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MICK & CHI DULY – 7:18 (JAY-Z & DJ PREMIER BLENDS MIXTAPE)

If you’re looking for something to snap your neck to, look no further than MICK and Chi Duly’s mixtape titled “7:18″ where the duo deliver a project described as “JAY-Z’s most lyrical and personal verses and juxtapose them with DJ Premier’s most dark and precise works.” My goodness is this good. Just under 57 minutes of bars from Hov and beats from Preemo. 33 songs in less than an hour.

“This mixtape is a love letter to the hip hop we grew up listening to,” MICK says. “This is for the people who grew up analyzing the b-side of every Gang Starr and Group Home single. This is for the people who listened to Jay’s ‘A Million And One Questions‘ a million and one times.”

Stream it all now.

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JAY-Z – DREAM ON [VIDEO]

With his “Made In America” festival right around the corner, Jay-Z delivers a spoken word rhyme of sorts with “Dream On.” This is a look at Jay’s past to inspire the future.

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JAY-Z – THE STORY OF OJ [VIDEO]

In the event that you have been living under a rock, Jay-Z recently dropped 4:44 to much critical acclaim and the album has gone platinum in under a week. With Hov delivering a stream of consciousness throughout, the video for “The Story of OJ” has made a lot of people uncomfortable. However, the video was an exclusive to Tidal subscribers. Fear not, the Marcy emcee has lifted his firewall and the video can now be seen by everyone. Check it out and all of it’s strong cultural visuals.

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JAY Z & THE NEW YORK TIMES: “THE WAR ON DRUGS IS AN EPIC FAIL” [VIDEO]

Jay Z narrates this video featuring Molly Crabapple’s drawings and produced by Dream Hampton that explains the epic failure of the war on drugs for the New York Times.

The film “…takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging above ground marijuana market of today. We learn how African-Americans can make up around 13 percent of the United States population — yet 31 percent of those arrested for drug law violations, even though they use and sell drugs at the same rate as whites.”