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Is it wrong that I not only don't find her Em cover horrible, but I actually like her more for it?   Honestly never gave her much thought before, but she's now somehow way hotter.   <object st

Whoa, MTV still puts out UnPlugged shows apparently. And apparently they have nothing to do w/ acoustic sets anymore...   <div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padd





fill up the banks with dollars, fill up the graves with fathers




Kendrick with the 3 peat, DAMN goes - shouts to other MC's right now



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last few days this dude on twitter has been going in on NY 90's history - gangs, goons and crazy stuff i'd only heard some of prior. mike tyson knew like everyone, and 50 cent being alive today is even crazier than we knew - if twitter's not your thing, KTT has been keeping track with the best of the photos



future live on kimmel, also did used to this


meanwhile, DAMN went platinum - nice to see kdot eating





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this shit slaps, KRS still brings the boom-bap heat


speaking of, it's gonna be a fine year for fellow dustheads: after this, there's Nas, Ghostface, and apparently Kool G Rap is dropping something

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Cube stays high in my top 10 for life...also, re-release sees 2 new tracks!



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Jay Z: For Father's Day, I'm Taking On the Exploitative Bail Industry


Seventeen years ago I made a song, "Guilty Until Proven Innocent." I flipped the Latin phrase that is considered the bedrock principle of our criminal justice system, ei incumbit probatio qui dicit (the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies). If you're from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you're unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can't afford bail. Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.

Scholars like Ruthie Gilmore, filmmakers like Ava Duvernay, and formerly incarcerated people like Glenn Martin have all done work to expose the many injustices of the industry of our prison system. Gilmore's pioneering book, The Golden Gulag, Duvernay's documentary 13th and Martin's campaign to close Rikers focus on the socioeconomic, constitutional and racially driven practices and polices that make the U.S. the most incarcerated nation in the world.


But when I helped produce this year's docuseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, I became obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry. Kalief's family was too poor to post bond when he was accused of stealing a backpack. He was sentenced to a kind of purgatory before he ever went to trial. The three years he spent in solitary confinement on Rikers ultimately created irreversible damage that lead to his death at 22. Sandra Bland was also forced to post bail after her minor traffic infraction in Prairie View, Texas, led to a false charge of assaulting a public servant (the officer who arrested her was later charged with perjury regarding the arrest). She was placed in a local jail in a pre-incarcerated state. Again, she was never convicted of a crime. On any given day over 400,000 people, convicted of no crime, are held in jail because they cannot afford to buy their freedom.


When black and brown people are over-policed and arrested and accused of crimes at higher rates than others, and then forced to pay for their freedom before they ever see trial, big bail companies prosper. This pre-incarceration conundrum is devastating to families. One in 9 black children has an incarcerated parent. Families are forced to take on more debt, often in predatory lending schemes created by bail bond insurers. Or their loved ones linger in jails, sometimes for months—a consequence of nationwide backlogs. Every year $9 billion dollars are wasted incarcerating people who've not been convicted of a crime, and insurance companies, who have taken over our bail system, go to the bank. Last month for Mother's Day, organizations like Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change did a major fundraising drive to bail out 100 mothers for Mother's Day. Color of Change's exposè on the for-profit bail industry provides deeper strategy behind this smart and inspiring action. This Father's Day, I'm supporting those same organizations to bail out fathers who can't afford the due process our democracy promises. As a father with a growing family, it's the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether. We can't fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.




Jigga fell off, but he's still top 10 for me and acts like this show just how great a dude he is

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So yeah, a coworker turned me on to this. I listened to Virus and dug it, then sat through this whole album. I never listen to whole albums, much less hip-hop albums. This was fantastic. I want more stuff like this.

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Try that on for size.


EDIT: It's been years since I heard this. I loved it back in the day. It's more crass than the above album (which I forgot about). If it's too much, I won't be offended if you don't like it. There's one song I LOVE on there that you still might like. I'll post it...

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that's cool axels - ive never been high enough to really get into deltron but i do enjoy del/hiero on other stuff, i can post em for you (he's pretty varied) but far as i know, that's the only themed one - it's a huge underground classic though. and those tracks panch put me onto forever ago are great too.


forgot to post that Jay-Z's 444 was his best work since American Gangster, which was damn near 10 years ago but still, short & tight album where No ID brought out the jay who i think had failed trying similar stuff on BP3, KC etc. and in case anyone hasn't seen the first video off it, it's incredible.


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so, Sean Price (RIP) had a full posthumous release, Imperious Rex, a few weeks back & like all his efforts, it's quality hard boom-bap shit, with features from DOOM & others...speaking off, MF is dropping b-sides this week, here's one



*edit here's the Price track too



also, those enjoying mashup efforts: here's Common over Stevie Wonder, fun stuff



bonus bronson & ross

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...phew.  Thought's been doing this for years now but dude really outdid himself here, can't stop listening to this.




N.E.R.D. is back with a new album with all star A++ cast




01 Deep Down Body Thirst
02 Lemon [ft. Rihanna]
03 Voilà [ft. Gucci Mane and Wale]
04 1000 [ft. Future]
05 Don't Don't Do It [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
06 Kites [ft. Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A.]
07 ESP
08 Lightning Fire Magic Prayer
09 Rollinem 7’s [ft. André 3000]
10 Lifting You [ft. Ed Sheeran]
11 Secret Life of Tigers

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aw shit - so kdot just dropped the video to Love (not his best off the latest album but its a radio hit i guess)



but buried something in there that's got me hype




there's literally no way they don't use DNA in the flick/trailer/


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so, 2017 was pretty good, for the most part!  here's my album of the year list, a few of those can be moved around though 


1 | Kendrick Lamar | DAMN.
2 | Jay Z | 4:44
3 | Goldlink | At What Cost
4 | Cunninlynguists | Rose Azura Njano
5 | DJ Quik & Problem|Rosecrans
6 | BROCKHAMPTON | Saturation II
7 | Sean Price | Imperius Rex
8 | Oddisee| The Iceberg
9 | Wu-Tang | The Saga Continues
10| Big K.R.I.T. | 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time


Vince Staples & Drake put out weaker efforts, but not too many disappointments overall.  here's a sample of some great shit we had











my personal surprise was Brockhampton - multiple dope efforts from someone who wasn't even on my radar before 




and finally just in case anyone missed em 





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I'm on the frence with Kendrick, his '15 LP was just N-word spam.

I'm dropping some of the UK scene in here. I predict in 2018, this years, these lads might hit US shores:


Lyrics are moronic but the beats are nice with his flow. That vocal sample reminds me of something from years ago though. Can see this in the clubs.


This lad's in good form. One of best right now, merging hip hop with grime. Lyrics are decent too, production's there. Any beat he'll flow hard on it


Great radiotune, melody over rhymes here, singing rap sort of shite. 


The more indie, the more artistic approach. This production is just so washed out. I think someone's been watching those "Simpsonswave" / "vaporwave" videos on YT. BLoody impressed with this lad. 


Lass tears this one up, great hook. Very grimey.



Loving this bird. Silky, smooth... I'd call it urban jazz.


yes blud. afrobeat, grime and uk garage in the hands of Brummy crew. Bit different.  

These lot from my town, almost reppin my post code here ahah.


Witty fella really:
“What’s with all the abuse / I’ve got an awesome excuse / I only fucked your twin cos I thought it was you” LMFAO


Never heard anything like this, Blunt, straight talking grime, but its got those American trap sounds in it. 

Horrible grime, disgusting, raw, unleashed. He's a beast

12) I'm a big Frank Ocean fan, and Frankie boy dropped this lad on his own radio show.


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