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Big L should be turning 39 today. Here is a freestyle he did in ’95 on the Stretch & Bobbito show with Jay-Z. Keep in mind Jay didn’t drop Reasonable Doubt until ’96. I’ll let the two legends speak for themselves on this one. RIP to a master cut down in his prime.

-Elmar


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I originally wasn’t going to post this song because it was released over three years ago (Intuition’s Girls Like Me) and I don’t know much about Intuition but I’ve had it on repeat for months now so it’s going on the blog. The song centers around the idea that once you’ve achieved fame, and become numb to it, you can never recapture your old magic. Kind of like sex on ecstacy, or so I’ve heard. The infectious hook and soothing guitar are too nice. Intuition comes through with some witty self-deprecating lines and Slug does what Slug does: rap about struggles with music, substances, and women. Overall it is a great song which actually has a feel-good vibe despite its message. Check it out!

-Elmar

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Well this is a pleasant surprise. The legendary MF DOOM has shed the MF and linked up with super-producer Clams Casino on this new track. Clams’ style is much different from the traditional Madlib soundscape that has become inextricably linked with MF DOOM, but this song just flat out works. DOOM’s flow is almost non existent, but it pairs nicely with the spacey production and his lyrics are on point.

-Elmar

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Chance The Rapper is back with a new video! The concept of the video is simple and brilliant. Chance is given $5,000 dollars to create a music video, and he spends it the same way you would: on a giant chicken suit and lunch with Childish Gambino. ‘NaNa’ is another song off the upcoming Acid Rap and I cannot wait. I love the flow Chance uses to open up his first verse, and the hook is oddly catchy for how simple it is.

“Introducing Chance the Ruthless”

-Elmar

 

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The Last Emperor has been floating around the rap world for a while now, but does not get the recognition he deserves. Today, Tour De Vaap brings you a throw back from 1998. ‘Secret Wars I’ is one of the more creative tracks I have ever heard and I don’t want to give away the surprise. Let’s just say everyone from Common to Wolverine makes an appearance. If you are a fan of hip-hop, comic books, or both, you’re gonna love this track….we guarantee it. Download it here and get your Spidey on.

-Elmar

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The return of the kings. In early 2011 I fell in love with Gorilla Warfare Tactics when they dropped their debut EP, Premier. Great production and occasional rapping from Cake x Crumbs (who are now known as Imagine1984) combined with the Dilla’s old-school, confident flow led to an amazing project. After a two year hiatus, GWT is back. Last night they dropped ‘drugDILLA,’ the first single off their upcoming album, Zoology. The song, built around an ode to Tribe, encapsulates the GWT sound. Head-knodding sample, 90s sounding hook, and vivid lyricism from Dilla. Download this song and check the boys out on facebook and twitter.

“Took awhile for Dilla to script songs/Made a transition boy went Gorilla to King Kong / Now I pound my gorilla chest, swing from the tower top / Bullets to the dome can never make the fucking power stop”

-Elmar

 

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Seattle hip-hop continues to roll. This is the first song I’ve heard by Mike Champoux, and I’ve had it on repeat for a couple of days now. On his self-produced track ‘One’ Champoux delivers a nice mix of introspection and inspiration which seems to be a staple of the Seattle underground. The internet is full of aspiring rappers and this is how you separate yourself from the pack. Anyone can rap about women and weed, but it takes courage to paint an honest picture of your life, dreams, and struggles. ‘One’ is the third single off the upcoming project L.I.F.E which drops on the 28th. The other two singles are dope as well so give them a look. Here’s the download.

-Elmar

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