UPDATE: Nelly's new Album Cover + alternate cover

Nelly rockin the brass knuckles, makes me think he really enjoyed the Iron Ring competition. Jump!


Meek Mill signs with GRAND HUSTLE !

Thats Whats up. I been following Meek Mill for a minute around Philly and across the internet and I think hes gonna make a fine soldier over at Grand Hustle. Wonder if GILLIE had anything to do with this??!!



Cassie - Soldier 4 Your Love

Cassie lets another one go, this time Soldier 4 Your Love. Jump!


Lloyd Banks - Triple Threat

Termanology - “Politics As Usual” Cover & Tracklisting

Co-signed by:

"Term has a unique desire for the culture because he touches the issues that I can relate to as a TRUE HIP-HOP HEAD..his flows are nice, and he stays creative with his subject matter...he even speaks for me and not every new MC comin' up can do that." - DJ Premier

"Termanology puts the MC back in MC'ing, he's a breath of fresh air in this dirty game." - Bun B

"Termanology shows he could be a leader of the new school" - The Source Magazine


Tracklisting and credits for Termanology’s “Politics As Usual”:

1.) Its Time (Produced by Easy Mo Bee)
2.) Watch How It Go Down (Produced by DJ Premier)
3.) Respect My Walk (Produced by Buckwild)
4.) Hood Shit f/ Prodigy of Mobb Deep (Produced by The Alchemist)
5.) Float (Produced by Nottz)
6.) Please Don't Go (Produced by Nottz)
7.) How We Rock f/ Bun B of UGK (Produced by DJ Premier)
8.) Drugs Crime & Gorillaz f/ Sheek Louch & Freeway (Produced by Nottz)
9.) In The Streets f/Lil Fame of M.O.P. (produced by Hi-Tek)
10.) So Amazing (Produced by DJ Premier)
11.) Sorry I Lied (Produced by Large Professor)
12.) We Killin Ourselves (Produced by Pete Rock)
13.) The Chosen (Resurrecting The Game) (Produced by Havoc) Jump!


The Game - L.A.X. (Track List)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Coconut Juice (rmx) - Tyga feat Lil Wayne & Rich Boy
Shouts to OnSmash

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Single - New Kids On The Block feat Ne-Yo

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01. State of Emergency (Feat. Ice Cube) (Produced By Jonathan “J.R.” Rothem)
02. Bulletproof Diaries (Feat. Raekwon) (Produced By Jelly Roll)
03. Cali Sunshine (Feat. Bilal) (Produced By Nottz)
04. Game’s Pain (Feat. Keysha Cole) (Produced By Knobody)
05. My Life (Feat. Lil’ Wayne) (Produced By Cool & Dre)
06. Angel (Feat. Common) (Produced By Kanye West)
07. Camera Phone (Feat. Ne-Yo) (Produced By Cool & Dre)
08. A Thug And A Gentleman (Feat. Ne-Yo) (Prod, By Jonathan “J.R.” Rothem)
09. Us Live (Feat. Chrisette Michelle) (Produced By Scott Storch)
10. Put Ya Hands Up (Feat. Busta Rhymes) (Produced By Scott Storch)
11. Dope Boys (Feat. Travis Barker) (Produced By 1500 or Nothin’)
12. Touchdown (Feat. Raheem DeVaughn) (Produced By Nottz)
13. Ya Heard (Feat. Ludacris) (Produced By Nottz)
14. Nice (Produced By Irv Gotti)
15. House Of Pain (Produced By DJ Toomp)
16. Letter To The King (Produced By Hi-Tek) Jump!


Tyga feat. Lil Wayne & Rich Boy - Cocunut remix

Freeway - Hip Hop Lives

Freeway step up on his grind, he said he was gonna do it and damn if he aint. Holla!

DOWNLOAD: Freeway - Hip Hop Lives Jump!


Sean Paul featuring Kelis - Fire

Serius Jones - The Hard Way (mixtape)

Tracklist and download link after the JUMP. Jump!


Give It. Get It.

Jay Z - Cover of Vibe 15th Anniversary Juice Issue

Nas was Right.

Well well well, what do ya know, Nas was really on to something.... TAKE THAT Jim Jones!!! Nas isn't a dweeb after all!. Jump!


VIDEO: BOBO: Big Sean Freestyle at Def Jam

Termanology featuring. Bun B "How We Rock"


Termanology's album, Politics As Usual, will be released on September 30th, 2008 via ST. Records/Nature Sounds. Look for it. He has a nice group of producers so I expect some heat this Fall.

Termanology hooks up with Multi-Platinum rapper Bun B of UGK & producer DJ Premier for his new single "How We Rock."

When asked how the collaboration came about, Term stated "Around the time when I released "Watch How It Go Down," Bun B reached out to Premier and expressed interest in working with me." I ended up hangin with Bun at his birthday party in Houston and me preem & bun cooked up this track for my album - "How We Rock."We're shooting a video shortly, look for it!"

Termanology will be releasing his debut LP, Politics As Usual, on September 30th, 2008 via ST. Records/Nature Sounds.

Politics As Usual features a who's who list of producers who chipped in to make Termanology's debut a very, very special record; those producers include: DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Alchemist, Hi-Tek, Havoc, Nottz, Buckwild, Large Professor + Easy Mo Bee.

www.myspace.com/therealtermanology Jump!


Heavy D - Long Distance Girlfriend

DOWNLOAD: Heavy D - Long Distance Girlfriend

via nah, right?

Heavy D is scheduled to release his upcoming project "Vibes" in September. Jump!


Corey Gunz - La La La freestyle

DOWNLOAD: Cory Gunz - La La La freestyle
Heres one I missed last week. Corey Gunz is putting in work. I think he likes Lil Wayne beats. Jump!


PReup Gang Discuss Soulja Boy, Record Sales & New Album

CL Smooth - Drippin Champagne

DOWNLOAD: CL Smooth - Dripped in Champagne

Sometimes I reminisce over this crew My God. I had always hoped that the super producer Pete Rock and CL Smooth would hook up and drop some new material. This isn't exactly what I was thinking when I had that thought but I don't think Pete co-signed on this one, so there's still hope. Jump!


Jacob the Jeweler Sues Wyclef

What the hell is this all about? I thought Jacob was lock up on some perjury charge or something to that effect?... Anyways, "Jacob the Jeweler" is apparently suing Wyclef for $319,680 in unpaid debt.

According to the AP, Jacob and Company Incorporated says in Manhattan court papers filed Tuesday that the hip-hop star bought several items between March 2002 and January 2006 for $765,100. The company says Jean still owes $319,680, despite "repeated demands for payment."

Now for all you guys that are thinking Wyclef is going broke or something ridiculous! JUST STOP!! Wyclef mistakenly threw a check in the trash for more than that! Jump!


Dres freestyles for DJ Bazooka Joe

DOWNLOAD: Dres - Love Is Love freestyle
Dres is still Dres, he still got his Black Sheep swagga and hasnt lost his flow. Props to nahright for this shit.
Heres a throwback Jump!


Nas - What It Is

Avery Storm


Freeway - Will I Ever Be Free

Chamillionaire - Foolish Freestyle

The Clipse - My Lifes The Shit

VIDEO: Big Boi featuring Mary j Blige - Sumthin's Gotta Give

The Knux - Bang Bang

Finally a crew that isn't afraid of breaking the stereo type of what some think rap "should be." Bang! Bang!

DOWNLOAD: The Knux: Bang Bang Jump!


UGK featuring Akon - Hard As Hell

DOWNLOAD: UGK featuring Akon - Hard As Hell

This is the First single off UGK for Life. (R.I.P. Pimp C) Jump!



Charles Hamilton has dropped a mixtape "Outside Looking" and a bonus treat "Brooklyn Girls"

Get them now:

DOWNLOAD: Outside Looking

DOWNLOAD: Brooklyn Girls Jump!



Here's a sneak peek at the line up DJ Revolution has in store for the masses. Album In Stores September 16th on Duck Down Records.

The album is packed with hot emcees as follows:


See the Press release here

Definitely one to look forward too.

Here's the tracklist:

1.) Intro f/Jazzy Jeff
2.) King Of The Decks f/ Sean Price & Tash
4.) Do My Thing f/ Guilty Simpson & Royce Da 5' 9"
5.) LADJ (skit)
6.) Funky Piano f/ Bishop Lamont, Crooked I, Styliztik Jones
7.) For The Kids (skit)
8.) The Big Top f/ Special Teamz
9). Start The Revolution f/ Boot Camp Clik
10.) Scratch Nerds (skit)
11.) Invaders from the Planet Sqratch f/ DJ Qbert
12.) EY! f/ Joell Ortiz and Termanology (Produced by DJ Revolution & DJ Numark)
13.) Casualties of Tour f/ Rakaa Iriscience (produced by Marco Polo)
14.) Damage f/ Blaq Poet & Bumpy Knuckles
15.) Willie Lynch f/ Styliztik Jones and KBimean
16.) The Biggest Up f/ DJ Premier (Skit)
17.) Blow Da Spot f/ Strong Arm Steady
18.) School f/ Planet Asia
19.) Spit Ridiculous f/ Defari
20.) Pro's & Con's f/ Evidence
21.) Calling Haul (Skit)
22.) Man or Machine
23.) The Set Up f/ Sway & King Tech
24.) The Re-Match f/ DJ Spinbad Jump!


Double 0 of Kidz In The Hall badly assaulted

Sounds like a cover up by The Club to hide the fact that their security put them at risk for a HUGE settlement. One thing I know for sure is that record companies have great lawyers! We'll follow this one as new details surface. Heres the statement from Kidz in the Hall management:

Double 0 of Kidz In The Hall badly assaulted by security after performance; Management issues statement

Double O from the hip hop group Kidz In The Hall was assaulted by several bouncers early Saturday morning, July 26, while inside a nightclub in Tempe, AZ following a Kidz In The Hall performance. Group member and friend Naledge, who did not witness the assault on Double O, was arrested outside of the club. Naledge's attempt to get medical assistance for Double O was misconstrued as a hinderence to the investigation. Reports that no injuries were sustained are false as Double O was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries from the excessive force used by club security. On Sunday morning Double O underwent surgery for one of his injuries. He is still in the hospital, but in stable condition.

In the last 2 years, Kidz In The Hall have traveled to over 10 countries, have done 200+ shows and never before been involved in any altercation, big or small, with club or concert security, or police officers.


DJ Revolution featuring KRS One - The DJ

I got some goodies in my inbox. DJ revolution getting down with a veteran emcee! Nice!

DOWNLOAD: DJ Revolution featuring KRS One - The DJ Jump!


Maino Album Artwork.

LL Cool J - Exit 13 album artwork


Ok yall, I been getting some flack about not posting Lloyd leaks in the blog. I admit, I don't particularly care for his music. Now before all you Lloyd fans blast my inbox with the "Im a Hater" emails, Understand, Ive been jaded to his music partly because of radio... I suspect PAYOLA, but that's just my suspicions.. Proof? Remember that song "Get It Shawty" from last summer that was on every radio station at the same time every day!! That shit pissed me off and I swore that the chorus sounded just like the one from "Pump up the Jam!" It drove me crazy! I thought Technotronic was trying to make a come back.

And furthermore, why the hell is he ALWAYS smiling? Something's not right about that... I mean this dude smiles more than Bobby McFerrin and HE wrote a song about being HAPPY!

Maybe one day I'll forgive Lloyd for subjecting me to radio hell one day, but until then spare me the emails! If you really need your Lloyd fix, go get it from eskay or lowkey Jump!


Trick Daddy - In Da Wind

Prodigy Has Never Been The Same...

Bow Wow featuring Swizz Beatz - Big Bank take Lil Bank

Grafh & Prinz - Ridaz

Dem Franchise Boyz featuring Mannie Fresh - Mr. Feel Good

Lets keep it down South for a minute with Dem Franchise Boyz. Jump!


Big Boi sits down with DJ Envy

Big Boi sat down with DJ Envy speaking on his relationship with Andre 3000, clears up the rumors, and also says Killer Mike got beat up and explains the beef they have. Jump!


David Banner Interview

Ludacris Obama not on the same page

Ludacris drops a quick freestyle the has ruffled some political feathers. Apparently Luda has a line in the song were her calls Hilary Clinton an "irrevelant bitch" and Obama like Yo fam, you cant be doing that shit, Im trying to be President, son!

All funny shit aside, heres what Luda actually said.


I'm back on it like I just signed my record deal
yeah the best is here, the Bentley Coup paint is dripping wet, it got sex appeal
never should have hated
you never should've doubted him
with a slot in the president's iPod Obama shattered 'em
Said I handled his biz and I'm one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that b^$&%* is irrelevant
Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
if you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut!
and all you other politicians trying to hate on my man,
watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man
you can't stop what's bout to happen, we bout to make history
the first black president is destined and it's meant to be
the threats ain't fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
so get off your ass, black people, it's time to get out and vote!
paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified
McCain don't belong in ANY chair unless he's paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and I throw em like candy wrap
cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents
get out and vote or the end will be near
the world is ready for change because Obama is here!
cause Obama is here
The world is ready for change because Obama is here!

With that said, we all know Luda didn't mean anything by this, he's just a little excited that Obama has had such success thus far; and after all... its just Hip Hop, we've been talking shit about each other since forever. You cant take anything in a rap lyric too seriously. We also know that someone, somewhere in the Republican machine is plotting ways to use this against Senator Obama in as many ways possible. Shame.



Young Jeezy featuring Jay Z - Put On

Redman - I Run My Block

Redman is back, heres a video to the download I posted a few days back. Enjoy. Jump!


Video: Snoop Dogg - Singh Is Kinng (Behind The Scenes)

Lil Wayne featuring Nu Jerzey Devil - Pimpin

Rick Ross interview on Power 98.3

Video: Asher Roth on Loud Favorites

DJ Envy kickin it with The Clipse

My homies kicking it with Envy, check it out. Jump!


Video: Pharoahe Monch in Studio w/ K-Salaam & Beatnick

Crooked I - Hard On Da Blvd

Fat Joe Interview

Vietnam Vol. 2 - Hosted by Mickey Factz

DOWNLOAD: Garbege and GFC NewYork Presents… Vietnam Vol. 2

Track List:

1. Mickey Factz- War (Prod By Precize)
2. Mickey Factz- Mick Joy (Prod By N*E*R*D)
3. Theophilus London - Sand Castles feat. Salonge (Prod By Machine Drum)
4. Mickeylude
5. Kid Cudi- Embrace The Martian (Prod By Crookers)
6. Fresh Daily- Jump f. Jesse Boykins III (prod The Milkman)
7. Chester French- She Loves Everybody (Prod By Chester French)
8. Curtis Santiago- TKO
9. Mickeylude II
10. Mickey Factz- Rockin N Rollin Remix feat. The Cool Kids (ILLFONICS REMIX)
11. Mickeylude III
12. The Cool Kids- Oscar The Grouch (Prod By Chuck Inglish)
13. FKi- Clap Ya Hands (Prod By FKi)
14. Nakim- I Get It In (Prod By The Runners)
15. Smoke Dza- Go Getter feat. Nipsey Hustle
16. Mickey Factz- Salute feat. Jesse Boykins III & Mz.Mimz (Prod By Chase N. Cashe)
17. Melo X- XXX
18. Jesse Boykins III- Sobriety (Prod By Jesse Boykins III)
19. Jade- So Fresh
20. Mickey Factz- Peace (Prod By Precize) Jump!


Maino feat. Gillie & Push Montana - What You Wish For

Clyde Carson featuring The Game, Sean Kingston - In Da Club

Crooked I, Bishop Lamont & Stylistic Jones - Funky Piano

Rhymefest ft. Jadakiss - What’s Up

Looks like somebody found your ipod. This is a hot track tho. Listen:



Re-Up Gang Freestyle

Freeway can Multi-task!

Video: Raekwon Interview

VIDEO: Grafh - "Like Ohh" (BTS)

Koch Records keeping busy on the set of Graph's vid shoot. Jump!


Washington Post Gives nod To Rock The Bells Tour

Sarah Godfrey Got it right, she must be a member of the golden era of hip hop club. All Ive heard and seen of this tour has been phenomenal and I only wish that a tour of this caliber would happen more often. Heres what the Post had to say:

Props to Sarah Godfrey.

By Sarah Godfrey
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, July 29, 2008; Page C01

Ever wish that Soulja Boy had never appeared on the rap scene with his little song and dance? Long to shut Plies's mouth with a pair of pliers? Fantasize that Flo Rida would pack up his mike and his muscles and ride off into the sunset?

All of those dreams came true, if only for a day, at Sunday's Rock the Bells festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Although it appears that "ring-tone rap" will be around for the foreseeable future, this year's installment of the annual multi-artist hip-hop concert almost managed to ignore current big commercial rap stars, instead transporting attendees back to hip-hop's golden era.

If not for a DJ briefly spinning Shawty Lo's "Dey Know" between sets, attendees could've pretended they were at a hip-hop show circa 1999 -- one with exceptionally good sound and no delays, that is.

That a tour of hip-hop artists who started so long ago can pack a 16,500-capacity venue is a testament to how that music is beloved by the 30-somethings who came of age listening to it -- and reverentially studied by 20-somethings who wish they had.

The day was a successful celebration of the past but didn't really explore the future of the genre, despite the festival's relentless "quality hip-hop still exists" message. Although acts such as the Cool Kids and Kidz in the Hall were on the bill representing the next generation of true school hip-hoppers, they performed on a second stage that didn't attract huge numbers.

Ghostface Killah, perhaps the sole '90s-era rapper on the bill whose newer material is even more acclaimed that his old, was the only performer who dared acknowledge that the brilliant moment in hip-hop where art and commerce were equally balanced seems to have passed: "A lot of [people] support that corny [expletive]," Ghost said. "It's all good, though -- I guess [things] gotta evolve."

Perhaps out of respect for the nostalgic vibe of the day -- or for his colleagues whose 21st-century recordings haven't met with much success -- Ghost, along with fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, gave a set in which tracks from 2000's "Supreme Clientele" and assorted Wu material predominated.

If the day was one big hip-hop reunion, Rakim, who emerged after short sets from MURS, Wale, Dead Prez and Immortal Technique, easily nabbed the "most popular" superlative. The crowd -- a good mix of men and women; all races and combinations thereof; old heads and youngsters who wouldn't know that the festival takes its name from an LL Cool J song if it weren't for Wikipedia -- went insane for "Paid in Full" and "Microphone Fiend." Previews of Rakim's long-awaited new album "The Seventh Seal," which may finally land this fall, were met with less enthusiasm.

Wu-Tang's Method Man and longtime collaborator Redman clowned around, crowd-surfed and won big points with the audience by bringing out D.C. legend DJ Kool to perform "Let Me Clear My Throat." The duo gave a thrilling performance of their hit track "How High," but followed it with the disturbing news that a sequel to their film "How High" is in the works.

De La Soul announced that they recently celebrated 20 years together as a trio and referenced their advancing age a few times ("Some of y'all weren't even born at this time," Posdnuos said before launching into 1989's "Potholes in My Lawn"), yet gave one of the most energetic sets of the day, rivaled only by Nas. Perhaps bolstered by the success of his new untitled disc and invigorated by his recent activist streak, the MC gave a performance befitting hip-hop royalty: engaging, nearly chatter-free and focused only on his best material -- "Illmatic" tracks, along with "Made You Look," "If I Ruled the World," "Hate Me Now" and a few other gems.

Q-Tip delayed the much-anticipated Tribe set by offering a solo performance aided only by Mos Def, who had performed his own set earlier in the night. The crowd didn't like it when Tip started performing Tribe material such as "Excursions" before his groupmates made it onstage, but was appeased once Phife and Jarobi came out. Together, the men showcased the incredible staying power not only of tracks such as "Bonita Applebum," "Electric Relaxation" and "Check the Rhime" but of '90s hip-hop as a whole.


VIDEO: Weezy feat. T-Pain - Get Money

ATCQ - Scenario (unreleased)

J.Y. ft. Joe Budden & Cory Gunz - Tell Me What It Is (Remix)

Juan Epstein - Fat Joe Interview

DJ Drama & Ludacris: The Preview

DOWNLOAD: DJ Drama & Ludacris: The Preview

Track List:

01. And Starring…
02. Still Spittin’
03. DTP Magic (Feat. Willy Northpole)
04. Get Up Get Out (Feat. Block Xchange)
05. So Thoro
06. The Vocalizer
07. Bigg Ass House
08. 2 Kings (Feat. I-20)
09. Politics As Usual
10. Look What I Got (Feat. Playaz Circle)
11. Pinky Shinin’ (Feat. Small World)
12. Sho’Nuff Revisited (Feat. Lil Fate)
13. Ordinary Negroes
14. Busta Rhymes - Throw It Up (Feat. Lil Wayne & Ludacris)
15. LA The DarkMan - Coogi Down (Feat. Willie The Kid)
16. I’m A Dog (Feat. Playaz Circle)
17. Smokin Big Kill (Feat. Shawnna)
18. Stay Together
19. We Ain’t Worried Bout You
20. Roll The Credits
21. Been Puttin On / Secret Song Jump!


The Game featuring Lil Wayne - My Life

DOWNLOAD: The Game featuring Lil Wayne - My Life Jump!


DJ Drama previews "The Preview" mixtape

Drama previews "The Preview" mixtape Jump!


N*E*R*D* by Nardwuar

This is one of the funniest yet informative interviews I've ever seen. Nardwuar has more tricks in his bag for Pharrell than Carrot Top. Jump!


Fabolus, Clipse and Maino weigh in on Ross

VIDEO: Skillz - So Far So Good / Sick (Feat. Talib Kweli)

Jin - Remember Him?

The B.E.T. Freestyle Champion, Ruff Ryder, then not Ruff Ryder, Battling in the streets, and all over YouTube wherever the cash takes him, emcee has returned to his roots. Worldstarhiphop has caught up with him in Hong Kong of all places and he looks like Bruce Lee in "Enter the Dragon" when he disguises himself as the telephone repair man.

Did I take that too deep?? Fuck it! Check the clip.



Danity Kane - Bad Girl featuring Missy Elliot

ATCQ @ Rock The Bells Tour

I didn't want to have a million and one post from the Rock the Bells Tour But OMG!! A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) for those who were like "WTF is ATCQ?" ??? ) is killing this shit! Did you see the crowd when that beat dropped?? I was like OH SHIT! and was almost tempted to post the whole show.. But trust me folks, you gotta see this show live, this YouTube BS does it NO JUSTICE, I'm telling YOU! Jump!


Nas @ Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells 2008 (recap)

If you haven't heard or haven't been to this event. This is a show that you HAVE to go check out! You'll hear and see some things that just aren't done in Hip Hop anymore. This is old and new Rocking The Bells!! I'm going to see if i can find tour dates and post. Jump!


VIDEO: The Game feat. Travis Barker - Dope Boys (uncensored)

LL Cool J @ Clue (still promoting)

Rick Ross - This Is The Life

Rick Ross teams up with Trey Songz and describe the Life. Jump!


50 Cent sues Taco Bell

50 Cent is alwys involve in beef, this time with Taco Bell

50 Cent is suing the Taco Bell fast-food chain over claims it violated a trademark by using his persona without permission.
Taco Bell, owned by Yum Brands, wrongfully used Curtis Jackson's stage name in a letter sent to U.S. news outlets asking the performer to change his name to "79 Cent," "89 Cent" or "99 Cent," according to a complaint filed in federal court in New York.

The letter generated free advertising for Taco Bell and a false endorsement by 50 Cent, the artist claimed. Taco Bell, based in Louisville, Ky., confused customers about Jackson's affiliation with the food chain and diluted the distinctive quality of his moniker, according to the suit.

Jackson seeks at least $1 million in damages, payment of attorneys' fees and a court order barring Taco Bell from using his persona in the ad.


Nas on Colbert Report

Nas gets the opportunity to explain his views of Fox News on a popular national show. Check out the Colbert Report. Good Show, Dude is funny as hell. Jump!


Keri Hilson's Rap Up Cover Shoot

Rap-Up TV was on set with Keri Hilson at her Rap-Up cover shoot in West Hollywood, CA. Ms. Keri was all smiles as she dished about getting her start in songwriting, working with Mary J. Blige, what's on her iPod, and which two megastars she'd like to write hits for.

Rap-Up's Summer 2008 issue with Keri, Solange Knowles, and Teyana Taylor is on sale now!

Keri has been very busy lately. Her career is taking off nicely. Jump!


DJ Khaled - Out Here Grinding

Featuring. Akon, Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Boosie, Ace Hood & Trick Daddy

props to OnSmash Jump!


Styles P - Phantom Ghost Menace Mixtape

01. D-Block Island
02. Invasion
03. Better Watch Yourself
04. Get Down
05. To My Niggaz
06. Ain’t Nothing Sweet
07. Trying To Get Rich
08. Untitled
09. You Know Who It Is
10. If Time Is Money
11. Addicted Remix
12. I Don’t Wanna Be Right
13. Back On My Shit
14. Kiss The Corpse
15. I Like
16. Calmly Smoke (Produced By Alchemist)
17. Untitled
18. Barry Bonds
19. The Hood Love Me
20. Bitch Nigga Run (Produced By The Neptunes)
21. Fired Up
22. The Storm
23. Times Up
24. Street King
25. Dirty Game Remix (Produced By DJ Premier)
26. That’s The Game
27. Make Em Move Back
28. When You Close Your Eyes
29. What’s The Problem
30. Gunman
31. Untitled
32. Am I In The Right Game?
33. Understand Me
34. Untitled

DOWNLOAD: Phantom Menace Jump!


The Roots Picnic Webisode 3

feat. Esperanza Spalding Jump!


Angie Martinez interviews Ryan Leslie

New Music

Thief writes open letter to Rhymefest

Here it is, or most of it anyways:

“Whoever reads this open letter, whether it be Allido Records, J Records or Rhymefest (I don’t care), listen very carefully.

To all rappers and producers: DO NOT LEAVE YOUR iPOD OR LAPTOP UNATTENDED WHEN YOU ARE IN A PUBLIC PLACE. I will get to that in a second.

First of all, I am a huge fan, and I love your music. I’m one of those people who consider you to be a highly underrated artist, partly due to the wack-ass label you signed to and their lack of promotion, partly due to how lame the Hip-Hop industry is and partly due to your inconsistent record releases. But, I’m going to help you. They say an artist can only create great art through great suffering. I’m going to make you a better artist, and I do this out of love for your music.

I’m not going to say where or when (because then you may realize who I am), but you were in a public place recently with your iPod hooked up to a sound system playing music for people, and I caught you slipping. You actually walked away for 15 WHOLE MINUTES!!! Then, you forgot it!!! Wow. I grabbed MAD music off of your iPod. And what did I find? A ton of songs you recorded for EL CHE. Maybe you shouldn’t label the songs soo obviously.

This sh*t sounds incredible. Actually, this shit is HOT FIRE!!! Why isn’t this sh@t out, ni**a? Don’t answer that. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to help you out, and here is why.

I bought BLUE COLLAR when it dropped. BLUE COLLAR and Busta’s THE BIG BANG were the most noteworthy releases that year. And you didn’t even go gold? How the fuck does that happen? Oh, my bad: J Records. But, I digress…

I went to some of your shows. I even traveled to see you perform when I could. Hot shit every single time, dude. You never disappoint. But, you would do shit on your MySpace that would build up a fan’s anticipation, and then you wouldn’t do sh*t! The EL CHE logo contest? You never said shit about a winner. The PLUGG CITY tour? My cousin submitted her info, and you never said sh*t about a winner. Who the fu&k does that? But, hey: I’m a fan. You must have had a reason, right? Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a Stan or some sh@t like that. I simply need you to do what you say you’re going to do.

Then, you claim that EL CHE was coming out last year. Then, it was this year. More contrived industry inconsistency. I’ve heard some songs like “Angry Black Man on a Elevator” and “Real Nigga Quotes” and I even heard “Exodus” for the 3.5 seconds you put it on your MySpace. That sh*t sounds incredible. I watched the YouTube videos with the Just Blaze and Jazzy Jeff joints. What the f@ck is up with that Jazzy Jeff project, dude?!? Either you or your label are some fuc*ing liars regarding what the f@ck is coming out, and I, for one, am tired of it. And, another thing: how the fu$k are you going to come at Lupe Fiasco for his political views when you didn’t even have an album out? Was you trying to get attention, ni@@a? Is that it? Attention for what? A new single? EL CHE??!!!?? I don’t see a release date, my ni$$a. Where art thou, release date?

Was it worth it? MAN IN THE MIRROR was dope as f^ck. Why the f*ck isn’t somebody trying to figure out how to sell THAT sh#t?!? I’m confused by you music dudes, for real. I love your s*it. I buy your sh@t. I heard you were working with Dr. Dre on DETOX. Are DETOX and EL CHE ever coming out, ni**a? I NEED NEW MUSIC.

I got songs from your iPod. I’m going to leak a record from EL CHE every week until you drop a single or a video or some sh@t. The people have NO F*CKING IDEA how hot this sh@t sounds. Well, I’m going to show them. You had everything on your iPod. Even old, vintage sh&t. I’m gonna drop that, too. Until you or your weak-ass label keep your word and start dropping some fu$king music. And, I’m not playing. I’m going to make you a better artist. I can’t wait to see what you do.

What do think about this? Is it a real threat, has his iPod actually been stolen or could this be a clever publicity stunt by the label to generate hype for the album? Jump!


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