New Music: Butch Dawson – “Yung” (Prod. By JuJuan Allen)

Is it just us or is Baltimore creating just as good music as almost anywhere else? When he’s not serving beats under the alias JuJuan Allen, Butch Dawson emerges as a slick witted emcee with a good grip on his temperment. “Yung” is the perfect juxtaposition to his last offering, “Yadda...

New Music: Raekwon – “The Living Room”

Rae entered our world, of course, over RZA's dead-eyed, gutter production. But maybe this sound has always been his destiny. Raekwon sounds undeniably good over this kind of swanky, velvety backdrop. Instead of requiring the kind of nimble footwork that RZA's beats normally require, and are...

New Music: Drake – “Days In The East”

Drake turns Wednesday and Thursday into a 1-2 punch by dropping the eerie, slithering "Days In The East." PARTYNEXTDOOR and 40 team up and provide an underwater behemoth of a beat, squarely in Drake's wheelhouse. The most impressive part of "Days In The East," though, is how effortlessly and...

New Music: Scotty ATL – “Doin’ My Thang” (Prod. !llmind)

Scotty ATL made a good call by linking with the always-flavorful !llmind. "Doin' My Thang" has some serious firepower instrumetnally, with !llmind's serving as a fitting intersection between his usually soulful, organic style, and the banging, trap numbers that Scotty often...

New Music: Noelz Vedere Feat. Freddie Gibbs – “Out of Focus”

Meet Chicago's Noelz Vedere, the snarling force at the center of "Out of Focus." Noelz saran wraps rapid fire lines tightly around eachother, an audible smirk present the whole way through. Alex Isaak's beat is a smash too, full of smoke, menace, and a touch of funk. Gangsta Gibbs serves as a real...

EP Stream: Leather Corduroys – Porno Music, Volume II

We already loved "Dat Strong," and the rest of Porno Music, Volume II doesn't disappoint. The SaveMoney duo put together a consistent EP of passionate, strained vocals, and addictive, haunting, banging instrumentals. Joey Purple and Kami De Chukwu, we're just waiting on the LP now....

New Music: Drake – “Draft Day” (Prod. Boi 1da, Syk Sense & Ducko McFli)

It seems like Hov finally got his response. Sort of. To give credit where it's due, Drake doesn't always backpedal. but to call it like it is, he does a whole lot here. In addition to pretty much apologizing for mocking Jay's (very mockable) art-rap fetish, saying "We all do it for the art so I...

Listen to Big Boy’s Interview with Eminem

To promote his upcoming Monster tour with Rihanna, Eminem made a rare visit to a radio station and chatted with Big Boy over at Power 106. They touch on his time away from the game, his "Talkin' 2 Myself" record off Recovery, and what he would do without music. Check it out...

New Music: Young Thug & Bloody Jay Feat. Rarri Rocket – “Molly”

Perhaps our strangest pick for the 2014 Freshman list and top album list of 2013 just dropped a great emblemization of his style. No new fans here, and no disappointed old ones. "Molly" is set to be on the upcoming Audio Molly mixtape. Enjoy the Black Portland reunion...

New Music: Alicia Keys Feat. Kendrick Lamar – “It’s On Again”

Kendrick continues his streak of making music to run up a mountain to. Alicia even mentions the "eye of the tiger." No one's complaining, though: inspirational anger is a good look for Kendrick. While the beat could have been a little more understated (or just had less guitar) this song still packs...