In honor of the late, great James “J Dilla” Yancy, Beat Junkies J.Rocc and Rhettmatic crafted this tribute mix where the two deejays went back-and-forth on individual setups to craft a creative, 2×4 improvisational mix.
DJ Eclipse unearths a session from 1996 with Lord Finesse dropping jewels at Fat Beats.
Here’s another performance clip from Fat Beats grand opening day of the 6th Ave location. Lord Finesse on the mic and DJ Three on the wheels. You even see the owner of the store Joseph Abajian pop back behind the tables for a minute to talk to Three. Finesse killed these two verses and had the crowd oohing and ahhing with his punchlines. It meant a lot to us that Finesse came by because he was the biggest name we had come through all day. And once again you get a glimpse of some of the other people in the store who were just vibing out to the sounds or waiting their turn to get on the mic.
With the Ghostface and BadBadNotGood collaboration Soul Soul dropping next week, the tandem drops an updated version of “Tone’s Rap” for us to feast on.
Some dope emcees gather to kick some dope rhymes on Tony Touch’s dope show. Dopeness ensues.
The Fresno emcee drops the second video from his upcoming album The Ecology.
Fresh off of winning two Grammys, Kendrick Lamar drops this Boi-1da produced joint that is all about black pride and will likely be on his upcoming as-yet-titled sophomore effort.
The official lyric video to Joey Bada$$’ jam that wants you to get on the dance floor.
Joell Ortiz drops some bars for those that have supported him over the years.
It’s hard to believe that it has been a quarter century since N.W.A. changed the landscape of music forever. On August 14, the film about the collective will finally hit theaters and here is the red band trailer with an intro from Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar and Game.
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, Straight Outta Compton is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.
With what would have been J Dilla’s 41st birthday being on February 7 and Dilla Weekend in Miami kicking off at the same time, it’s only appropriate that the DJ trio of Manuvers, Sharpsound and LouiArson put together this instrumental mixtape of Dilla beats.