Friday, December 02, 2016






v  “THE RETURN OF EAST ATLANTA SANTA” will be exclusively available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on Apple Music on December 16th.

v  East Atlanta Santa Merch Shop now open, shop here:

v  Hit track, “Last Time (Feat. Travis Scott),” was recently joined by its official companion video – watch here:


#Ham4Ham 12/1 -- The Hamilton Mixtape Performance


Atlantic Records has officially released “THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE,” the unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. The album is available today in stores and at all digital retailers/streaming services via 

Executive produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Kallman, Riggs Morales and Ahmir “QuestLove” Thompson” & Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots, “THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include SiaUsherKelly ClarksonThe RootsAlicia KeysNasWiz KhalifaChance The RapperJohn LegendRegina SpektorAshantiJa RuleMiguelQueen LatifahCommonBen FoldsAndra DayJill ScottJimmy Fallon & more. “THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE” also includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos.


1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (Rise Up Remix) - The Roots featuring Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (Interlude) - Watsky featuring Shockwave
6. Satisfied - Sia featuring Miguel & Queen Latifah
7. Dear Theodosia - Regina Spektor featuring Ben Folds
8. Valley Forge (Demo) - Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless –Ashanti featuring Ja Rule
14. Take A Break (Interlude) - !llmind
15. Say Yes To This - Jill Scott
16. Congratulations - Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) - J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) - Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washingtons By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story - The Roots featuring Common & Ingrid Michaelson
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) - Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Camp Lo - Piece Of The Action / World Heist (Produced by Ski Beatz)

Sounblock / Persia Records / Blingnot Media 
Music Produced by Ski Beatz / Video Directed by Devin Hampton
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Camp Lo - Piece Of The Action / World Heist

General Steele f/ VVS Verbal & Louie Skaggs - Persistence [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun/Boot Camp Clik and Burlington, Vermont-based producer Es-K present the music video for "Persistence", the first single from their brand new collaboration album Building Bridges. "Persistence" features guest verses from VVS Verbal and Louie Skaggs, and the video was shot by Sisco. 

Produced mostly by Es-K, Building Bridges features guest appearances from Buckshot of Black Moon, Smoothe Da Hustler, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rockness Monsta of Heltah Skeltah, and a posthumous cameo from his late great partner, Sean Price. As one half of Smif-N-Wessun, General Steele crashed the hip-hop scene in the 1990s with their debut album Dah Shinin' (named a Top 100 Album Of All Time by The Source and a Top 50 Debut Album Of All Time by Complex). Their last release - 2011's Monumental- was produced by Pete Rock, and Steele has also collaborated with Tupac Shakur, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, Raekwon and Bounty Killer. Es-K may be best known for his 2014 album Serenity (listen) as well as his Spontaneous Grooves beat tape series, where every beat on each tape was made in one sitting each. 

A low-key display of introspective verses, classic cuts and jazz-inflected beats, Building Bridges stays true to its name by bridging the gap between established artists and rising ones alike such as VVS Verbal, Shadow The Great of Loaf Muzik, Napoleon Da Legend, Mar'rz Atomz, Stage One, Louie Skaggs, Boone Bixby, Supreme The Eloheem (from the Representativz) and Coke as well as production from Hellfire Beats and Central Parks. 

DMC champion DJ Grazzhoppa contributes cuts alongside Hashfinger and Hellfire. The cover art comes courtesy of Joe Buck, the artist behind the De La Soul Is Dead cover art. Building Bridges appears via Bucktown USA, the multi-media company General Steele created in 2004 alongside partner Cynical Smith, with digital distribution through Duck Down, including a limited-edition pressing of 500 records which will be available 12/2. #BuildingBridges

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

'Long Live the Pimp': A Documentary on the Life and Legacy of Pimp C

Bun B, Nas, Michael "5000" Watts, DJ Paul, and more talk about the legendary Southern rapper and the impact he had on hip-hop.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Tribe Called Quest - We The People

Hope all is well on you end of the internet. I thought I'd sit down and jot a few of my thoughts down, instead of my usual style of re-posting. I admit I have become lazy as of late. Blogging about Hip-Hop is something that I will always do, sponsors or not, but it has become a chore. On top of all of that, the world as we know it seems to be turning to shit all around us. Makes it hard for a music loving B-Boy blogger to get excited and write.

I won't even begin to debate the whole mumble rap issue either, it's a no-win conversation either way. If I say I hate it, which I don't, I'll hear it from the haters. If I say I love it, which I don't, I'll hear it from the backpackers. All bad.

Just when I thought I was done with it all and ready to unplug for good, a ray of light shines from the heavens and the Hip-Hop Gods decided to give us all a overdue present for our loyalty.

The new album from A Tribe Called Quest has renewed my faith in Hip-Hop. We here at Rap Critics are BIG fans of ATCQ, as you probably already know. When I heard the news, I literally dropped what I was doing and hit Google. A few hours later, I had tears in my eyes.

This album is that good, in my humble opinion. I will not go on any further with my ramblings on how dope it is, what songs are my favorite, the numerous sample references that are like Easter eggs for Hip-Hop nerds, and all that. No, I will simply stop now, and say thank you to Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed, Jarobi, Busta, Consequence, and every artist that worked on this album. God bless you.

Now go listen and buy "We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service" and check the links below for more info on Tribe!

A Tribe Called Quest Stands United, One Last Time : The Record : NPR

Friday, October 28, 2016

Otown Marco - Blitz

19-year-old Orlando, Florida rapper Otown Marco presents the Nassacre-directed music video for "Blitz", his new single produced by The Shade and Lonewolf. Marco has performed alongside Joey Bada$$, Tory Lanez, Curren$y, Lil Durk and Caskey. His previous releases include 2015's Studio Nights EP (Soundcloud) and Blue December (Soundcloud). "We created the beat and I wrote 'Blitz' in less than a day," says Marco. "I think that was just the vibe and how freely the song came together. I wanted to give people something that had a chill party vibe musically and represent that the video, but 'Blitz' serves as a reintroduction to my fans, prepping them for my next wave of music.”