Archive for August, 2009

Blu – NoSleepForADay

Herfection always seems to have great content I can’t find on other blogs, particularly when it comes to Blu.  As Heather puts it, “the best to hardly do it” gives us a rough 8-minute instrumental project.  It’s obviously a disappointment to not hear Blu’s ethereal lyrics grace a single track, but it’s at least something from one of the most interesting newcomers in music.

In his own run-on sentences:


Download: Blu – NoSleepForADay (.zip)


Blu & Exile – LoveLine(s),DedicatedToLastFe’vrier

Blu – HerFavoriteColo(u)r (mixtape)


Throwback Post: DJ Frank – Take Me Away Fast

(This was originally posted on Aug. 12, 2008, but it’s worthy of a second go-round)

“I’m a DJ. I love music, and I want to make people dance.”

This is a really interesting documentary sent to me by J. Kashi about a New York DJ who travels to Africa over a 3 year period in search of rare records.

Mr. Kinetik – ‘Hulk’s Soul’

Off the upcoming S.O.S. (Sounds of Soul) project from Mr. Kinetik.  Also check the s.a.i.n.t. RECON page for updates.

“Like Bill Withers and Crusaders, my Soul Shadows on my mind
often times, have made me blind
One of a kind love affairs with my music
helped me get through it,
to grow my life off of the Peace (of my Soul)
to help those that needed it, but my work got lost in download overload
still I hold the soul, with my weaponry
be prepared for anything that steps to me…”

Download: Kinetik – Hulk’s Soul

Video: The Foreign Exchange feat. Muhsinah – ‘House Of Cards’

Wow, Foreign Exchange just upped the ante for music videos.  The content of Leave It All Behind is very much about the peaks and valleys of relationships.  This song in particular plays the role of valley, when lies, facades and uncertainty come crashing down.  It’s strange to see Phonte so straight-faced, but his role as a mourning narrator fits perfectly.

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Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – Forever (prod. Boi-1da)

(artwork courtesy of NR)

Lot of good verses on this song… can’t quite pick my favorite yet.  Bottom line, this was a Drake song, he sings the hook, and he added 3 heavyweights without an album out. Bravo, young man.  Off Lebron’s More Than A Game soundtrack, which could be to 2009 what the Above The Rim soundtrack was to 1994.

Download: Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – Forever (prod. Boi-1da)

J. Cole – Back to the Topic Freestyle


While I’m workin on the album I get urges to go off on certain beats I love. This is similar to the process of how The Warm Up originally started. I’m already sitting on some gems as we speak. I figured yall been rockin that warm up for a couple months, let’s let some of them out.
First up; Back To The Topic Freestyle
What’s all this leading to? Shit, it ain’t no tellin..
“I Came Up, I Warmed Up, the next up…”

J. Cole

10.Deep Presents: Donnis – Diary Of An ATL Brave

I first caught wind of this mixtape at Vinyl Meltdown, then saw Complex Mag select it as the “mixtape of the week“.  With the J.Cole’s, Wale’s, Cudi’s, Blu’s, Drake’s, & Big Sean’s of the world, it’s hard to imagine there’s room for another up-and-coming rapper worth listening to.  However, with a 10 Deep stamp of approval (previous recipients Cudi & Wale), Donnis goes macadamia over original a 12 track opus.  ‘Gone’, ‘Underdog’ and ‘Country Cool’ top my list right now.

Download link & interview after the jump

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