What You Came For :: Jean Grae

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In conjunction with Marvel, Jean Grae has blessed us with the new track “What You Came For” to accompany Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther series. As the father of a 5-year-old, I’m excited to see the Panther getting so much burn recently and can’t wait to see him incorporated into all the animated shows Marvel has out right now (which are really good, by the way – both the Avengers and Spider-Man have had a long line of animated stinkers, so the current fare is a huge improvement). But back to the content at hand – Jean Grae is one of my favorite MCs and delivers on this joint. Buy it exclusively at Bandcamp.

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Nobody Speak :: DJ Shadow f. Run The Jewels

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In preparation for The Mountain Will Fall dropping June 24th on Mass Appeal Records, DJ Shadow calls on Run The Jewels for the first single.

“Occasionally, I make a beat that demands a specific vocal treatment and attitude. In the case of ‘Nobody Speak,’ I wasn’t going to settle for anyone other than Run The Jewels; in my mind, it was them or no one. Fortunately, they agreed, and they took the track to a place I could never get to on my own. That’s the definition of a rewarding collaboration.” – DJ Shadow

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Gimme A Mic :: A.G. & Party Arty

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Rest in peace to the late Party Arty, who left us in 2008. Live From The Balcony is a joint project by DITC crew representative A.G. and Party Arty, which is being released exclusively on vinyl and limited to 300 copies worldwide. While I respect the conviction, I really don’t understand this trend. I love hip-hop more than the next man, but I don’t see copping this just to have it when everything I own is streaming on Spotify. Hopefully, this drops on vinyl as well as other sources on the April 15th release date. For now, take a listen and get your pre-order in RIGHT HERE.

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Mr. 2 Face :: Action Bronson f. Meyhem Lauren & Jah Tiger

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Action Bronson is getting ready to drop the mixtape Blue Chips 7000 on our heads any day now, so this is the first offering from that project. The Supercat “Dolly My Baby” flip is amazing. As evidenced on “Jerk Chicken” with Maffew Ragazino, Action does well over reggae sounds. Meyhem Lauren is also along for the ride and preparing to drop Piatto D’oro by the end of the month.

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Maintain (Fvck How You Feel) :: Havoc f. Alchemist

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Two of the greatest producers in hip-hop history (and certainly two names on my personal short list) link up for The Silent Partner, a collaborative album set to drop May 20th. “Maintain” is the first joint to be released from it and sounds exactly how you would expect these two to sound sans Prodigy. Cormega, Method Man and P are set to appear elsewhere on the project, however. Enjoy.

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Let It Bang [Video] :: A$AP Ferg f. Schoolboy Q

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A$AP Ferg channels 90s Wu-Tang on this latest record off of his upcoming Always Strive And Prosper LP. Though I wasn’t at all impressed with Schoolboy Q’s last album, I was pleasantly surprised by his verse here. As for Ferg himself, I think he’s a unique and clever MC who’s well on his way to surpassing his A$AP cohorts by leaps and bounds creatively. I’m here for the come-up.

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