Crooked I spews social consciousness in the face of adversity over the instrumental to Tupac’s “Pain” off of the Above The Rim soundtrack.
We all know Rapsody can rap her face off, but she can also deliver a strong message in her music with her Eric G produced ode to men growing up without fathers titled “The Man.”
I wrote this song as a dedication to all the boys growing up without fathers who now have to try and fill those big shoes. I wanted to tell the story of how they have to grow up fast, lose their innocence so young, and the damage it does (no matter your race). The interlude that follows deals with racism, and how people of color have to have these tough conversations with their children that others parents don’t. It’s hard to explain to a five year old that because of the color of their skin, they will be treated differently. But, that’s a reality for us.
Inspired by Tyler, The Creator’s criticism of the ShadyXV album being “ass,” Crooked I drops this freestyle in response.
Before Eminem became the megastar he is today, Slim Shady was just another rapper trying to make a name for himself. Check out this freestyle he kicked on the radio for Baruch College in Manhattan alongside another emcee named A.L. from 1997.
Despite the artwork, Bumpy Knuckles and DJ Wayne Ski aren’t out here making booty music. It’s still hard as nails hip hop here.
Big Noyd, Large Professor and Kool G Rap’s collaborative effort from the Coalmine Records’ Unearthed Compilation gets a Cookin’ Soul makeover.
Before Nickle and Preemo’s PRhyme drops on December 9 (which we know you have pre-ordered), the good folks at NPR have offered the entire album for your listening pleasure.
01 PRhyme (Intro)
02 Dat Sound Good f. Ab-Soul & Mac Miller
03 U Looz
04 You Should Know f. Dwele
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
They say to save the best for last as DJ Premier closes out Def Jam’s “30 DJs, 30 Mixes, 30 Days” compilation. Check out Preemo’s mix and the rest are right here.
The word legendary goes hand in hand with the word iconic, which perfectly describes the one record label that defines hip-hop…Def Jam.
For 30 years, the brand that Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons built has consistently pumped out quality music and groundbreaking artists. From the days of LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy to Jeezy, Jay-Z and Nas, the Def Jam logo has spun hits with force and volume to the masses.
For the month of November, Def Jam and RESPECT Magazine bring to you the world’s best DJs to take you through the history of this storied record label. 30 DJs. 30 Mixes. 30 Days. With hot new tracks to oldie but goodies to exclusive songs rarely heard, our All-Star team of DJs got you covered.
Each DJ brings a different flair to the mixes you’ll end up keeping on repeat long after November is done. So click the links above and enjoy the power of Def Jam 30. – Datwon Thomas Editor in Chief of Respect Magazine
The Mash Out Posse cut loose the original version of this song off of their Street Certified EP that features Preemo on the cuts and DJ Skizz handling the beat.
Yet another Ghostface and AZ collaboration that you can snap your neck to. 36 Seasons is shaping up to be one hell of an album.