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Enigmatic L.A. wordsmith Blu recently released The Return, a limited-edition vinyl + digital EP highlighting a standout track from his most recent album Good To Be Home. To celebrate the EP’s release, Blu is now debuting the official music video for The Return, complete with remixed audio and a new beat from Bombay.

Appropriately drenched in Cali sunshine, the video provides the perfect compliment to Bombay’s soulful soundbed and Blu’s intricate, heartfelt wordplay. Blu’s new EP features not only The Return, but a remix of the Good To Be Home standout Rap Dope by Haz Solo, assorted instrumentals, and the exclusive non-album bonus track Thriller (and the remix Triller). Thriller features appearances from frequent Blu collaborators Sene, Definite, and Cashus King.

Order the EP now from iTunes or Nature Sounds

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While on tour in Europe Miles decided to hit Paris for this feel good video off Skky Miles 3 #Blocks.

Produced by ikey Boy of The Inkkwell and directed by Shootaz Filmz.

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rakim interview

Check out the interview with Rakim here or read it just below.

AL: We first worked together back in 2000, when I did the A&R coordination for Bathing Ape, and we did that track NYC to Tokyo with your old manager the late great Bill Blast. What was the first street wear item you had to have growing up as a kid?

RA: I think the first time I was particular about having some sneakers was the Chuck Taylor’s. Na mean, coming up just a little dude. We were rocking the white high tops in the hood heavy.

AL: What dropped next?

RA: After that the shell top Adidas popped off. I remember telling Mom, it’s enough of these Skips. I used to rip my Skips up and tell Mom, I need a new pair of sneakers.

AL: What was the evolution between that and like, Dapper Dan?

RA: Dap, he’s the OG, he would sew a suit on your back.

AL: For a guy to make custom clothes in that era ,of that quality shows such innovation. That’s the core of American street fashion, it’s to take something dope and flip it on a street level.

RA: And that’s what the hood was doin. We was taking records that was made already, sample it up, do it again. Put that neighborhood touch on it and it’s a whole new world.

AL: And that’s exactly what Dapper Dan was doing.

RA: Yeah, and I feel Dap for doing that. He took high fashion and made it for the hood. Gucci, Fendi, Louie, they wasn’t making leather jackets with the hood. They wasn’t making leather pants. They wasn’t doin all that. So for Dap to bring all that to the table was genius.

AL: Is it safe to say Dapper Dan is the first American street wear designer?

RA: We gonna have to say that LaCrate, Dap is that dude. Early.

AL: I agree man. So let’s switch up a little bit. You started out on 4th and Broadway records. After you dropped the first single, how fast were you doing shows?

RA: About 2 weeks later we were booked at Latin Quarter, Rooftop, and Union Square.

AL: Can you describe a little bit what the NYC club scene was like back then?

RA: I remember sitting at the table on the side of the club and Just Ice would be on the other side of the club. Just would scream across the club, “Yo Raa”, “Yo Raa” and me and Just would go and sit down. I remember when cats like Alpo, sent some Moet over to the table. The music was loud the club was packed.

AL: Thanks for this interview Ra.

RA: LaCrate, thanks for the interview my dude.

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Sivilo se udružio s Bvanom i Vojkom kako bi izbacio novu traku pod nazivom Kipar. Produkciju pjesme potpisuje Marknroll.

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The first single and video from Gangrene’s new album “You Disgust Me,” featuring Action Bronson and directed by Jason Goldwatch.
New Album “You Disgust Me” in stores 8/7!

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OG Maco & Curtis Williams - Money

Produced by Cookin Soul.

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Taken from Erick Sermon’s upcoming album E.S.P. dropping August 28th.

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Statik Selektah “Murder Game” music video feat. Young M.A, Smif N Wessun & Buckshot. The song is from Statik Selektah’s ‘Lucky 7’ album out now on Showoff Records / Duck Down Music Inc.

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“The Wanderer is another chapter in the time traveling epic ‘Time? Astonishing!’ Kool Keith narrates a man out of time, gathering data for his sciences. Directed by Jon Webb, The Wanderer is the first video from the upcoming collaboration coming July 24, 2015”

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Today (July 14, 2015) marks the 21st anniversary since the opening of the first Fat Beats location at 323 E. 9th St. (which later went on to become Bobbito’s Footwork). Here’s some old footage I came across of the basement store with some of the earliest staff. Ryan Sikorski, Neal Santos, Ricardo (who didn’t work there, but ended up co-founding the Amsterdam store with Ryan), Mark Kotlinski (88HipHop.com), DJ Hiro (R.I.P.) and some bonus footage of Mista Sinista (X-Men) practicing while Hiro observes. And even though the owner Joseph Abajian isn’t in this clip he represents with a phone call to the store at the end of the clip. It’s a cool look at what was out and what we were carrying back then as you see the titles of vinyl that lined the walls. Especially for those that never got a chance to make it to the OG location. The stores may all be gone, but the company still lives on. www.fatbeats.com

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