Duzzo Dave – 20 On My Wrist (WOOP WOO)

Our good friend Duzzo Dave dropped 2 new tracks the other day. Ms. Cruz and this joint right here over a Tekdotlun production called 20 On My Wrist. Now, if you know Duzzo, you know he can rhyme to a variety of different beats. 20 On My Wrist is the type of song that’ll have you doing the same dance from E-40’s “Tell Me When To Go” music video. If you’re looking for something to ride, skate or dance to, Duzzo hit’s you with a minute track worth doing so.

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MISTER – Looks Like Italy (Produced by Stretchy Beats)

A few days ago New Haven’s own MISTER dropped a brand new Stretchy Beats produced track called Looks Like Italy. MISTER is known for his smooth delivery and innovative rhyme schemes. Don’t let that underestimate his lyricism though. It’s been a while since we heard from him, so lets see what he’s working with (pause). Looks Like Italy starts by showcasing classic boom bap drums, combined with an infectious horn infused sample. MISTER decides to switch up and drop some clever punchlines. Starting off his verse with “It’s like sometimes my minds got split personalities, a bit from my spliff gives kids fatalities, reptile spit till the edge of a tarpit, than bicycle kick till your clique falls off it”. As a fan of Mortal Combat, this bar was an A1 opener. The track continues to surprise me by going into a few different samples every couple bars. While he continues his punchline/agressive style and a slight Drake diss, MISTER delivers a sold performance on this track. I’ll let you listen to the rest for yourself. Looking forward to hearing a new project from him soon.

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Bohan Phoenix – LoveLoveEP

 

It’s not everyday that you hear about a Chinese born, New York raised MC building up a buzz in the underground. Of course you can bring up people like Jin, Southstar (Smilez and Southstar) and groups like the Far East Movement who represent the asian culture in their music, but you can’t put a stamp on someone who meshes the Chinese and Hip-Hop culture together. Today, we bring you a new 4 track EP by Bohan Phoenix & Jachary Beats called LoveLove.

Jachary Beats supplies the Funk/Hip-Hop fusion instrumentation for Bohan to drop some knowledge on. Based off of records in the past, Bohan Phoniex is an MC whose music mirrors the music he grew up on. This EP reflects his lovelove imprint and lifestyle in a special way, creating the type of music that can attract a traditional Hip-Hop or general fan of music. Soulful bass lines, jazzy instrumentation, lyrics representing positive reinforcement. The lovelove EP is for someone looking for some feel good music. As a lyricist, Bohan comes off as a free flowing MC paying homage to the old school supplying different cadences and delivery. Jachary Beats supplies the proper platform of beats for Bohan to showcase his skills and talents.

Listen/Buy the LoveLoveEP today.

Bohan Phoenix: @BohanPhoenix
Jachary Beats: https://www.facebook.com/jacharybeats
Written by @JonnyEmpire203

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Cortez – Gotta Go (Official Video)

 

This past year we got to chop it up with Battle Rap Vet Cortez on Streets Never Sleep Radio. We spoke about different things pertaining to battle rap and making music. We even tried to break down the reasoning behind the statement “battle rappers can’t make music” After a couple months of steadily working in the studio, Cortez releases a new music video for Gotta Go, a story telling record touching on the highs and lows of dealing with women these days. Look out for a new project by Cortez and the No Dayz Off family dropping in 2015.

Cortez: @Cortez_HSP

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Frank Castle – Downtown Kids II (Official Video)

 NYC emcee Frank Castle has been getting a lot of love on the net in recent months due to releases that showcases his golden age delivery and multi-syllabic rhyme style. The first time I heard of Frank Castle was a few years ago when he released his Much Success music video. When I heard the sampled horns from the popular Queen Latifah record “U.N.I.T.Y”, I knew this kid had a good ear for production. Another reason I enjoyed it was simply the authenticity it portrayed throughout the video. Since then I have been keeping an eye out for Frank Castle’s music.

Today we present to you the first visual off his new Downtown Kids EP entitled Downtown Kids II. This track is infused with grimy drums, street essence and a metaphorical approach that can hook any traditional Hip-Hop fan. The video shows Frank Castle rapping directly to the camera while the other people involved are moving backwards, which seems to be inspired by the Drop music video by The Pharcyde. Go out and support his new EP by copping it on I-Tunes. Looking forward to seeing where 2015 takes Frank Castle.

Frank Castle: @DaRealFrankCast

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Cousin Ari – Procrastination (The Lost Tapes)

 

As a genuine fan of (dope) hip-hop from my home state of Connecticut, multiple artists have been dropping music that would be considered to be out of the box. These days being different can make you noticed, but does that truly mean your portrayed as a skilled emcee? Today we’re bringing you a new project by Norwalk’s own Cousin Ari, Procrastination (The Lost Tapes). This project consists of 8 tracks that features soulful boom bap production, as well as providing listeners with lyricism that would be considered ‘old school’ to the modern day fan. Cousin Ari tells a story in his rhymes, paining pictures for the listeners that even certain Graffiti writers couldn’t do. Paying homage to 90’s hip-hop, good kush and his Latino background, the Procrastination (The Lost Tapes) provides a solid introduction to the Norwalk emcee’s music and direction. If you’re in the mood for some mellow music by an artist who has something to say, Streets Never Sleep recommends this. Sit back, light up and enjoy!

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MC Johnny Wae – Above Sender (Prod. by G-R-A-D-E)

Check out the brand new solo offering by one half of Apollo Suns, MC Johnny Wae. This track is called Above Sender and produced by G-R-A-D-E, a producer from London. It is also the first single off the upcoming “Reading Of The Spirits” LP. Click the link below and follow @MCJohnnyWae for more info on songs and more!

Song Link: https://g-r-a-d-e.bandcamp.com/track/above-sender-mc-johnny-wae

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100 Bulletz vs Chilla Jones on KOTD’s Blackout 5 – Battle Review

Blackout 5 got to experience the first old vs new battle of the night between 100 Bulletz vs Chilla Jones. If you follow battle rap, you might recognize 100 Bulletz from the Grind Time and early King of The Dot days. Florida MC with a dope punchline game. Within the last year, Chilla Jones has made an impact on the battle culture by making his way from the Proving Grounds to the main stages of URL and KOTD. This was an impressive battle with plenty of quotable’s.

100 Bulletz Key Lines:

“back off I ain’t slap boxing, I’m here to catch bodies and stack coffins, it’s like watching a URL battle, let’s skip all the smack talking”

“you battle rap’s Muhammad Ali? Nice punches and the footage crazy, nah you Muhammad Ali because your backs against the rope and your futures looking shakey”

“You rap how I used to rap, hoe put the pen down and raise your kids, that’s why your daughter has more hood n****s running through her than Jaden Fynch”

“Bar go over heads that’s half of hassle, Diz vs math, you won’t get the punches till after the battle”

Chilla Jones Key Lines: 

“See I was on my chill shit, on my hands I got a lot of time, you jumped in my Twitter inbox and got outta line, than organik called me up and offered a Dollar sign, now I’m in the trenches taking bulletz to school like columbine”

“if yall really believe you’re with the scheme this whole round and I’m ashamed and disgusted, twenty fives (25) two fifties (50) ten tens (10) why the fuck would I change for 100 bulletz”

“so fuck what you bout boss, I’m all outta schemes, so it’s all punches left like south paws, cross hands aimed at your grill, I’m letting rounds off, spitting in sync with the scope, come get your mouth washed”

“N***a you dissing a great, let’s be real, it’s a difference between this and a great, no respect for the God, you think this sin a great? And that was good right? watch as this integrates, peep how this integrate, this’ll send this sin to the sky and disintegrate”

“Dudes say they see bullets off the wall like rica shays, his bars tough but he sound like
Nick Lache”

After a punchline infused sparring match. We had Chilla Jones taking the 1st round. 2nd round being a tie, while 100 Bulletz taking the 3rd round. This is an unbiased review, personally I’m a fan of both MC’s but the main thing i’m judging this battle off of is delivery. In that case, we gave this battle to Boston’s own, Chilla Jones. 

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Marvwon vs Skelly on KOTD’s Blackout 5 – Battle Review

Over the weekend, King Of The Dot and Drake put on one of the biggest and innovative battle rap events to date. Blackout 5 is an event for the ages, showcasing 32 battlers that took part in a surprising format. Bringing back legends, as far as Dumbfounded, Kid Twist and Marvwon, also giving the younger battlers a chance to shine. For the first time ever, King Of The Dot didn’t release the match up’s prior to the event. Defining this as a historic one for the battle scene. Because I’ve been a battle rap fan for almost 10 years now, I decided to break down this event battle by battle. First up we have Detroit’s own Marvwon vs Canada’s own Skelly.

Marvwon Key Lines:

“I’m tryna see what that mouth do so I slid in her DM’s, I heard she work on that head all night like a Tylenol PM”

“Im like the old new n***a, I fell off but came back off my second wind, Skelly this is your 39th battle and you’re still looking for your second win “

“Heard you grew up like Gotti, which one you wanna die like, john or Arturo”

“Let this n***a try me, he gonna get killed and get his bay smoked, I even got a little shooter with me, n***a I call that my dej loaf!”

“I’m Tryna let something sizzle on your mind like a hot pit, you came to the show and got fucked up, I’ll turn this into a mosh pit, organik brought you here to die, I’ll turn Blackout into a hospice, Detroit boss, I’ll put space under that cap like we got rid of josh smith”

Skelly Key Lines:

“Take him out the building like the 13th floor”

“He’s in bad shape, I was born in a trap house, it ain’t nothing for me to bag weight”

“I don’t fuck with battle rappers, the dick ride and switch sides against you, talking about 9’s and 5’s but work 9 to 5’s behind a pencil, I bet you got a gun so big you couldn’t fit it inside the Rental, well i got a gun so small I could fit it inside the venue”

“I don’t understand how you put your pride under your family, what are you gonna with a dying mother? Leave your little brother on his own like 9th wonder!”

After watching the battle between Marvwon vs Skelly, both MC’s were very prepared with hard hitting lines and delivery. Marvwon using numerous set ups and creative schemes, while Skelly tended to stick to personal, aggressive side of things. After watching, we gave this battle 2-1 to Marvwon, taking the 1st and 2nd round while Skelly took the 3rd. Skelly came with an aggressive style which controlled the crowd to a degree, but some of his lines seemed to go over peoples heads or didn’t come out as smooth as aspected. With Marvwon returning to the main stage, a lot of expectation was there. Marv performed like he never left, using his smooth, flawless delivery to break down Skelly’s weaknesses. Being a fan of both of these battlers, this was a perfect match up to start off Blackout 5. Streets Never Sleep gives this battle to Marvwon. Stay tuned for more battle breakdowns.

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LilKittyGuwap – 1 Hunnit (Official Music Video)

Off the local success of his last single Pyrex LilKittyGuwap aka Kitty Kirt drops a brand new visual for 1 Hunnit. Kitty takes it to the streets on a snow day to showcase this melodic banger about keeping it real. Respect is one of the hardest things to attain in life, so keeping it 1 Hunnit is something every person should value and perform on a daily basis. Shout out to the whole ETG camp.

LilKittyGuwap: @LilKittyGuwap

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