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Game of Thrones Mixtape

HBO commissioned a bunch of hip hop heads to put together a mixtape based on the hit series (it was a book series first!) Game of Thrones.

Stream it below.

Especially tracks 6 and 9.

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Dwele – Too Fly

Dwele – Too Fly.  Not deep, but an earworm nonetheless.

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UK hip hop mix on Mixcloud

Mixcloud has become my new favorite hobby. I’ve now lost a ton of time surfing and listening to all kinds of excellent mixes and mashups.  Check out the one below featuring UK hip hop, from our friends over at The Find Mag.

R.R.R. (Real Recognize Real) by The Find Mag on Mixcloud

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The Abstract and the what?

In the greatest news to come out of hip hop on 2013, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip have announced that they are dropping a joint mixtape titled The Abstract and the Dragon.

And it drops tomorrow.  To say I am excited is an extreme understatement.

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Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke & The Roots Sing “Blurred Lines” w/ Classroom Instruments – YouTube

The Roots and Jimmy Fallon,  killing it again on the toy instruments.  Though this song is not hip hop, it’s also frustratingly catchy.

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Blame One and J57 – “How Much Time’s Left” ft. Akie Bermiss

Just a nice, summer jam for your listening pleasure.

Courtesy of Okayplayer

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Eminem, Black Thought and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) Freestyle Cypher

One word: dope.

via HipHopDX.

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Time Interviews Talib Kweli on the Burdens of Being Hip-Hop’s Outspoken Conscience

Time.com has an interview with Talib Kweli focusing on his upcoming album, Prisoner of Conscious.   It’s an interesting read, particularly because Kweli appears to yearn for a little more grit.

While Kweli has no problem sticking up for what he believes in, he balks at being pigeonholed in the “conscious rap” genre. It’s not that he wants to align himself with the misogyny or homophobia that is rampant in much of mainstream hip-hop, it’s that his skill as an artist is frequently overshadowed by his message.

via Talib Kweli on the Burdens of Being Hip-Hop’s Outspoken Conscience | TIME.com.

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Freestylin With The Roots On Fallon

As most of you know, the Roots are the greatest band in late night TV.  They have made Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a huge success, and have also indicated that they are likely to follow Jimmy when he moves to take over the Tonight Show in a couple of years.

One audience favourite bit is “Freestylin with the Roots”.  Jimmy goes into the audience, asks for some random facts, and then suggests a style of music that the Roots must perform the track in.  Black Thought kills it, as always, but it’s also amazing how quickly the rest of the group is able to come up with a perfect sounding musical accompaniment.

In a recent edition of Freestylin With The Roots, we are treated to a solid overall performance.

But the big shocker? The Roots have a platinum album!

Now I know what you’re thinking.  It’s not How I got over (although I love the album).  Instead, their 1999 opus Things Fall Apart just went platinum.

14 years after release.

It’s a huge accomplishment, and blows my mind that it hasn’t happened till now.  Congratulations to the Roots!

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Jay Z in Time’s 100 Most Influential People

Read Michael Bloomberg’s quick little tribute to Jay Z  in Time’s (I keep wanting to call it Time Magazine, which I guess it will no longer be) The 100 Most Influential People in the World | TIME.com.

It’s amazing that a hip hop icon would get a tribute from a billionaire mayor of one of the largest cities in the world.

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