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Shakka - "Heart The Weekend" | A COLORS SHOW

I was browsing youtube, more particularly my Watch Later feed and I was re-watching this amazing video from an English singer in the Colors series and let it ride through other COLORS videos and stumbled across this from Shakka. I love this super dope, upbeat track. I could listen to it all day...makes me feel good on the inside.

So I'm gonna play it again. I've decided it.


Gavlyn & DJ Hoppa are "Thankful" [MV]

Big up to Gavlyn who has been Doing. Her. Thing this year. Really proud of her movements. Some of you know I played Saxophone since I was a kid so this is super funky smooth. Big up, Gav & Hoppa. Keep doing your thing. Check out the new video below.

Be thankful.

Shot & Directed by DJ Hoppa
Live Show Footage shot by Brian Buckley
Edited by Jesse Ray Diamond
Joe Mehrab on the Saxophone

Twitter: @HiiGavlyn | @DJHoppa
IG: @gavlynnn | @djhoppa


Guess who's back in time for Xmas

Dang, I'm sorry y'all. It's been a WILD...I was going to say past couple months but let's be real, this whole year has been nutso. I started a professional basketball team (yep. Click that link) as well as my work with Viral Sensation, Layla Khepri and I kinda got lost in the sauce.

BUT, fear not, mes ami, Essince Claus is here bearing gifts. Gifts of raps. Gift Raps.

It's time for the annual re-release of my super dope Christmixtape with DJ Flaco Flash showcasing some of the best Holiday Hip-hop! Snoop, Eazy E, Run DMC and more provide the HOliday cheer we all need this year.

Don't say I never gave you nuthin'.

XOXO - Essince

(song titles appear as they play)


Dray Houston - "All That" MV

The homie, Dray Houston dropped this video and I've been meaning to share it. We met down in TX during SXSW while waiting to get into a venue we'd booked some acts on. He's been making waves and I definitely wanted to share this, plus All That was one of my favorite shows/a staple of my childhood growing up so there's that...

Dray Houston presents his visual for "All That", filmed and edited by DGainz, also starring the creator of "JuJu On Dat Beat", Zay Hillfigerrr. Make sure to follow Dray Houston on all social medias @DrayHouston and you can also find this track on his SoundCloud page, Dray Houston.

I'm Back (+ June Marieezy & Fkj - Amsterjam)

So I've taken a noticeable hiatus after...well...getting swamped with things (including the fact I'm now the owner of a professional basketball team, the Akron Aviators). But I'm back, friends. Thanks for your patience.

I was posting some things and when I went down to do some laundry and came up youtube had sent me THIS video...and I played it two more times and felt I needed to share it.

Hit play and zone out.


Haley Smalls - "Broken" MV

I've been a fan of Haley Smalls for a while. I love her sound and this album (and specifically track 13) is my JAM. She just dropped her new video TONIGHT (the last of the Halloween treats). Check it and support.


Nipsey Hussle invests in Cryptocurrency

Though it's not "new", Cryptocurrency is the new buzzword in the financial game. From being the cover story in the most recent issue of Fortune to more, economists, celebrities, and average Joes are buying and investing. Though only a VERY small % of the world accepts this as currency many people see it as the future. And one of those people is Nipsey Hussle who flew to Amsterdam to learn and invest in a new platform that allows TRADERS to follow the top investors and mirror their buys with whatever amounts they want.

I call this post, "Niptocurrency" (trademark pending lol)

Check it out.

Hip-Hop + Comic Book = Spocka Summa's "The Progression 001"

I met Spocka a couple years ago while tour managing Reverie's "Homesick Tour" when we stopped up in Rhode Island. He was an awesome host and also makes some dope music.

You all know Hip-Hop and comics go hand in hand (especially My hands). From Sanford Greene's Method Man comic to more, I love the mesh and Spocka Summa continues the tradition with his EP, "The Progression 001" and comic.

Press play on the music below Click Here. to read the comic.

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on social media.

September 25, 2017. Rhode Island. Spocka far left blue hat. Me, tall dude in the back lol


Chase Moore - "I Swear" MV

Producer/MC-extraordinaire, Chase Moore is back at it with his new video to his single, "I Swear". Check out the video below and download it today.

Directed by Hideandseekzoo
Produced by Chase Moore

Follow Chase Moore: @ChaseMooreMusic

& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains


Layla Khepri - "Smile and Wave" MV

Viral Sensation, Layla Khepri just released her new video for her single, "Smile and Wave". This has been my jam for a MINUTE. It's one of those feel good songs. And it's an instructional video for dealing with negative people and things...No need to engage, just Smile and Wave.



Hip-Hop In: The Netherlands (Stone)

Originating from Norway but now making waves in The Netherlands, Stone has been putting in work and getting cosigns from outlets like RTO Radio show. Stone released his latest track, "Dark Side" and is working on 4 new tracks with BB.

I've been meaning to spend head out to the Scandinavia and the Netherlands for years. My first clothing sponsorship was from a Norwegian company and I have a few contacts in the NE. I'm digging his delivery and production is on point. Check out the single below:

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Click Here to see Past Editions of "Hip-Hop In"


Layla Khepri "Bodak Yellow" remix

Don't let this weird-ass cover scare you away, viral sensation Layla Khepri MURDERED this remix. DAMN. Cardi B came up with a summer smash, whether you like the song or not you can't deny that's its getting spins. Layla got a hold of the instrumental and dooked on it.

Yeah she's pretty and sweet and can make an ill pop record, yeah yeah yeah...but don't for a SECOND forget she can out spit ANY of you.

Catch the wave.



Hold my Terryflaps

For my fellow Rick & Morty fans, you may have gotten hooked on the Outro Credits song of Season 3 Ep 6.
Enter Chaos Chaos with show co-creator Justin Roiland with the intergalactic hit, "Terryfold"!

I hate there's no new episode tonight so I'm gifting this to you. Enjoy.

Download on Amazon here.

& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains


Priority Records new artists, Young Giantz

I got a little behind in posting, and also mostly been receiving things that didn't fit for THIS site (aka stuff that I feel is dope vs just stuff that will get me clicks). I've always been a big west coast fan. So this 2nd generation project is pretty slick.

First track isn't a song and I was kind of in a hurry to finish a few things and almost turned it off (yes, it's real 'industry' people only give things like 10-30 seconds lol I'm behind on work and don't have time to mess around) but glad I waited it out because this is dope! Really enjoying this project.

West coast duo Young Giantz are the sons of rap pioneer Playa Hamm of the Penthouse Players Clique (who was signed by Eazy-E to Ruthless/Priority Records in 1992). Today, 25 years later, the South Central brothers Deuce Mac and Bigg Joe West are excited to release their own Priority Records EP, 2000 Ninetiez, a respectful tribute to the classic G Funk era of West Coast hip-hop. Recruiting producer Dae One (Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg), the guys also worked with G-Funk veterans DJ Battlecat and Jelly Roll.

& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains


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


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


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


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



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
& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains


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" :


Facebook: www.Facebook.Com/OfficialChristianKuya

& Shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains


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


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!

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& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains


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


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

& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains


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

& shout out to King Ice who has the illest chains


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


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


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


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