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eLZhi x Ras Kass x M-Dot x Large Professor – “Reaganomics” (Prod. By B Leafs)

For days we stay in slumber, still pray to tainted alters, kids trained to gain and conquer.
M-Dot

I remember the “Reaganomics” era. Great time for music, but the White House and major corporations… let’s just say they were not always looking out for us over there in the day. But knowing that, and spreading the word about it, gave rise to some of the best Hip-Hop music ever.

So, is this work worthy in light of what the title implies? Well, seeing the line-up, I’mma go on and say HELL YEAH! But I’m still gonna listen (as should you).

Elzhi, Ras Kass, M-Dot and Large Pro is one of the most legendary line-ups you’re going to see this year. “Reaganomics” is a legacy that’s endured almost four decades and is more relevant now than it was back in the 80’s when the [Anti-Robin Hood] concept was scribbled down on Bonzo’s napkin. For those in the dark about the system, it’s where corporations/wealthy lined their pockets from the taxation of the middle class, creating huge national debt and unredeemable budget deficits which forced future administrations to cut funding for social programs. 4 legends tackle the topic with their 4 unique perspectives, in the 4 unique styles you know and love them for. “Reaganomics” is produced by B Leafs off his upcoming debut album “The Horizon” out Jan 29th.

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David Bars x Showbiz – “Bars & Beats” (Album Stream)

DITC producer Showbiz links up with David Bars to show the world how much damage two can do on some tracks. Stream their new album, “Bars & Beats,” now.

(Ohhhh… because David brings the BARS and Showbiz brings the BEATS. Got it!)

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Big Flip Papi – “On The Corner” feat. Nyce Da Future (Prod. By Havoc)

Big Flip Papi & Nyce Da Future repping their hoods hard “On The Corner” (produced by Mobb Deep’s own Havoc). Southside Queens & South Brooklyn stand up!

BIG FLIP PAPI – ON THE CORNER FEAT. NYCE DA FUTURE (PROD. BY HAVOC)

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Grand Opus – “Surf’s Up” feat. Skyzoo

A Happy New Year when real emcees keep the fireworks going like this! C’mon… when you saw the lineup in the title you knew it’d be about the barz!

Joc Scholar [MC] and Centric [Producer] are Grand Opus, the Fresno/Oakland, California, duo continue riding the 2018 “High Power” wave into 2019 with this release from their album, “Surf’s Up” is an absolute bar-fest featuring an assist from one of the most consistent, hard working lyricists out, Brooklyn’s own, Skyzoo.

GRAND OPUS – SURF’S UP FEAT. SKYZOO

– @ojones1

Young Buck – “2019 Unrap” (Uncle Murda x Star x 50 Cent Diss)

Interesting. I actually did not pay much mind to the Buck shots in “Rap Up 2018” and such, rather the shots at Young Buck. But Buck did. And the shots came back!

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Nas – “Cops Shot The Kid” (Video)

Standout hit from the Nas project last year, “Cops Shot The Kid,” now has a visual. Get an eyeful… two if you got ’em!

(And with Slick Rick The Ruler in there? DOPE!)

NAS – COPS SHOT THE KID | NASIR (ALBUM)

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KXNG Crooked – “96 GS”

Only certain n!ggas can touch the classics… You are now listening to one of those n!ggas.

Well, talk your sh!t KXNG Crooked! Over a classic Jigga beat no less. So we get this “96 GS” joint which is pretty much a KXNG screaming, “CAN I LIVE!!??”

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Dave East x Nino Man x Vado – “Straight Outta Harlem”

This “Straight Outta Harlem” joint is as hard AF as the title implies. Yessir, the three sirs hopped on this track and beat the hell out of it. So violent and disrespectful!

DAVE EAST X NINO MAN X VADO – STRAIGHT OUTTA HARLEM

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Kiara Simoné – “Ima Beast” (Video)

Okay, you have been warned! @ItsKiaraSimone came straight off Da Highway outta Alexandria (Virginia, USA) to run bag blockers and haters of all shades the f**k over! And she is tryna tell y’all “Ima Beast”… so git’cho n!gga. BEASTmode with the barz, slick talk, and flick talk. Don’t let the #PrettyGirl fool you.

But ooh, ooh, OOH! Don’t miss following her on the ‘Gram though. FIRE!

MORE KIARA SIMONE ON INSTAGRAM

KIARA SIMONE – IMA BEAST (ITUNES)

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8Ball x MJG – “Take A Picture” (Prod. By Cory Mo Music) [Video]

Ball & G are back!! And if you don’t know enough to be excited about that, hide your shame. Don’t speak on it. Go do some web surfing. Check out a homie’s Golden Era collection – esp. one whose ear was on the streets of Memphis, Tenn.

Who knows how long this dopeness wave will last? “Take A Picture” and enjoy these quality emcees blessing the Cory Mo track.

DOWNLOAD: 8BALL X MJG – TAKE A PICTURE (PROD. BY CORY MO MUSIC)

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Marz Money – “What’s Free” (Freestyle)

Marz Money telling you all about “What’s Free” over one of the beats that everbody was rapping over in 2018. The push was on for Marz throughout last year (see all the posts here, see the 2018 dates).

MARZ MONEY – WHAT’S FREE (FREESTYLE)

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Uncle Murda – “Rap Up 2018”

Thought he wasn’t when he was? C’mon, son. Why would Murda not drop his “Rap Up 2018” when so many of us are waiting for the petty… waiting for the smoke… waiting for the expected jab at Skillz’s “2018 Rap Up” (but did he though)?

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Snoop Dogg x Dr. Dre – “Nuthin But A G Thang” (DJ Filthy Rich OG Beat Blend)

Okay, please excuse my early 90s spaz out… THIS IS STUPID DOPE FUNKY!!! Who knew? I mean, besides Snoop and Dre

Listeners tuned into the Questlove Supreme podcast this past Wed heard Snoop Dogg reveal that the original beat for ‘Nuthin But A G Thang’ was the famous intro beat to Southside Movement’s ‘I Been Watchin You.’ Snoop started rapping the first few bars, which left me wanting to hear the whole track. So I made it happen. Listen above to hear the story and the blend.
DJ Filthy Rich

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Mad Skillz – “2018 Rap Up”

The answer to that, “Where is that ‘2018 Rap Up’ from Skillz?” question… with a Lil Duval in there for the finish.

Here’s to everyone ‘living their best 2019’ starting now!

MAD SKILLZ – 2018 RAP UP

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India Arie – “That Magic” (Video)

I checked: We have not posted on India Arie since 2013. Bet your bottom dollar that she’s still got “That Magic” though. Or you could just watch her latest video above. No need to guess or gamble.

(Man oh man. Whoever inspired this song is a lucky dude. India is singing life to him… to all brothers.)

INDIA ARIE – THAT MAGIC (ITUNES)

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Tony Moxberg – “Beautiful Struggle” feat. Styles P x Jadakiss

Still in the mud trying to keep my kicks clean…

That hook has some soul power to it, right? Provides perfect linkages from SP’s to Moxberg’s to Jadakiss’ flows. Enjoy!

TONY MOXBERG – BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE (EP)

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The Diplomats – “Sauce Boyz” (Prod. By The Heatmakerz) [Video]

You know Capo, Santana, and Killa are The Dip for life… Them Boyz Got The Sauce! #DipsetBxtch

THE DIPLOMATS – SAUCE BOYZ (PROD. BY THE HEATMAKERZ) [ITUNES]

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Miranda Writes – “Actin Different” (Video)

I like this. Something about even the way this was shot imbues up-and-coming, but directed and steady hustling. Plus the barz and delivery are straight-forward over a track that ‘lets the emcee win’ (as opposed to complex tracks that flex the producer’s muscle so much it overpowers any lyrical show of strength). Alright, Miranda Writes. You have my attention!

(And yeah. You see, like I see, that she is cute. We’ll focus on the work for now though. But we seeing!)

MIRANDA WRITES – ACTIN’ DIFFERENT (ITUNES)

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Black Thought – “Conception” feat. Salaam Remi (Live Performance) [Video]

Home field advantage for Black Thought to do a live performance of his “Conception” joint on ‘The Tonight Show’… with The Roots being the house band for Jimmy Fallon and all. That said, it is still a hella banging set!

(And Thought broke out into the Marvin Gaye riff at the end. DOPE!)

BLACK THOUGHT – CONCEPTION FEAT. REEK RUFFIN | STREAMS OF THOUGHT (VOL. 2) [EP]

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Nipsey Hussle – “Perfect Timing”

My only regret is I made n**gas wait.

Read a comment or two before posting this and saw where somebody proclaimed “Victory Lap” the album of the year. Nip certainly made a strong argument with the releases this year. Here’s another that might just make it a wrap, with “Perfect Timing.”

NIPSEY HUSSLE – VICTORY LAP (ALBUM)

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