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Rather than becoming preoccupied with the past, and worrying about the future, Brooklyn’s rising talent, Saga, knows that the only way to successfully move through life, and efficiently adapt to change, is by carefully anticipating his next move. “Eye,” the third video taken from Saga’s debut effort, ‘From Out of the Shadows,’ brings forth his efforts as an artist that can rock with both street wise hustlers, and story-rap purists. He’s a product of ’90s Boom bap culture, a style immediately showcased on this cut that puts you into the heart of the action. As he drops a barrage of lyrics over a delicate piano riff and snappy drums, produced by the Brooklyn by way of Toronto beatsmith, Marco Polo, Saga gives us a glimpse of Chinatown’s beauty, bouncing between bright open alleyways, and dark storefronts illuminated by neon signs. Be sure to add, ‘From Out of the Shadows’ to your playlist, which is now available for free download, courtesy of AudioMack.

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Before The College Dropout, Kanye West was just another producer trying to climb the industry ladder. The soul samples that define his early work have remained a fan favorite, from “School Spirit” to the work he did for Jay Z on The Black Album.

Today, we get an unparalleled look at Kanye’s thought process well before his first album. A writer and musician named Jensen Karp has shared what he describes as Kanye’s first beat tape, a 70-minute mix of instrumentals allegedly created in 2001. Karp apparently came to own the tapes during his time as a signed artist at Interscope, and only rediscovered them while rummaging through the garage:

“I was stumbling through my garage, searching through old storage bins, when I came across some old beat CDs from my days as a signed Interscope rapper. I was shocked to find that two of them, both given to me in ‘01, had the name Kanye West on them. These two CDs…are the oldest Kanye beats ever released.”

“I think this collection of early Kanye beats shows you where he came from, even if it doesn’t necessarily sound like ‘Kanye’ now. He kept at it and became the incredible producer he is today. I remember he even had to leave the studio sessions early, so he could make the last train back to his mom’s house. He’s come a long way, and I’m proud to have been around, even if for just a second at the start.”

The tape includes the beats for some eventual classics: Talib Kweli’s “Guerrilla Monsoon Rap” appears around 26:15, Mos Def’s “Sunshine” surfaces at 41:50, and many more. Listen to the first tape below, and check out the second one here.

(via Complex)

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Vic Mensa‘s single “Down On My Luck” just got a jazzy, eclectic remix courtesy of The Cool Kids alum Chuck Inglish. The track is almost unrecognizable, with asymmetrical tabla-esque percussion and super vibey synths. As he put it in the SoundCloud description, “play this with the top down.”

(via pigeonsandplanes)

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Check out Planet Asia’s tweet from last night after the performance at KSET (Zagreb).

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Watch Mobb Deep’s crib session freestyle on Tim Westwood TV.

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After going in on Roc-A-Fella’s “4 Da Fam” last week, Papoose returns with the latest installment of his Throwback Freestyle Series and this week he revisits a classic N.O.R.E. posse cut “Banned From TV” f/ Nature, Big Pun, Cam’ron, Jadakiss & Styles P with “Banned From Radio.”

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Check out Tyga’s freestyle over Ye’s All Day, Cole’s Fire Squad and Big Sean’s IDFWU on Tim Westwood the other day.

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Cali Agents w/ Durag Dynasty & Replacement Killers LIVE @ KSET, Zagreb (2.5.)

Nemojte zaboraviti na večerašnji koncert Cali Agentsa, Durag Dynastyja i Replacement Killersa u zagrebačkom klubu KSET od 22h. Kao predgrupa nastupit će mladi zagrebački reper Tibor sa svojim producentom Flowdeepom te predstaviti svoj nadolazeći projekt pod nazivom Pacino.
Karte po cijeni od 40kn možete kupiti još i danas do 22h, dok će na blagajni kluba iznositi 60kn. Vidimo se!

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Suge Knight will be bailed out of jail by Floyd Mayweather, according to Knight’s lawyer, Matt Fletcher.

“My understanding is that Suge’s going to be bailed out this coming week,” Fletcher says during an interview with the New York Daily News. “We think Mr. Mayweather is going to win the championship and then come champion the day again. They’re good friends and there’s no reason he shouldn’t and we believe that will happen.”

Read the full article on HipHopDX.

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Always loved this jam growing up so wanted to give it a Boogie Funk feel and also used the original music, Bob James – Shamboozie.

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