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On June 18, Stones Throw will release Yessir Whatever, a compilation of rarities and unreleased tracks from Madlib’s experimentations as occasional alter-ego Quasimoto. You’ve heard “Planned Attack” (available below). Now listen to another track, “Brothers Can’t See Me”.

Via Pitchfork.



Raekwon is ready to release his new album F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) in fourth quarter of this year. Here’s the first taste from the anticipated project featuring a strong hook from Melanie Fiona and produced by Jerry Wonda.


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From the all new Tony Touch album “Piece Maker 3… Return of the 50 MCs”. In stores everywhere July 9th.


Rakim Live @ Red Hook Park bringing out Styles P, Rock of Heltah Skeltah , Ol Dirty Bastard Jr for a monumental day in hip hop.


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Check out another leak from Prodigy & Alchemist’s upcoming collabo album Albert Einstein which drops next Tuesday, June 11th.

Previous: Prodigy Feat. Domo Genesis – YNT (Young and Thuggin)

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Mayer Hawthorne preps fans for the release of his forthcoming LP Where Does This Door Go with the official tracklisting for the project. The multifaceted music man stands atop a catalog that is equal parts hip-hop, rock and classic soul – a sound he moves to expand upon with the 14-track release that includes an appearance from Kendrick Lamar as well as production from Pharrell Williams. Mayer Hawthorne broke the album and down during a recent interview with Life + Times that included a peek at his creative motivations and the handful of heavy hitters that contributed to the LP he says he modeled after Michael Jackson‘s Thriller.

Read the interview here and hit continue reading to check the full tracklist.

Via OKP.



In support of our special live performance from The Original Wailers we have added some special guest dj’s to open the event. Continuing to pursue the roots of Sound System Culture, we’re travelling through dub and reggae across to the early block parties of New York.

For more info go here.


Last Friday, Q-Tip brought the Red Bull Academy lecture series to a close at New York City. In the two hour discussion, the A Tribe Called Quest member and producer spoke on his career, broke down some of his catalogue and a whole lot more.

Via RR.



R.I.P. to Tashane from D.I.T.C. Ent. who was part of the new generation of D.I.T.C. He was killed last night. Condolences to his family, Showbiz and the whole D.I.T.C crew.

UPDATE: DJ Premier released a statement regarding Tashane’s death, hit continue reading to take a look.


VEVO News interviews A$AP Rocky and members of his A$AP collective at Hot 97’s Summer Jam on Sunday, June 2nd. The MC talks about his crew’s variety of interests, and his collaborations with other artists.

Bonus: Hit continue reading to watch another interview with A$AP Rocky on KUBE 93’s Sound Session.