Blast It Or Trash It: Johnny Flow – AZ IF [New Music]

Johnny Flow is an emcee out of Indiana / Chicago…

Blast It Or Trash It?  Check the video below and let us know what you think.

Johnny Flow is an emcee out of Indiana / Chicago.  This joint is called “AZ IF”.  We want to know your opinion.  Blast It Or Trash It?

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Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

No More Skillz – The Ghost Disappears But Leaves A Mark

Skillz [Mad Skillz] the super Ghost is kicking his feet up…

Such a hard act to follow, a hart fact to swallow, but a lot of cats careers won’t live to see tomorrow.  Skillz [Mad Skillz] the super Ghost is kicking his feet up after his upcoming album.

Hip Hop heads world wide know the resume and respect the skillZ.  The VA veteran chucks a deuce on the spotlight side of the game.  Personally, I think we will continue to hear his words.

Salute, Skillz.  We appreciate you!

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Thesselonious Presents: Prince Paul Saved My Life [New Music]

Prince Paul is one of the greatest to ever do it so…

If you listen to Hip Hop of any kind and you don’t know who Prince Paul is… PLEASE…  go shoot yourself in the hand and then the foot.  Actually, the order doesn’t matter.  WAIT, before you do, you need to listen to and download this album.  Prince Paul is one of the greatest to ever do it so paying tribute is only right!

So, as an ode to Prince Paul Thesselonius brings us this instrumental tribute project – Thesselonious Presents: Prince Paul Saved My Life.  This has been around since sometime in Feb. 2012 but we just happened to recently lay some eardrums on it.  Check it after watching the promo video and let us know what you think.

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Wiki Bio:

Originally a member of Stetsasonic, he produced tracks on hip-hop albums such as 3rd Bass’ 1989 debut album The Cactus Album and De La Soul’s first three albums. After which he put together two solo albums: Psychoanalysis: What is It? and the hip hop operette A Prince Among Thieves, which featured Big Daddy Kane, Xzibit, Kool Keith and Everlast. He, along with Frukwan of Stetsasonic, Too Poetic of Brothers Grimm, and The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, made up the Gravediggaz.

In 1990, Russell Simmons gave Paul an imprint under his Def Jam label. The imprint’s only album, It Takes a Nation of Suckers to Let Us In by Resident Alien, was never officially released. In the liner notes of De La Soul’s 1993 album Buhloone Mindstate, Paul hinted at his future projects with the Gravediggaz: “I would like to thank all my friends and business cohorts who dissed me, played me, and jerked me when times were hard. For you made me wiser, stronger, crazier, and, most of all, a Gravedigga!”

Alongside Teo Macero, Prince Paul co-produced guitarist Vernon Reid’s solo debut in 1995.

In 1996, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Wu-Tang Clan, Coolio, and Fat Joe, among others. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as a masterpiece by The Source magazine.

Huston teamed up with Dan the Automator to form Handsome Boy Modeling School; the group’s album So… How’s Your Girl? featured diverse names from Sean Lennon and Del tha Funkee Homosapien to Alec Empire and Don Novello. Huston was also featured in a feat with super group Deltron 3030 on their self titled album for the song The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza. In the year 2000, Paul Produced MC Paul Barman’s début EP It’s Very Stimulating. White People continued Handsome Boy’s tradition of strange skits and an odd mix of guests over Paul- and Automator-produced beats, including The RZA, Linkin Park, Tim Meadows, and John Oates.

Politics of the Business (2003) is a look at present-day hip hop, again featuring many guests, from Chuck D and Ice-T to the Beatnuts and Wordsworth. The latter also collaborated on a track Paul composed for the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack. Several songs by Paul have been featured only on compilation releases such as Om Records’s “Deep Concentration” and Bill Laswell’s “Altered Beats” collections.

His most recent release is the album Itstrumental, a return to Paul’s previous work, depending on how one saw POTB. Itstrumental contained a range of genres, relying heavily on past samples, especially those from A Prince Among Thieves, and tying it together with several lighthearted skits about his apparently real depression. He also produced the album The Art of Picking Up Women of imaginary rockers the Dix, which bring some of hip-hop’s misogyny and boasting to 1960s-style R&B.

Paul nabbed a deal with satellite radio company XM and was the host of “The Ill Out Show” on the company’s Rhyme 65 channel, until the station was dropped following the merger with Sirius. The show was hosted with members of the Ill Out Crew, various staple partners Paul has worked with throughout his career such as Don Newkirk (who closes engineer Al Watt’s imaginary 3 Feet High and Rising game show and also appears on 3rd Bass’s The Gas Face.). The show is a hip-hop fan favorite, airing news, classic songs, and interviews with various hip-hop artists. What may become one of the show’s most famed episodes was a love-joint show in July 2006, featuring love/relationship-oriented Hip-Hop songs programmed in an unorthodox fashion through an in-depth interview with R.A. the Rugged Man.

Paul’s latest project is Baby Elephant, a collaboration with Parliament and Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and longtime Paul associate Don Newkirk. Released September 11, 2007, Turn My Teeth Up!, features George Clinton, Shock G, Yellowman, Reggie Watts, Nona Hendryx, David Byrne, and Gabby La La.

Something Old & Something New: R.A. The Rugged Man

R.A The Rugged Man first started popping up in Hip Hop…

R.A The Rugged Man first started popping up in Hip Hop outside of the Rotten Apple in ’93 -’94.  It amazes my how many people I talk to that know his music (some can even quote a verse word for word) yet don’t know his name.  All heads that I know were rockin this when it first came out:

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That should jog some of your memories.  When I play this for those same cats that know but don’t know I get bombarded with “Ohhhhh shit, yeah”‘s and “I knew that, that was my SHIT”‘s, and so on .  We’ve had the blessing of communicating with him and shooting some beats his way.  He’s definitely the epitome of the Hip-Hop culture (not hip-hop the mega MTV, MP3, Cookie Cutter machine).

He’s still doing his thing.  So we wanted to give you Something Old & Something New from R.A. The Rugged Man.

Something Old:  R.A. The Rugged Man – BloodShed Hua Hoo [yframe url=’′]


Something New:  Hell Razah (ft. R.A. The Rugged Man) – Return Of The Renaissance [yframe url=’′]

Taken from RA The Rugged Man .net:

Few artists are ever as controversial as they are influential. New York legend R.A. the Rugged Man has lived up to such a moniker by simultaneously inspiring generations of rappers while being banned from every major record label’s offices and even barred from performing during the late-90s underground explosion. But by combining the authenticity of his undeniably rugged life with his undisputed mic skills and understanding of the genre as a Hip-Hop historian, his music has both survived and thrived off the strength of bootlegs and word of mouth through high profile collaborations and high quality official releases, setting a standard for “Real MCs” that few have ever attempted to match. Frequent collaborator The Notorious B.I.G. was once quoted in reference to R.A. by stating “And I thought I was the illest.”

Originally from a broken home in Long Island’s Suffolk County, R.A. was raised by a Vietnam veteran/mental patient father whose exposure to Agent Orange left his brother Maxx physically and visually impaired and his sister Dee Ann unable to walk or speak. Finding refuge in Hip-Hop, R.A. began his whirlwind rap career at the age of 12. His immediate growth as an artist and constantly raising profile soon caught the attention of the majors and R.A. found himself at the center of a nine label bidding war. While he eventually signed with Jive, his vile behavior proved too much for the label to handle as they left him to die without an album in stores to his name.

Taking matters into his own hands, R.A. pioneered the truly independent indie-rap hustle, pressing his own vinyl singles and racking up one of the most impressive resumes in Rap history. From Wu-Tang and Mobb Deep to Biggie and Kool G. Rap, not to mention productions from Erick Sermon, DJ Quik and The Alchemist, his discography reads like a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. The Rugged Man has also been championed by critics for his show-stealing work on the three ‘Rawkus Soundbombing’ collections, as well as contributing “Break the Walls Down” to the Platinum selling ‘WWF Aggression’ compilation. The past decade has fortunately seen many of these classics released and remastered on both his 2004 debut ‘Die Rugged Man, Die!’ and his ‘Legendary Classics’ compilation that included “Uncommon Valor,” his collaboration with Jedi Mind Tricks that saw him awarded the prestigious “Hip-Hop Quotable” by The Source magazine. R.A. has also been acclaimed for his writing, regularly contributing to Vibe, Complex and Mass Appeal magazine as well as landing a book deal with Testify books. R.A. is also the screenwriter and producer of the Cult Film Bad Biology and is working on his directorial debut; a documentary based on the life of his father Staff Sgt. John A Thorburn

Currently, R.A. finds himself in the studio, readying his new album for Nature Sounds. Joined by celebrated producers Buckwild, Marco Polo, Ayatollah and Lil Fame of M.O.P., it promises to not only live up to his legendary standards, but exceed every grimy expectation. A traditionalist, innovator and trailblazer, R.A. has devoted his life to Hip-Hop, stating “The only reason I live is to be the best at what I do and I get better at it every year of my life. I can’t wait to unleash it to the world.”

-Words by Chaz Kangas


[New Music] Cee Knowledge Presents: The Expendables (The Mixtape)

Doodlebug of the Grammy award winning Digable Planets crew presents…

Cee Knowledge aka Doodlebug of the Grammy award winning Digable Planets crew presents a compilation of underground Hip Hop tracks featuring Lord Jamar of the Brand Nubians, General Steele of Smif n Wessun, Booty Brown of the Pharcyde, Kin4Life, Big Wayne aka Cash I$, Third Degree, Tony award winning Black Ice of HBO’S Def Poetry Jam and more!

Production by Cee Know the Doodlebug, LexZyne Productions, Shawneci Icecold, Kronos and Rize, Adam 12, MacKay and Nic the Graduate.

Catch the full mixtape after the first video.

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