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Forgot about this guy!

No one really knows who Clutchy Hopkins is (speculations have ranged from Madlib Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow to Shawn Lee or Money Mark) but all's I know is that everytime I come up on something he did, I get excited. On top of that, he gets the Ubiquity co-sign.

Just stumbled across this video for a song off his most recent album, The Story Teller, which you should obviously check, if you haven't already. Duh!


For those who think life is unfair, cuz i blow my smoke in the air...

 New video from Big Boi's upcoming solo debut, Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son Of Chico Dusty. Featuring guest spots by Andre 3000, Gucci Mane, Too $hort, trust when I say that this record will be a game changer.

Check below for the MP3 of this track as well as a couple of others, supposedly also included on Sir Luscious.

Fo Yo Sorrows ft. George Clinton & Too $hort

Royal Flush ft. Andre 3000 & Raekwon

Shine Blockas ft. Gucci Mane


I'm on tour ni**a, you on Facebook.

The Funk Doc himself, Reggie Noble aka Redman, just dropped the new single, Money On My Mind, off his new album, simply titled Reggie, and LAWD HAVE MERCY! Not as playful as his usual stuff, but I'll be damed if he still isn't one of the nicest MCs, consistently. Not sure who produced this either, but it's like he's rapping over a molasses-dipped 808. I'm also not that mad at him (kinda) singing the hook.

ps. Check the awesome Black Dynamite reference at 2:10... Reggie got his eyes on streets!


I'm really too young to be feeling this old.

Click the artwork for the new Drake single, Over (produced by the oh-so-hot-right-now Boi 1da), off his upcoming official debut album, Thank Me Later. I know Drake ain't for everyone, but I think if he stays away from the lover boy routine, he might actually be able to somewhat live up to the hype.


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

Congrats to the New Orleans Saints on the inspiring Superbowl victory! I honestly wanted them to win, but not for football and/or money reasons.


Super Dilla Sunday!

Jamesy Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla aka Dilla Dawg would have turned 36 today. While he left us with an unparalleled musical legacy, it's sad to think of how many more classics we would have been blessed with in the past 4 years. Happy birthday to one of the best that ever did it.

If you wish to actively celebrate the legacy, please check the J-Dilla Foundation (which helps fund music programs in inner-city shools) or you can also cop the Ma Dukes/Parra One/Stones Throw collab tee (of which proceeds will go to help Lupus research - the disease that took Dilla, and which is now threatening his mother, Maureen Yancey aka Ma Dukes)

And as a special treat, here's 5 Dilla joints that I think might be a little harder to find or for some reason went underappreciated. Enjoy!

Q-Tip - Let's Ride (Prod. By J Dilla), taken from Amplified

J-88 - Stupid Lies (Prod. BY J Dilla), taken from The Best Kept Secret

Jay Dee - Move (Prod. By J Dilla), B-side of the Fuck Tha Police 12"

J Dilla - Trucks (Prod. By J Dilla), taken from the shelved MCA album, Pay Jay

J Dilla - Oxtopus (Prod. By J Dilla), taken from the depths of the innernetz.


Back in Oklahoma, people feelin it alot.

Dude, my friends rule.

Check the teaser video for the upcoming Johnny Polygon album/mixtape, Rebel Without Applause (Out Feb. 14th).



Can i get a +1? I got my ego with me.

If you haven't already, I highly recommend grabbing my homie Emilio Rojas' mixtape, The Natural, hosted and overseen by DJ Green Lantern. This kid's stock is rising quickly and I predict a few majors will come knocking shortly.

Check the new new new remix of the lead single, Bold & Arrogant (prod. by M-Phazes) featuring some insano verses from Styles P & Asher Roth (including a clean version for all you DJs out there)

Bold & Arrogant (Remix) ft. Styles P & Asher Roth

Bold & Arrogant (Remix) ft. Styles P & Asher Roth [CLEAN]


Def Jux (2000-2010)

The only reason I moved to NY in the first place was to intern for these guys. It was a dream come true at the time, and looking back, I realize it was as formative for my adult life as my whole college experience. From my first tour, to my first time being on stage @ a sold out Bowery Ballroom, to learning the implications of being a music industry intern (sometimes trivial, sometimes overwhelming), every day with Jux was an adventure.

To El, Amaechi, Jesse, all the artists and all the Office Jukies, you are all family and I thank you for the opportunity and experience. I sincerely wish you all the best with what lays ahead.

While every good thing must eventually come to an end, it only means the beginning of a new chapter. Onwards and upwards, Jukies!


(taken on the pre-Revenge Of The Robots tour, in ATL in 2002 - Peace to El, Lif, RJ, SA Smash)


Anti-Pop Lessons

For years, Anti-Pop Consortium have been releasing the type of hip hop that immediately demands your attention yet requires multiple listens (and close studying) to really decipher the genius being blasted to your brain. Having been championed by tastemaker labels such as Dan The Automator's now defunct 75Ark, Warp and Ninja Tune/Big Dada, there is no doubt of the importance of their contribution in pushing hip hop forward.

In an effort to help more people fully understand what it takes to live Anti-Pop, founding member High Priest aka HPrizm started a new blog called BangoutSessions, where he discusses production tools and techniques (complete with video tutorials and gear reviews), puts you up on the best music you're probably never heard and even has special guests drop by to participate.

If you love APC's music as much as I do, you might be interested to get a sneak peek at where they get their fire from, how they create and just as important, how damn funny they are!