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One of Compton’s true OGs, none other than DJ Quik, was the subject of the most recent episode of TV One‘s always insightful Unsung. Quik (David Blake)was one of the originators of the G-funk canon, and along with his Compotonian contemporaries NWA, changed the face and sound of the rap game forever with their real-as-life-itself narratives and blazing, funk-fortified production styles.

Unsung offers a keen vantage on the life and times of Blake, charting his come-up every step (both forward and back) along the way. I won’t take the fun out of a gripping 30-plus minutes of biographical goodness for you, but it should be noted that this particular tale is one that’s got all of the atmospheric highs and subterranean lows one can bear. You can watch TV One’s expertly crafted Unsung on the life and times of one DJ Quik below.


Scoop Deville x Demrick

Gearing up for the friday release of their collaborative album Loud Pack: Extracts, super producer Scoop Deville (Kendrick’s The Recipe & Poetic Justice) and prolific emcee Demrick release the hazy new visuals for single leak Smoked Out.

Loud Pack: Extracts boasts features from Asher Roth, Berner, Paul Wall, B Real, and Stori, and is available for pre-order now!

Directed by: Jakob Owens

Pre-order: Loud Pack: Extracts



Treach discusses the state of the community in New Jersey, who’s not welcome in NJ and more.

Check it out.


seanp planet apes

New music, Planet Apes, from Sean Price off his upcoming mixtape, Songs In The Key Of Price, which will be released on 8-21-2015 by Duck Down Music.

Songs In The Key of Price bundle packages are now available at

The bundle includes:
Songs In The Key of Price CD + digital MP3 download
Sean Price ‘Key’ bottle opener
P! socks
Songs In The Key of Price T-shirt
• RIP! T-shirt

The first 100 orders will receive an autographed copy of the Songs in The Key of Price CD.

Sean Price’s memorial show is August 27th at SOBs. Tickets are available here. All proceeds will be donated to Sean’s family.



Since his mid-teens, SKAM2? has been one of Hip-Hop’s most sought out illustrators. A self-taught-turned-professional visual artist, the Miami native has made indelible images for the likes of Eminem, A Tribe Called Quest and Dizzy Wright to name a few. But as an MC, the Miami native has deliberately maintained a lower profile. With one previous project, along with his heralded work with Eminem, ILL BILL and The Jigmastas, SKAM’s actively stepping forward with The Skronik: Flying Monkey Murder Cirkus.

SKAM2’s skewed views, his love of Rock and Rap, and his illustrator’s eye for detail come across in his lyrics on the DJ Immortal-mixed LP. Guests include La Coka Nostra’s ILL BILL, Dead Prez’s M-1, The Romantic Era, with production by Kevin Rudolf, SKAM2? himself and YMCMB producer Infamous. This industry outsider is holding his own party, where individuality, skill, and theme are heralded. At a time when everyone is clawing to be on your screen and in your face, SKAM2’s circus is an ear-grabbing carnival for the ears, the mind, and the imagination.

SKAM2? has also been keeping busy with artwork, recently working on a Deadpool variant take on ATCQ Beats, Rhymes & Life cover for the 19th Anniversary of the album. Coincidentally, Marvel announced their plans of rolling out Hip Hop inspired comic book covers shortly after. So although this is just for fun and not part of Marvel‘s releases, SKAM2? figured he might as well color what started as a sketch. What’s more legit than the original artist doing his own remix?

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dj eclipse seanp tribute

DJ Eclipse:

Don’t really have the words to put together to pay proper respect to Sean Price. I guess that’s why I became a DJ. I’d rather let the music speak for itself. But thank you for being one of the shining stars from our scene and more importantly being a good friend. I’ll miss our Marvel Comics discussions and your sister’s chocolate cake. Until next time…love you bro.

The day after Sean passed Hip Hop Nation hit up me, Premier and Torae to see what we might have been planning to pay our respects on air. So we decided to all get together and do one great tribute show on Sunday on “Rap Is Outta Control”. HHN gave us the green light to go an extra hour so here’s the playlist from our 3 hour show. For those that missed it, 2 of the 3 hour show will be replayed on Friday morning (Thurs night) from 4am-6am (EST) on Hip Hop Nation (channel 44).

Unfortunately we cannot post up the audio of the show since Sirius is a subscription based company, but I already know there are some people/blogs that recorded the show so just keep your eyes open and I’m sure it will pop up. And special thanks to all those affiliated with Ruck that called in on Sunday as well. Our hearts are with you, Duck Down, Bernadette and the kids.

Download the show here.

Lastly, for those that are interested in donating to Sean Price’s family to help them moving forward, you can donate here.


XL Middleton

Perfect summer listening – XL Middleton‘s classic 90s G-Funk mix.

Given the CPT resurgence of recent times (uh, we hear there’s a new movie or something coming soon) perhaps it’s only right that G-Funk as a subgenre of ’90s gangsta rap enjoys its own revival. Or at least enjoys some historical context as the musical bridge between P-Funk-inspired Uncle Jamm’s Army beats and the modern funk movement as represented by the likes of Dam-Funk (himself a former G-Funk era hip-hop studio musician).

Southern CA funkster XL Middleton attempts to do just that with G-Funk Vibes the first in what’s apparently a forthcoming series of limited edition mixes devoted to the likes of Black 9, Mass 187 and other lost soldiers of the G-Funk era. Buy it on cassette (of course!), here.


Phat Phillie:

While in NYC had to make a stop by DJ Eclipse’s “Half Time” radio show at New York University. Watch him murder eMC’s ‘I Like You Like’ (prod by Koolade) off the brand new album ‘The Tonites Show’. Cop it now on Penalty Recordings. Shouts to Masta Ace, Stricklin & Wordsworth…


REVOLT Clothing _ R E P R E 5 E N T

We are excited to announce our REPRE5ENT 7″ VINYL is now available exclusively in ONLINE store . Produced in limited quantities!

Check out the great Collaboration for our 5th. anniversary between 5 MC’s and 5 DJ’S.


Sean Price - Memorial Show (Aug 27th)

For more information go HERE.

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