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7.8.17

Lásko - You Know [DEBUT]


I got an email from 17-year-old Lásko recently. He'd seen my post about Kyle (possibly my description on his song "Blame") but ANYWAY, it inspired him to contact me and I'm glad he did.

I remember being 17 and recording and just having FUN being creative! (before I learned first hand that I could make money with it which F'd things up lol). But he just released his debut single and I wanted to show some support. He writes with a pretty smooth maturity in his lyrics that makes you forget he's a teenager (not that 17-year olds haven't lived through some real shit, but I digress).

Anyway, we'd both appreciate your support on his Debut so por favor,listen to "You Know" below, download on amazon, and follow @imlasko on instagram.




& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

Roy Woods - "Instinct" ft MADEINTYO



I first heard Roy Woods on my homegirl's snapchat a year or so ago. And I'd been hip to MADEINTYO of "Uber Everywhere" fame (pronounced 'Made in TOKYO' for this who don't know. TYO is Tokyo Narita airport code. I've had to correct some WILD mispronunciations for that lol).

But their new video is DOPE. Hella smooth song. Check it out below and download on Amazon and iTunes/Apple Music.



& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

6.8.17

P. Muna "Game" MV



I first met Prosper (from MTV's "Are You the One" fame) at a bar in Hollywood when meeting with his PR to discuss a book deal. I edited and did the cover art for his book, "Game".

Soon after he released a song of the same name and I loved it. He just dropped the video for Game. Check it out and support the homie, Prosper.




& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

28.7.17

Batman x King Ice Jewelry Collab


I've been a fan of King Ice for a while. They have some pretty ill chains but their [licensed] collabs are what stood out. Whether it's the Empire collection, collab with Snoop, and more they have been providing good quality jewelry for great prices. Enter the Dark Knight.

Inspired by one of the greatest DC super heroes of all time comes the Batman X KING ICE collaboration. Each piece come custom-made and molded using 3D printing technology, ensuring the Dark Knight comes in pristine condition. The collaboration aims to provide a new look for one of the most iconic super heroes, providing Batman his first streetwear look.




Each Batman piece uses either 14K Gold or White Gold plating to create its iconic look, meanwhile, each pendant uses AAA stones to create its urban look for men. Finishing off each piece is either a 2.5mm stainless steel Franco chain or a 1mm, .925 sterling silver box chain.




King Ice has the illest chains

23.7.17

DeJ Loaf - "No Fear" MV



I was driving on the way to Mobile, AL to speak at a music conference during Alabama Hip-Hop Week (14 hour drive) and as I was crossing into AL I tuned into 92.9 BLX and heard this dope new song...I instantly Shazaam'd it...I was super surprised it was Dej Loaf. She's had some bangers, man. But this is my jam. It's a good feel good song.

So click play and feel good.




& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

12.7.17

Hip-Hop In: RUSSIA (RAPCHINNO)



When I was in France I learned about a dope new Russian-based video platform called Ello. I know I'll get an angry whatsapp about this but think of it like Vevo but Russian. (Привет, Яна)

As you know I'm on a never-ending quest to find the world's illest hip-hop so this episode we make the digital-trek to Mother Russia. This is the new video for Russian MC, Rapchinno. I sadly only know like 4 words in Russian so I can't give an expert analysis on lyrical content but this is dope. Video is clean and oddly makes me want to get back in fighting shape.

Anwyway, check out "Hook" by Rapchinno.


IG: @tima_chernyi

Click here to see other international Features from my "Hip-Hop In" segment
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7.7.17

Christian Kuya - "Feel Like"


I got this Christian Kuya track in my email a few days ago but I've been hearing about him for a minute (whattup, Capo). I didn't realize he's from Memphis which has been like my 2nd home last couple years. Memphis is an Incredible music city so it makes sense Christian is pretty dope. I was booked as a special guest at an event once with all types of music and was blown away by the talent. It may be one of the most talented cities in the country, seriously. But he's been making moves and I'm excited to see his growth, especially with the team he has.
Memphis recording artist, Christian Kuya, releases his debut single "Feel Like" produced by 808 Mafia's Nonstop Da Hitman (Yo Gotti "Errybody" / Rick Ross "Same Hoes") . This new record features a catchy hook, crazy 808's, and a carefree take whatever you want energy just in time for the summer flex season. KUYA speaks about living life to the fullest w/ little regrets and enjoying all the fruits of being a filipino star in the making.

Check out Christian Kuya "Feel Like" :




Follow CHRISTIAN KUYA on SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram: www.Instagram.com/ChristianKuya
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ChristianKuya_
Facebook: www.Facebook.Com/OfficialChristianKuya
SoundCloud: www.Soundcloud.com/ChristianKuya


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1.7.17

Chris Rivers - "Shook Ones" freestyle



With the passing of the late great HNIC, Prodigy of Mobb Deep many fans, artists, and DJs have been paying their respects.

The most recent, and one of my favorites is Chris Rivers.

After hearing about the sudden death of Prodigy Chris went to his instagram and drop some heavy bars over Shook Ones instrumental. Starting a #LegendsNeverDieChallenge which sole purpose is to show respect and keep the legends immortalize in this Hip Hop world forever.



& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

25.6.17

Layla Khepri - "Behind the Smile: Tour Story" [Documentary]


As many of you know, I first met Layla Khepri while touring with Reverie. I booked an east coast run for her before coming on full time as her manager. This is the first part of her new docu-series, "Behind the Smile", after her new hit "Smile and Wave".

Check out the clip below and learn more about not only Tour Life, but the sacrifices Layla's made in order to pursue her goals!






Follow Layla Khepri on Social Media:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/layla.khepri.1
Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/laylakhepri
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/laylakhepri

& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

20.6.17

R.I.P. Prodigy



I'm sure by now many of you hip-hop aficionados have heard the sad news that legendary emcee, Prodigy of the iconic duo Mobb Deep has passed today at the age of only 42 to complications of sickle cell, a lifelong condition he struggled with.

He was a favorite rapper of mine both in the duo and as a solo artist so it's of course sad to hear of his passing. I've been a fan for years of not only his music but his character and attempts to educate the people.

This is likely the most famous track of theirs, if not just for one of the illest beats of ALL TIME. But check his bars people. Enjoy, support, reminisce, and rejoice in his legacy.

Rest In Peace, Prodigy.





& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

12.6.17

Kevin Mola " La Fable" [France]



My internet has been sh!t lately but as I mentioned like a week ago I'd be heading to Europe. I'm writing this from my Paris hotel right now. Last night I was out at an event with some Taiwanese people and since my French SIM card does NOT give me the 3G data I paid for I can't use I had to run across the street to McDonald's because I know they always have free wi-fi.

I guess I stayed too late because they cut off the wifi before I ordered my Uber and the trains were shutting down soon (not that I knew how to get back using them). So after stealing wifi from local bars and getting turned down by a cab driver (that's how desperate I was) I FINALLY called an Uber.

Kevin picks me up and I use my shitty French to start a conversation because he was playing some dope French hip-hop. His English was better than my French but thank the good Lord for Google Translate lol. We were almost home and he realized we can communicate that way and he showed me his video and gave me a CD. We're gonna try and link later but I wanted to share my story and his video.


Follow KEVIN MOLA on:
Instagram: @Kevin_Mola


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5.6.17

G YAMAZAWA - "North Cack" ft Joshua Gunn & Kane Smego [MV]



My friend just got me hipped to this cat, G Yamazawa who stays near one of our friends in North Cack [Cackalacka = Carolina for those who ain't know] and he's pretty slick. He recently released this new video featuring Joshua Gunn and Kane Smego. Check more on www.gyamazawa.com


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

4.6.17

I'm OMW to Europe slappin' this Serius Jones



You read correctly, mes amies. I'm writing this in the business center of my Toronto hotel getting all my internetting out of the way while getting ready to fly out this evening! I'm flying into Paris then heading south to Cannes for Midem (world's largest B2B music conference) then back to Paris for a few days then on to London for a few days then getting home on my birthday (June 18th in case you were planning on getting me something).

I've been communicating with my host in France (I rented out an apartment to myself 5 mins from the French Riviera) and she's been communicating only in French. I've been teaching myself the past month so I can understand a decent amount (considering) but need to bulk up my communicating skills once in person to grab the keys so wish me luck lol

I'll be documenting the trip (selfie-stick and all) so I'll have videos up for you soon. It'll be dope.

But while I'm waiting on the homie to scoop me up before the flight I thought I'd share one of my favorites. I've been slapping this Serius Jones EUROS video for years and it felt right.

Enjoy. And if you will be any of those aforementioned places LET ME KNOW. Let's link!


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

19.5.17

Dumbfoundead - "형(Hyung)” ft Dok2, Simon Dominic, Tiger JK [Korea]



Really happy to see the growth Dumbfoundead has made the last few years as an emcee. I don't know what's more difficult, being a battle MC who gets respect as an artist or being an artist trying to break into the battle circuit...but he's doing it. I was always a fan of his witty punchlines and one-liners in the battle circuit but the Korea-town Los Angeles emcee has been doing his thing and expanding a lot into the Korean market. in his new single, Hyung, he's enlisted the help of some of Korea's top MCs, DOK2, Simon Dominic, and Tiger JK.

Los Angeles emcee Dumbfoundead partners with Complex to announce his new label BORN CTZN and exclusively premiere its very first music video, “형(Hyung).” Directed by The Cut, the witty and amusing visual questions the traditional Korean notion of respect based on age. Produced by Big Banana and with features by Korean rap superstars Dok2 and Simon Dominic as well as the legendary Tiger JK, the hypnotizing lead single off Dumbfoundead’s forthcoming Foreigner EP will be releasing worldwide May 23rd via his new collective and label BORN CTZN.


Hyung is a Korean term used by males to address another male that’s older or holds a higher position. For this song, I called up my good friends Dok2, Simon Dominic and Tiger JK who are household names in Korean hip-hop. In a country where age dictates how respect is shown, I wanted to make a strong statement but make it light hearted by using images of babies, drag queens and giants to show that being a “hyung” is more of a mentality. Respect should be given only when received, not based on age/gender/race or sex. With this being my first official single in Korea ever, I really wanted to use a lot of cultural references and have fun with it!” - Dumbfoundead



& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

16.5.17

Fetty Wap - "Aye" + "Flip Phone" MV



I've been a Fetty fan for a minute. I was always a fan of the melodic hip-hop and his self-described "Dirty R&B" (DOPE name, btw) does it for me. Nate Dogg made beautiful melodic music that the streets embraced. I'm NOT making comparisons but I'm saying that there's a void that was left when we lost Nate Dogg for someone to attempt to fill and if it's not Ty $ it's Fetty (not that they both can't do their parts).

He released 2 videos recently that kinda mesh together so I shared them both. First one starts off with a Mad-Maxy vibe and progresses. Check it out.



& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

5.5.17

Paigey Cakey - "Hot Tings" MV [UK]



I've been on my UK kick lately. I think it's because one month from Today I'll be boarding a flight to Europe. But I've always been a fan of the scene (Slick Rick's 1 of my favorite rappers) but I've been a fan of Paigey Cakey since I shared a video/mixtape of hers in 2012!

She was ill then but her new song is fire. I watched her new video "Hot Tings" like 5 times in a row then ended up buying the single on Amazon. (Essince $upports the arts)

Check the video, yeah?


Download on Amazon here


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

3.5.17

Chiemi - "Wrek ya Style" MV



Essince is international and multi-cultural. Just like hiphop. I love traveling and hearing different styles from different places. Hip-hop was built on that. Sharing OUR stories. You know from my work, if you know me and follow my IG that I work a lot with women. So hearing a Bay area-based Japanese-Hawaiian women express herself through the raps I'm already intrigued. She's toured/performed with my homegirl, Reverie which is a plus. But Chiemi has her own style. This song in particular reminds me of that old "Cool Like That" Digable Planets vibe and she definitely has a spoken word element to her delivery.

Check it out:

Director: Chiemi the D3adly // 知恵美子
Video Production: Sun Chow Media
Flygirl Earrings: MzKats Kreations

"Japanese-Hawaiian femcee, Chiemi the D3adly from San Francisco, California premieres her 90’s funky vibe music video, "Wrek Ya Style", off her debut album, If love is the answer, what was the question? The song is about the struggles of a young woman finding her way through an overly aggressive rap environment, and speaks to all the young women out there seeking to have a voice in a male dominated society".

Follow Chiemi
Chiemi Website
@Chiemi on Instagram
Chiemiko on SoundCloud
Chiemiko Facebook

& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

Lefty - "No Time" MV [London]



I got hip to Lefty following my guy KIP (Knowledge is Power Promotions from the UK) on IG (@KIPPromotions) and he featured this dude, Lefty. In just the short clip there I was hooked. The video is pretty smooth. I've always been a fan of melodic hooks and whatnot. But check it out.

Cheers from Across the Pond.



Follow @WheresLefty on IG


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

28.4.17

Flamingosis - "Down for the Fifth Time" MV



Ever hear a new song and immediately go "DAAAAMMnnnn! This is funky..."? I did when I first heard this. It's SO smooth. I'd been playing a new Vanilla song and just let the youtubes ride. This song came on and it's so funky smooth I had to share it.

Summer time smooth. You're welcome.



& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

21.4.17

DJ Quik x Problem "European Vacation" ft AMG


I've BEEN a DJ Quik fan since forever and been slapping Problem's music last couple years, too so of course I love hearing them together again.

One year ago today Problem and DJ Quik dropped a collaboration EP on 4.20 that hit #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts within hours of release. Today a new Rosecrans track has surfaced, “European Vacation” featuring the one and only AMG..."and issa Compton-Summer vibe."

Slap it:


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

15.4.17

Dj Danetic x Brandy - "Who Is She 2 U" [Danetic Flip] (GERMANY)


DJing since the '90s, DJ Danetic (Berlin, Germany) is back with another flip. He's been touring and producing for everyone from Eminem to Chino XL, Masta Ace and beyond. This is an ILL flip. I can't really remember what the original even sounds like and I'm not tempted to even search for it. He killed this. And it's super smooth. It's mad gray our here today so I'm sitting by a big bay window blogging and this is perfect mood music.

He takes Brandy's "Who Is She 2 U" to another level. Check it out.


Peace to @IStillLoveHER

Twitter @danetic
IG @danetic
Facebook Danetic


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

12.4.17

Vel the Wonder - "Temporary" ft Bobby Bucher


I've been hip to the stunning Vel the Wonder for a bit through youtube suggested videos (the same way I stumbled upon Gavlyn a few years ago). And we have a few mutual friends, too so I'd hear reference to her and featured MC, Bobby Bucher (fka Severe) on tours and what not the last couple of years. She's been experimenting and doing some cool sh!t with her Melotonics project (look it up) but she's not letting you forget she has some bars to go along with that sultry voice.

The homie Chase Moore (Royce the 5'9", Team Backpack, and a hidden Drake track floating around somewhere) produced the sh-t outta this track. I've had this on repeat since I saw it last night. So if it's monetized then you'll have earned a few Cents from ya boy lol

Anyway, check it out. This track is super smooth. If I smoked I'd sure do it to this.

Directed by Nick Rodriguez (@officialnickrodriguez)

Check out www.velthewonder.com and follow everyone:

IG: @vel_nine@bobbybucher@chasemooremusic
TWITTER: @VelTheWonder - @BobbyBucher667 - @ChaseMooreMusic

9.4.17

DJ-V - "The Raw"



It feels good to hear some good hard, aggressive bars sometimes, yo. I kinda wasted today. Forreal. I did. I've been busting my @$$ all week designing, writing, and doing computer sh-t. I've been kinda out of it and in a funk so I decided to go thru my emails and submissions (I got hella to go through) and found this. This is pretty ill, man. I needed this to kinda re-energize me.

DJ-V is from Orlando by way of Santa Clara, CA, and recently dropped the MadReal & Ricandthadeus-produced "The Raw". "This song was more of a dedication to speaking out and telling the truth while still remaining real to yourself". Check it out.


They don't really love it when ya speaking with the rawness/The rawness, separate the law from the lawless. - dj-v.net


& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains

6.4.17

KYLE - "iSpy" ft Lil Yachty (Lyric Video)


So I saw a post on Facebook, you know, the place where people go to complain about things, about this song. The woman wasn't too thrilled with the following line, which I can understand: "I spy with my little eye, a girlie I can get 'cause she don't get too many likes...".

She interpreted it as a predatory line going after a girl with low self-esteem. A few other people chimed in supporting her disgust/protest. I was surprised and when she posted the link it low-key backfired because I kinda like the song lol.

But it got me wondering is that REALLY how Kyle meant it?? I mean, I've been hip to him for a while and even featured his song "Blame" a while back. I don't get that vibe from him content-wise. He doesn't talk about that kinda stuff so it was surprising to me, although we can all name some pretty BOGUS lines rappers have said seemingly out of nowhere condoning rape and other atrocious things. However, I felt he meant that the too many likes was that she wasn't popular yet on social media so she wasn't out of his league? (which he confirmed on this lyric explanation video). I've been there. I met a few models while I was out and seen them grow in "fame" online and went, dang, not even gonna try and slide in any DMs (as if that were my M.O.). But I think the song's fun and I perceived it as harmless??

There may be a deeper self-esteem issue somewhere to be discussed but I don't think it's on a conscious level and I hope I'm right. But, enough taking the wind out of your sales. Have fun with this dope video.



Directed by Jayme Lamperle
Produced by Carpool Films
Animated by Jayme Lamperle, Courtney Garvin, Frank Gidlewski, Evan Red Borja & Jake Reed
Backgrounds by Spencer Simmons & Jayme Lamperle
Edited by Tom Carter

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