Abstract Cannon: Motion (Beat Tape)

This all started yesterday, July 29th. I woke up made a beat and thought about how all producers are all out for themselves nowadays. So i decided why not put together a project to bring together talent. To showcase real producers with real struggles and real lifes. That was when #MOTION was born. I put this together in 24 hours’ time. Cover and all. Featuring production from J Bizness, Abjo, Trade Voorhees, Raw Stiles, Bagir-Ba and many others. These 13 tracks are put together to get people moving in Hip-Hop again. Not just dancing, but putting progress in #MOTION. Hope you love this project.

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Cap City Blue: Up Here

Today is probably the worst day to come at me with new music. I’ll admit I’m a straight up crank today. Lucky for the Cap City Blue kids I like their material. What I’m hitting you with right now is the first single to Cap City Blue’s upcoming debut album “Soar Losers“, called “Up Here”. Look for more from the album to come and make sure you read more on who are Cap City Blue right below.

The absolute hardest part of writing your band’s introductory biography is getting the reader on to the second sentence. Well, here you are, right along with DMV natives Cap City Blue, a band that is a breath of fresh air in a hip-hop world ripe with identity crisis. “Band” is nothing if not the keyword: Cap City Blue is a modern fusion of all things hip-hop, rock, electronic, improvisational – you name it – that works on the cardinal rule that music is borne of live instrumentation and real songwriting. Composed of fluid MC MellowMarsh and multi-instrumentalist producer Zack, Cap City Blue’s songs are original stratospheric symphonic concoctions woven together by a tangled web of ink-hearted poetry. Always ready to jam, Cap City Blue is a band that merely wants to offer a new and exciting dimension to the hip-hop game.

Download: Cap City Blue – Up Here

T.Shirt x William Yan: Album Cover Shoot (BTS)

Ran around Dumbo, Brooklyn last week with the homie Will for williamyan.com shooting photos all over the area for the album. What you end up seeing as the finished cover wasn’t what we originally had in mind but Will took such great photos we changed the concept up last minute. That’s mothafuckin’ Dredlife of Hot Mop Films behind the 5D documenting the experience in style. The whole evening was just a pleasure as the talented guys I worked with were also cool as fuck. Can’t ask for more than that. The song playing is a bonus off the album we’re releasing next week so stay tuned for that.

Zane One: Zane One (L.A. Woman)

Even as she drops her debut album, L.A. Woman, Zane One is no stranger to hip-hop. With her latest single, “Zane One (L.A. Woman),” for which she just released a new video, Zane brings us back to the days when dope lyrics matched seamlessly with equally killer rhymes and turntables conquered the hooks. Along with her confident rhymes such as, “Serve them with the daily supplements and keep them hazy,” the song is blessed with some skillfully done vocal scratches of both Lauryn Hill and M.C. Lyte as an ode to female rappers. Produced by Dert, the beat’s distorted guitar riff is lined with hard, crispy drum work to back up the assertive flow, which Zane One delivers with confident ease. Not only does Zane One refer to her extensive hip-hop resume throughout the song, but she also points out what makes her truly unique as an M.C., including her motherhood, as she keeps her rhymes on task with a mission to convince all listeners that she is an L.A. Woman who can spit.

Download: Zane One – Zane One (L.A. Woman)

Lyriciss: Hot Music (Video)

I think I just drank about 7 cups of water and for the f*ck of it. I can’t help it, this water is really flame right now. Anyway, Check out the official video for Lyriciss’ freestyle over the SoHo classic, “Hot Music.”

Derrick Rose: GoWhereHipHop Interview (Video)

Yesterday, Maks, Tibs, and I spent the afternoon at Joy of the Game in Deerfield, IL with Chicago Bulls all-star, Derrick Rose! This was Rose’s second annual summer camp where he helped teach kids the fundamentals of basketball as they scrimmaged, played Knock-Out, and more. Rose would walk around all of the courts and provide tips to the young kids, help run drills, and even play in their games!

Check out our interview where Rose first tells us about the daily routines of the camp. We talk more basketball as Rose shares what things he has learned by recently training on Team USA and how he will be applying the mindset for the upcoming season with the Bulls. Of course, we had to ask Derrick Rose who some of his favorite artists are to listen to during workouts and what pumps him up before a game! Who might they be??

And oh yes, he also shared how it felt to lose to one of his campers in a game of Knock-Out! We captured the game in the beginning of the video, appropriately set to Kanye West’s “Power”! Special thanks to D-Rose, who is a real cool and humble person to talk with, and we look forward to him leading the BULLS this season and beyond! – Jen DeLeon

Pusha T (Clipse): GoWhereHipHop Interview (Video)

Last night we spent the evening at The Shrine where Clipse performed along with Twista! Check out our interview with Pusha T where we talk about his upcoming solo mixtape, The Fear of God, and a little bit about working with Kanye West in Hawaii. Of course, bringing up Kanye, we couldn’t let him get away without making a statement about the rumors about Clipse signing with G.O.O.D. Music, even giving slight indication with statements like “It’s all about making good music”, and also shouting out Really Doe on stage who is a part of G.O.O.D. Music already! – GWHH

Wiz Khalifa Signs to Atlantic

XXL 2010 Freshman Wiz Kahlifa has signed with Atlantic Records. The Pittsburg, PA MC and his long-time independent label Rostrum Records announced the deal with Atlantic today (July 30) as well as plans to release his debut album in early 2011.

After much anticipation about where the heavily recruited breakthrough artist would sign, the announcement comes as he prepares for his Waken Bake tour, which will hit 55 cities across the country starting in September.

Wiz will be joining fellow 2010 freshman alum Donnis on the label. —Calvin Stovall

Duck Down 15 Year Anniversary Show Recap (Video)

Just 10 days after the US celebrated its birthday, there was another testament to the power of independence as Duck Down presented its 15th Anniversary Concert at BB King Blues Club in NYC Times Square on July 13th. With over 800 fans in attendance, Duck Down artists Team Facelift, Ruste Juxx, Marco Polo, Torae, Skyzoo, Kidz In the Hall, Pharoahe Monch, and the mighty Boot Camp Clik featuring Buckshot, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, Black Moon) graced the stage performing their classic hits. The first 50 fans to enter the concert received a free limited edition Duck Down x Rocksmith Tokyo “Duck Hunt Inspired” T-shirt with our Duck Down mascot in pixalated form, in which many fans immediately put on during the show. Hosts Angela Yee and Amanda Diva kept the show moving smoothly, while DJ Evil Dee provided music throughout the evening.

Special guest performers during the evening included Large Professor, !llmind, Stalley, Donnis, Daru, Jean Grae, Styles P, DJ Boogie Blind, Mela Machinko, Pete Rock, Tony Touch, Immortal Technique, Masta Ace, and Talib Kweli.

Big thanks go out to BB King Blues Club, Rocksmith Tokyo, XXL Magazine, Nahright.com, Sirius XM, Hot 97 and Native Instruments for making this amazing celebration possible.

Cookbook & Uno Mas Feat. Scarub: Petty

With their latest album, C&U Music Factory, still snatching up acclaim, long-time duo and LA Symphony co-founders Cookbook & Uno Mas hit us with the album’s second single, “Petty”. This time, the self-proclaimed fundamentalists address their discontent for the increasing emergence of hip-hop amateurs. With the help of featured emcee Scarub (of Living Legends), Cookbook & Uno Mas deliver thought-provoking rhymes, not only to discourage the amateurs, but to showcase their own talents as well. “We’re proclaiming that we are still set apart from the masses due to our skill at our craft, and our musicianship,” says the duo on the message behind their latest track.

Produced by Cookbook, the synth-heavy beat is accompanied by well-said verses about the group’s intolerance for the “wack rhyme disease” that seems to be ever-spreading. The song is filled with proud proclamations of their musical integrity, with lines like, “We started this, and we gon’ finish this/ We been a part of this real rap, no images/ Real artists, hard fact, it’s limitless/ Hard flows, these foes lose their grimaces.” It’s clear that Cookbook & Uno Mas prefer truth to mass appeal. “We want people to dig through, and pull out these golden nuggets that exist,” says the group.

Download: Cookbook & Uno Mas Feat. Scarub – Petty