixtape)

Alright, the title may be unofficial as hell but here’s some truth. Last night, Khrysis unearthed a collaboration between him & Phonte. Once Phonte got the int, he took to his Swift.fm account and started letting go of tracks from his aborted solo album Tigallo Must Die plus other rarities & b-sides. There’s passed up tracks by Nas & Memphis Bleek, collaborations with RJD2, a faux Curtis Mayfield impersonation between Phonte & 9th Wonder and even a hilarious attempt at RZA doing “We Are The World” for Haiti.

Instead of going track by track, we’ve uploaded a nicely packaged .zip file for the boys and girls.

Courtesy of Day & A Dream. Tracklist, track info & download link after the jump.

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House+Of+Pain+In+Concert+J4xl60tmZgal DJ Eclipse   Wild Pitch Set On Fat Beats Radio (Stream)

Live on East Village Radio last night, DJ Eclipse played a Wild Pitch Records themed set with demos & freestyles from 94/95 from some of the label’s’ artists as well as the usual classics. Guest callers included Chill Rob G, DJ Premier and MC Serch.
Stream the show here.

Via GG.

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sas armandhammers cover450 Strong Arm Steady   Arms & Hammers (Tracklist & Preview)

Preview Strong Arm Steady’s new album in the player below, and hit continue reading to check out the album tracklist & production credits.
Arms & Hammers in stores February 22nd.

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The Showoff Records CEO sat down with BLOW! to breakdown how he got into hip hop and how his love for production has made him the force he is today. With a humble beginning Statik has laid the ground work and made important relationships which have put him in a position to push real hip hop to the fore-front.

Via Showoff.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff steps up to the decks to perform his famous transform scratch and explains it’s origins. Q-Bert, Revolution, and Jazzy Jeff finally get into a roundtable discussion about the intricacies of the transform.

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