The queen piece on the chess board scores another one.  My lady passed this along to me this evening and I couldn’t help but post it under the She Likes section of music she puts me on to.  It’s hard to place this into a genre, but the music is dope and the video is captivating, which is something I miss about videos in recent years.  If you’re looking for something different, check it out.

I’ve been banging this Wu-Block album and it made me think of this joint, which I first heard on a DJ Clue tape.  Very dirty, very grimey, and bar for bar, very solid. 

“Come in your crib, put somethin’ hot dead in your brain / then watch your family jump around like the House of Pain” – Sheek Louch.

I’m basically just posting this because I’m excited about going to see Action Bronson live this Saturday in DC, but this was an ill freestyle Action and Meyhem Lauren did back in 2009 before a lot of cats were hip to him.  I like when you can tell a rapper isn’t just kicking written bars and really impressing himself as he comes off the top with jewels.  The energy and spirit of competition between the two is dope.

 I stumbled across this mixtape on Twitter and was pleasantly surprised.  My guy Dom Mahoney (@DomMahoney aka Faceman or “The Face” although he says “nobody gets the A-Team reference”) and his younger brother Keys (@DoughboyyFreshh) came together to lay down the TMETape, which can be heard below.  It’s always dope to hear something that started as a hobby being laid down in a studio-quality format and people having the balls to release it to the masses.  Give this shit a spin.


Singer/songwriter Whitney White is from West Palm Beach and after years away from performing live to focus on writing for others, she has returned with W, an inspired collection of R&B driven by strong vocals and smooth production that compliments and doesn’t overpower.  Whitney’s subtle approach is definitely something missing from the pop-heavy R&B of today, while her music is still very current.  One can definitely tell that because she is actually a songwriter, Whitney’s lyrics and song structure play a major part in creating her music.

W is R&B-inspired & was written for people who are experiencing a crossroads in their relationships. I’ve personally experienced everything that’s been written here. I hope to inspire people through my music and experiences.

– Whitney A. White

Shoutout to @SanaArshad at for this recommendation. Kris Kasanova, who I wasn’t really hip to prior to this, dropped this a few months ago chronicling a not-so-average day in his neighborhood.  Nice little banger here.

I heard Freeway’s album Diamond In The Ruff earlier today and unfortunately, I wasn’t that impressed.  Honestly, I can see that Free is going for a smoother image in some ways, but it just doesn’t seem to fit the flow and having a sub-par sugary hook on every other track doesn’t exactly please the existing audience or attract new ones.  This track managed to grow on me, though, and the fly video to accompany it also helped.

Spanish Harlem MC Bodega Bamz drops the visuals for “Thrilla”, a collabo with oddball rap duo Flatbush Zombies.  Wasn’t sure how I felt about these guys at first, but didn’t mind this joint.  Sometimes, something offbeat is just necessary to have in the collection.

Jus Smith, also known on Twitter as @ThaG5, presents his latest mixtape Greatness, which can be downloaded on DatPiff by clicking here.

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