HORRORCORE.

Brotha Lynch Hung might bring it back.


Newly signed to Tech 9's record label, Stange Music, this independent vet has made noise nationally since the 1990's with his "horror-core" style of ultraviolent rap. As you can tell from his newest video, "Colostomy Bag", Brotha Lynch Hung remains true to his roots with an eerie depiction of gore over a heavy track and stylized rhymes.

ENTERPRISE.

The future is now. Start saving up to buy your space travel tickets!

WAKEUP13.

There's a brand "New Sheriff In Town". Check the newest video from Orland-based hip hop crew Solillaquists of Sound, a collaborative band featuring lead MC and Chicago Peanut Gallery OG, Swaam. With heavy-hitting beats and rapid fire lyrical delivery, this song is pure hip hop music, created from the heart and filled with expressive raw emotion. This group has been getting loose for years, and if you're still sleeping on them, it's time to splash some cold water on your face and absorb the freshness that they emit. Check out more Solillaquists of Sound HERE.


DIGGIN.


Despite how much crate digging you think you do, no matter what amount of rare records you possess, you must realize and accept one thing:

Paul Mawhinney has more vinyl than you.

BODYIZM.

Rarely do we ever share on ye sabbath; but, this one seems to have folks all riled up this weekend, so we had to let it go before Monday.


Now go to church and clean out your dirty, sinful, mind!

Side note: If you haven't been a fan long enough to catch the title of this blog, just consider it to be surnamed "Nude Amerykah".

WEEKEND.


As always, we bless you with the best in album downloads on Friday to ensure that your weekend listening experience remains enriching, enlightening, and entertaining.


Here's a release that you may have missed last summer, re-posted for your spring listening pleasure. Download it for your own weekend cruising HERE.

Enjoy!

ART10.


Tribute on canvas by Mike Orduna.

Never forget who pioneered all this "gangsta shit." Rest In Power to one of the first creative business minds in the global rap industry.

BBOY09.

Exclusive breaking battle footage from the Racha Na Arena event in Sao Paulo, Brazil! This reel is not previously posted and features some amazing dancers virtually unknown in the mainstream Bboy scene, so check it out and show some love.

PART ONE

PART TWO

STRANGE.

Here's a gem of a reunion for those that have been down since the Rawkus years of New York's independent hip hop scene, and perhaps a fresh start for those that thought Talib Kweli got his start with Mos Def in Black Star.


Reflection Eternal, a steadfast and consistent east coast hip hop duo comprised of MC Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek present "Strangers" with UGK's Bun-B, the first visual from their upcoming reunion album. Enjoy!

GEEK.

Meet the WePad, Neofonie's German battlefront in the newly-waging tablet war. Promising to smash Apple's iPad with faster internet connectivity, a larger size and clearer screen resolution, and an Android (Google) based operating platform and applications market.

Technical specs (for the true nerds) include a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a built-in webcam, two USB sockets, a flash card reader, an integrated WWAN modem, GMA3150 graphics that by far surpass most e-readers, and a six hour battery.

Explore your options before you jump on the next wave of Apple product bandwaggoning - you may get a better product at a cheaper price!

WAKEUP12.


Fresh from the West, and pushing the merge of soulful singing and broken-robot hip hop beats even further, Jimetta Rose has been rocking the L.A. scene for a little while. With her debut album, "The Barber's Daughter" making noise across the West Coast and beyond, Jimetta is set for major things. You should already have this, but if you don't - take a listen below, and support real audible artistry by purchasing a track or two via Bandcamp.

GOOFY.


We can't figure out what this is for or why it was created, but there is no denying that it's pretty fresh. A shot-by-shot remake of the song from "A Goofy Movie". Pretty wild.

DAYDREAM.

Although known widely as "Young Jeezy's replacement" in the southern hip hop group Boyz N Da Hood, Gorilla Zoe is one of the South's most creative, visionary, and criminally overlooked and under-estimated artists. Check out the visual for his newest introspective, "Daydreamer".

PROCHOICE.


If you were born any time after the late 80's, you were more than likely deprived of the non-linear storytelling genius of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. Those of us that were blessed with the elementary school assignments that caused us to seek these books down at the library know the greatness of these tales, and the fun of selecting the proper routes to a triumphant ending (or cheating and bookmarking the page you just came from).

It appears that the internet has found a way to bring this ingenious idea to Twitter, everyone's favorite networking website (until the next one comes along). If you were born any time before the late 80's, you're probably not familiar with the name Jonah Peretti; basically, he's another geek that got cool after creating a couple of websites and popular internet destinations. Jonah has decided to use Twitter as the platform to develop his own Choose Your Own Adventure Style series, completely free to anyone that uses Twitter.

Give it a go, and start the Choose Your Own Twitter Adventure HERE.

TRAVEL.

Beamer? Benz? Bentley? Here's a little something for those of us that live and travel by means provided by a more realistic budget (and better music, too).


If you feel what you're hearing, check out more Brandon Carter HERE.

SAVAGE.


This is NOT party music, and we like party music. However, we're open minded over here, and far beyond capable of appreciating good music and creative hip hop in any of its various forms of expression.

Here's your weekend listening assignment: check out the esoteric "Savages EP" by Abomination One and Matt Gamin. It's an almost stereotypically weird example of how deep the west coast's underground can go when it comes to experimental rap music. The slower the beats get, the stranger the sampled loops lay, the more atypical the rhyme schemes seem, the better this record sounds.

Check it out HERE. This one's not free like usual, but hey - are you REALLY that opposed to supporting creative artistry?

BBOY08.

LG BBOY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL 2009 from BREAKTOWN on Vimeo.


A short documentary of LG BBOY CHAMPIONSHIP - the all-Latin America battle series that took place last year in Bogota, Colombia. Features crews from colombia, 1 from peru, chile, mexico and venezuela; and behind the scenes footage.

Take some time out to watch and appreciate the purest form of hip hop dance, and it's impact outside of the United States!

PILL.


This is rap. The beat is fresh, the lyrics are cold. Great hip hop music. This is the third solo cut I've heard from Pill, and I'm not mad at his music in the slightest. Lots of props to Court Dunn for the visual as well; simple, but creative and effective.

FANTASTIC.

Usually we post full albums or mixes on Fridays for your weekend listening pleasure, but this single is so bangin' we know you'll want to hear it over and over again. Featuring simplistic but complex lyrical assault by Killer Reese One (of Bleu Collar fame), King Fantastic is a conceptual album that will bring true independence and originality back to the West Coast hip hop scene. Download and listen to "The Lost Art of Killin" HERE, and have the song memorized by Monday!

BOBBY.


B.O.B. is an amazing artist, but it's been a long wait for him to finally release something worthy of exposure to the masses. I believe that this is the song that will put him over; congrats B.O.B!

Bonus: Here's the hilariously cynical and spoofy pseudo-diss that made put B.O.B. on the Gallery's radar:

NOREQUESTS.


Apparently, it hasn't been said enough, because people still don't seem to get it!. The post below was jacked from DJ SUPRA's myspace page... Let's copy this one, link it, re-post and recycle it around the web. Let's not go over this again.

(Check another shockingly brash post on the same topic HERE)

Things not to say to a DJ

ATTENTION: Before requesting songs, making comments, or asking questions of the D.J., please...CHECK BELOW FOR YOUR REQUEST
1. PLAY SOMETHING GOOD...SOMETHING WE CAN DANCE TO! The D.J. has to play for more than one person...so, what you may hate may be another's favorite song and EVERYTHING played here can be danced to one way or another.
2.WOULD YOU PLAY SOMETHING WITH A BEAT? BE SERIOUS! We know of NO songs played in a club that don't have some sort of a beat!
3. I DON'T KNOW WHO SINGS IT AND I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF THE SONG, BUT IT GOES LIKE THIS... Please don't sing for the D.J.! They have to put up with smoke-filled rooms and dangerous decibel levels all night. Do them a favor and DON'T give them a rendition of your favorite song!
4. EVERYBODY WANTS TO HEAR IT! Oh sure, you polled EVERYONE in the club and, as their spokesperson, you are requesting the song.
5. I CAN GET LAID IF YOU PLAY IT! If you are GOOD ENOUGH, you can get laid to anything!! (also been known as "buy the album and get laid for a month!")
6. I WANT TO HEAR IT NEXT! The only people who can get away with that statement write the D.J.'s paycheck!
7. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WANNA HEAR...WHAT DO YOU HAVE? It's a lot easier for you to go have another beer and figure out what you want to hear than it is for the D.J. to recite the name of EVERY record in the booth!
8. HEY YO, NOBODY CAN DANCE TO THIS! It is not advisable to say this when the dance floor is packed (but, some people do anyway)! However, even if there is only ONE person on the floor, it STILL contradicts the statement.
9. EVERYBODY WILL DANCE TO IT IF YOU PLAY IT! The D.J. won't...I guess that blows a hole in that theory!SOME
ASSORTED THINGS NOT TO SAY If you ask for a song and the D.J. says he just played it, DON'T SAY, "Well, I just got here." It makes absolutely no difference. DON'T SAY, "Is this the only kind of music you play?" If you go to a Chinese restuarant, you wouldn't ask for Italian food. Rock clubs play rock, alternative clubs play alternative, discos play disco, etc., etc., etc...If you ask for a song, BE SPECIFIC. DON'T SAY, "I wanna hear something, anything but this!" Try going to the bar and saying, "I wanna drink something, anything but this..." You can't complain if you're not SPECIFIC. HOWEVER, if you ARE specific and the D.J. says he doesn't have the song, DON'T SAY, "What?!! What do you mean you don't have it? What kind of d.j. are you? Why don't you get into the wonderful world of fast food! You obviously don't know what you're doing as a D.J.!"... HE MAY SHOOT YOU!!!
Special Note: A nightclub D.J. gets very little respect. They are expected to play everything for everybody. It is impossible to satisfy all to the people all of the time, yet club jocks are expected to do just that. If a radio jock tells his listeners a song is a hit, the majority of the people think it must be "because they said so on the radio." However, 80% of the time, that same song was being played in a club long before the radio DISCOVERED the NEW song. So, give the D.J. a break! The next time you request a song, stop and THINK before you speak.
And above all, if the Dj has one hand on the mixer, one hand on a TURNTABLE - wearing headphones,DON'T BUG HIM OR HER!!!

BBOY07.

Here's a really sick battle from the Northwest Sweet 16 event: Thesis and JaeBoem versus Tim the Pitt and Junior. All you new school guys biting old school styles and calling yourselves certified bboys; watch, witness originality in motion, take notes, and go back to the drawing board!

THREEDEEP.


The new killenium is definitely here.

Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony hit the markets with 3D Televisions beginning this week (Sony in June). Although televisions will run over $500 more in cost than comparative-sized regular TV's (so eighties), and there is virtually NO programming or DVD releases scheduled to be watched on the super high-tech new fangled devices; purchasing one is worth the sheer joy of being able to say you had one before your buddy Jake got it.

One drawback is that each television set comes with a pair of huge 3-D glasses that need to be recharged frequently (I'm confused too), but a surefire bonus is that these overpriced and virtually useless gadgets come with a free stylish blouse, as pictured above.

WAKEUP11.

"I'll lay yo' ass out like school clothes on the first day" - Jae Millz


Say what you want about this hood-inspired rap artist, but he takes the street talk to another level with the metaphors, similes, rhyme schemes, and patterns of a certified "purist" emcee. This Harlem representative has been releasing underground-grade music in the mainstream's gray area for some time now - It's time to wake up and familiarize yourself with yet another talented artist that doesn't get much shine.

Check out the all new Jae Millz mixtape HERE.

BIGGIE.

J. Period continues his race to legendary video-mix doctor status with todays premiere of a Biggie-tribute series. Created in collaboration with the legendary Ralph McDaniels, the series launches on March 9th, and runs through April to the cumulative release of a BIG-themed video mixtape.

MOUSETRAP.

OK Go! could possibly have utilized the most impressive music video prop ever. It's like a new millenium version of the old school board game Mouse Trap - on steroids and crack.

TWILIGHT.


We're starting your week off so correct with the slammin' new single and video "The Twilight Zone" by the one and only Kokane. In this piece, Mr. Kane touches on a touchy subject that most rappers are afraid to address for fear of being regarded as "old" heads: What the hell happened to hip hop? Be it a regional concern (as suggested by Kokane) or international; the scope of our culture has changed immensely, and the only way to change it back is to raise questions and pose solutions. Big ups to Kokane for the much needed discussion, set to some amazing beat production.

Just for giggles - we'll take you backa few years to the beginning of Koka's career, with one of his classic cuts, "Bakin Soda Free". Enjoy!

GEEK.

Geeks everywhere: Prepare to wet your pants with excitement.


Coming this May!

An additional FYI that you may not know - Disney has acquired Marvel Films (for a cool 4 billion dollars... BILLION), and will be releasing a slew of Marvel heros on celluloid over the next 3 years: Thor, Captain America, Avengers, Daredevil, (another) Iron Man, (another) Wolverine, (yet another) Spider Man... It's been a good decade for Stan "The Man" Lee!

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