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The phrase of someone having a trademark style gets thrown around too lightly these days. Well, not for DJ Premier, it ain’t. You would recognize a Premo beat in a second, and so does any other rap fan and their mother. His truly original approach of stripped down arrangements with sharply cut jazz loops over hardcore drums and scratches did not only shape but become the template for East Coast hip hop’s state of the art for more than a decade. Originally hailing from Houston, Texas, young Christopher Edward Martin re-named himself Waxmaster C and followed the call of hip hop’s birthplace, NYC. A few weighty encounters later, he was known as DJ Premier and one half of newly-formed group Gang Starr alongside Brooklyn MC Guru. Over the course of 15 years, Gang Starr churned out six classic albums and countless memorable hit singles, side projects and guest appearances. Besides his work with Guru, Premo proved himself as a proper talent scout, endorsing the careers of Big L, Nas, Jay-Z, Jeru The Damaja, Group Home and Mos Def, to name but a few. More recently, his own imprint Year Round Records became home to new talent like Termanalogy and Blaq Poet or West Coast vet MC Eiht. A story well worth listening to, ladies and gentlemen, please give it up for DJ P-P-P-Premier!

Via CI.


After his dope Jay-Z mix, DJ M-Rock brings us his new mix dedicated to B.I.G. Find out more about this mix on his website, or listen & download below.
Tracklist after the jump.


In part two of Reebok’s Piece Book series, we discover the important role that piecebooks—or sketchbooks–have played in the global expansion of graffiti culture. We learn the definition of what Classic means in writing culture via the distinct painting styles illustrated by artists like West, Cope 2, Ewok 5MH, PEZ, How and Nosm, Erni “Paze” Vales and more. With three books on the subject under their belt, David Vilorente / Chino BYI, and Sacha Jenkins SHR have presented the most definitive exploration of piecebook culture.

If you missed part 1, watch it here.


New KaliRaps Video “Why I Came To Kalifornia” (prod. by Statik Selektah)
Directed by James Gorillaflix Curtis
Off the New mixtape “On Schedule” Hosted by Dj Green Lantern


A collection of songs produced by DJ Skizz (some new and some previously released), hosted by Queensbridge MC and Mobb Deep affiliate Rapper Noyd.

Tracklist & download link after the jump.


Off Danny Brown’s latest album XXX.

Related: Danny Brown – Monopoly.


Hexual Sealings Vol. 2 applies the Philly boardsman’s creatively fractured remix technique (in which adherence to conventional pitch, tone, and rhythm are regularly confounded) to a new batch of familiar tunes.


Related: Knxwledge – HexualSealings​.​EP​.​1​.​5


Koolade Beats Rocky The Album Instrumentals


Croatian producer, Koolade, who released his impeccable KOOLADE BEATS ROCKY project only last month, is now giving lyricists worldwide the chance to add their flow to the production from that album. Nearing 15.000 downloads, the Bill Conti inspired project has been recognized by various Hip-Hop platforms such as, and spun by the legendary DJ Premier to name just a few.

Now taking the project to another level, Koolade is unleashing the instrumentals in order to allow MCs the opportunity to add their verses to the tracks. Once these tracks are returned to Koolade, the best ones will be featured on Blackout Radio and the website The artist who impresses Koolade the most with his or her mic skills will be awarded a beat from the producer who has crafted hits for the likes of Ghostface, Masta Ace, Flo Rida, Omarion and Bow Wow.

“The reason we went with the instrumental version was the huge feedback reaction to the album. So many MCs were asking me if they could rock demos to those beats. So we figured we do an official best acapella competition. It’s going to keep the buzz going, and I just love the whole Koolade Beats Rocky thing going interactive! It’s good for the community and scene in general.” – Koolade

To win the chance to have your music heard on Blackout Hip Hop Radio and throughout their media platforms or to secure your own original beat from Koolade you must do the following:

1. Select one beat from the Instrumental folder – ONE SUBMISSION ONLY PER ACT

2. Record your song (sing or rap)

3. Send MP3 (NO LINKS) to before APRIL 5th 2012 with the following information: – EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 1ST!

a) Name of artist or group

b) Country of residence

c) Contact number and email

d) Web address if applicable


DOWNLOAD: Koolade Beats Rocky (Instrumentals)


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