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DAVE EAST BREAKS DOWN ‘PERFECT’ TO GENIUS [VIDEO]

Harlem rapper Dave East got his big break when he was discovered by Nas in 2014 and signed to the legendary MC’s Mass Appeal label. Last week, East dropped his Paranoia: A True Story EP, and one of its most popular songs is the lead single “Perfect” featuring Chris Brown. The track has already racked up over one million Spotify streams since its release on July 28. As East explains to Genius, “Perfect” is a tribute to all of the different women in his life.

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WATCH DJ PREMIER & THE BADDER BAND’S TINY DESK CONCERT WITH NPR [VIDEO]

Three-time Grammy winner DJ Premier, one of the definitive architects of New York hip-hop, brought a new type of life to NPR’s Tiny Desk: their first concert helmed by a DJ.

A packed house of head-nodding journalists grooved through their lunch hour to a nine-song medley of iconic Premier productions while decompressing from the unrelenting grind of the news cycle. The set list rested on the undeniable footprint of Preemo’s classics, but this was more than just another DJ mix. His touring outfit, The Badder Band, overlaid Premier’s blends with an undulating electric bass courtesy of Brady Watt, a steady accent on the one from drummer Lenny Reece and boisterous horns from Mark Williams and Jonathan Powell.

But it was Premier who remained front-and-center, commanding the crowd like a true party rocker. With throwbacks ranging from Gangstarr’s “Step into the Arena” to an amped rendition of Jeru The Damaja’s “Da Bitches,” embellished by The Badder’s jazzy horns, Preemo concluded the set with a “Moment of Truth,” featuring the exalted rhymes of his posthumous Gangstarr partner, Guru.

Tiny Desk concerts are short by design, so naturally the format could barely scratch the surface of Premier’s vault of street anthems, done for the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., JAY-Z, Nas, Kanye West, Big L, M.O.P., Mos Def, Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, AZ, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Even after a career spanning almost three decades, the man born Christopher Martin has managed to stay authentic to his analog grit and sample-chopping integrity, as if he were still an underdog.

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ROCK – GW BAG [VIDEO]

The other half of Heltah Skeltah is preparing to drop his solo debut album titled Rockness A.P. (After Price). The first single “GW BaG” is all about simplicity as The Rockness focuses on good weed, bitches and guns. Check out the video and look for the album on September 22nd.

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ACTION BRONSON BREAKS DOWN THE LYRICS TO THE CHAIRMAN’S INTENT [VIDEO]

After spending the last few years mostly focused on his television career, Action Bronson is getting back into music with the upcoming release of his Blue Chips 7000 project. The Queens rapper recently released his single “The Chairman’s Intent,” which has racked up more than half-a-million views on YouTube since it dropped in late July. The track is produced by his longtime collaborator Harry Fraud, who also handled the entirety of Bronson’s Saab Stories EP in 2013. As usual, the song is full of food references, including a line about him applauding for a chef at a restaurant.