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COMMON AND JAY ELECTRONICA ANNOUNCE TOUR

Fresh off of their performance together at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards, Common and Jay Electronica have announced that they will be touring together. The “Nobodys Smiling” tour, named after Common’s album of the same title, starts in Las Vegas on November 21 and will end in New York on December 10. Check out the tour dates below.

11/21 – Las Vegas, NV (House of Blues)
11/23 – Santa Ana, CA (The Observatory)
11/24 – Los Angeles, CA (House of Blues)
11/28 – Albuquerque, NM (Sunshine Theatre)
11/29 – Denver, CO (Ogden Theatre)
12/01 – Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
12/02 – Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)
12/03 – New Orleans, LA (Howling Wolf G)
12/04 – Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle)
12/07 – Washington, DC (Fillmore)
12/08 – Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of Living Arts)
12/09 – New York, NY (Fillmore)
12/10 – New York, NY (Fillmore)

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DJ PREMIER & ROYCE DA 5’9″ – COURTESY (CDQ)

You may have seen the low quality radio rip of Preem and Nickel’s lead single off of the upcoming PRhyme album floating around the web. But there’s nothing like an official version for your listening pleasure. Here’s “Courtesy,” which you can cop on iTunes now. Don’t forget to preorder the album here as well.

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JAY ELECTRONICA – INTO THE LIGHT TRAILER

The trailer for an upcoming Jason Goldwatch directed short film “Into The Light” has hit the web. Due out in 2015 courtesy of Mass Appeal, the film follows the hip hop nomad on his travels across the globe. Check out what the director had to say below.

Jay Electronica is full of mystery, and like a magician, his character lends itself to new ways of seeing things that would seem impossible to many. Several years ago, Jay and I traveled to the other side of the Earth. We left a piece of ourselves there. In exchange, we brought back something entirely new, and the images that follow are a glimpse into that magic for everyone who’s curious.

Traveling across strange lands, we were invited to attend sacred ceremonies of sacrifice and parading celebrations of ancient descent. We trekked together towards the horizon and explored crowded monasteries, solitary mountain top temples, slums of filthy laughing children, and rivers running with blood and flower petals. I documented as Jay walked a river of burning human bodies. We crash landed a helicopter in the Himalayas, and he delivered rice and clean water to a school in a refugee tent city. The result was a collage of movements and emotion.

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THE OFFICIAL ARTWORK AND TRACKLIST FOR PRHYME

Check out the official artwork and tracklisting for the DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ collaboration album PRhyme.

01. PRhyme (Intro)
02. Dat Sound Good f. Ab-Soul & Mac Miller
03. U Looz
04. You Should Know f. Dwele
05. Courtesy
06. Wishin’ f. Common
07. To Me, To You f. Jay Electronica
08. Underground Kings f. Schoolboy Q & Killer Mike
09. Microphone Preem f. Slaughterhouse

December 9th can’t come soon enough.

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DJ PREMIER REFLECTS ON THE CREATION OF BIGGIE’S “UNBELIEVABLE”

In a recent interview with Pepsi where DJ Premier revealed three of his favorite studio sessions in three different cities, the legendary producer opened up about working with the Notorious B.I.G. on “Unbelievable.”

“One of the best sessions was really doing “Unbelievable” with Biggie. I didn’t have time to do a track when he had already [almost] finished Ready To Die. He was like, ‘Yo. I need this last one. I need a B-side for my first single “Juicy.” I wanna play it for you.’ He came and played it for me, he hadn’t shot the video yet. He was like, ‘I need a beat where I gotta still do it for my [people] at home on the block.’

“I was like, ‘Yo, man. I don’t have anything to concentrate on right now and I don’t wanna hold you up.’ He said, ‘Man, I don’t care. I need something.’ So I told him to just come on up and come down.

“He came down and as soon as he walked in I was playing him those little notes. [Starts humming the intro to “Unbelievable” as we know it.] I was doing all of that. He was like, ‘Yo, I like that. Make it dance and not do the same rhythm.’ So I programmed in the beginning with the intro beats. [Starts beat boxing] And then I did the hook. He was like, ‘Yo. That’s it!’

“Now, the “Unbelievable” part with R. Kelly’s “Your Body’s Callin’”—I didn’t plan on putting that in there. I didn’t know if it was gonna be in the proper key. So when it came down to him asking me to put that in there, I did it. I did it the next day because I didn’t have the record on me at the time. This day and age I could have went straight to Harlem and did it. But it happened. It sounded exactly like how it was supposed to sound….

Read about how the song ended up in Funkmaster Flex’s hands and two more of Preemo’s favorite studio sessions here.

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REDMAN – ROCKIN’ WIT’ MARLEY MARL

With Muddy Waters 2 on the way, Reggie Noble gets inspired by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s masterpiece and links up with the legendary Marley Marl for their own rendition.

And now, some words from the Funk Doctor…

Uncle Marley great record Unc..I went to Unc house and we came up with this Thow Back to Hit yall wit !!! frm Dougie Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew (feat Slick Rick) “The Show”.