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Gianni Lee and Mike Blud release The Samples: College Dropout (10th Anniversary)

Celebrating The 10th Anniversary of Kanye West’s College Dropout the crate digging duo is back. Producer/Designer Gianni Lee links up with Producer Mike Blud once again to celebrate one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of our generation with a collection of all the original samples from Def Jam’s rap classic.

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Tracklist:

1. dropout interlude – prod. gianni Lee ft. Stackz
2. Jimmy Castor Bunch – I Just Wanna Stop (We Don’t Care)
3. Lauryn Hill – Mystery Of Iniquity (All Falls Down)
4. Marvin Gaye – Distant Lover (Spaceship)
5. The Arc Choir – Walk With Me (Jesus Walks)
6. Curtis Mayfield – If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go (Jesus Walks)
7. Blackjack – Maybe it’s The Power of Love (Never Let Me Down)
8. Jackie Moore- Precious Precious (Breathe In Breathe Out)
9. Aretha Franklin – Spirit In The Dark (School Spirit)
10. Luther Vandross – A House is Not A Home (Slow Jamz)
11. Mandrill – Peace & Love (Two Words)
12. Chaka Khan – Through The Fire (Through The Wire)
13. 2pac – Ambitionz Az A Ridah (Family Business)
14. Bette Midler – Mr Rockefeller (Last Call)
15. Jay Z – Hovi Baby Remix (Never Let Me Down) (Bonus)

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See Chris Paul backboard pass to Blake and other GIFs from this weekend in the NBA

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At the end of the 1st Quarter, the Clippers were up 46-15 over the Sixers. One of the highlights from the game is the CP3 to Blake backboard alley oop seen below.

Watch this other crazy dunk, Blake Griffin went behind the back pass then finished with a windmill alley-oop dunk

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At the end of the game, Blake Griffin was very happy.

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Quincy Acy dunks right over the Polish Hammer

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Meanwhile, Mike Woodson stars

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This guy re-enacts Joakim Noah’s one finger salute

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Kyrie hits a circus bucket to tie the game late versus Memphis

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Another crazy Paul George dunk, this time over Big Baby Davis

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This is why Mike Woodson was so sad earlier. He saw this Serge Ibaka over JR Smith dunk.

 

DionWaitersHammerDunkGrizzFinally, check out this Dion Waiters dunk

 

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Air Jordan 6 Retro “Infrared”

The Air Jordan 6 Retro is the sneaker of the year for Jordan and this sneaker here is the GOAT.  Here we take a look at the Air Jordan 6 Retro which comes in white leather, red, and translucent blue. The sneaker also comes including an interior bootie for superior cushioning and slightly larger ventilation holes at the sides. These Air Jordan 6 Retro “Infrared” will release February 15.

 

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Rick Ross – Mastermind (Tracklist)

Rick Ross releases the official tracklist to his sixth studio album Mastermind coming March 4.  The album comes featuring 16 racks and guest appearances from Jay Z, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Sizzla, and more. Pre-orders are up now, so go ahead and secure your copy and get an exclusive preview of Ricky’s collaboration with Jeezy “#WarReady” along with it.

 

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Listen to ZAKEE and Res on “But You”

ZAKEE is a Philadelphia born and bred musical powerhouse. His latest release, “But You,” is a duet with the ever-soulful Res, a long time friend and collaborator. But You is the second single from his sophomore LP, Rise of the Rebels: Assimilations.

The single is a sweet ode to a lover, “But You” draws the listener in with a catchy hook that you’re bound to find yourself singing to your boo. First up is Res’s sultry voice on the verse, showcasing a more demure vocal than the soul rock fans are used to hearing from the songstress. Zakee’s familiar raspy drawl floats over a soft bed of stripped down guitars melodies, and their harmony results in a genre-defying, mood-setting lullaby…a lullaby for sexy time.

Zakee notes, “I’m a Pisces, so I’m emo by nature. ‘But You’ definitely channels my sensitive side, and I hope it will strike a chord with anyone who has someone special in their life. It’s also really dope to work with Res, because we’ve been friends for years.”

Zakee’s debut album, Assimilations, was named one of MTV Iggy’s Top 20 Albums of 2011, and received outstanding reviews from The Boston Globe, Okayplayer, NPR, Dazed & Confused and numerous top-tier blogs. Zakee also composed the musical score for critically acclaimed indie film, Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe, and has other film projects in the hopper.

More Zakee News:

Earlier this week Shadow & Act premiered Zakee’s short film Tippin, a bonus visual to Rise of the Rebels: Assimilations. Tippin features strong visuals from a recent journey back to South America. Inspired by his connection with the Afro-Colombian community in Tierra Bomba, Zakee juxtaposes strong visuals and positive messages with the heavy lyrical content of the song itself.

Zakee is also a leader in environmental justice! As Creative Director for Energy Action Coalition, he was the lead producer of PowerShift 2013, the largest gathering of youth environmental activists in the US. He has also spearheaded multimedia collaborations such as the #forwardonclimate campaign to push the Obama Administration toward progressive positions on climate issues.

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See the “Malcolm X” Bodega x Granted Wool Sweater

The Honorable El Hajj Malik El Shabazz  is honored with this new sweater from Bodega and Canadian sweater specialist Granted. The sweater pays to Malcolm X and comes featuring  hand knitting with Canadian wool and features a shawl collar and frontal zip-up closure, while tribal patterns accent the sleeves, chests and pockets. The sweater’s feature item is the portrait of the slain Civil rights leader on the back of the sweater.  This item is a super limited item with only 20 pieces manufactured, the sweaters will be available exclusively from Bodega, both in-store and online for $500 USD.

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Nas’ Illmatic XX Album Cover

What’s up with this cover? Hip Hop heads will recognize it as a more sinister version of Nas’ debut album Illmaitc. This is correct, Nas has announced that his seminal debut album, Illmatic, will be released as a special 20th Anniversary Edition, titled Illmatic XX, on April 15th by SONY Legacy.

This exclusive collection will feature several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles to commemorate the anniversary.  RapGenius.com is now exclusively streaming the “It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Stink Mix).” PRESS HERE to listen now. In addition, fans can now pre-order the 2CD set on iTunes and both the 2CD set and1LP vinyl via Amazon.com. Nas has also announced that he will be touring the U.S. and performing the groundbreaking Illmatic from front to back to celebrate the release. The tour will kick off with special performances  this spring at both the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Further details surrounding the tour will be released in the coming weeks.

“With Illmatic, I didn’t think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I’m a man from that past and I’m supremely grateful. There’s a Nigerian proverb ‘What is past is prologue’.  I’m here today because of Illmatic.” – Nas  

Tracklisting: Disc 1: Remastered original album

1. The Genesis

2. N.Y. State Of Mind

3. Life’s A Bitch

4. The World Is Yours

5. Halftime

6. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)

7. One Love

8. One Time 4 Your Mind

9. Represent

10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell

Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio

1. I’m A Villain (previously unreleased)

2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)

3. Halftime (Butcher Remix)

4. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix)(promo single)

5. One Love (LG Main Mix)

6. Life’s A Bitch (Arsenal Mix)(promo single)

7. One Love (One L Main Mix)

8. The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)

9. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix)(UK single)

10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix)(UK single)

In conjunction with the release, Time Is Illmatic – a feature length documentary film that examines the album – will be released in 2014. The movie, from first-time filmmakers One9 (director/producer) and Erik Parker (writer/produer), delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas’ Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara. Time Is Illmatic is supported by The Ford Foundations’ Just Films and Tribeca All Access. More information will be released on the film in the coming months.  For more information go to www.TimeIsIllmatic.com.

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Heineken Green Room: Just Blaze at Silk City

Be a Heineken Green Room VIP!

Here’s your chance to become a Heineken Green Room member!  Win a VIP card for access to the most exclusive contests, special events and premium giveaways – like a very special marquis concert featuring Just Blaze at Silk City!  From producing beats from Blue Print to his latest releaseHigher along with touring the world to make people dance, his next stop is right here, the super producer and legendary DJ will perform a special up close and personal DJ set for Heineken Green Room members and 1 guest each.

Winners will receive access for themselves and a friend as well as a Heineken Green Room card that automatically makes you a VIP member.  Only winners of the contest will be notified by Heineken Green Room on Thursday, February 9th.

You must be 21 or over to enter. Stay on the look out for more Heineken Green Room contests and events coming your way!

ENTER BELOW with your full name and subject line  for your chance to win.

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Listen to Major Lazer’s “Aerosol Can” featuring Pharrell

Major Lazer will be releasing a new EP titled Apocalypse Soon which features appearances from Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul, Machel Montano, Moska and Mr. Fox.  Here we have one of the  tracks from the project titled “Aerosol Can” which features Pharrell.

 The project releases February 21. You can check out the tracklisting below:

Major Lazer - Apocalypse Soon:

1. “Aerosol Can” (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
2. “Come on to Me” (Feat. Sean Paul)
3. “Sound Bang” (Feat. Machel Montano)
4. “Lose Yourself” (Feat. RDX & Moska)
5. “Dale Asi” (Feat. Mr Fox)

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Mobb Deep release “Taking You Off Here”

Mobb Deep is back with a new release that is fire.  The track is titled “Taking You Off Here” and will be featured on their  upcoming The Infamous Mobb Deep LP that’s due to drop in March. Here’s an excerpt from P and Havoc below on the project:

“It comes with a bonus ten songs that we made in 1994 when we were creating the Infamous album that never made the album. We recently just found those old songs, and there’s verses on there from Ghostface, Raekwon, from me, N.O.R.E., the whole team, that was never heard before, that was never released. Certain skits.

I would just say, our signature sound is a dark, sinister-type of sound. There’s certain things we’re going through in our lives right now, [and] the lyrics are just up to date. Everything that we’re saying is going on right now. Each album is like that, it’s a time capsule of that time period. So now in 2014, you’re gonna hear what we’re going through in our lyrics, what’s going through our head as grown men.”

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Cam’ron and A-Trak’s new song “Humphrey” produced by Party Supplies

A-Trak and Cam’ron have rrelease a new single titled “Humphrey” for their new project Federal Reserve. Listen to the track below which features production from BK’s Party Supplies.

The project is executive produced by Dame Dash and will released this spring via Fool’s Gold/Poppington/Dipset. The project will feature cameos from Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, marking the first time all three main members of hip-hop crew Dipset have recorded together since 2010.

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J. Cole Performs “She Knows” and more at VH1′S Super Bowl Blitz

J. Cole was part of the Super Bowl festivities in New York by performing at  VH1′s “Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts” at Queens College. J. Cole performed a strong set including “Trouble,” “Work Out,” “Crooked Smile,” “Forbidden Fruit,” “Can’t Get Enough,” “Nobody’s Perfect,” and “She Knows.”

Watch Cole’s concert below.

 

 





 

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BOY/FRIEND, “Never Not Looking”

One of my favorite artits,  BOY/FRIEND new single titled “Never not looking.” The track has all the elements of Boy/Friend’s previous tracks and comes featuring  Jersey Club feet and smooth singing. BOY/FRIEND’s excellent free LP from last year, Leather Weather, is still on my playlist rotation, make sure you download it now. You can also see him February 12th in Brooklyn at Glasslands.

Download: BOY/FRIEND, “Never Not Looking”

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