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Miguel "NWA.Hollywooddreams.Coffee"

Leave it to Miguel to drop another ill 3 song EP...leave it to his "fans" to be angry it's only 3 songs (as if he's never done that before...).

And before you get worked on up "illuminati symbolism", my fellow conspiracy theorists, let me say that this is in fact the Mandible Claw and instead he was probably just doing his Mankind impression while wrestling with his lady friend. Seems more plausible.



Murry Chri'muh

I think I'll make this an tradition, too. My dad sent this to me a few years ago and it cracks me up every year. Takes me back to my engineering days (your boy has a BA in Audio Engineering).

May God bless you and your families (whether you celebrate or not) & Merry Christmas from the essence of Essince, me, @Essince.


FELIZ NAVIDAD! (Chrismixtape)

Hoe Hoe Hoe! IT's ABOUT THAT TIME! I just helped my family decorate the tree (I'm sitting next to it now as I re-watch the "Minstrel Krampus" episode of American Dad and type this).

But since DJ Flaco Flash and I made this classic Christmixtape we had to rerelease it. Enjoy our favorite [urban] Xmas tunes from Snoop, Eazy, Luda, and many more (sorry no Dipset).

Feliz Navidad!
(track list comes up when you play)

Back Cover (pardon the typos)


Mr. Bigz "Starlight" [UK]

I was a big fan of Mr.Bigz (fka Bigz the Flygerian Boss. He did this DOPE "we built this city" song. Forreal one of my favorites). Anyway, I guess I signed up for his email list years ago on my non-business email account because I almost didn't recognize it and unsubscribed...then resubscribed once I realized it was THAT Bigz and not spam. lol

He sent me this. And it's dope so I'm sharing it.
Old school visuals. Nice feature from J Warner. Watch.

twitter @mrbigzofficial


The Lox "Trinity (3rd Sermon)"

They're back, yo. The illustrious LOX! They've been consistently dropping solo/independent material but man it feels good to have them together again. Check out the 3rd Sermon.


Big Calo x NJ "Think About That" [ASIA] MV

Shout out to the homie, Big Calo doing his ting overseas in Thailand with the Thaitanium crew.

He dropped the visual for the "Think About That" single off the AIR ASIA mixtape with DJ Ono, DJ Buddah, and DJ Whoo Kid. Check it out!




E-40 x Lil Boosie "Money Sack"

E-40 has been one of my favorite MCs since I first heard him on The Source's Hip-Hop Hits volume 2 back in the day. His longevity is beyond respectable. He's expanded into wine and other endeavors.

But his new album This new track from his "Sharp On All Corners" album with the Lil Boosie "Money Sack" Slaps.

His new album "Sharp On All Corners" (which also features collabs with T-Pain, Kid Ink, Too Short, Ty Dolla $, Ludacris, Kirko Bangz and more) features this new single with Lil Boosie "Money Sack".

Check it yo.


DJ Caesar "All Out Show" mix [SiriusXM]

The homie, DJ Caesar is back with another ill mix from his "Feel Good Friday" guest spot on the "All Out Show" with Lord Sear and Rude Jude. Check this mix yo.


Tyler Cymone "Let's Ride" featuring Problem

I was introduced to Tyler Cymone through a few producer friends she was working with a couple years ago and I saw on her IG recently she released a song with Problem called "Let's Ride". You should recognize a familiar sample. should recognize a song that sampled the song at least. lol Anyway, enjoy:



OVO's Party Next Door is the business. Along with this new 4-sogn EP he announced tour dates. Check it out. I've really become a fan of the "alternative R&B" sound the past couple years. Check it out.


Sam King x Demrick x Mann "Smoke Good" MV

I've been a supporter of Sam King (SK4MC) for a few years. Recently on my trip out west I connected with Sam as he was telling me about his new video with Demrick (fka Young De) of the group the Serial Killers with Xzibit and B Real.

Check out the new video and support the king.



Billy Ivan "Asking"

I opened my email this afternoon after handling some business and was greeted by a submission for the beautifully shot video "Asking" by self-taught artist/producer Billy Ivan (@billyivan).

The video which he also shot, & edited himself, "detail[s] his story of conquest over the challenges he faced growing up. Understanding more about himself both as a creative artist and determined young man.". The track is smooth and fits perfectly with my mood over this rainy midwestern afternoon.

Check it out and let Billy know what's up.



It's that time of year, y'all. Time to get the flyest gear at a discount and we here...who am I kidding it's just me, Essince (hence the name) and hosting a little sale of me own at the official Essince Store! Check it out!


Oldie But Goodie: Mac Miller "S.D.S."

Sometimes I click on things. Sometimes they take me to other things. This happened today for me and now its happening to you.

Video almost takes me back to the Busta Rhymes "Gimme Some More" video (not the way SK4MC did with his CRAZY "Highlights" video though). But check this out. Props, mr. Miller.


The Gold Gods: Pharaoh Head Ring

The Gold Gods are here to be sure you're 'dipped' in the finest of jewelry. This Pharaoh ring is derived from their popular Pharaoh pendant and comes in 18K plated gold.

They're celebrating their 1 year anniversary with the "1YEAR" promo code for discounts. Order the ring here and let the gold gods bless you.


Melo Kan "Push Thru"

I met Melo Kan (pronounced 'kane') when I was out in LA last week and we did a great interview (coming soon). He just dropped a creative new visual for his latest record, “Push Thru.” The powerful single gives us a taste of what's to come from the socially-conscious lyricist on his forthcoming EP,“The Melo KAN Lounge”.

This video is significant to me because it’s loosely based off of my own life. I feel that sometimes just knowing someone has walked through similar struggles and pushed through it provides hope. This video is hope in a visual.”

Keep up with Melo KAN online on Twitter and Instagram: @MeloKAN


Jay Sean "The Mistress 2"

Sometimes you need to relax and lay low. I'm currently sitting in front of the fireplace watching a South Park Marathon and sending emails, blogging, and handling some business. UK crooner, Jay Sean is back with a new project. His newly release "The Mistress 2" dropped the other day. Enjoy it.


Professor Green x Tori Kelly "Don't" (Ed Sheeran cover) [UK]

Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days. As My Instagram (@ItsEssince) has shown I've been traveling a lot and got back to the Snow from sunny Los Angeles and Vegas about 26 hours ago.

But excuses aside, I posted a BBC One live performance the other day and it was really dope. I saw this with battle rapper turned super star, Professor Green with rising US vocalist, Tori Kelly. They did more of a remix than a cover of Ed Sheeran's single "Don't". Green adds his own vocals and Tori's beautiful voice (and everything else) is a great accompaniment.

Check it.


Joey Bada$$ - "Christ Conscious" MV

After an ill late night metaphysical conversation with the homie Anyextee here in LA, I stumbled upon this Joey Bada$$ video for his single "Christ Conscious" and it was fitting. Also interesting because the video I watched right before it was Too Short's new one "19,999" . And by interesting I mean they're total opposites on the content spectrum and therefore interesting it was a Suggested Video.

I'm on my way to check out Too Short's new production studio here in LA (where the animation was done for his video) but thought I Should Leave You With This.



Coke Magic "Shaq Diesel" t-shirt

For those who know Shaq is my favorite basketball player. And I was one of the over a million who bought Shaq's platinum-selling debut, "Shaq Diesel. And I like black feels right, you know?

Get Yours from Youth Fairfax here.


Caskey "Black Sheep"

Young Money's @Caskey407 releases his new project, "Black Sheep". Check it out, yo.

Me with DJ Slym & Caskey after an interview at A3C last month.


ESSINCE THROWBACK: Westside Connection "Let It Reign"

In honor of me being back in California I felt this was appropriate. WEST SIIIDDDEEE!!!


TOO FUNKY! Sam Smith covers Tracy Chapman's Fast Car on BBC 1

Once again my youtubings have paid off. This is one of the smoothest covers I've heard. Live jazz band with their own arrangement and Sam Smith's silky smooth British vocals over this Tracy Chapman cover of "Fast Car".

Enjoy, y'all.

Street Light "Just Alone" (Animated Music Video)

A client of mine hit me up this morning asking if he should do the Jee Juh rap contest. I said, "huh? da Heck is that?". SO I looked it up and the host of this NEW November 2014 contest video rules is a previous winner. I watched one of his videos and it was pretty dope.

Then youtube did what youtube does by suggesting other videos to watch so I'll stay on their site for longer. It took me to this video. You all know I love animation and animated music videos so when I saw he had an "official animated music video" I had to watch. This is nice.

Respect to @Streetlight

Animation by: Luke Jurevicius


Too Short "19,999"

With THIS being the top comment, how can I NOT jam this video????

"Tony Vega: As a feminist I can ONLY be disgusted with this song and the message it brings. I have a 5-year-old son and the LAST thing he needs is to hear this type of filth. I know who you are Mr. Todd Shaw. You are about to be sued." (actual Youtube comment)

^^ Yes, the poster's name is Tony and yes, he logged into Youtube, clicked on the link for a Too Short video, watched it around his 5-year-old son, and will sue Short for it. He also knows of Too Short well enough to know his government name....well done, Tony.

Congrats on unlocking your new achievement, $hort.

DOWNLOAD: “19,999” EP – Too Short


Nova Rockafeller "PROBLEMCHILD" EP

Nova Rockafeller released a new EP. Her major label debut will be dropping early 2015 but this should be enough to tide you over until then.



Today I felt like featuring one of my favorite childhood players, Tyron "Mugsy" Bogues. Due to a stray bullet as a child, Bogues' growth was stunted. But that clearly didn't stop him form pursuing his dream and becoming an incredible player and personality in the NBA and he also unwillingly donated his abilities to the Monstars in their game against Michael Jordan in Space Jam.

Though, to my knowledge, he was never a rapper like these NBA players or Kevin Durant but he was a great player. For those of you who were never able to appreciate his abilities check it and learn yourself:


The 1975 "Settle Down"

Another thanks to the good people at Shazam for helping me discover music. I was at Taco Bell with my old man yesterday and this came on while he was talking about something. Like any good, attentive son I pulled out my phone so I could hear pay even MORE attention to what was playing over the speakers.

Now I share with you. De nada:


WWE's JOHN CENA & Wiz Khalifa "BREAKS"

There probably aren't many people happier that John Cena is back in the studio than me. Yes, I not only like wrestling and rap but I like Rappin' Wrestlers ('memba dat?). With WWE 2k15 coming out they released a soundtrack and this is one of the lead singles.


Cleveland Browns 2 Tone [SCOREBIG]

So a while back I spoke with someone at Scorebig which is an event ticket buying website. The difference with Scorebig is that you can make an offer on seats. Be it general admission, 5-star seating, sports, broadway, and more!

I decided to give it a whirl and ended up getting 4-star seating tickets to today's Cleveland Browns/Oakland Raiders game for the low. I volunteered to work concessions there once as a 15-year-old but I've never been to a Browns game I gotta come fit, right?

Try this 2 Tone Cleveland Browns fitted from Cranium Fitteds.

But I'm definitely using Scorebig again for tickets. Straight up. I travel a lot and next time I'm out of town and want to catch a game I'm gonna check it out.


Honey Cocaine "Like a Drug"

I've been a fan of Honey Cocaine for a minute. She dropped her new project, "Like A Drug" for her birthday. I'm jammin' it now while catching up on some design work (how's the new layout, by the way??). But check it out. This hits pretty hard. I'll probably throw this in my car when I head out tonight.


Buyer's Choice: The Indian Applique Crewneck

Buyer's Choice goes Native with this new Indian Applique crewneck. 100% Cotton so it's mad comfortable.


Fluid Outrage "Fluid Outrage Radio"

I've posted content from Nashville's Fluid Outrage before. Before dude's Dope. Essince co-sign. He just hit me up about his new project. No more words. Just listening.

Powered by


Aaron Cohen "Ain't Shit"

Upon reading the comments someone called him a "skinny Action Bronson" lol. I personally don't hear the resemblance but I can see it I guess (not really). BUT, dude can spit. I always liked his music. Check out his video for "Ain't Sh!t"

twitter @MrAaronSCohen
instagram @aaroncohenmusic
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DJ Caesar catches up with MGK on #WeekendWork

The homie Dj Caesar caught up with the homie, MGK.

"It was the first annual "Making Good Kids" event out in Queens, NY with Machine Gun Kelly at Burgandy's Cafe! He got on the grill made burgers for the kids & then personally gave them out. @DJ_Caesar & Coach P.R spoke to MGK about touring with Limp Bizkit, new music on the way & more..."


E-40 "Red Cup" ft B.O.B., Kid Ink & T-Pain MV

Pool Party + Good Music + Comedian Cameos = E-40s new video featuring King Ink, B.O.B., and T-Pain.


A3C Update (days 1-2)

For those who know I'm here in Atlanta for A3C this week. I hosted a conference panel on Wednesday and have another one on Sunday. During the week I'm doing media and networking of course.

I wanted to share some music and pics from the first 2 days. [cue the music:]


ESSINCE THROWBACK: Welcome To Atlanta (A3C Edition)

MAN what a crazy way to start my trip to Atlanta....


Childish Gambino "STN MTN Kauai" [Mixtape]

He's back, yo. The one and only Donald [insert Wu-tang Name Generator name] Glover. Check the new project yo.


Rogue "Never Get Caught" [dj mix]

I met Rogue while planning some events with the Scratch DJ Academy in NYC a few months back. We talked a few times and I always wanted to hear some of her work. This last visit of to NY we talked for a big again and I got her links and yesterday she drops this ill new mix she describes as "Future Trap/Bass Mix with a story to tell."

Gather round, children:


ESSINCE THROWBACK: Men at Large "Use Me"

This past weekend I was a guest speaker at the Ohio Hip-Hop Awards again. The lifetime achievement award went to the one and only Dave Tolliver of the platinum-selling R&B group, Men at Large and former radio personality. They had some classics under Gerald Levert and I felt it appropriate to share this.

Man, I miss R&B...


Jaden Smith (aka Wilough) "Trophy"

Jaden's had some...interesting tweets and outfits (word to the white bat suit) but kid seems to have inherited his dad's rhyming abilities. This track is pretty enough that I'll probably check his "Cool 22" tape when it drops.

Your turn:


Stalley x Rick Ross x August Alsina "One More Shot"

Stalley's affiliation/relationship with MMG has always intrigued me. I was skeptical when he signed but surprisingly, Ross hasn't tried to change his style or image in any way and is letting Stalley be Stalley. It's great.

I was getting images of Jin with Ruff Ryders for a minute but nope! He's here and has remained patient and being rewarded for it. I hope this single takes off. This is pretty chill slick.

Check out out:


DJ Caesar with Remy Ma on #WeekendWork

The homie DJ Caesar (@DJ_Caesar) caught up with Remy Ma during "Mayweather vs Maidana 2" weekend. Remy stops by #WeekendWork on Sirius XM's Shade45 to discuss her thoughts on the fight & the battle scene. She has plans to start her own male vs female battle league. Check it out and tune in Saturdays from 10-noon EST.


Taj (former Dipset) "Ain't Like Us"

Former Dipset member, Taj Mahal (@TheRealTajMahal) releases his new single, "Ain't Like Us" just dropped. His new album, #POWER is coming this month and features Fred The Godson, French Montana, Glasses Malone and more.


Crooks & Castles "The Savior Raglan"

I felt this was an appropriate post for a Sunday, as I sit here in this Brooklyn apartment before the Thaitanium show at SOB's tonight. Crooks & Castles has always had some ill pieces and I've always lightweight liked raglans.


Lil Dicky "Lemme Freak" MV

Man Lil Dicky became a quick favorite of mine with some of his past videos. He's really funny and creative song-wise and visually. He's actually a dope rapper so don't let the comedy of it through you off. Check it....


Cousin Fik, Clyde Carson & Decadez "Higher Than U R"

Clyde Carson is one of my favorite MCs right now. I met Cousin Fik a year or so ago at a club in Oakland and he was mad cool. They partnered up with Decadez to bring this acoustic guitar-riffed track to the people.

I present to you, "Higher Than U R".


Big Sean x E40 "IDFWU

I like DJ Mustard. It took me a long time to realize what he was saying in his vocal tag but his beats slap. Of course you have to have Bay area legend, E-feezy Fonzereezy (E40) on this track. I haven't heard from Big Sean in awhile (I also haven't been checking for him, to be all the way real). But I like it and I think you might, too.


HIP HOP VANCOUVER x Dizaster Interview

You all know I'm a big battle rap nerd and connected with the people at Hip Hop Vancouver. They did a great interview with one of the scene's most recognizable stars, Dizaster.

The first Dizaster battle I saw was against The Sauraus. I didn't like him, to be honest. His style is very unique and different and it became somewhat of an acquired taste but the more I watched the more I appreciated him. Not JUST his abilities (I see the whole forced syllables and putting too many words into verses) but his PASSION in what he's doing and where he sees the culture is nothing short of inspiring.

He did a great interview with my people at Hip-Hop Vancouver and opened up about rumors, Total Slaughter, and so much more.


TY$ "Sign Language"

I've been a fan of TY$ for a while. Been a big fan of his "Beach House 2" project, especially. He recently dropped his "Sign Language" mixtape and I'm sharing it with you.

Check it and get hip.


ESSINCE interview with DJ Caesar [Shade45]

My last trip to NY I linked up with New Jersey's own DJ CAESAR. He's been making some serious waves lately not only on Sirius XMs SHADE45 but he was on the cover of the latest issue of Hood Illustrated Magazine. He gives some great information for upcoming DJs on How to Break into Radio, How much control the DJs REALLY have at radio, and the best way for artists to link with DJs. (and more).

Shout out to Burlington Coat Factory


Best Nike Commercial Ever: Ball Handles

This dude has handles....ball handles!

ESSINCE THROWBACK: Neyo x Peedi Peedi "Stay" MV

So I was browsing Spotify...well...actually I was listening to the "Freaknik The Musical" Soundtrack (remember that special on Adult Swim? My favorite animated musical ever. Word up) and I ended up listening to some T-Pain songs and head a collab with Neyo and went, MAN, that song he did with Peedi Crakk was nasty [then Peedi Peedi then back to Crakk].

So I present to you, on this fine Throwback Thursday, Neyo and Peedi [Peedi/Crakk]'s 2005 single, "Stay With Me".

Dedicated to you...


Shiny Tortoise "Miami Vice" Sunglasses [Buyer's Choice]

Whatchu know about them tortoise shell Miami Vices?


Labor Day Leg Day mix via Chingo Bling

It's Labor Day, y'all. And besides doing some light computer work I'm staying away from the labor as much as I can. [Actually out of town for a funeral and chilling in a pretty nice hotel room in Dayton, OH] BUT, I'm still feeling the after-effects from a recent workout. I'm mad sore from squats and burpees and lunges n sh!t. I wish I had Chingo Bling's "Labor Day Leg Day" workout mix then.


DJ Whoo Kid x Deejay Ono x DJay Buddah "Air Asia"

Saw this on the ol' Fbook timeline today. I met Buddah and Ono a few years ago while living in then visiting Thailand and their Bangkok Invaders movement is killing southeast Asia and beyond. They teamed up with NY's own, DJ Whoo Kid to produce this new mix.


Prince [yes, THAT Prince] "Clouds"

When it comes to "mood music" (you know what I mean)...well...just good MUSIC in general, Prince is the illest.


Action Bronson "Easy Rider" MV

Action Bronson may just be the coolest man alive.


Hazzle Joy [Traklife Radio] & DJ Beatcrazed present "Now & Later" (part 1)

My homegirl, @HazzleJoy of Traklife Radio, Google+ LA Fashion Bloggwer, and the ladies fashion blog, Lipstick, Lace, and Lattes teamed up with DJ Beatcrazed to host this chill mix of future R&B and hip-hop with features from artists/producers from around the world.

This is the first of the 2 part series. Check it out!


I saw that my people, Thailand-based superstars, Thaitanium recently rocked with Snoop and had a collab in the works. The video just dropped and had to support my guys. They're coming to NY for a date on a mini American tour in September and I'll probably head back to check it out. But get hip. They're been rocking for years and have parlayed their brand into boutiques, clothing lines, barbershops and more!

Plus that shirt Calo is rocking at 2:18 is Dope.


Statik Selektah "Carry On" ft Joey Bada$$ & Freddie Gibbs

Talk about dream collaborations...


It pays to be $TRANDED

It's been a great trip to New York. I got a LOT accomplished, made connections, strengthened existing connections, and made some ¢H€€€$€ in travel vouchers.