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April 2018

Slum Village Release “Lost Scrolls Vol. 2”

Slum Village's Lost Scrolls Vol. 2

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Slum Village may be no more, but the acclaimed group has provided fans with something new(ish) to enjoy via the release of Lost Scroll Vol. 2.

The project compiles 11 demos and remixes from the vault of the original trio: J Dilla, T3 and Baatin. Each song is produced by Dilla and was recorded during the timeframe of 1996-1999.

Check out Slum Village’s Lost Scrolls Vol. 2 stream, cover art and tracklist below.

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1. Hold Tight [Lost Remix] f. Q-Tip
2. Burn
3. Hard Core
4. Bring It Back
5. Dilla Freestyle
6. Oh!
7. Like This
8. Living It Up
9. On the Run
10. Talk About the Hoes
11. Lab Test

Smoke DZA Shares “Not For Sale” Album

Smoke DZA Shares
A little over a week after releasing the Ringside 6 EP, Smoke DZA has returned with a new studio album titled Not For Sale.

“It’s a personal project to me,” DZA told HipHopDX in a recent interview. “It’s a new bookmark in the chapter of Smoke … It’s new experiences, a new vibe and a new Smoke DZA. It’s a new sound, but it still stays true to what I believe in.”

DZA’s new LP features 12 tracks with guest appearances by Joey Bada$$, Dom Kennedy, Ty Dolla $ign, D.R.A.M. and Bodega Bamz, among others. Production is handled by Cardo, 183rd, Girl Talk, DJ Steel, LevyGrey and DJ Relly Rell.

Check out the Not For Sale stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Smoke DZA's Not For Sale

1. The Legacy
2. The Mood f. Joey Bada$$
3. The Come Up f. D.R.A.M.
4. The High f. Velous
5. The Hustle f. LevyGrey & Bodega Bamz
6. The Love f. Ty Dolla $ign
7. The Lifestyle
8. The Antidote f. LevyGrey
9. The Game
10. The Glow
11. The Soul f. Vado
12. The Hook Up f. Dom Kennedy & Cozz

J.Cole – KOD

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s new album KOD. Listen to it below. Earlier tonight, he released a new trailer where he revealed three different meanings for the abbreviated album title: Kids on Drugs, King Overdose, and Kill Our Demons. He announced the follow-up to 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only earlier this week following a listening party in New York City.

Eric Bellinger – Eazy Call

Eric Bellinger’s third studio album, Eazy Call, derives from his “It’s Eazy” adlib. He explained what the album is about in an Instagram post saying: A lot of people have been asking what my new project EAZY CALL is all about. Quite simply, I’d call this… “THE GREATEST HITS” album ofsongs that have yet to be …

This album is a great R&B album featuring artists such as Mila J , Tink , Wale , Ma$e , Dom Kennedy .

TrackListing :

Legs

Not a Love Song (Ft. Ma$e)

Main Thang (Ft. Dom Kennedy)

She (Ft. AD)

Role Play (Ft. Scootie)

Silent Treatment

Goat 2.0 (Ft. Wale)

Dirty Dancin’ (Ft. Ne-Yo) Lyrics

Y.A.K. (Ft. Chevy Woods & Sammie) Lyrics

Ain’t Ya Ex (Ft. Mila J & Tink)

Money Float

By Now

Luck

Bagged

Eric Bellinger

March 2018

U-God (of Wu-Tang Clan) – Venom

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Venom is the brand New album comin’ from Wu-Tang mamber U-God , U-God is singed to Babygrande Records which features artists like DJ Hi-Tek (Reflection Enternal) .

The Album Features Wu-Tang Members Including Productions by DJ Green Lantern , Large Professor , Lord Finesse & many more .

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U-God Releases
U-God looks to keep the momentum of his recently released autobiography rolling by dropping a new album, Venom. The LP comes just a month after the Wu-Tang Clan member delivered his Bring Back God II mixtape.

Venom features 13 tracks with guest appearances by three fellow members of Wu-Tang: Method Man, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck. U-God also gets additional contributions from Scotty Wotty and Nomdiq. Production is handled by Large Professor, Lord Finesse and DJ Green Lantern, among others.

View the stream, cover art and tracklist for U-God’s Venom below.

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(The original version of this article was published on March 6, 2018 and can be found below.)

U-God has shared the release date and tracklist of his forthcoming album, Venom. The 13-track effort, his fifth solo LP, is officially scheduled to drop on March 30.

Fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Inspectah Deck will make appearances on the album along with Scotty Wotty and Nomdiq. DJ Green Lantern, Large Professor, DJ Homicide, Lord Finesse and more handle the production.

https://soundcloud.com/babygrande/u-god-inspectah-deck-raekwon-scotty-epicenter

The album announcement coincides with the release of U-God’s autobiography, RAW: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang, which hits stores on Tuesday (March 6). Tuesday also marks the beginning of his Venom tour, which kicks off in New York and runs until March 30. Along the way, U-God will be stopping in Atlanta, Washington, Houston and Chicago, among others.

View the album’s tracklist below and stream its latest single, “Epicenter,” above.

U-God's Venom

1. Exordium (Produced by ILL TAL)
2. Unstoppable (Produced by Powers Pleasant)
3. Epicenter f Raekwon, Inspectah Deck and Scotty Wotty (Produced by Green Lantern)
4. Bit Da Dust (Produced by DJ Homicide and Jose Reynoso)
5. Elegance f. Nomdiq (Produced by Green Lantern)
6. Climate (Produced by Jose Reynoso)
7. Venom (Produced by DJ Homicide and Jose Reynoso)
8. Felon (Produced by Large Professor)
9. Legacy (Produced by DJ Homicide and Jose Reynoso)
10. Whole World Watchin’ (Produced by Lord Finesse, The Bossmen, K Ford and Davel McKenzie)
11. XXX f. Method Man (Produced by DJ Homicide)
12. Jackpot f. Scotty Wotty (Produced by DJ Homicide and Jose Reynoso)
13. Wisdom (Produced by Jose Reynoso)

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PRhyme – PRhyme 2

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PRhyme 2 is the second collaborative album from PRhyme, a duo consisting of rapper Royce Da 5’9″and producer DJ Premier. It was released on their own record label PRhyme Records on March 16, 2018.

It’s one of my favorite albums including a great collab with Dave East on “Era” and another great artists are featured such as Cee-Lo Green (Goddie Mob , Gnarls Barkley) , Brady Watt , 2Chainz and many more .

Here’s the track listing below + Live streaming of the album :

Interlude 1 (Salute)

Black History

1 of the Hardest

Era (Ft. Dave East)

Respect My Gun (Ft. Roc Marciano)

W.O.W. (With Out Warning) (Ft. Yelawolf)

Sunflower Seeds (Ft. Novel)

Streets at Night

Rock It

Loved Ones (Ft. Rapsody)

My Calling

Made Man (Ft. Big K.R.I.T. & Mr. Porter)

Relationships (Skit)

Flirt (Ft. 2 Chainz)

Everyday Struggle (Ft. Chavis Chandler)

Do ya Thang

Gotta Love It (Ft. Brady Watt & CeeLo Green)

August Greene

Here’s a long-time awaited self-titled debut album by August Greene , the trio combined by Rapper\Actor\Vetran Common , Hip-Hop Drummer Kareem Riggins & Jazz Pianist Robert Glasper .

The album itself featuring artists such as Brandy , who’ve worked with Glasper in the past and still working with him for the last years on his “Black Radio” albums , she joins to the group with a rendition of “Optimistic”, Originally taken from “Sounds of Blackness” , a Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (R&B Super Producers who’ve worked with New Edition, Janet Jackson , Babyface & many more) Project back in the 90’s .

The Album also features the Vintage Babies Group including :

  • DJ Dummy
  • Samora Pinderhuges

August Greene XXL latest Interview

האלבום שבהחלט חיכיתי לו הרבה זמן , בחודש האחרון התאחדו השלושה הראפר קומון , המתופף קארים ריגינס ורוברט גלספר מוזיקאי הג’אז לאלבום הבכורה שלהם שנושא את השם August Greene .

האלבום עצמו מארח אמנים כמו Brandy שעבדה ועדיין עובדת בשנים האחרונות עם גלספר לחידוש מצויין של Optimistic ביחד עם קומון מתוך הפרוייקט בשנות ה90 של המפיקים Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam שנקרא “Sounds of Blackness” .

האלבום עצמו מארח עוד חברים מחבורת Vintage Babies .

Track listing

0:00 1. Meditation

2:34 2. Black Kennedy featuring Samora Pinderhughes

6:46 3. Let Go featuring Samora Pinderhughes

11:36 4. Practice featuring Samora Pinderhughes

14:48 5. Fly Away

19:10 6. Aya

22:53 7. Piano Interlude

23:39 8. No Apologies

28:30 9. The Time

32:04 10. Optimistic featuring Brandy

37:02 11. Swisha Suite

Phonte – No News Is Good News

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The Foreign Exchange frontman and former Little Brother member, Phonte, charmed fans last week with the release of his second solo studio album, No News Is Good News. Released on March 6, under the rappers conjoint record label Foreign Exchange Records, it comes highly anticipated as the North Carolina rapper has been keeping fans on their toes regarding a release date. This is the first piece of solo work we’ve seen from Phonte following his album Charity Starts At Home released in September 2011.

No News Is Good News is equipped with ten full-length tracks and only a limited amount of features from Indiana sensation Freddie Gibbs and R&B singer Eric Robertson. Meanwhile, on the production side of things, Marco Polo, Nottz and Tall Black Guy among others bless the project with their trademark sound. While set for an original release back in September 2016, Phonte held the album back due to the intense schedule surrounding his group The Foreign Exchange, and other endeavors. Some may argue the album however was worth the wait, firing on all cylinders and certainly showing us the Phonte of Little Brother.

Phonte first took to the stage alongside the legendary 9th Wonder and Rapper Big Pooh forming the trio Little Brother in the early 2000’s. After whipping up four critically acclaimed albums, the group parted ways back in 2010. Phonte has gone on to continue working alongside Dutch producer Nicolay with The Foreign Exchange.

Phonte , חבר בהרכב היפ הופ האהוב עליי Little Brother וחלק מהצמד של The Forgien Exchange מוציא אלבום חדש ומארח בתוכו אמנים כמו אריק רוברטסון , פרדי גיבס .

אלבום העצמו הופק ע”י מפיקים כמו Marco Polo , Nottz וגם 9th Wonder .

7 שנים כעברו מאז אלבום הבכורה שלו והשנה הוא חוזר באלבום שהוא בוגר יותר . שונה מהתקופה שבה היה בLittle Brother ומעבר לשיתוף הפעולה שלו עם המפיק הדני ניקולאי כThe Forgien Exchange .

Reference : Phonte’s No News Is Good Interview – The Source

Track Listing_

1. “To the Rescue”
2. “So Help Me God”
3. “Pastor Tigallo”
4. “Expensive Genes”
5. “Cry No More”
6. “Such Is Life”
7. “Change of Mind” Feat. Freddie Gibbs
8. “Sweet You”
9. “Find That Love Again” Feat. Eric Roberson
10. “Euphorium (Back to the Light)”

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