Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Consequence: "Whatever You Want ft. Kanye West & John Legend"

The Grammy Family returns for the first single off of Consequence's Cons TV. Shouts to NahRight on the artwork and the links — I have to run to a couple meetings right now so I had no time to upload things myself.

Consequence: "Whatever You Want ft. Kanye West & John Legend" [DIRTY]
Consequence: "Whatever You Want ft. Kanye West & John Legend" [CLEAN]

D/Will: "Knock" (Video)

Last week, I posted D/Will's free album, Battery Effect. Here's a video for "Knock," off of that album.

Jimmy2Times: Michael Jackson Tribute Mix

Spotted this at City Pages blog Gimme Noise. Here's what they had to say:
Fans of Michael Jackson all have their own way of mourning the King Of Pop. Perhaps you became a dancin' machine at the club last weekend when they played some of his tunes in remembrance. Maybe (like a certain sister of mine) you've played his music nonstop since his death, as if a second of silence means we'd forget.

It has got to be a special thing, though, when you're the one behind the turntables giving grieving fans a piece of what you treasured about this man, while simultaneously paying your own homage with his music. Jimmy 2 Times had such an outlet last Saturday on RSE Radio.
"This mix features my own personal favorites by the best to ever do it, Michael Jackson," Jimmy said.
Jimmy2Times: Michael Jackson Tribute Mix

Naledge: "Focus" (Video)

In support of Naledge's Chicago Picasso retail mixtape in stores today world-wide, watch the latest music video off the album for his track "Focus." Directed by Noah Banks, the video took three weeks to reach completion as it's comprised of over 3,000 still photos and zero video footage. Naledge's "Chicago Picasso" Mix CD, hosted by Mick Boogie and DJ Timbuck2, is a 20 track album that features 100% original music, as well as guest appearances from Bun B, Curren$y, Mickey Factz, Jay Electronica, Chip Tha Ripper, and Rhymefest.

Lupe Fiasco: "Shining Down" (Live at Summerfest 2009)

Now I really regret not making the short trip to America's Drunkest City for Summerfest. Hit up The LupEND Blog for additional footage of Lupe paying homage to Michael Jackson.

Royce Da 5'9": "Gun Harmonizing"

2DopeBoyz just dropped this first leak from Royce's The Revival EP, which comes out July 7. The EP is coming out because Royce's much-hyped Street Hop LP got pushed back due to his Slaughterhouse project coming out in late July.

Royce Da 5'9": "Gun Harmonizing"

Various Artists: Freestyle at Toki Wright's Album Release Party (Video)

Minneapolis Fucking Rocks threw this video of a few artists (Toki not included) freestyling at the end of Toki's A Different Mirror release party. I believe that's Longshot of Chicago going first, then St. Paul Slim, and the video ends with Brother Ali giving props via freestyle to his "one man live band" concert partner.

Mr. Hudson: "Supernova ft. Kanye West"

Monday, June 29, 2009

Ill Poetic: "Drawing Board Rhyme Scheme"

Ill Poetic hit me with this track at the start of last weekend, but I decided to hold on to it until today. It's his installment in the DJBooth.net freestyle series. He produced the track as well.

Ill Poetic: "Drawing Board Rhyme Scheme"

Jay-Z: "D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)" (Video)

Kanye and No ID on the boards, handling bidness. Tons of cameos in this one — keep your eyes peeled.

Kanye West: "Street Lights" (Video)

Off of Ye's 808s and Heartbreak (Review).

Kanye West: "Stronger" (Live on Ellen Degeneres' Show)

Apparently Ellen and Kanye are homies.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lupe Fiasco: The L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto (Video)

You can also check the nifty website, wearenotlosers.com. It's refreshing to see an artist of Lupe's magnitude take such a stance.

Friday, June 26, 2009

P.O.S.: "Graves" + "Savion Glover" (At Warped Tour)

Saw this at Rhymesayers employee JakeMoney's Twitter. It's P.O.S. performing "Graves" and "Savion Glover" at a pre-Warped Tour '09 warehouse party in LA.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

5 Things You Don't Know About Kid Cudi (Video)

Thrilling information via MTV.

Add-2: "Tonight's The Night Freestyle"

I'm incredibly late on posting this, it's way tougher to stay up to date with blogging in the summertime, when there's so much else to do. Either way, the homie Add-2, who had a track on Flyover Land, Vol. 1, just sent this new freestyle my way.

Add also informed me that he's working on his new mixtape, A Tale of Two's City, Vol. 3.

Add-2: "Tonight's The Night Freestyle"

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Toki Wright Discusses his Favorite Aspect of Performing with MTV (Video)

MTV2 is hosting a Twin Cities edition of Sucker Free, and tons more videos can be found here. They include interviews with Slug, more Toki, P.O.S., Brother Ali, Freeway and Jake One, and more. BOOM!

Drake: "Think Good Thoughts ft. Phonte & Elzhi"

Honestly, not a big Drake fan. I find him pretty one-dimensional. But this track has got some new Elzhi on it, so I'm pretty much obligated to post. An unfinished, sans-Elzhi version was featured on Drake's Comeback Season mixtape, which I never heard. Apparently now that Drake finally paid 9th Wonder for the beat, as he produced this track, so it can be released properly. Shout to Rappers I Know.

Drake: "Think Good Thoughts ft. Phonte & Elzhi"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Red Bull Music Academy & Last of the Record Buyers Present: Content Under Pressure

Very dope concept. Spotted at M.anifest's blog. Tons of dope Twin Cities artists involved.

Producers: Blueprint, Medium Zach, O-D, Katrah-Quey, Benzilla, X:144 & Big Cats!
Rappers: Abstract Rude, M.anifest, St Paul Slim, Carnage, New MC, Sims, & Felipe Cuauhtli

Looking forward to seeing more about this when it goes down!

D/Will: Battery Effect (Free Album)

Kansas City's D/Will, who contributed a track to Flyover Land, Vol. 1, just linked up with 2DopeBoyz to release Battery Effect, a free album, to the masses. Tracklist below and download link at the end of the post.DOWNLOAD - D/Will: Batter Effect (Free Album)

Toki Wright: Deeper Than Rap - Album Release Party

Wish I was home for this — Toki Wright absolutely shut it down at Soundset 2009, and I expect nothing less than that at his A Different Mirror album release party. Make sure to hit up First Ave on Friday, June 26 for that show — and you'll also catch Longshot of Chicago, Abstract Rude, and more.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Brutal: "Hate Harder ft. Trey Lane & V The Noble One"

Trey Lane (pictured above) sent me this track by Brutal of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It will be featured on Brutal's upcoming album.

Brutal: "Hate Harder ft. Trey Lane & V The Noble One"

Nametag: "The Beat Bang ft. Quest M.C.O.D.Y."

Quest jumps on this Nametag track. Produced by DefMan, this track is the official single for Nametag's forthcoming free mixtape download presented by Dub MD titled Classic Cadence Vol. 2 scheduled for release date on August 10th.

Nametag: "The Beat Bang ft. Quest M.C.O.D.Y."

Clipse: "Kind Of Like A Big Deal ft. Kanye West" (Video)

Spotted at NahRight. Off of Clipse's upcoming Till The Casket Drops.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lupe Fiasco: "Shining Down" (Live in Houston)

This happened at a Bun B & friends event — looks pretty great. I also posted Lupe and Bun B performing "Swang on Em," for good measure. Hit up One Neck, Two Chains for more videos of Lupe ("Superstar," Hip-Hop Saved My Life"), Drake, and Bun B.

The Cool Kids: "Hammer Bros" (Live in Houston)

Off the duo's Gone Fishing mixtape. Shouts to One Neck Two Chains, more videos in the next post.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Finale: Freestyle in the Park (Video)

I review Finale's terrific album, A Pipe Dream and a Promise, a while back. Now he hooks up with RubyHornet for a Freestyle in the Park segment.

Junkyard Empire: "Rebellion Politik!"

Graham O'Brien (drummer and beat-maker from Abzorbr and No Bird Sing) just put me up on this new project he is a part of, Junkyard Empire. Junkyard is a full 5 piece band heavy on hard-hitting political lyrics and a hip hop-jazz feel. The group just finished recording their debut EP, Rebellion Politik, which will have guests Desdamona and RDM (Abstract Pack). The the album is in mastering now, so stay on the lookout for that. Meanwhile, here is the EP's firey title track for you to check out.

Junkyard Empire: "Rebellion Politik!"

Toki Wright: "A-Yo Freestyle"

This was actually one of the first tracks to be posted on other blogs today, but it's Toki Wright, so I'm putting it up front and center for the rest of the night. Toki jumped on the Pete Rock-produced single off of Redman & Method Man's recent Blackout 2 album to do his thing.

Toki Wright: "A-Yo Freestyle"

Guilty Simpson: "Feel It"

Keeping things Michigan for a moment, the homie Shake at 2DopeBoyz threw up this new track from Guilty Simpson.

Guilty Simpson: "Feel It"

Lupe Fiasco: Complex Magazine Interview

Lupe speaks on his clothing line, Trilly & Truly.

Quest M.C.O.D.Y.: "Get Em Freestyle"

Detroit Rap posted this new freestyle from Quest M.C.O.D.Y.

Quest M.C.O.D.Y.: "Get Em Freestyle"

Big Sean: MTV Mixtape Daily (Video) + Guest spot on Wale's "Wonder Why"

Sorry for my entire absence today. I woke up on my living room couch at 6:30am extremely hungover (ouch!), and was pretty much occupied with other tasks from then on. Now, I'm back to give a quick blow-by-blow of what you all missed today — if you only checked Midwest Broadcast, that is.

In this MTV segment, Big Sean recounts his first encounter with Kanye West, and how he ended up getting signed. Pretty cool story. And as a bonus, I included a new Wale song featuring Big Sean and Mike Posner (Produced by 9th Wonder) at the bottom of the post.

Wale: "Wonder Why ft. Big Sean & Mike Posner"

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Royce Da 5'9": "D.O.A. (Redemption)"

Royce and Slaughterhouse had a pretty amazing freestyle session on DJ Green Lantern's radio show just the other day, but people were criticizing Royce for spitting some previously written material (even though it was fire). Just to make up for that, he spits some new material over the "D.O.A." beat, complete with some shots fired in Charles Hamilton's direction. Props to Shake.

Royce Da 5'9": "D.O.A. (Redemption)"

Black Milk: The Takeover Radio Show Interview (Video)

No idea why they split this into three different videos, but Black Milk speaks on a variety of things, including the Random Axe project, what songs are in his iPod, hip-hop production, and more.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jordan Looney: Nerd-Hop, Vol. 2 Freestyle (Video)

Jordan Looney wanted to say thanks to all those who downloaded and listened to Nerd-Hop, Vol. 2. Then he kicks a quick freestyle. He's also performing in tonight's Fake Shore Drive Showcase, so hopefully some footage of that show comes about.

Twin Cities Independent Music Week on MTV2: Soundset 2009 Highlights + More (Videos)

Rhymesayers just announced that MTV2 is currently putting on Twin Cities Independent Music Week. I remember hearing that they were getting some footage at Soundset 2009, but I was unsure of what it was all going towards. MTV2 just put up about 8 videos on their website, and because this is a pretty special occasion, I'm reposting all of the hip-hop videos on Midwest Broadcast. Plenty of Atmosphere, P.O.S., and Brother Ali interviews and performance footage. Also, If you hit their website, there are also two additional videos focusing on Minneapolis indie rock band Tapes 'N Tapes.

Highlights of Soundset 2009

Atmosphere: "The Waitress" (Live at Soundset 2009)

Brother Ali: "Self Taught" (Live at Soundset 2009)

Rhymesayers Gives P.O.S. His Voice

P.O.S.: "Optimist" (Live at Soundset 2009)

Inside P.O.S.'s Home Studio

Kid Cudi: "Excuse My Mood"

Cudi drops a quick verse over the "Kind Of Like A Big Deal" beat. Nothing too amazing, but I can dig it.

Kid Cudi: "Excuse My Mood"

Dialek: 'Human Becoming' Promo Video

Beyonce: "Ego ft. Kanye West" (Video)

The full video minus the RapRadar tags can be found here at YouTube, but the embedding is disabled and I'm not tech-savvy enough to figure out how to do anything with it on my own.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Grynch: "Chemistry ft. One Be Lo"

I'm not familiar with Grynch, but I definitely know who One Be Lo is. Well, Grynch has an EP coming out on July 7, and this is track off the project. Shouts to 2DopeBoyz.

Grynch: "Chemistry ft. One Be Lo"

Naledge: "Pharcyde Freestyle"

From RubyHornet:
Naledge drops another gem from The Chicago Picasso sessions. "Pharcyde Freestyle" didn't make the final cut, but it appears below for your download and listening pleasure. The Chicago Picasso is out June 30th via Duck Down Records.
Naledge: "Pharcyde Freestyle"

Lupe Fiasco: "Fire"

This track appeared on FakeShoreDrive's latest mixtape, but Sketches of My Soul dropped the no-DJ version. Andrew seemed pretty surprised about that.

Lupe Fiasco: "Fire"

F. Stokes & Lazerbeak: "Pretty Shit"

Here's a song from F. Stokes & Lazerbeak's EP, Death of a Handsome Bride (Review). Also, if you want a non-album joint, check out his track, "Letter To Kanye," which I posted a few days ago.

F. Stokes & Lazerbeak: "Pretty Shit"

Blueprint: Updates on Status of New Album

Blueprint just posted some updates about his new album on his blog. I'm reposting them here, in case you're interested:

Truthfully, my record not dropping yet is more a decision of mine than theirs. I had a release date that i decided i was a little too rushed to do everything I wanted to do, so i let it go. After that, I took a step back and we decided to just make the album as good as possible and not stress release dates.

but there have been some issues along the way:

1. the dude who did my artwork (and tons of artwork for me over the years) retired. this may not seem to have much impact since the art was done, but it could pose a real problem when you want to get adjustments made or when you want to adapt that design to fit other mediums like web, print, advertisements. so i had to get my artwork totally redone.

2. hard drive crash - everybody around me knows i had a major hd crash around march that had the lab closed for a couple months. i just got everything back up and running, and actually i think my setup is better now because everything is mobile, so i can do beats anywhere now, which is what i’ve always wanted to do but never quite could.

3. sample clearance issues - there’s a couple things on my album that rse is concerned about, and would like to pull off the album because of samples. obviously i want to keep the songs, but to do so i need to find a creative way to get rid of the samples in question w/o ruining the essence of the song. this is something i havent really had to deal with before because i was “under the radar” so to speak. on 1988 i was able to do whatever i wanted to do and i didn’t think twice about samples. however, there is a feeling that this record will get more exposure and because of that it will also become more of a target for lawsuits for uncleared samples. i kind of knew this going in so i kept the blatant samples to a minimum, but there are still some things that i need to be cautious about and fix. so between having certain things replayed and reevaluating the tracklisting i’m trying to resolve these issues.

4. the edit - i’m trying to cut the album down time wise and song wise. it is a very dense listen and i dont want to make it any more challenging of a listen than it needs to be. plus i’m a fan of short albums with little filler.

at any rate, its really in my court at this point, and my goal is to have all this stuff wrapped up soon…like within 2 weeks, especially since my lab is back up. i came back from soundset very motivated. i was honestly very shocked that so many people were asking me about new music and still responded to 1988 and Things Go Better, and it encouraged me to get back n the lab and fix all this shit asap. sometimes its good to me reminded that people enjoy what you do and want you to continue doing it.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Jordan Looney: Nerd-Hop, Vol. 2 (Free Mixtape)

St. Paul native and present Chicago resident Jordan Looney made a splash with his debut mixtape, Nerd-Hop, Vol. 1. Now he returns with the next installment in his series. It's another collection of songs that showcase his strong lyrical abilities. Looney will be the opening act in the upcoming 'Exit Fake Shore Drive' concert, so watch out for the emcee doing big things in the Midwest.

Jordan Looney: Nerd-Hop, Vol. 2 (Free Mixtape)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Eyedea & Abilities: "Glass" (Live at Grand Old Days)

Shoot First Pro got some high quality footage of Eyedea & Abilities performing "Glass," from their E&A album, at this year's Grand Old Days festival in St. Paul. Eyedea is easily the quirkiest live rapper out. The group's first album in about five years, By The Throat, will be in stores on July 21. Shouts to Kevin, who put me on to this video.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Grouch & Eligh: "BOOM! ft. Slug"

Slug jumps on this single from Grouch & Eligh's latest album, Say G&E, which was released a little while ago. I recommend it as a worthwhile purchase, not only because this track rocks, but because the entire album absolutely bumps, and you can catch guest spots from Blu, Sage Francis, Gift of Gab, and more.

Grouch & Eligh: "BOOM! ft. Slug"

Toki Wright: 'A Different Mirror' Vlog Day 4 (Video)

Please, please, do yourself a favor and buy Toki's album, A Different Mirror, lest he shows up at your front door and catches you slipping. It's at Fifth Element, it's on iTunes, it's everywhere else you need it to be. So what are you waiting for?

Oh, and make sure you check out the 2:43 mark of the video. What a pleasant surprise! Thanks, Toki!

Kanye West: More Songs from Chicago Benefit Concert (Video)

He performs "Amazing," "Jesus Walks," "Through The Wire," and "Can't Tell Me Nothing."

Kanye West: "Flashing Lights" + "Homecoming" (Live in Chicago 6/11/09)

Kanye hit The Chicago Theatre just yesterday to put on a show in support of his Kanye West Foundation. Some footage has been surfacing on YouTube — this is some of the better quality video that I found. Looks like it was a great night.

Toki Wright: B96 Homegrown Heatrocks Interview + Freestyle (Video)

Toki Wright is EVERYWHERE right now. Last time, I posted his interview with Mr. Peter Parker at Soundset 2009, now he got his feature on B96's Homegrown Heatrocks feature.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Big Quarters: 'Beat For Beat' at McNally Smith Hip-Hop Kickoff (Video)

Medium Zach and Brandon Allday went head to head in a pseudo beat battle at McNally Smith's recent Hip-Hop Diploma kick-off event. I know I raved all about Medium Zach in my recent review of Brown Babies, but Brandon Allday sure can cook up some fire as well.

Toki Wright: Interview with Mr. Peter Parker at Soundset 2009 (Video)

Let's keep this train moving.

Thank you, Toki Wright, for being an extremely well spoken hip-hop artist.

P.O.S.: Interview with Mr. Peter Parker at Soundset 2009 (Video)

Mr. Peter Parker continues his Soundset 2009 exposed series.

PREVIOUSLY - P.O.S.: "Goodbye" (Official Music Video)

Big Quarters: From The Home of Brown Babies and White Mothers (Album Review)

On the chorus to “Good Look,” brothers Medium Zach and Brandon Allday of Big Quarters rap: “Independents made ground/ Industry breaks down/ What else are you coming with?/ It’s not grinding if it don’t feel like punishment.” Minneapolis’ Mexican-American hip-hop duo is a quintessential example of the new wave of creativity in indie hip-hop marketing. The group has gained notice by continually grinding, self-promoting themselves through an innovative ‘BQ Direct’ system — giving their fans five new tracks monthly. Now, they return with their sophomore full-length album, From the Home of Brown Babies and White Mothers.

The album’s strength rests in its production. Medium Zach crafted most of the beats on Brown Babies, and can transition effortlessly across several styles. From the heavily syncopated opener, “Newborn,” to the sample-heavy “Prom Mrs.,” to the festive, horn-dominated “Free Shipping,” Zach has clearly been honing his abilities since the last album, Cost of Living. However, the absolute gem of the album in terms of production is the subdued “All Day Long.” On typical occasions, it is a listening nightmare to try to navigate as many samples and instrumental overdubs as Medium Zach included in that beat (vocal samples, piano, multiple synths, guitar, and more) but in this instance every layer blends together beautifully.

Though the production is the highlight of the album, this is not to say that the rapping is pedestrian. Brandon Allday’s often slow rhyming can grow tedious at times (see his verse on “Barter System”), but while he doesn’t deliver many jaw-dropping verses on the album, he almost always comes through with clever one-liners (“In the office like Ricky Gervais,” or “My Northern slang overhang like a Yooper”) or heartfelt confessions (“I’ll stop burning flags when you cops quit harassing me, don’t know when that’ll be”). In the end, both members of Big Quarters succeed lyrically with honest, personal, levelheaded lyricism. You won’t hear much boasting on Brown Babies; Big Quarters let the music speak for itself.

There are also a handful of guest appearances on Brown Babies, all from Minneapolis artists. Crescent Moon kicked one of the album’s best verses in his guest spot for “Wipe The Dust.” P.O.S. dropped some surprisingly disappointing non sequitur on “One On The Lip,” which was a letdown mainly because of the consistently superb quality of his work as of late. Alissa Paris and Atmosphere backup singer Mankwe Ndosi both contribute pleasant choruses. Lastly, M.anifest sung backup vocals for “Ladies Know,” although it would have been nicer to hear him rap over the Mux Mool produced beat that sounded tailor-made for the smooth Ghanaian emcee.

As a whole, Brown Babies is one of the most consistent efforts of the year. Through both the lyrics and the production, the album maintains continuity throughout, all with an uncompromising theme of grassroots work ethic. Medium Zach and Brandon Allday may have punished themselves through nonstop grinding, but their final product was one of the best local releases of 2009 thus far.

Bonus: “Barter System” Music Video

See More Perspective: "What's Up"

The good folks at Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records just hit me with See More Perspective's lead single off his upcoming First Impression EP. The emcee/producer recently took a brief hiatus in Chicago, but the forthcoming EP will be his formal reintroduction to the Twin Cities scene. While this particular track has a dominant party vibe, the rest of the EP features See More's contemplative and philosophical side, as well as an impressive instrumental track. The EP will be officially released on June 30, and you can hit up Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records for a more thorough press release.

See More Perspective: "What's Up"

Toki Wright: 'A Different Mirror' Promo (Video)

Where's the love Toki? Hah! Just playing.

Buy A Different Mirror right now if you haven't done so already.

DJ House Shoes Speaks on Charles Hamilton/J Dilla Situation (Video)

Hip-Hop Official was able to get a sit down with Detroit, Michigan's DJ House Shoes to provide a thorough play by play of the entire Charles Hamilton/J Dilla debacle. He breaks down all the details, so if you're unaware, you can catch up on what went down.

Buy Jay Stay Paid. RIP Dilla.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

P.O.S.: "Goodbye" (Music Video)

So if you recall, in the wake of Never Better, P.O.S. mentioned that he recorded six videos for songs off the album. By my count, we only got two: "Drumroll" and "Optimist." I was wondering what happened to the other videos when, in a serendipitous moment of YouTube searching, I stumbled across this seemingly official video for "Goodbye." I have no explanation for why Rhymesayers or P.O.S. never promoted it, but here it is. Good stuff. Now, let's find these remaining three videos!

Update: Apparently this video was packaged with the iTunes store download of Never Better, which would explain its relative obscurity.

Toki Wright: Interview with Davey D (Video)

Toki Wright sat down with legendary hip-hop journalist Davey D to speak about his new hip-hop diploma program at St. Paul's McNally Smith as well as race relations in hip-hop.

P.O.S.: "Let it Rattle" + "Goodbye" (Live in Paris)

Speaking of P.O.S., he is in Europe touring right now. This guy was able to snag a little footage of him performing two of his best live tracks in Paris, "Let it Rattle" and "Goodbye."

On that note, I have another pleasantly surprising P.O.S. post coming up in a couple minutes.

Doomtree & Toki Wright: "Drumsticks (Live)" (Video)

Doomtree and Toki Wright joined forces to perform at McNally Smith's Hip-Hop Diploma kick-off event. With P.O.S.'s absence, Toki found a slot to kick a quick a quick verse during "Drumsticks."

Kanye West on 'The View' (Video)

Ha! Thanks, Rap Radar.

Toki Wright: 'A Different Mirror' + "Next Best Thing (Live)" (Video)

Lots of Toki posts coming up. Gitcha towels ready!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Brother Ali: Interview with The Sound of Young America

The Sound of Young America puts on a regular interview series, and their most recent subject was none other than Minneapolis' own Brother Ali. He sat down for a 34-minute interview to speak on his childhood and the difficulties with growing up albino, regionalism in hip-hop, religion, and more.

Download Interview with Brother Ali (Right click + 'Save As')

PREVIOUSLY - Brother Ali Performed Two New Songs from his Upcoming Street Preacher LP at Soundset 2009

SoulStice: "Chi Worldwide ft. Naledge & GLC"

NahRight world premier. The one-time Chicago emcee SoulStice gets down with a few present Chi-Town heavyweights for this remix to the original track off GLC's Similar To The Letters mixtape.

SoulStice: "Chi Worldwide ft. Naledge & GLC"

Toki Wright: The Best Part of Waking Up ('A Diferent Mirror' Promo Video)

Toki Wright's Rhymesayers debut LP, A Different Mirror, came out today. If you don't have it yet, slap yourself in the face. Then, go to Fifth Element and buy it. Or here, or here, or here. You get the picture.

Just.Live: "I'm Phresh" (Video)

Just.Live performing their single "I'm Phresh" at The Fineline on May 22.

Quest MCODY: "Gotta Go"

I agree with Khal of Rock The Dub:
Murdering beats like this make me question why cats like Asher Roth get beats like "Lark."
Quest MCODY goes in on Mr. Roth's beat, and throws some jabs at Charles Hamilton, for his recent shameless move of giving the late J Dilla executive producer credit for his upcoming debut album. Those in the Detroit/Michigan scene close to J Dilla are not happy. Moe inevitable shots to come soon, I'm sure.

Quest MCODY: "Gotta Go"

Mick Luter: Freestyle in the Park (Video)

Via Ruby Hornet.

Eminem: "Crack a Bottle ft. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent" (Video)

This might not be available come morning. Catch it while you can. Shouts to Yardie.

Monday, June 8, 2009

F. Stokes: "Letter To Kanye"

The homie F. Stokes just hit me with this new track, on which, over the "Homecoming" instrumental, he explains his feelings towards Kanye and Mr. West's legacy in Chicago. On the version he sent me, the first verse from "Blessings," off his Death of a Handsome Bride EP (Review), was tacked on to the end. I took that file and split off just the "Letter to Kanye" track into a separate mp3 file, but both are included below for your listening pleasure.

F. Stokes: "Letter To Kanye"
F. Stokes: "Letter To Kanye + Blessings"

Add-2: "Nicole Brown Simpson"

Add-2 sent this through the inbox a bit ago. His new joint, "Nicole Brown Simpson," really showcases his lyrical ability. It's apparent that Add-2 puts time and effort into crafting his lyrics — something all too ignored in today's rap scene.

Add-2: "Nicole Brown Simpson"

Kid Cudi: "Poke Her Face" + "Spazzin'" (Live at The Roots Picnic)

Lupe Fiasco: "Go Go Gadget Flow (Live)" (Video + Download)

Sean at the LupEND Blog just posted some audio and video of Lupe performing at the Palace in Melbourne, Australia recently. It appears that Triple J Radio (yeah, me neither) was able to get some pretty high quality recording of the concert. The video is below, and the audio download is at the end of the post.

Lupe Fiasco: "Go Go Gadget Flow (Live)"

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Toki Wright: "The Feeling ft. Brother Ali" (Snippet via Video)

I only skimmed through this short video (too much beer), it seems relatively useless in terms fo learning something new. However, it previews a new track from Toki Wright's upcoming album, A Different Mirror, the Brother Ali produced single "The Feeling." Otherwise the video just features Toki doing his thing at the roller rink — definitely taking me back to my middle school days!

Jordan Looney: "Sleepy Head"

Chicago via St. Paul rapper Jordan Looney (I formerly wrote about him under the name J.Loonz) is putting out Nerd-Hop, Vol. 2 very soon. In the meantime, here's the first single from that project, "Sleepy Head."

Also, Jordan has the opportunity to open up for the Exit Fake Shore Drive concert. Andrew of Fake Shore Drive is hosting a poll on his site, and Jordan is currently dominating the voting. Make sure to hit up his site or Ptoda's blog to vote for Jordan Looney.

Jordan Looney: "Sleepy Head"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Jay-Z: "Death of Autotune" (Prod. No I.D.) (CDQ)

I'm posting again because I spotted the CD-quality version of Jigga's new track at Andrew's spot — the man's got a connect somewhere. He also claims that No I.D. is actually the only producer on the track, not him and Kanye. I also read that this is just a street single — the song will be reworked for the Blueprint 3 version.

Jay-Z: "Death of Autotune" (Prod. No I.D.) (CDQ)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Jay-Z: "Death of Autotune" (Prod. Kanye West & No I.D.)

The song of the day finally makes its way to the internet. Jay's newest track, presumably from his upcoming Blueprint 3, was just played on Hot97 just moments ago, and EVERYONE came through with a radio rip. Even though it's a Hov song, I figure if Kanye and No I.D. produce a song together, then it merits a post on Midwest Broadcast.

Update: Love the song. Hov is good but not great, beat is spectacular. The only thing I don't get is how Jigga can shout out Funk Flex, Mr. Cee, and Hot 97 so many times in one song and it can still be an album track. We'll see if this version makes the album. All I know if this beat is insane. Kanye and No I.D. producing an entire album together > (insert anything here).

Jay-Z: "Death of Autotune" (Prod. Kanye West & No I.D.)

Big Sean: "Glenwood ft. Kanye West"

This is the first single/leak off of Big Sean's debut LP, Finally Famous. Props to Rap Radar.

Big Sean: "Glenwood ft. Kanye West"

A.R.M.: "Blame My Ego" (Download + Behind The Scenes Video)

A.R.M. (M.anifest and Krukid) is scheduled to release their yet-untitled album in a short matter of time. While we wait for that, below is a download of their song "Blame My Ego," and a "making of" reenactment of their video for the song.

A.R.M.: "Blame My Ego"

Dave Coresh: "K.I.M."

Chicago's Dave Coresh just released a new single from his upcoming Call Me Dave EP, which is due out in August 2009. "K.I.M." stands for keep it moving — I can dig it.

Dave Coresh: "K.I.M."

Kid Cudi: "Heaven At Nite" (Video)

Spotted this at Lowkey's spot, You Heard That New.

Naledge: "Star Struck" (Video)

Naledge's The Chicago Picasso will be dropping on June 30. I may also hit up Duck Down to do an interview with the Kidz In The Hall emcee, so stay on the lookout for that.

Previously - Naledge: "Star Struck" (Download)

Tanya Morgan: "So Damn Down" (Video)

Off of Brooklynati.

Add-2: Verse from "Starter Jacket" (Video)

Add-2 is currently shooting the video for "Starter Jacket," and has a new single in the works, so stay tuned.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kanye West: Freestyle (Video)

Shouts to Rap Radar.

Toki Wright: Best Week Ever Freestyle Collection, Vol. 1 (Free Download)

In promotion of his upcoming Rhymesayers debut album, A Different Mirror (Click to pre-order), Toki Wright was generous enough to share some of his "Best Week Ever" series for free. In case you don't recall, the "Best Weel Ever" series featured Toki doing weekly freestyles. This particular collection spans from May 2, 2008 to September 24, 2008, and features guest appearances from Mike Mictlan, P.O.S., and Freez of Illuminous 3. Remeber to get A Different Mirror on June 9!

Toki Wright: Best Week Ever Series, Vol. 1

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Random Axe (Black Milk, Sean Price, & Guilty Simpson): "Monster Babies"

News of this Random Axe project has been circulating for months now. Well, the first leak from this yet-untitled project is here, thanks to 2DopeBoyz.

Random Axe: "Monster Babies"

Mickey Factz: "Do My Do ft. Kid Cudi"

Two of XXL's "Freshman 10" of 2008 hook up for this upbeat, synth-heavy collaboration. Shouts to GFC New York.

Mickey Factz: "Do My Do ft. Kid Cudi"

Eric Blair and Kristoff Krane Performing with Big Trouble (Video)

How Was The Show caught a Big Trouble (the Heiruspecs band) show recently at The 331, and Eric Blair of No Bird Sing and Kristoff Krane made quick guest appearances for what looks to be an impromptu freestyle session.

Naledge: "Eye Of The Beholder" + "Flow From The Go"

From Ruby Hornet:
Celebrating the release of J Dilla's new album, Naledge lays down two serious freestyles over DILLA production. Check for Naledge's "Chicago Picasso" Mix CD dropping June 30th featuring tracks with Bun B, Mickey Factz, Rhymefest, Chip Tha Ripper, Jay Electronica, and more...
Naledge: "Eye Of The Beholder"
Naledge: "Flow From The Go"

Kanye West: "Paranoid ft. Mr. Hudson" (Final Video)

So the last version actually was not the finished version. Here's what Kanye had to say:
Shouts to Dre at Nah Right, who is up posting at 6:00AM. That's hustle!

Jay-Z & Eminem: "Renegade" (Live)

Rap Radar came through with some front row guerilla footage of Jay and Em performing "Renegade" at their recent show. Eminem's verses in this song > ____. Jay-Z live > ___.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kanye West: "Spaceship ft. GLC & Consequence" (Full Video)

What we've all been waiting for.

Kanye West: Interview with Sway of MTV (Video)

Oh, the things you miss when you aren't at your computer for a day. This is pretty entertaining.

Jake One & Freeway: Interview with Peter Parker at Soundset 2009 (Video)

Mr. Peter Parker continues his "Soundset '09 Exposed" video series with an interview. He asks the same questions to Freeway as he did to Jake One. No shots. The Stimulus Package should be out in August. EARLY!

Monday, June 1, 2009