Kim Jong-Il spitting rhymes

Well, who would've thought that the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il had such potential as a deejay
and emcee.

Within days of his passing away, the truth started coming out. First with Kim Jon-Il dropping the bass, where we can see the man in action all over the world with some of the biggest deejays on the scene. Check out the pics below, the dude sparks fire on the wheels of steel...

Then, on the 18th of Dec, his first track appeared online and man it´s some heavy sh*t. Kim spits deadlier rhymes than when Cannabis challenged LL, or dare we say Eminem when he destroyed Benzino. Bump the banger out below, we want the 'Il' on our beats

And to wrap it up, here is the press release we received...we look forward to more

A rap song has surfaced from recently deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. In "Jim Kong Ill", the late Mr Il tells U.S. President Obama to "stay the [expletive] outta L.A." and recommends Iran's President Ahmedinejad to "get a job", among several barbs throw at a range of world leaders. The song was recorded and released by Los Angeles-based emcee Malkovich, who claims that Mr Il in fact died last July, and has inhabited his body for the last several months. A short biography on http://malkovichmusic.com provides all that is know about the Persian-British emcee, who was born during Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution and narrowly escaped death in Libya when an American bomb meant for Colonel Qaddafi almost hit his home.


Talib Kweli - Distractions

Here's the video to the socially-conscious 'Distractions', produced by Oh No and most probably to feature on Talib's new album 'Prisoner of Conscience' scheduled to drop next year. As 2012 looms listen to Kweli and don't get distracted too much by unimportant things in the new year, and here's a little explanation from the man himself on how the song originated:

"A little less a year ago, I got a beat from one of my favorite producers, Oh No, that I felt would be a perfect sound bed for the album I was working on, Prisoner Of Conscious. As I played the beat over and over trying to write lyrics, I kept finding myself distracted. By the TV, by twitter, by trivial things. I realized then that the beat was asking me to write about Distractions. Beats talk to me. They tell me what to rap about, they suggest a guest for the song. One of the things I was distracted by was the news coming from Tahrir Square last year. The Arab Spring was unlike anything I've seen in my lifetime. Beginning with a vegetable cart owner named Mohammed Bouazizi setting himself on fire in Tunisia to protest general unfair treatment, the Arab Spring spread like wildfire to Sudan and then to Egypt, as thousands of protestors occupied Tahrir Square to call for corrupt president Hosni Mubarak to step down. The first line that I wrote for my song Distractions was, "they say it ain't about the spoils of war, but turn around and tell you how much more the oil will cost." This was inspired by the Arab Spring..." 

Read the rest of the explanation on BallerStatus.com


T.I. 'Fuck Da City Up' Mixtape Trailer

T.I. just released a trailer for his upcoming mixtape scheduled to drop in the New Year, check it out!


Gangrene Promotional Video & Tracklist for 'Vodka & Ayahuasca'

Alchemist and Oh No have released a promotional video for their follow-up album to 'Gutter Water', scheduled to drop January 24th. We've also got the tracklist and cover art (image above) for the release which features the likes of Evidence, Prodigy, Roc Marciano and Kool G Rap amongst others. Looking forward to it, looks like January's going to be a good month for Hip Hop releases!

1. Intro (The Mixings)
2. Gladiator Music ft. Kool G Rap
3. Flame Throwers
4. Drink Up ft. Roc Marciano
5. Auralac Bags
6. Vodka & Ayahuasca
7. Dump Truck ft. Prodigy
8. Due Work
9. Odds Cracked
10. Top Instructors
11. Dark Shades ft. Evidence & Roc C
12. The Groove
13. Livers For Sale
14. Outro (The Downsides)


araabMUZIK and Alchemist in the Studio

Listening session down in Detroit with araabMUZIK and Alchemist while playing beats to Slaughterhouse. Watch araabMUZIK bash the hell out of his mpc in the 2nd clip!

Young Jeezy 'TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition' Album Sampler

Only a few days before TM103 drops - for the time being, check the album sampler below:


Wu-Tang & D-Block - 'Wu-Block' Mixtape

Wu-Tang and D-Block released their mixtape 'Wu-Block': 24 tracks of rawness with special guests Beanie Sigel, Papoose, Dj Green Lantern and more. The mixtape is mainly a collection of Wu classics like 'Ice Cream', 'Clan In The Front' and 'Brooklyn Zoo' to mention a few but luckily there are some collaborative tracks between the two camps like ' The Outsiders' and 'Time Will Tell' and some freestyles too. Overall it's a solid effort and you can listen to it for free right here!


Wais P & DJ Premier 'Premo Pimpin'

Wais P and DJ Premier have just dropped a collaborative mixtape called 'Premo Pimpin' and you can listen to whole mix right here!

Lupe Fiasco 'American Terrorist III'

Lupe Fiasco released his new mixtape 'Friend of the People' a few days ago and amongst the dance-ish tracks featured on it, 'American Terrorist III' probably stands out as one of the most lyrical cuts off the project. It has an 80s feel to it (samples Kavinsky's 'Nightcall') with a thumping drum kit and is once again another song broadcasting Lupe's political stance. Check it out and let us know what you think!


Slick Rick 'Need Some Bad' Prod. by DJ Premier

Slick Rick has just released a new joint produced by none other than DJ Premier! It's classic Rick on classic Preemo and it will apparently be featured on the OST to Jonah Hill's new movie 'The Sitter.'

Snoop Dogg & Dr.Dre Jump On Tha Dogg Pound's Next Album 'Alumni'

Yes, you read that right! Snoop Dogg and Dr.Dre are not only jumping on the project but executive producing it too! A release date for 'Alumni' hasn't been made known yet but Daz and Kurupt have stated that it will be on a major label and no doubt unofficial third member Soopafly will be providing some audio fiyah to the project as well! We're definitely keeping our ears to street on this one! Watch this space...


Italian Hip Hop: Fama 'L'Hip Hop Guerriero'

Our brother Fama down in Rome has just released a new mixtape called 'L'Hip Hop Guerriero' (Warrior Hip Hop) and you can listen to it for free on TheRapBuzz.com! It also features yours truly on the boards (track 6,12) and on the mic (track 6), further reason to check it out! 

The first video for the project will come out soon, more on that later on in the week...in the meantime warm up with some new Mediterranean Hip Hop!


The album is now available on iTunes and on Spotify - spread the love!


Raekwon 'UnExpected Victory' & 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx III'

The Chef has made two big announcements this week: the release of a new mixtape 'UnExpected Victory' on December 25th and that he's already started working on 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx III' which is scheduled for a 2012 release! Now that's a good way to celebrate the upcoming Wu-Tang 20 year anniversary!

In related news, producer Andrew Kelly has released a compilation EP of Rae remixes; check some of the joints below taken from the 'Dope On The Table EP:'


Young Jeezy 'TM:103' Tracklist, Documentary & Cover Art

The December 20 release of 'TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition' is fast approaching and not only has Jeezy disclosed the cover art to his imminent release (see image) but he's released two short clips (there'll be another 3 in the next few days) from the docu-film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, that will accompany the album. Check the trailers below and lets hope that the album maintains the same standard of production of 'F.A.M.E.'!


The tracklist to the album has been made known and it features a whole load of guest appearances; check the full list and production credits below:

1. Waiting [Prod. By Lil Lody]
2. What I Do (Just Like That) [Prod. By Drumma Boy]
3. O.J. (Ft. Jadakiss & Fabolous) [Prod. By Lil Lody]
4. Nothing [Prod. By Lil Lody]
5. Way Too Gone [Prod. By Mike Will]
6. SupaFreak (Ft. 2Chainz) [Prod. By D. Rich]
7. All We Do [Prod. By Midnight Black]
8. Leave You Alone (Ft. Ne-Yo) [Prod. By Warren G]
9. Everythang [Prod. By Lil Lody]
10. Trapped (Ft. Jill Scott) [Prod. By J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League]
11. F.A.M.E. (Ft. T.I.) [Prod. By J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League]
12. I Do (Ft. Jay-Z & Andre 3000) [Prod. By M16]
13. Higher Learning (Ft. Snoop Dogg, Devin The Dude & Mitchelle’l) [Prod. By Lil C]
14. This One’s For You (Ft. Trick Daddy) [Prod. By Lil Lody]

Bonus: Talk 2 Me (Ft. Freddie Gibbs & Eminem) [Prod. By Drumma Boy & Travis Barker]

The Deluxe Edition will also feature the following additional tracks:

15. .38 featuring Freddie Gibbs
16. Ballin' featuring Lil Wayne
17. Lose My Mind featuring Plies
18. Never Be the Same

Nice to see a track produced by Warren G on the album! 


Task Force - The Final Countdown

Chester P and Farma G have just released a new track on their bandcamp page which is supposedly the last song they recorded together back in 2009.

And their latest and potentially last album 'MFTC Volume 5' is also on the way, apparently before the end of the year! Stay tuned for more updates...and in the meantime buy their older albums and support one of the best UK Hip Hop groups that ever did it, straight up!


The Roots 'Undun' - Free Streaming

The Roots have finally released their new album 'Undun' and you can stream it for free - Listen to their new concept album now!

If you didn't already know The Roots 'Undun' re-tells "the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford's internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out 'on the corner'. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented--postmortem--and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun." (taken from the Okayplayer Youtube Channel)

You can also watch their 4-part short film that preceded the release if you haven't seen it already.


M.O.P. - Body On The Iron

Off the 'Sparta' album, another banger produced by the Snowgoons - Lil Fame and Billy Danze go in hard!

50 Cent 'The Big 10' Mixtape and New Album?

Fiddy has just announced that next week he'll be dropping a new 10-track project to celebrate the 10th anniversary since his first mixtape '50 Cent Is The Future' was released and he's promising a video per track too! Lets see if 50 can bring his rap game back to his hay-day or if he should maybe stick to selling vitamin water and making castles with his money.

He's also suggested his new LP will see the light of day in December although Interscope hasn't confirmed any official release dat. Patiently waiting...for the time being, here's 'What Up Gangsta' Part 2:

In related news, Fiddy has been sort of 'tweefing' with T.I. about Tip's incarceration and whether his wife Tiny should've taken the rap and only get probation. Anyway you can check the 'dispute' right here and respect to T.I. for knocking twitter beefs...


The mixtape will be released Friday December 9th at 12pm - peep the cover art below:


Black Star 'Fix Up' and 'Aretha' Mixtape

Black Star are back! After a fairly long time without releasing new material, Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) have just announced that they will soon release a new mixtape titled 'Aretha' in honour of the legendary singer. They have also announced two special concerts in December in LA and New York - more details on www.blackstarhub.com. Here's two tracks which will likely feature on the upcoming project: 

'You Already Knew' (produced by Oh No) 

'Fix Up' (produced by Madlib)

You can listen to it here and buy it here to support to the Black Star movement!


Mobb Deep - Dead Man's Shoes

Black Cocaine dropped Monday (and next Monday the 7-track Limited Edition EP is released) and the first video off the project is for the 'Dead Man's Shoes' cut featuring Bounty Killa. It's filmed by Dan The Man (who had already worked with P on the 'Mac 10 Handle' video) so expect some gory shots and a lot of chopped up bodies!

It's good to see Mobb Deep getting back into it and make sure you get a copy of their new EP!

N.O.R.E. ft. Pusha T & Meek Mill - Scared Money

N.O.R.E.'s released this new track a few days back accompanied by Pusha T and Meek Mill and a 6 minute video entirely written by the Superthug himself - it's a mini-story set in the hood where not everything is what it seems...


Gangrene ft. Prodigy - Dump Truck

Gangrene (Alchemist and Oh No) have just released their first single off their upcoming second album 'Vodka & Ayanuaska'. It's a raw hard hitting that will keep your head ringing! Loving Prodigy's flow on this one!


Evidence Interview

While on the Paris leg of the Rhymesayers European tour, Evidence took some time out with J Hart from www.iamJHart.com to discuss reviews of his latest album, his approach to making videos, signing to Rhymesayers, and more...plus a quick freestyle to round it up! 

It's a cool and laid back interview by Mr.Slow Flow that you'll definitely enjoy - and respect to J Hart for making it happen!


T.I. Speaks About 'Trouble Man' Album

T.I. spent time with Billboard.com to discuss a few details about his next album aptly titled ' Trouble Man' after his well-publicised problems with the law in recent years. Scheduled to drop in February (tentatively), T.I. disclosed some info on a few of the tracks that may feature on the album, in particular 'Pyro', a straight-up party track which will be the third single after 'I'm Flexin' and 'Hear Ye' Hear Ye'' ft. Pharrell. 

T.I. also reveals that he's been working closely with production duo Two Band Geeks and with Dr.Luke and promises to cover all bases on his new release; 'something for the streets, something for the ladies and something for the charts' as the man puts it himself. We're looking forward to the release of 'Trouble Man' hoping it's not too poppy sounding and there are enough hard-hitting as well as introspective cuts from Tip!


Here's 'Pyro' for y'all, just released:


Young Jeezy ft. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 - I Do

Another cut from Jeezy's TM103 album dropping December 20th and which a lot of people have been waiting for! Jeezy's has rounded up some superstar guests for his latest project and this track is further proof of the high grade featurings! A rougher version of the song actually leaked back in 2009/2010 without Hova's verse though...this one however is the finished product (apart from Flex's bombs which get kinda annoying after a while...) - soul and lyrics in full effect! Props to M16 who flipped Lenny Williams' 'Lets Talk It Over' in a nice way.


Mobb Deep feat. Nas - Get It Forever

New Mobb track that will feature on the 'Black Cocaine EP' dropping November 21. In case you didn't know, the EP is coming out in two versions: a 5-track version for all outlets and a 7 songs Deluxe edition only for independent stores. Make sure you get your copy on the 21st!


Ludacris ft. Wiz Khalifa - What U Smokin On

New track off the Luda mixtape '1.21 Gigawatts: Back To The First Time'! - relax and kick back to this smooth joint!


Joe Budden - Quality of Life

New cut from Joe Budden produced by The Klasix - peep it!

The Roots - Stomp

The Roots have just released a short video for their track 'Stomp' which will be featured on their forthcoming 'UNdun' album dropping next month.


M.O.P. - Sparta

Title-track off the 'Sparta' album, produced by the German production team Snowgoons, which is dropping November 22nd. The Brownsville bruisers are back, hitting hard just how we like it!


The album has dropped and you can purchase it on iTunes. Also, MOP were at Santos Party House on November 21st for the album release party and a few guest surprises turned up for the occasion! Check the video below!

Donny Goines feat. Just Blaze - Barbarians

New Donny Goines 'Barbarians' cut from his latest project 'Success Served Cold' which you can listen and download right here! NY represent!

Hi-Tek Interview at Teklab Studios

DJ Hi-Tek spent time with
DynamicProducer to run through some of the plaques hanging on his studio's walls, digging for samples, his first beat and much more. Check out the interview below:


Common - 'The Dreamer, The Believer' Tracklist

Common's new album is dropping December 20th but the tracklist is already out courtesy of No I.D.:

1. The Dreamer feat. Maya Angelou
2. Ghetto Dreams feat. Nas
3. Blue Sky
4. So Sweet
5. Gold
6. Lovin' I Lost
7. Raw (How You Like It)
8. Cloth
9. Celebrate
10. Windows
11. The Believer feat. John Legend
12. Pops Belief


Heavy D Tribute by Cookin' Soul

Nice tribute to Heavy D by Cookin' Soul

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