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Cavalier – Watch and Learn prod. BMB Spacekid

The visuals for Cavalier’s ‘Watch and Learn’ takes the viewer through the vista of an unfortunate kid who experiences life in a trap house. Stuck with his single drug dealing father, the kid’s existence is inconsequential to the “adults” surrounding him. The scene that hit me was where the kid was trying to fix himself some food and burnt his finger, and the only thing this lady who witnessed it all did was proceed to light her bud with the flames from the cooker (that’s some deep ish right there).

I won’t give away the plot so I hope..

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Mndsgn – Yawn Zen (Album Review)

Breatharian, the 2013 concept album from Los Angeles producer Mndsgn (pronounced “mind design”), a.k.a. Ringgo Ancheta, is as good as spacey instrumental hip-hop gets, with imaginatively produced soundscapes and crazy flips of Stefano Torossi’s ill 1974 instrumental “Running Fast” and the OutKast hit “B.O.B.,” which gets sped up to the point where Alvin and the Chipmunks would hear it and chirp, “Whoa, slow down, 3 Stacks, we can’t understand you.” Yawn Zen marks the Stones Throw debut of Mndsgn, whose bio is as bizarre as many of his instrumentals (he was..

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fitz ambro$e x repeat pattern – chop p (Japan)

More heat from Japan, and this time we have fitz ambro$e and repeat pattern on the boards for a short set of instrumentals. chop p is a name that, as it suggests, is full of samples sliced fine as an onion, and there’s a nice variety in there too; you can hear everything from funky glam jams to laid back head-nodders. Over half the tracks here are less than two minutes long, but that’s the way I like it. You can buy it digitally or on a limited edition CD from label brrwd.

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Apollo Brown & Ras Kass Link For ‘Blasphemy'; Releases ‘H2O’

Here’s another collaborative effort from Apollo Brown, and this time the next emcee up to bat is Ras Kass! It’s been a cool minute since we’ve heard from the Carson, CA rhyme spitter, and now here the two unite to bring you a thought-provoking album, called Blasphemy.

 No “ism” is out of bounds, no topic too untoward. Whatever you hold sacred isn’t above aggressive inquiry. The album displays their undeniable synergy and when Ras Kass crucifies supposed facts over Apollo’s beats, it’s clear he is the West Coast’s preeminent philosopher. When Apollo’s blaring suites soothe your soul,..

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Def Dee ft. El Da Sensei – Yeah

Between the heavy metal-work of a vinyl stamper factory in NJ, El Da Sensei is composedly rhyming like the legend of the city that he is. Brooklyn-based Def Dee is providing the production; a blend of crsipy snares and hats, and piano flourishes spliced with all-important cuts by DJ Mentplus.  Good music being made the old way on various levels.  Some things never change, and that’s not always a bad thing.

Taken from Def Dee’s vinyl début, Deja Vu on Redefinition Records.  Stream the entire album below which features Roc Marciano, Blu, One Be Lo and more…

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Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me feat. Kendrick Lamar

Flying Lotus dropped this gem on the radio waves last night. ‘Never Catch Me’ is from his upcoming album You’re Dead (released in a month’s time), and features the exceptional talent of Kendrick Lamar, the first MC to be featured on any of Flying Lotus’ LPs. ‘Never Catch Me’ is typically brilliant outrageous jazzy explosion; FlyLo’s production squeezes in as many ideas as he can without it being too overwhelming, combining elements of jazz, prog and EDM laced with Thundercat’s bass (a sound that is almost signature of Flying Lotus these days), and Kendrick’s flow is unleashed on the top. Damn..

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Souls of Mischief and Adrian Younge — There Is Only Now (Album Review)

If there’s one thing the Oakland group Souls of Mischief — Opio, A-Plus, Tajai and Phesto — is known for, other than the classic “93 ‘Til Infinity,” the still-fresh-sounding 1993 track that brought attention to their remarkable and relaxed chemistry as an ensemble, it’s consistency. Not once have they recorded a terrible album. (Plus they sampled Lalo Schifrin’s Magnum Force score and Ennio Morricone’s La Donna Invisible score in 2000’s Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, and your crew wins when you flip those works.) Even No Man’s Land, the 1995 album that the group’s label at the time, Jive..

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