11.26.2012

Nio Tha Gift "Chain Reaction"



Nio Tha Gift returns fire after his recent mixtape "No More Mr. Nice Guy" with this twisted story line over an Ekzact production. Spoke with Nio the other day and he had told me "Hustler's Spirit" his new album coming late December will be his best body of work yet. Not to mention 3 records produced by yours truly. This record is fuckin' dope! Succeed Neva Fail!

11.20.2012

Who is Berkeley Rapper 100s?

I thought I share a piece by 38th Notes before we get into 100s "Brick $ell Phone" Video. Enjoy!

Over the past week, we’ve seen everyone from little kids to grown ass people dressed in elaborate costumes and masquerading in the spirit of Halloween. One such character is a Berkeley pimp named 100s. 100s isn’t actually a pimp, but on his first album Ice Cold Perm, it’s a character he executes with chilling precision. The 19 year-old emcee was born to, and raised by, an African father and Jewish mother in Berkeley before being sent to boarding school in the Ivory Coast as punishment for acting out. It was in Africa that he started to rap, in addition to learning to speak French to communicate with his grand parents.

Needless to say this is not the typical evolution of an American rapper. Some detractors in the comment section of an interview 100s did with VICE have honed in on what they perceive to be a lack of authenticity, because he is of some privilege and isn’t a real pimp. I for one am glad that his Ice Cold Perm persona is fiction rather than auto-biography. What these particular rap nerds are inferring is that they can only enjoy his music if he’s actually trafficked, brain washed, and sold female bodies. It’s a voyeuristic dilemma for squares hoping to live vicariously through an authentic hood oppression that will never touch them. ...continue reading


Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal "Small Things to a Giant"



Dope beat, ill video, real emcees. Recipe for some very good hip hop!

11.19.2012

Zion I "Trapped Out" feat. D.U.S.T. & Codany Holiday



Another great visual from the new Zion I album, "Shadow Boxing"!

11.15.2012

Hiero Day!!!



In New York you have Wu-Tang and in the Bay Area we have Hieroglyphics. This is their day. The first of many to come. I'm a Hiero head till the def of me, yahemi!

Curtis "First Date" feat. Too Short



Too Short and Boo Boo aka Fiddy? Yah, I blogged it.

A-1 "Speaker" feat. Roach Gigz



Inside the tour bus turnt up to the sound of the speaker!! Road life, gotta love it!!

11.06.2012

A$AP Rocky "Fuckin' Problems" feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar



This is one crazy fuckin' roster. Ma'gawd! Honestly, why the beat gotta be so simple though?! Overall, the song in my opinion has repeat value just cause the features is just insane.

Nio Tha Gift "Fast Lane"



The Brodie, Nio Tha Gift back off a quick hiatus.

Childish Gambino "Fire Fly"



Not the average Gambino record, but I gotta respect the honesty in the record. Let the boy vent, it's not easy being famous. I guess. BUT, check the video direction. Sick! Always something to look forward to is the innovative music videos, but not to discredit the music cause CG is dope.

Joey Bada$$ "Fromdatomb$" feat. Chuck Strangers



Joey Bada$$ comes straight with an ode to Brooklyn. I'm not mad at the kid for being extremely young and can take me back to '94 where it pretty much started for me. Hip Hop you bitch!

DaVinci "The MOEna Lisa" (DOWNLOAD)



Shout out to DaVinci and the SWTBRDS collective for once again producing a solid body of work. The anticipated "MOEna Lisa" album has been in the works for years, but just like the actual Mona Lisa, the master piece had to be perfect with out flaw. Salute to the homies!!

Watch the Duck "Poppin Off"



Thought this was a dope record accompanied with some ill video direction and choreography by the Dragon House. Steez!