Curren$y Talks The Success of Pilot Talk (Video)

In July of 2009, Curren$y came to Chicago to perform at our Dimes and Dozens party as well as a Closed Session. One look at those photos and videos show how far we have come, especially when compared to this recent photo recap, or the most recent Closed Session. Curren$y has also come a very long way in what is barely more than a calendar year. Since that visit he became a mainstay in Creative.Control videos, was dubbed the new face of Roc-a-fella by Dame Dash, signed to Def Jam, and released a critically acclaimed and fan embraced LP in the form of Pilot Talk.

The album’s success serves as vindication for Curren$y. He has walked away from labels and deals in the past in order to stick to his sound and make the music that he wants to make. In this clip he talks about what success of the album has meant, and how good it feels to prove people wrong. – RubyHornet

K. Sparks: Bounce (Prod. T Mos)

“Here is the first leak from The Trilogy Chapter 3 entitled Bounce Produced by the homie T Mos…I’ve been slow cooking this project with a lot of dope production and dope collabs so there is no set release date but when it drops it will be well worth the wait…This song will also be on T Mos project dropping next year…I’ll be in ATL on October 8th for A3C so come thru and check out the show..” – K. Sparks

Download: K. Sparks – Bounce (Prod. T Mos)

Nottz Feat. Asher Roth & Colin Munroe: Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)

Producer Nottz and rapper Asher Roth take a casual stroll together down memory lane on the latest single “Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)” from Nottz’s forthcoming debut solo album You Need This Music to be released October 26th on Raw Koncept Media Group.

From the get-go, shimmering xylophone samples recall nostalgic flashbacks, signaling the eternal backward glance into breezy summer days and hanging out around the block. Far from simply telling their stories, Nottz and Roth invite us to join in their respective journeys with the hook, crooned by Colin Munroe, “Welcome to the world that I’m from/ Maybe you’ll wanna be/ My neighbor/ They say that where you goin’ ain’t always where you from/ Maybe some day you’ll be /My neighbor.”

Fans can also expect a video for the single in the near future. Nottz and Roth are currently collaborating on the upcoming The Rawth EP.

Download: Nottz Feat. Asher Roth & Colin Munroe – Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)

Bruno Mars x Fat Joe Live @ House of Blues (Video)

Last week, Bruno Mars & Fat Joe performed at the House of Blues in downtown Chicago. While that combination sounds like an odd fit for a concert, the crowd rocked with both artists as illustrated in the videos we have below of their live performances. Bruno Mars performs “Just The Way You Are”, “Nothin’ On You”, “Billionaire”, the new single “Grenade” and an interesting mash-up of “Billie Jean”, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, and “Seven Nation Army”, all captured from the right balcony at the HoB. The Fat Joe video contains his verse from “All I Do Is Win” and past singles like “Lean Back” and “Make It Rain”. – GWHH

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Pac Div x Dom Kennedy Live In Miami (Video)

Here is the recap footage of PacDiv’s first Miami performance, along with LA’s own Dom Kennedy for the Bread and Butter Music series debut which took place 9.18.10!

Special guests include upcoming artists Skeme, Skotch Davis, LaVish, & Jasmine Solano on the ones & twos! Watch the footage as we take you from start to finish of a great show while getting some down time in at Wet Willes on south beach! Catch some cameos from Ashley Outrageous, LaxPaperboys, Team Shameless & NBA Star Baron Davis. – Ashley O

Mista Mista Feat. LJC: Don’t Make It Seem (Prod. LJC)

In ‘Don’t Make It Seem’ I leave it all out on the table. It’s by far, the most personal record on “No Greater Love.” I take a chance by diving into personal issues with this take-me-back record. Many relationships go through ups and downs, here’s my story.

I am now set to release my debut full-length album “No Greater Love,” a musical representation of life’s rollercoaster highlighting failures and success. The message is clear: perseverance and love.

No Greater Love coming Oct. 19th

Download: Mista Mista Feat. LJC – Don’t Make It Seem (Prod. LJC)

Nicki Minaj & Will.I.Am: Check It Out BTS (Video)

Will.I.Am and Nicki Minaj hit a Los Angeles soundstage this past weekend to film the video for ‘Check It Out,’ which the two first premiered at the MTV Music Video Awards pre-show. The track will appear on Minaj’s debut album ‘Pink Friday,’ due in November.

“We’re manipulating time and doing crazy things,” Will told The BoomBox of the Japanese anime-inspired video. “The subject matter of the song is ‘check out’ whatever it is you try and let fools know. This is like, “check my style out,” so we like rocking crazy different styles in the video performance.”

Woody Feat. Charles Hamilton & XV: Make Believe

Before I get my well deserved rest I leave you guys with a fresh new leak from Woody. This one comes packed with dope features from Charles Hamilton and XV. Make sure you cop this cut below and be on the lookout for Woody’s upcoming project “Love Life,” dropping October 6th.

Download: Woody Feat. Charles Hamilton & XV – Make Believe

Rocksmith x Mac Miller (Video)

Here is a first look at our new Rocksmith video series, in which we will be featuring a top music artist and their music for each segment to coincide with our Seasonal drops. For this video we chose Mac Miller (Rostrum Records), one of the fastest rising stars and label mate of Wiz Khalifa. We scored the Lookbook to a instrumental w/ hook from his current mixtape K.I.D.S.

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Quantum Suicide (Stanza x Strange Republik): Momentum (FreEP)

Searching for Bobby Fischer emcee Stanza and producer Strange Republik, together known as Quantum Suicide, have joined forces with to bring fans their latest collaborative project, the Momentum EP. The EP features five brand joints from the ATL-based freestyle series alumnus and his behind-the-boards partner, including reader-approved leak “Supernova.” Republik is sole producer on Momentum, and Stanza handles mic duties with no guest assistance. – DJBooth

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AC3 X SMKA Present: Official 2010 A3C Mixtape (Mixtape)

The 2010 A3C Hip-Hop Festival is fast approaching. Kicking off Thursday, October 7th, the two-night, three-day festival will feature a number of exciting panel discussions and performances from a who’s-who of rappers — legends and up-and-comers, alike, will be rounding out the festival’s performance schedule.

With over 200 artists taking one of the festival’s many stages over the course of the weekend, A3C has teamed up with SMKA to present a two-part Official 2010 A3C Mixtape, featuring tracks from a sampling of the artists scheduled to perform. Showing off the regional diversity of artists in attendance, part one of the series features tracks from 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology), Crooked I, Killer Mike, Chaundon, The Jacka, and more.

In other news, A3C continues announce exciting showcases as the festival approaches. Highlighting the all-day festivities on the festival’s final day are showcases from and The showcase will be headlined by Atlanta native Killer Mike, and will feature performances from such heavyweights as Kidz In The Hall, Donnis, Nappy Roots, Mistah FAB, Killa Kyleon, Stalley, and Willie Joe. The showcase will also be hitting the stage Saturday with their own who’s-who line-up of performers, including STS, Truck North, Spree Wilson, Brittany Bosco, TiRon, Homeboy Sandman, and J-Live. Closing the OkayPlayer showcase will be crowd favorite Diamond District.

Fadia Kader and The Smoking Section have teamed up to present their own showcase, Perfect Attendance, a three-day showcase featuring a total of 79 artists broken down by region. Up first, on October 7th, is the West, with performances from Dom Kennedy, Pac Div, DaVinci, TiRon, and more. The Mid West will be featured on Friday, with performances from Mac Miller, Fly.Union, Stalley, LEP Bogus Boys, and more, and closing things out on Saturday will be the East, with performances from Tanya Morgan, The Kid Daytona, Jackie Chain, Hollyweerd, and more.

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