My Book of Rhymes...

Today I decided to take a picture of my rhyme books. Seven rhyme books in total. Nowadays I tend to write utilizing my phone. It is weird to sit down and actually read lyrics that I wrote eight years ago haha. Reading the lyrics allowed me to reflect back on the mood associated with each verse.

Video: Born Unique - Boiler Room Freestyle

The homie Born Unique destroys a classic Dj Premier beat with his signature sound. The homie has been killing it for years and representing Virginia to the fullest. Watch this video and get familiar with the bully bars from Born Unique.

"Black Op tactical, gridiron tackle you
On an afternoon by the avenue by the Capitals"

Video: BlackEddie - Baby Chops

The homie BlackEddie hit me with this video called "Baby Chops." I like the video because of the message and what BlackEddie is rapping about. "Baby Chops" is in reference to Eddie's daughter and the video is very family oriented. Props to Black Eddie for presenting something that is different from the norm. - What's Up

Here is a dope track that is presented by (Jondis and IV the Polymath) called "What's Up" and it features the smooth production of IV the Polymath and rhyming from Jondis. I like that the track presented a joyful and jubilant side as opposed to being super serious. This track is included on Spill which can be purchased HERE (10% of ALL money goes to St. Jude Children's Hospital to help the fight against cancer). You can download "What's Up" below by clicking on the Download Now button.

Video: WMS the Sultan making a beat...

I received this video in the email today from WMS the Sultan showcasing his beat making prowess. WMS the Sultan has produced tracks for Raekwon, Kool G Rap, Busta Rhymes, Vado, Joe Budden, Stat Quo, Akrobatik and more. Check out the video and drop some feed for The Sultan.

Hell Rell feat. M-Dot, Benefit, Dj Grazzhoppa - Nothing to Fool With

This is an awesome song that features Dipset rhyming machine Hell Rell, Boston emcee M-Dot and Springfield, Massachusetts emcee Benefit. The song is called "Nothing to Fool With" and it features the vocals of another Boston inhabitant, Jtronius (singing on the hook). The track is finalized with the scratching ability of Dj Grazzhoppa. The track is produced by FRZ and it is certified fiyah. You can listen to the track below and download it HERE.

Video: ChicanGeorge - Scoreboard

The homie ChicanGeorge tweeted me this video for a powerful song called "Scoreboard." I like the concept and how ChicanGeorge presented the concept of good and evil utilizing a scoreboard. Everything deemed Good would be a win and everything bad would be a loss. It is intriguing and interesting to know one's score at the end of the day. What is your score?

FREE Download: Toxz - Navrat Nanos EP

Today I want to introduce you all to the talents of Croatian emcee Toxz. Navrat Nanos is an EP that features raps by Toxz and production by Croatian beatmaker Dirty Hairy. Dirty Hairy also provides the cuts on the album as well. The album was created in a little apartment in Zagreb, Croatia and only utilizes vinyl, samplers and vintage hiphop production. You can download the project HERE or by clicking the download now button below.

The Rhyme Perspective: Trek Life

How are you doing today Trek Life?

Doing great homie, thanks for asking.

Thank you for taking the time for this interview. What does Trek Life represent and where do you reside?

No problem at all. I represent the working class man with dreams like everyone else. The dream isn't to be a "star," but to use my gifts to entertain & educate others, and feed my family. I was born in South Central LA and raised in West Covina or what many call "The Cov."

Recently Mello Music Group released a remix project called Wouldn't Change Nothing. Tell the masses about the concept of the project and the featured beatmakers on the project?

Wouldn't Change Nothing is a re-work of my album Everything Changed Nothing produced by Oddisee. I really enjoy the idea of remixing and reworking a project. I think it brings out the best in a producer and gives the listener a new perspective on the songs. I also want to play my part in helping producers from my area and others that have talent but not exposure, so projects like these help. It serves as promotion for Duke Westlake, A3, Audible Doctor, SlimKat and the cast of dope producers on the record. Of course Apollo Brown and Oddisee Got heat on there and Marv-One stepped in with heat as well.

Do you have a favorite song on the project and if so what is the name of it?

My favorite track would have to be the title track "Wouldn't Change Nothing." The song came about after finding out 2 friends of mine passed within weeks of each other of natural causes. It's crazy because they were both around my age. It affected me because like me they have kids and I realized how easily that could've been me. I felt heavy about them being gone so I wrote about how I felt in the moment. Very personal track

People should support Wouldn't Change Nothing and your discography because...

Because it's dope and I hope they like it. I can't ask anything more of the listeners than to purchase it if they enjoy it.

Describe the music scene in Los Angeles. Is it hard for an emcee that promotes positivity to stand out in a city known for gang violence and negativity?

LA is an awesome place for musicians, there are a ton of benefits to living in the entertainment capital of the world. With the mass amount of things going on, you can find ways to make a living without necessarily having to "play the record business game." The key to this city is to find your lane and work hard at making your name in it. Clicks and crews tend to hold you back out here more than help. You gotta stay true to your vision and it has a great chance of happening. Because of that it isn't hard to make it out here in the midst of the common view of Cali, there's so much going on that there's room for everyone.

One of my favorite tracks from you is from your 2005 release Price I've Paid album. "Maintain Excellence" is a song that caught my attention because of the production from Dj Babu and your raw rhyming ability. What did you want to present with the song and the album in general?,

Word!? Thank you. I actually produced "Maintain Excellence." Babu produced the A Side to the single "Hard Work." That was back when I had the patience to sit down sample and make beats. I dread the thought of that shit now lol. I just wanted to prove myself at the time. That whole first record was about proving my abilities to everyone, fans and industry folks alike.

Last year you released Everything Changed Nothing and I was amazed at the production credits. One song specially, "What It Is", garnered my attention because it is produced by Hudson Mohawke. You have work with a lot of dope beatmakers in your career. Describe the feeling associated with working with international beatmakers or beatmakers in general.

The thing about that is working with Hudson Mohawke, Oddisee, J.Bizness etc is a test of will power. Just about every track you get is fire so you have to be willing to accept that you're writing songs and not just beat riding. I like to be part of the beat, so when you hear it you don't hear it without me on it, or you automatically relate the topic I spit to that beat. I think those are the best songs and I've been blessed to meet and know some ill producers that support my vision. Internationally is just the same JR & PH7, Hudson Mohawke, Dj Flip all have extreme talent, you just have to find your place within what they produce.

Furthermore, you have a great ear for production. Has Trek Life ever tried his hand at production?

To me dope beats are relative to how well a rapper can play his part. You can get a beat that's super ill and mess it up by having the wrong song and/or emcee on it. I've passed on tracks that people would think I was crazy for passing on, but I couldn't hear myself or my story on them. Better to let them go to someone who can. I did beats for my first album and a few other unreleased songs before I started wanting to just focus on writing and business. I think it helped me pick beats because when I used to do beats I could hear the song as I was creating the beat. By the time I was done I had a hook and subject ready to go. Now I listen to other people's beats the same way.

Describe the relationship that you have with Mello Music Group and how did you link up with the Mello Music Group?

Oddisee brought me to Mello Music back during the New Money projects release. I was on some "hip-hop label fear" shit lol. But Mello is driven to push good music first. They don't put out what they don't believe in period and what they do put out, they are very open and available to talk about the whole story surrounding it, from sales numbers, to promo, to artwork. The experience is a shared experience as opposed to a label just snatching up your project and making decisions. I couldn't ask for a better situation since I had to make the climb back to being noticed by the fans. Mello has certainly been actively involved in pushing me back into the light.

I feel like you are underrated in regards to being an emcee. Do you feel that you are underrated or overlooked as an artist and does that fuel or inspire you to prove the naysayers wrong?

Sometimes I really do honestly, but I realize that the fans have so much music out there to consume and contrary to popular statements not all of it is wack. I think that there's a lot of good competition out there lyrically and talent wise. I try to keep that in mind when it feels like I'm being ignored. I also try to fine-tune the things that matter, like my live performance, my ability to make "complete" albums etc...A lot of people can spit, but there's a level above that, you gotta learn to use your talent to express the person you are. Ultimately that's what makes you great as an emcee. Battle rhymes can be just as empty as money rhymes, you know? I try to be the total package. Hopefully more people take notice as time goes on.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I'm working with a dope producer Duke Westlake on my 3rd official album Hometown Foreigner. I'm also working with producer crew Vinyl Frontiers on a project that's taking me forever to finish. I can't build a concept to it for some reason, but I'm looking to finish both by year's end.

What are some of your interests outside of hiphop?

I'm a straight computer and iDevice nerd. I hack my computer and phones and tweak things constantly, hell daily. I can sit for hours and jailbreak iPhones, customize PCs the whole 9. The homies call me Tech Life lol.

You are an avid Lakers basketball fan and a sports fan in general. What are your thoughts on the currently NBA Lockout? Do you think more players will take the D-Will route and play internationally as the Lockout progresses?

I doubt that a lot of NBA players will take that route. In the long run neither the players nor the owners are trying to sit a season without getting paid, I expect them to come to an agreement before the season starts. The NBA needs to take lessons from the NFL and put teams before players when they market, that's ultimately their biggest mistake. The folly of the Jordan Era.

How can the masses stay in contact with you?

Hit me up at my Official Site, Twitter or Facebook.

Any Final Thoughts?

Please check out Wouldn't Change Nothing, I work hard on every project and I hope you all enjoy it, thank you for the interview.


Wordsworth - Reach

Here is a new track from Wordsworth called "Reach". "Reach" is produced by Dave Notti. The concept of the track is refreshing as the veteran emcee utilizes the word reach and presents concepts applicable to the word. Is it refreshing to hear an emcee display versatility. Check this track out and let me know what you think of it.

Behind the Beats: Politiks

First and foremost, who is Politiks and where does he reside?

I'm a 23 year old Beatmaker from Stuttgart, the sixth largest town in Germany.

Describe your production style for the masses...

When I make beats I wanna take the listener on a journey. I love to use symphonic sounds (strings, pianos etc.). Working with such gives me the opportunity to make emotional music, that's what I love doing the most. Also I only work with hardware equipment, in particular the MPC sampler, cause the sound that comes out of that machine, combined with my analog mixer is unbelievable. I will never sell that piece of equipment, when I do I know I will regret it :D

I love your work with Silas Zephania and your production on the projects is great. Describe your working relationship with Silas Zephania and how did you guys link up?

As for me working with Silas Zephania is a gift. He's such a talented MC and has to be heard. When he makes music you hear that he does it with passion and the love for hip hop. So when I work with him, it's always special. I learned a lot from him and actually the work with Silas was the first exposure to the public. I thank him for that! The first day we met, I still remember it, he picked us up at the train station in London, and after a few minutes we were already talking about the golden era of hip hop and the sickest rhymes in the biz :D. From then it is History! Silas Zephania is family, he's the husband of my cousin, that's the way we met. LOL :D

On Silas's album War Begins Where Reason Ends, you showcase your production ability to the extreme. I like the versatility that you showcased on the album. Where do you draw your inspiration from and where does the versatility come from?

The beats you hear on the Album War Begins Where Reason Ends, were beats that I produced a very long time ago. For example "Ndola Princess" is beat I did in back in 2006, others were from 2007, 2008, 2009 and even 2010. The opportunity presented no need to rush and I could take my time producing those beats and make the album something special. A lot of beatmakers inspire me, the list would be to long :D, but my top 5 beatmakers who inspired me the most would be:

The Alchemist
Pete Rock
4th Disciple

Earlier this year you produced a single from Sadat X called "Put Ya Self On". Describe the feeling associated with working with a legend such as Sadat X.

Working with a legend like Sadat X was unbelievable. I never thought that I would even get a reply to the mail I sent him where I asked him if he wanted to collaborate with me. Getting a response from such a famous emcee means a lot to me. You can imagine my feelings was when I first heard that track, I don't think i have to explain that :D.

Do you have any plans to work with any other artists in the future? if so, who?

Yeah sure, I'm still young so I wanna work with as many artists as possible. I'd love to work with a female emcee such as Rapsody or Jean Grae. Also I really like what 9th Wonder and his team are building up in the US, so one of my next goals, is definitely working with artists from that camp. Also I'd love to work with artists such as Onyx, Heltah Skeltah, Pharoahe Monch etc. This list would be to long if I'd wrote everyone down :D

What equipment do you use to make beats?

As my main production tool (Sampler, sequencer), I use the classic MPC 2000XL beat machine. Then I run all my tracks through an analog mixer, EQ all my sounds there and record them into my DAW. That's basically it, I think for hip hop you don't need thousands of equipment tools.

Describe the hip-hop scene in Germany.

When I look back, the hip hop scene over here in Germany was incredible. Actually the town where I reside is the foundation of hip hop in Germany. There was a time where all the sickest hip hop tracks in Germany had a relation to Stuttgart. But then from 2003 to now hip hop started to get very commercial, gangsta rap started to get very popular, especially in Berlin. That's why I'm here and my goal is also to bring back that good hip hop.

You recently released Symphony which is a beat tape that is comprised of beats from 2006 to 2008. What did you want to present with this beat tape?

I wanted to showcase my production skills when I started making beats, cause in 2006 I actually bought my MPC. Between 2006 and 2008 I started to find out which style of making beats fit me the most. So all you hear on that Beat Tape is the very beginning of my production. It's like my personal release. I always think about how great it would be to hear the first beats from The Alchemist, RZA or the other great beat makers. Also it's always good when time passes to look back to the old releases.

How can the masses get in contact with you?

For beat inquiries the best way is to contact me in private via my email:

Also I'm on all the most common social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Bandcamp etc. So if someone would like to show me some love or send me a message, please contact me on those sites.

Any Final Thoughts?

I'd like to say thanks to everyone who supported me for doing something that I love. I appreciate all the feedback! Also I'd like to thank you, for giving me the opportunity to showcase myself on your blog. I appreciate that!

PS: Are you and Silas working on new material.

Right now we are still focusing on promoting our album War Begins Where Reason Ends, but we definitely will work together again. Maybe it even will be a second album, know one knows :D, just stay tuned!

Video: Alkota Beats Making a Beat

Here is the latest beatmaking video from Alkota Beats. The Alaskan based beatmaker shows the masses how to make a beat using Reason 5 and Recycle 2.1.

Video: Cane - Hot 16 BET Contest

Here is the latest entry from Cane for the BET Hot 16 Contest. The visual is provided by Mr. Fili; the winner of the BET Hot 16 Contest will have an opportunity to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

FREE Download: Praverb Dot Net x FWMJ's Producers I Know Present - Behind The Beats Volume 1

Praverb Dot Net x FWMJ's Producers I Know Presents: Behind The Beats Volume 1.

This project focuses on showcasing talented beatmakers all over the globe to the masses. This project features production and remixes from Jewbei, Centric, Dj Grazzhoppa, JR & PH7, Terem, Cold Legistics, Blastah Beatz and more.

The project will be the first of many and can be streamed HERE. You can also click the listen live button below to hear the project.

If you like what you hear you can download the project via Dropbox or Mediafire.

FREE Download: Dj KidCut - Lost In Sound

Here is the latest project from Dj KidCut called Lost In Sound. The project is eight tracks long and it features Lord Cyrus/Don Streat, Years Later, Coonen and more. The last four tracks of the project are instrumentals. Take the time to get acquainted with the beatmaker/Dj by clicking the download now button below.

Kev Turner - The Definition

The homie Kev Turner hit me with his latest single called "The Definition". The Philadelphia based emcee presents his proclamation regarding the definition of an emcee. The track is produced by J-Slant and it is the single for The Definition EP that will be entirely produced by J-Slant. You can preview the track below and download the track HERE if you like what you hear.

"I buried a few, emcees careers with these hands
My fists of fury do, damage like Lee's and Imp Man's"

- Kev Turner

Video: B.B.Z. Darney - Realities (cuts by Dj Grazzhoppa)

Here is a new instrumental track from Swedish based beatmaker B.B.Z. Darney that features cuts from Dj Grazzhoppa. Darney is a 16 year old beatmaker who make some phenomenal beats. Check out his YouTube page HERE.

The Rhyme Perspective: Procyse

First and foremost, who is Procyse and how long have you been rhyming?

Procyse is a 23 years young stallion, lol. Na, I'm just a man pursuing my passion for music and hoping it falls on the right set of ears that needs to hear what I'm saying. I've been rhyming for roughly about 9 years.

Your first experience with hip hop was in...

The 7th grade. I had this friend named Anthony, that told everyone I was the best battle rapper ever, lol (I had never rapped before in my life). So this kid Travis who was known as the "cool rapper" wanted to battle me. My friend, Anthony (who actually rapped) wrote a battle verse for me and I ended up winning. After that I fell in love with the art and respected it.

You are a part of a duo known as Soulfficial with crew mate Miz Logik. When did you guys decide to make music together and what are you guys working on?

We actually went to the same church for a few years before ever coming in contact with each other. We both had mutual friends that always told us about each other, but we never actually talked. As time went on we started building a relationship with one another, outside of music. We both were approached with a deal for an up and coming label that was starting by a friend and got the idea to start a group. We are currently working on a full length album entitled Wait Your Turn which will be out by the end of the year.

In 2010, Soulfficial released the Forever is Ours mixtape. How was the mixtape received and what did you guys want to present to the masses?

Forever Is Ours was basically a means to keep us going because at the time we really didn't have any beats. So we gathered up a bunch of instrumentals and just did our thing in a few weeks. We wanted to show everyone our lyricism and our skills and show our ability to make good music all while staying in the boundaries of our faith without being "corny". We actually got a really good response out of it in and out of our city. Sites like SOHH and some blogs really dug it and put it out for their fanbase to hear it, so that helped a lot. You hearing the mixtape is actually how me and you started talking, haha.

Who are some of your favorite artists and who would you like to collaborate with?

Man, I grew up listening to Nas, Jay-Z, Gang Starr, Pharoahe Monch, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dilated Peoples and a ton of others have influenced...My ALL time favorite though is Evidence, something about his flow and passion is unmatched in my book. Now, I listen to a lot of CHH stuff so I guess it'd be MuzeOne, Trip Lee, Sintax, Mars Ill & manCHILD, LeCrae, Othello, Braille, Theory Hazit and all them dudes...

Are you currently working on anything?

Yeah, I'm currently working on a few things. Like I said, The Soulfficial album, an album with a producer named Stephen Herrera, an EP with producer Dave Santos and another EP with a producer named Binox. They're all written with the exception of the EP with Dave Santos. I'm in the writing process with that project. So I'm attempting to stay busy.

Who would you like to work with in the future and why?

I would LOVE to work with Braille, he's always been an inspiration of mine. His passion that he puts in his music is phenomenal. I love how he wears his heart on his sleeve. I would also love to work with Theory Hazit, he's so raw and uncut. He is a true definition of an emcee and I admire everything he does. Last but not least would be, Trip Lee. I love the mans heart for god and he's a major influence being the same age I am.

In your music you have not been ashamed to proclaim your love for Christ. What obstacles have you encountered as a Christian hip hop artist?

Man, obstacles being a christian are crazy. the minute people hear that I love God, they automatically think I'm judgmental and super aggressive. Little do they know I'm not like that at all. People write me off because they hear God in my music, little do they know, I can SPIT..haha. I actually got a rep in Denver for being a battle rapper, so when people hear me now, it's weird for them.

What is your favorite biblical book and why?

I love Job. Just to see a man of God that lost EVERYTHING and still continued to glorify him without ever questioning him, is amazing. I don't even have that kind of faith, but it's definitely what I strive for.

How can the masses get in contact with you?

You can get at me on Twitter or on Facebook, just search Marc 'Procyse' Saenz. If you do none of that then hit the email, Finally you can download the Forever Is Ours mixtape and future projects at Our Bandcamp page.

Any Final Thoughts?

Be true to yourself and don't let anyone derail you from what you truly want to be. Love God and stay healthy, haha.

Thanx P.!

Behind the Beats: Smimooz

First and foremost, who is Smimooz and where does he reside? How long have you been making beats?

I was born in 1973 in a normal family. Smimooz means "excellent" in Arabic, it's a name my friends gave me in 1989 because they really appreciate what I do with the music. I live in the north side of Brussels in a hood named Skaarbeek, near by the centre, an area that use to be ruled by the laws of heroin and organized crime in the 80s and the 90s. Brussels is a crossroad and used to be one of the worst places to live in Europe because of its high level of unemployment. I grew up in these hostile streets full of threats, and started to make beats on cheap equipment in early 1987 to escape!

Together with Sozyone Gonzalez and Rayer we've create the first indie rap group in Belgium in 1991 called DE PUTA MADRE (which means 'HYPE' for Spanish people). As we were starting to tour the country we were in need of a good DJ to spin for the shows, so we got to meet Dj Grazzhoppa who had just won the European DMC championship.

Your biography states that you were one of the first beatmakers to start using samplers in the French part of Europe. How does it feel to be a trendsetter?

I don't really feel like one to be honest cuz, to me I was just trying to do what people like Marley Marl or Prince Paul were doing, it's just that FRENCH RAP was only starting in PARIS. I'm old school for the French but I feel a part of the new school when it comes to the globe you see? The reason why I kept on doing my stuff is that I could hear that it was coming out pretty fresh compared to what was out at that time. So I started to trust my skills and decided that I wanted to produce records.

What is your relationship with Dj Grazzhoppa and when did you first link up with him?

I met Grazz in 1991 when we were looking for a DJ to back us up for some shows and after a few times we really hooked up because of our influences and background with hip hop music. We became very good friends, he makes me laugh a lot, he's that kind of guy you'll never have a problem with! Grazz is my bro! and the only guy I can work on music with!

You have been a part of various crews or collectives during your career as a beatmaker. I believe that crews or groups provide an upper hand because the focus is on the advancement of the unit as opposed to individualized marketing. How beneficial is it to be apart of crews or groups?

Yeah the thing is that artistically it's good to have both, to work as a part of a collective project or to work solo...both are interesting, and you must adapt your style or you create one. It's all nothing but pleasure! Now if the collective you're working with is very active and works well with promo and stuff it's always a plus. fo sho!

Describe your style of production to the masses. What are some tips that you can provide to the up and comers?

Questions like this I like because I'm very selective with my music, I respect any work but to me there are two kinds of people, those who know how to paint a wall and those who are gonna make the wall look amazing with lots of good ideas and talent. Both can paint a wall but there's a difference still! It's the very same with music, a lot of people can program shit, but to program with style is much harder!

Personally, I always try to sound like the JB's, but I'd say that old boom bap from N.Y. is still the shit to me.

My best tip would be "stay focused, work your brain off and know THE music, ALL the music!", without knowledge you can't make it, oh yeah and don't sound "ambient trip hop" if you want to sound "underground hip hop", it's all very specific. Stay critical of yourself, don't be like "this beat is pretty good, for me doing it...I'm more or less happy with it..."

Who would you like to work with in the future and why?

You know I grew up listening to rap legends from the East to the West. 70s, 80s, 90s and now, there are a lot of people out there! right now I'm working with a bunch of talented people. Artists from America, Africa and Europe and languages that span from English, French, Spanish to even Wolov (official language in Senegal). I'm quite known in some places but it's hard to thrive with products that are not formatted. Maybe I should look a bit more like Justin Timberlake if I want more success in the future. I've got kids to raise so I wanna be the next beatmaker! Prince is gonna want to work with me! haha.

What projects are you currently working on?

I just hooked up with an old DE PUTA MADRE fan who's working with a few companies and wants to press vinyls. We're waiting for the test pressings of our first release which is the first DE PUTA MADRE LP, une ball dans la tĂȘte, that came out on CD in 1995. The next pressing is going to be an EP produced by Grazz and myself but I can't really tell more about's CIA top secret!

How can the masses get in contact with you?, can't get more universal.

Any Final Thoughts?

Never take yourself too seriously! Keep it up!

Nametag is that dude...

The homie Nametag has a show coming up on July 23rd at The Berkley Front in Detroit, Michigan. If you are in Detroit check it out because it will feature On Point, Gratiot Jones, Cold Men Young and more. Today Dub MD and Nametag have released the untagged version of Classic Cadence 3. You can download the project below by clicking the download now button.

Video: Metasyons - Blackman

Metasyons of USM delivered this video to my inbox. The song is called "Blackman" and it is from his upcoming album called Unemployment which is set to drop on August 12th. The track is produced by fellow USM crew mate Crate Digga.

5 Ways to submit music to websites and blogs

Starting a viral campaign can provide an obstacle if artists do not know where to begin. I have provided five simple ways to submit your music to make sure that people will listen to the music (Email Etiquette). Now this my not lead to your music being posted on websites or blogs but it is a start.

Rule 1. Research
As an artist you should research sites that upload or promote music that is similar to yours. Do not waste time trying to promote to bigger websites if you haven't built a buzz. Remember that coverage on bigger blogs is usually based on draw or how many comments a song or video can garner. So take the time to research a website and find out the contact information and introduce yourself. Don't forget about the importance of international blogs or websites as well. Coverage on international websites or blogs can lead to new fans.

Rule 2. The Importance of Subject
Make sure that you value the importance of the subject of your email. Present a call to action that motivates people to check out your material. Words or phrases such as "Listen to this song about obesity", "Video about Violence", "Song about domestic abuse" etc will resonate better than "Check this Song out". You are unknown and these people have never heard of you before, make it easy for them to know what the song is about and who you are as an artist.

I think that this is very important. Let people know that type of music you make, let them know who produced the track and most importantly provide links to your site or sites. The details should be stated within the first few paragraphs. Also let them know what the song is about.

Rule 4. The Power of Attachments
Make sure you attach or embed the artwork. This gives the recipient the ability to post something with the single. Make sure you send content that is streamable (SoundCloud, Bandcamp, and YouTube links work the best). Streamable content is easy to share due to an embed option (this makes it easier for the recipient to preview the track).

Video submissions are different because the recipient can watch the video and make a decision to include it or not.

Rule 5. Personalize your emails
I have been guilty of mass emailing and this is a sure fire way to prevent website or blog coverage. BCC or blind carbon copy has become an ally to musicians and artists worldwide. The problem with this approach is that it is not intended for one website or blog (the campaign is focused on a plethora of websites). Personalize your emails. Refer to Rule 1 and use the research that you conducted and address what you like about a certain website or blog before pitching a song or video to them. Yes this may be time consuming but remember that this a relationship building experience.

If your song or video is uploaded and featured on a website please promote it. Utilize your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Last FM, SoundCloud, YouTube and more) to get the message around. Ask fans to leave comments on posts, this is beneficial because it makes people feel connected to something. Promotion also leads to repeat coverage on a blog or website.

Always send a thank you email/tweet or respond directly to the post to show your appreciation.

Let me know if this information is useful.

Praverb the Wyse & Sourface - Back With Heat Remix

Here is the latest remix track from the 2010 released The Gospel is FREE 2. The remix to "Back With Heat" is supplied by Sourface from England. "Back With Heat" features Nametag and cuts from Dj Grazzhoppa.

Video: Armond - Glory

Armond has to be one of realest emcees that I have ever heard especially within the Christian Hip Hop genre. This emcee is not afraid to share his flaws and struggles with the masses as evidenced by his straight forward lyrics. You can buy the single below by clicking the buy now button below.

"I never got my truth from the Pastor, they was lying to em'
I was thirteen getting hand jobs in the choir room
My home boy got shot, he's in the ER
I had his girl in his back seat, getting her knees raw
I couldn't visit my man, wanted my nut first
But lust is love and verdict, and thinking back this stuff hurts"

[Verse 2]
"Rest in peace, Macho Man, you don't know what I wrestle with
dirty pictures of my little sister, made me shed a tear
cause two years ago, she asked me for a bible
I'm ashamed but twenty cents to the my name, I couldn't find one
and so she started looking, I'm scared what she discovered
a bunch of thirst buckets trying to get under her blankets
Not sure if she loves it, I have picked her brain
Wish that I, could pick up in my ride and fly away
but the path she's on, I take the blame"

[Verse 3]
"Through everything that I have seen and what I am going through
My pockets couldn't contain what I owe to you
You bought it with your love and faithfulness, so I'm sowed to you
I dedicate my soul to you, it's yours, and Lord it's overdo
and still I'm so confused
It's like walking a tight rope with my eyes closed
You inspire what I drive for
With my arms, legs, eyes, limbs, life soar, through it all I'm yours"

- Armond

Video: Saga Asad - Young Gifted In Fact

I discovered this beatmaker earlier this morning while completing Statistics homework and looking for mpc beatmaking videos. Saga Asad is the beatmaker responsible for this beat. Saga Asad is a Brooklyn, New York based beatmaker/emcee that presents a variety of production styles and is a bi-lingual emcee (English and Spanish). He is also a prolific freestyler as evidenced by his Tune-In Tuesdays freestyle sessions on his Bandcamp page. He recently released the ultra-dope instrumental album Fowl Ball on July 4th, 2011. You can download Fowl Ball below by clicking the download now button below.

Video: Deepsoul, Devize, Koolkaan - Eiszeit

Here is a video for "Eiszeit" that features a talented German singer that I have worked (Devize). I believe that "Eiszeit" translates to Ice Age in English. The track features German emcees Deepsoul and Koolkaan. I love how the video tells a story. I am inclined to watch the video and listen to the music even though I do not know a lick of German haha. Check it out. Shout out to Einer Von Den Guten for presenting a stable of dope artists.

Video: M-Trey - Nomad

Here is the latest video from Chicago emcee M-Trey called "Nomad". I like the beat provided by Philosophy and the eloquence of M-Trey's words. He possesses a clear and concise delivery and has the ability to craft a catchy hook (check the hook wooooooooo). This video is a testament to the work ethic and the artistry of M-Trey. Check it out and let me know what you think by leaving a comment. You can download the song below by pressing the download now button below.

Supreme Sol - Imperishable Verbals

When I listened to these tracks from Supreme Sol I hear the essence that made Canibus a lyrical great. Supreme is an emcee's emcee who disregards the typical hip-hop song structure that is based on the importance of a hook. He spits straight through and dares the listener to fast forward the track. Fast forwarding the track would come at a cost, as the listener would miss the lyrical nuggets that Supreme drops. This project features production from Brock Berrigan, KVZE, Ackryte, DJ Ezasscul, Cypria and even Supreme Sol. You can preview the project below by pressing the buy now button below.

FREE Download: Politiks Productions - Symphony (BeatTape)

Symphony is the latest Beat Tape from Politiks, a beatmaker for Germany. This beat tape is comprised of material from 2006 to 2008. Take the chance to get acquainted with the talented beatmaker (who produced a single for Sadat X). You can download this beattape by clicking the button below.

Prosthetik Intelligentz - Investment

This track is the truth and I love music that presents a message. Prosthetik Intelligentz, a duo from Fayette Nam (Fayetteville, NC), present there latest track called "Investment" from their joint project with Raleigh, NC beatmaker GravityMovement called The Sounds & Wonders EP. The vocal sample over the hook is lovely, "investing in fantasies and not God." Prosthetik's emcee Ezzie B. presents some lyrical nuggets for the masses by utilizing a smooth vocal performance with intelligent lyricism. Check these lines, "When they download, unpack and play it from the Richter/ Swingin' at the devil but the blade barely nicked em." The track also features a dose of reality courtesy of sound bytes from Dr. Cornell West. I have played this track six times and I can't wait to hear more from Prosthetik Intelligentz.

The Rhyme Perspective: Baltimore S.O.N.

Who is Baltimore S.O.N.? What does he embody?

Baltimore S.O.N.(Shining Over Negativity) is an Emcee from the mean streets of Baltimore, Md. Everyone knows us for being the Home of The Wire but I am determined to show that we have musical beings that are rooted in TRUE HIP HOP. I feel that I embody positivity and being a positive role model to our youth and also adults that have lost their way. When someone looks at Baltimore S.O.N. I want them to see a Strong, Intelligent Man, then get to know Baltimore S.O.N. the Emcee.

How long have you been rhyming?

I have been rhyming since I was 17, some years ago, lol. But I really started taking my craft seriously in 2004 and I owe that to my crew GROWNMAN.

How did your experience in the Air Force and living overseas help you become the man you are today?

Joining the military was one of the best decisions I made in my life. Growing up in Baltimore and the inner city period, I never had a grasp on how brainwashed we as a culture was because the media only shows what they want us to know. I met BEAUTIFUL people from Africa at a time when we were only shown Ethiopia and Somalia on tv. When I went overseas my eyes were opened to a whole nother world that I didn't know existed. I have lived in Korea, England, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Bosnia and traveled to many other countries. These travels have enabled me to have an appreciation for other cultures as it relates to music and life in general. I am a well rounded individual because of my travels.

In 2004, you were blessed with the ability to be apart of a hiphop collective known as GROWNMAN. How did the members of GROWNMAN link up and do you guys stay in contact with one another?

We were all living in Tokyo with an affiliation to the military in some shape or form. It was crazy how I met a Dope producer by the name of Leak from DFW, Texas. My wife was taking online college classes and she met a girl in her online class and they talked about how their husbands was into music. I met the dude named Black from Philly and he was in Leak's room listening to beats. I chilled and thought they were some Kanye joints until Leak told me that was all him. I came back the next day and a guy named D.Focis was in the room listening to tracks with Leak that D.Focis had made. That night we decided to do a Baltimore S.O.N. project produced by Leak & D.Focis. Moments later I found out how Dope of an Emcee D.Focis was and we said let's do a project together. That night in a dorm room in Tokyo, Japan, GROWNMAN was formed. We definitely keep in touch and we have actually just started recording songs for our 3rd GROWNMAN album. We released 2 albums in Japan in 2004 and 2005, so this is like a reunion, "Back 2 Tha Basics" album.

What made you decide to pursue a solo career?

I have always flown solo until I met GROWNMAN. GROWNMAN kinda disbanded in 2006 for various reasons, one being I was coming back to the U.S. and everyone else had plans to remain in Japan. Before I left Japan, D.Focis produced a 5 song EP for me titled HARM CITY, the album was like an introduction for me to the states, since I was overseas for so long my buzz was not as strong back on the home front. I think that we all knew that without the full compliment of our crew being together that solo careers would be the best option. As funny as it might sound, I am not even pursuing a career, I just LOVE to make good music that people can vibe to. When people started hearing some of my work, it just kinda took on a life of its own. I continue to represent GROWNMAN to this day because I feel that we made "timeless music" that is still relevant today.

Your biography states that after leaving Japan in 2006 you took a hiatus from music. What were some of the factors that attributed to your hiatus from music?

MAN!!! My wife got stationed in South Dakota after we left Japan, needless to say, absolutely nothing was going on out there on the music scene, other than about 2 popular local acts. I guess you could say I was in a funk. That coupled with what I like to call "bubble gum" rap controlling the airwaves, I just lost my motivation and drive to do music.

Your biography also stated that the birth of your son provided motivation for you to return to the game. In what ways did his birth impact your thinking or thought process?

Yea it actually did. My Pops passed 3 months before my son was born. In my Pops passing me and my wife moved back to Maryland where me son Tyzhir was born. To be honest I always get motivation from my old house in Baltimore. Whenever I need inspiration I go stop by the old house that has been boarded up and rundown for some years now, I still do that to this day. When I see this it puts everything into perspective for me and reminds me of where I came from and how fortunate and blessed I am to not only be alive, but to be in the position that I am today. Something about having a child changes you, my whole thought process changed, I had to make sure that the kids that look up to me have something positive to follow and not the evils that they see everyday, I had to make sure that my Son would be able to listen to my music. My Pops death and my Son's birth somehow rejuvenated my love for music.

Recently you released an album called HisStory (The Audiobiography of Baltimore S.O.N.). What do you want to present to the masses with this project?

Yes I am very proud of this album. I am just presenting good music. This is a look at my life through my eyes as only I have seen it. I touch subjects such as my upbringing, my Pops drug addiction, finding out about my daughter when she was about to turn 13, GROWNMAN and much more. My basic goal with this project is to show that you don't have to be a product of your environment. I am from the same hoods and slums as everyone else and I let them know that I rose up and above the trappings of the inner city.

Who is featured on the project and who handles the production?

Of course my GROWNMAN Crew is on it, I have a few joints that feature D.Focis. My homeboys Eagle, Rell Ceez & Legacy from their CMG (Cool Music Group) clique and some others. Production is from a few people, 3 of my noted tracks are "Hip Hop Don't Stop" produced by DJ SoulClap from Germany who produces for Hip Hop Legends such as Masta Ace, Punchline, Edo G and more. "Married 2 Tha Game" produced by Kallsen from Germany representing his VisionBreaks production team. "Be" produced by Fama 87 from the Russian Federation of St. Petersburg. So there is definitely an International presence on HisStory.

Is it true that you completed the entire project without writing a single line? Is this a process that took long to master?

Yea I am actually glad that you asked that question. The answer is yes, this is very true, this is my formula now, I don't even own a rhyme book. Let me be clear, I don't go in the booth and freestyle songs like some "rappers" would try to have you believe they do, but I do create the songs in my head and do everything off of memorization. To be honest it didn't take me long at all to master, it came about due to my lack of wanting to jot lines down over and over again and start over when there were mistakes. I was actually shocked that I was/am able to do this. This was the point when I knew that my talent had grown so much and I was not on the same level that I once was.

I have always been intrigued with emcees that have been blessed with the ability to conjure up lines in their brain and store them. Do you feel that this the talent gives you an advantage over those who write their rhymes?

That's an interesting question. I am not sure if it does give me an advantage or not. I would probably say no because I only create verses for songs that I am doing, I have stopped writing rhymes just to be writing rhymes so I don't have verses in the stash like someone who writes would have. So anytime you get a song from me, you know that the verse or verses were for that beat and that concept and not something I already had ready to use.

What is the United Nations of Hip Hop?

The United Nations of Hip Hop is a Movement that I have created with my Man Kallsen playing a huge role in its formation. Basically since I have resided overseas in so many different places I have a love and respect for their musical scene. In many places, the music scene overseas is much like the Hip Hop scene was in the 90's here in the States. So we are working on a project to show that we are United through music, and music has no color barriers, it is all about how it makes your soul feel. We have Producers, Emcees, Vocalists, DJ's and promoters from countries like England, Germany, Sweden, France, Latvia, Japan, also Canada and various states throughout the U.S. I think that this has the potential to be something really special.

Are you currently working on anything else besides the promotion of HisStory?

Absolutely, work never stops. Besides HisStory I am working on the HisStory remix album which will contain all International production, we are working on our 3rd GROWNMAN album, I am working on this United Nations of Hip Hop project, working on a project with a good Brother named Lord Baltimore out of Baltimore, MD. And of course I am always working on the next Baltimore S.O.N. album. I am always down to work with good positive people on collaborations as well.

How can the masses get in contact with you?

My website is HERE, this will include all things relating to Baltimore S.O.N. and the United Nations of Hip Hop. I'm on Twitter. Email is Just hit me up and let's build.

Your passion for hip hop is...

Awww Man, to bring the positivity back. My passion is for people to once again make that thought provoking music and get off of this swag crap. My passion is to be heard and to have people respect and appreciate what I do. I actually got an email today from a guy in Lativa (Europe) and it embodied the very reaction that I hope for from my music. Please allow me to share an excerpt from that email, "I was lucky to come across your music. You are really a master of flow. Lyrics are straight forward and honest still poetic and witty. Love whole soulful vibe of your music, it reminds me of some of my heroes like Donny Hathaway and Rotary Connection." This is why I do what I do.

Any Final Thoughts?

Definitely. I'm not rich, nor have I ever been rich, and I definitely don't want to hear these rappers talking about how much money they have and blow, what is that doing for me? NOT A THING!!! Also for those that DON"T Emcee, stop trying to tell us what we should be doing with our careers. Not all of us want to have a record deal and be in the industry, some of us actually make music just because we love to make music. So I leave you with my favorite quote I use to relate to music, "Make Memories and the Money Will Come". Peace & Respect.

Baltimore S.O.N. has a project that is available for purchase below (via iTunes). To support please click the buy now button below. Thank you for your time.

Praverb the Wyse & IV the Polymath - Blessed With The Gift Remix

Here is a new remix produced by IV the Polymath. The original track, "Blessed With The Gift," was a part of my 2010 mixtape The Gospel is FREE 2. IV the Polymath attacks the acapella with precision by presenting his talents behind the keyboard. This remix is mastered by Jondis (of and the cover art is provided by Luke Morgan. You can download the track below by clicking the download now button.

The Rhyme Perspective: Promise

It has been nearly two or three years since your last release. How has life changed for you and what factors attributed to your absence?

I was honing my craft, finding myself, discovering how I want to deliver this message to my listeners. But believe me if it were up to me I'd have something new every year.

You recently released Awakening on Duck Down Music. What did you want to deliver with this project?

Truth, a refreshing awakening of good music; unveiling of lies.

How did the partnership with Duck Down Music come about?

They were looking for who/what's 'Next' and I guess they found it :). They invited me out to NYC after hearing some of my music and the chemistry was organic. It was like a family affair, so we decided to try this partnership/management and see where it takes us.

In 2008, you released More Than Music and it showcased your ability to rhyme alongside some of the underground's elite. Awakening does not have as many features. Was this intentional? Who is featured on the project?

Definitely intentional, the critics complained it was an amazing project but had to many collabs and that they'd love to hear more 'Promise'. I'm all for the people and with this being my first major release, my world premiere if you will, I gave them just that. Featured on this project are Jhene Aiko, Greg Sczebel, The World Famous Tony Williams, Slakah the Beatchild and many others.

How does Awakening differ from More Than Music?

Awakening best represents my style/delivery, especially because I was the sole executive producer of the project. More Than Music had a bit of a more laid back feel as my comrades at the time were very r&b/pop influenced (not a problem as my genre is HipHopSoul but some listeners complained it lacked that certain hip-hop element). I tried to fix/bridge that one this and cover all bases.

One of my favorite songs from Awakening is "Back When (Things Were Simple)." What was the concept of the song and what motivated you to write the track?

I was heavily motivated by the title given by the producer, The Arcitype, and the vibe he created. All my lyrics are usually influenced by my life or the lives of those around me.

I appreciate that artists such as yourself, Shad K., Braille, Theory Hazit etc present universal music meaning that you guys operate outside the traditional (Christian) box. What are some obstacles that you have faced as an artist that presents positive music?

Just about everything. From being not "Christian" enough for the church, or too "Church" for the world. I'm glad that real recognizes real and few can deny skill. Once I was mature enough to realize I could be myself the pressure lifted and I was in a different ball game. It's funny because Christianity is my faith not my genre, but let's not get into that. That's for another interview at another time lol.

I also noticed that you refrain from cursing or dropping terms of endearment in your music. Is this a byproduct of your upbringing and your ability to value words?

Both. I am as real as they come lol so whatchu see is whatchu get, I try to be the same on stage, off stage and on record. I don't swear, so you won't hear me swearing on record to please a crowd. The power of life and death is in the tongue and anyone who doesn't respect/understand that shouldn't be behind a mic. You can quote me on that/tweet that lol.

You have been making music since 2000. What motivates you to continue making music?

This is what I've been doing full-time. This is my passion, my purpose, anything I do will stem from my love for God and music. Life motivates me to keep making music, and sometimes music motivates me. When I listen to someone's song and I get inspired to create something original its a GREAT feeling. Sewing seeds, saving souls through music. Seeing people transformed by the love of God is beautiful.

How is the married life?

Married life is GREAT! And WELL recommended...with the right person :)

Your writing is very sincere and straight forward. You also have a grasp of poetical techniques such as internal rhymes, alliteration and more. Describe your writing process for the masses.

I let the music speak to me, then I speak on it. I'm big on vibes, certain chords evoke certain feelings (sad/happy/angry, etc). You gotta listen to the music and match the emotion, and make sure it is in tune with the message, etc. I don't just write songs and try to fit em to beats. Rarely do I write a full song without music unless it just comes which happens but I don't practice that, I treat each song like a project.

How is the hip-hop scene in Toronto?

What hip-hop scene? Lol. Nah I'm playing, it's growing fast. With everyone's eyes/ears up here it seems we are on the cusp of being the next music capitol. I just hope quality reigns over quantity and record labels/investors choose wisely and get behind talent not gimmicks and mimics, ya feel me. I wanna be like Detroit with Motown and not *insert whatever city you think has the most musical fads - I'm not gonna name any as I may play there next month's tour and my PR says to stay politically correct lol*

How can the masses get in contact with you?

Follow me on Twitter (comes right to my BlackBerry, holler at me on bbm), visit My Website, add/like me on Facebook (but don't poke me, that's just weird I'm married and I'm ticklish lol).

Any Final Thoughts?

Add me on Twitter. Not just to talk but to show these silly labels that people do want good music, they support numbers over talent, quantity over quality, let's show them we don't!

Promise's album Awakening is available for purchase on iTunes. Click the Buy Now button below to support the talented emcee.

Like Praverb Dot Not On Facebook

Praverb Dot Net is finally on Facebook. If you are a fan of this website or my music please Like the page. Thank you for viewing this post. Click the Like Us image and you will be directed to the Facebook Fan Page where you have the option to Like Praverb Dot Net.

Nick Reid - Growing Up

Here is the latest single from California based emcee Nick Reid called "Growing Up". The single draws interest from growing up in California and it presents a laid back summer vibe. The track also serves as a mini-biography of Nick Reid's life. You can download the track below by pressing the free download button.

"This game's vicious, yet it remains in us
It dripping through our veins and in our brain's spinning
It's a strange feeling, to look at the world and know you so different"

- Nick Reid

FREE Download: Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown - The Official Daily Bread Mixtape

Mello Music Group presents The Official Daily Bread Mixtape by Hassaan Mackey and Apollo Brown, which serves as an appetizer for Daily Bread. The project is mixed by Dj House Shoes and it is 45 minutes long. The mixtape features a variety of past tracks, collaborations, features, rare and unreleased tracks and a new track from Daily Bread called "Weak Won't Do".

The mixtape boosts features from Sean Born, Invincible, Nick Tha 1Da, Danny Brown, Black Milk, Emilio Rojas, Diamond District, Kenn Starr, The Left, Elzhi and more.

Daily Bread (Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown) will be in stores August 9th on CD, Vinyl, and Digital! You can Pre-Order the project HERE. You can also download the mixtape below by clicking the free download button.

Behind Steel Reserve (Cane Speaks)

What was the motivation for "Steel Reserve"?

I recently dropped a mixtape in April, My Universe. I felt like we created some really good, quality music with this project. It received a lot of great feedback, but I just really wasn't satisfied with it. I still felt slept on, and I felt like the mixtape didn't get the true respect and recognition it deserved. I got pissed and told Lou we had to come harder. I wanted to address how I was feeling and get it all off my chest. It was never my intention to make a song about alcohol, it was just like I heard the beat and started writing and was like man this is hard. Hard like drinking a "Steel Reserve".

How long did it take you guys to film "Steel Reserve"?

We had two 2 hour shoots, and another one that took us about an hour.

Introduce the masses to the creative team that was responsible for Steel Reserve.

Mister Fili is the man behind the lens as well as the editor responsible for the crazy visuals. Lou Burna is the producer aka the drummer, responsible for the head banger; and I did the rapping.

You recently released a project a few months ago called My Universe. How has the reception been and do you plan to release any more singles from the project?

My Universe was well received. We got a lot of positive feedback, but I just wasn't content with it. Although the album was released in April, I feel like we still have a lot of work to do with it, as far as promoting it to different demographics and shooting more videos. There are so many tracks on that project that need to have videos. I anticipate more videos from My Universe to be released.

"The Other Side" has been received well from the masses. What was the inspiration for the track and will you record a video for it?

On that track I wanted to address some real issues that our youth face on a daily basis. High school is such an important time in a kid's life, as you start to learn about the world and who you are; and it can really be a brutal place. I wanted to address the harsh realities of bullying. I also wanted to touch on the fact that you may really never know what someone is experiencing. It could look good on the surface, but be something totally different in actuality. There are plenty of times in life where you would like to be on the other side of a situation. But then again, things could always be worse. I would love to shoot a video for it, but it has to be perfect. I won't put out anything less than perfect for that video because of how strong I feel about the song.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a mixtape where I am rhyming over old beats from the 90's. I am also working on new all original material with Lou Burna. More details on our next project will be coming soon! I also plan to get back in the studio with producer Tha Workz.

Any final thoughts?

Thanks for everyone who is supporting Steel Reserve, and if I offended you, good! If you haven't yet, please cop My Universe on my Bandcamp. Be on the lookout for a lot of new music. Shout to Mister Fili and Lou Burna for making it happen.

Kontact & Black Knight feat. Wordsmith, K. Sparks, Rickie Jacobs, Tese Fever - Mic Checka

Here is a new track from Kontact & Black Knight called "Mic Checka" that features Wordsmith, K. Sparks, Rickie Jacobs and Tese Fever. "Mic Checka" is produced by Certified and serves as the third single for Kontact & Black Knight's Eye Of The Storm. Eye Of The Storm will be released via Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and Revolt Radio on July 25th.

Big Shug feat. Krumb Snatcha, M-Dot, Singapore Kane, Avirex - Think Twice

Gang Starr Foundation Legends Big Shug and Krumb Snatcha collaborate on a track for the first time in 10 years. They are accompanied by Boston staples M-Dot and Singapore Kane. Avirex, from Krumb Snatcha's group WOLVES, adds a verse to round out this amazing posse cut. The beat is produced by Reef Ali and the phenomenal Dj Grazzhoppa provides the cuts. This track will appear on Krumb Snatcha's and M-Dot's collaborative project that is set to drop in 2012.

Big Shug feat. Krumb Snatcha, M-Dot, Singapore Kane & Avirex - Think Twice (Produced By Reef Ali) Cuts By Dj Grazzhoppa + Mediafire Link

Video: Cane - Steel Reserve

Here is a new video by the homie Cane called "Steel Reserve." The beat is provided by Lou Burna and the man behind the lens is Mister Fili. I like the vibe of the video, it felt like I was watching Saw, Blair Witch Project and Criminal Minds all blended into one. Mister Fili did an exceptional job behind the camera and the concept for the visual is genius.

Cane's latest project My Universe is still available for download HERE.

"Be fire for so long, I'm rapping from an urn
Watching these fireproof rappers getting burned
I'm Pepsi Pyro, you Michael Jackson with the perm"

- Cane

Memory Mondays: Big L and Jay-Z Freestyle

Here is one of my favorite tracks ever. When I lack motivation and the art of rhyming slows down, I study this freestyle. Big L and Jay Z delivered a 10 minute verbal assault that was full of quotables. Both emcees showcased their legendary flows and smooth deliveries. Check below for some of the quotables (Yikes).

"I'm known for yoking jacks
And beatin them with smoking gats
Leavin token blacks with broken backs and open caps
So with that bullshit, step to the rear son
The last thing you want with Big L is a fair one
Cause in a street brawl, I strike men like lightning
You see what happened in my last fight friend?
Aight then
I beat kids with lead pipes
I leave a trail of dead mic's
Where I'm from, niggaz jewels get ran like red lights
Old folks get mugged and raided
Crimes are drug related
And we live by the street rules that thugs created
Clowns get smoked about a thousand volts
For selling pounds of coke
Front in this town and get a tech stuck down your throat"

- Big L

"I mack like Goldie, go back like the oldies
But the goody, pullin R&B bitches wearin hoodies
They don't be knowin the way I be flowin
When I be goin, I be running the track like Jesse Owens
I disrupt the natural scheme
The way that you do things wit a swing and have em rockin like…
You say never you run, if ever you come
It's never you run so fast in your life to never have won
Come on and ride the rhythm
I be producing like jizm
Just like the gods I start with knowledge and follow with wisdom"

- Jay Z

FREE Download: Edac Selectah & Julious Marvesol - 80 Minutes of Boom Bap

80 minutes Boom Bap consists of two selections of vinyl Hip Hop, about 40 minutes each, recorded on the fly and improvised. The first part (tracks 1 to 12) is placed under the needle by Edac Selectah and the second (tracks 13 to 24) by Julious Marvesol.

Here is the tracklisting:

1 - Baby J feat. Yogi - Pressure
2 - Mathematik feat. Bahamadia - Following Goals
3 - Elite Terrorist - O-10
4 - People Under the Stairs - Mid City Festival
5 - Homeliss Derelix - Fraudulent
6 - Blahzay Blahzay - Blah Blah Blah
7 - Dilated Peoples & Defari - Basics
8 - Large Professor - The Mad Scientist
9 - Lone Catalysts - Lone Catalysts
10 - Smif-N-Wessun - Bucktown
11 - Big Shug - Do what pays and
12 - Edac Selectah → Julious Marvesol
13 - Tame One - Raw Dick Shit (Chapter 1)
14 - Micranots - Queen Supreme
15 - Quasimoto - Put a course on you
16 - A Tribe Called Quest - Peace, Prosperity & Paper
17 - MF Doom - Gas Drawls
18 - Kazi - a.v.e.r.a.g.e.
19 - Scienz of Life - USA (Undaground Starvin Artist)
20 - Kutmasta Kurt feat. Motion Man & Kool Keith - Scared Straight
21 - The Pharcyde - Ya Mama
22 - Pete Rock / Deda - Press Rewind
23 - Mhz - This Year
24 - Organized Konfusion - Stress Remix

The mixtape is 80 minutes long and it can be loaded HERE.

Shout out to E.G.A.M.I. Recordings for informing me about this release.

FREE Download: Sinatra Royale - Come Fly With Me

Here is a project from a dope Virginia emcee by the name of Sinatra Royale called Come Fly With Me. The project is entirely produced by Netherlands based beatmaker and Behind the Beats alum Tois de Noise. Check out the interview that I conducted with Tois de Noise HERE (January 2011). The link for Come Fly With Me is located below, let me know what you think of the project.

Sinatra Royale - Come Fly With Me

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