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QUiRK TUNES: “PRECIPITATION” – CASH’MIR

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Dallas is a smoldering melting pot of creativity in all avenues that’s about to bubble over into the world – take this post as me preparing you for what you need to be ready for.

CASH’MIR is a dope young MC out of the Southern city who’s style is versatile in a “sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick” type of way. Whether rapping fast and pacing himself bar for bar, Cash’mir has it and has even grown from his 2011 project (that I fuck with completely), Burning Bridges.
“Precipitation” is a smooth iPond-produced track that takes you to Dallas for about six minutes; take a listen below and I hope you enjoy your stay.

Cash’mir – “Precipitation” [DOWNLOAD]

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RANDOM VIEWING: “NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN” – GHOSTFACE KILLAH FEAT. CARL THOMAS AND RAEKWON

Man, I tweeted “never be the same again” a minute ago and started singing this hook so I must post this for us all to enjoy. Take a stroll down memory lane with me in the name of dope hip hop!

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LISTEN: CASEY VEGGIES – “SMART WATER”

I’m all the way here for Glaceau products getting their props, especially Smart Water because that shit is delicious.

Check out L.A. rapper CASEY VEGGIES on his latest giveaway track, “Smart Water” produced by Chuck Strangers – he says he drinks it in the studio while recording; maybe some of you other rappers should follow suit.

…just saying.

Casey Veggies – “Smart Water” [DOWNLOAD]

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THE QUiRKY FIND: GET YOUR “REALITY CHECK” BY WAY OF JASFLY & NYDELIGHT

Most times, I find myself wandering aimlessly around the information superhighway in hopes of stumbling across any kind of distraction from my everyday life; my latest success in doing so involves a little podcast called Reality Check brought to you by the folks at the Combat Jack Show which features two fiercely opinionated ladies – NYDelight and JasFly.

I’ve been a fan of Jas’s writing for a while; as someone who aspires to be an entertainment journalist (not the messy kind – you guys know how I feel about that), her pieces are great to read and it’s refreshing to know that the art of music journalism isn’t lost even if it has switched gears from print to digital in the last seven years. Now Delight – that’s what I call her when I talk to the podcast … – I had no real knowledge of before this discovery but having heard her thoroughly entertaining stories over these past weeks I can honestly say I love her to death.

Reality Check is described as “organic” and I couldn’t agree more; with topics ranging from pop culture headlines to relationships, the ladies cover every base imaginable just by conversing casually. It’s not a perfect broadcast – “struggle shows” are quite possible but those are just as great as the broadcasts that are well put together. I suppose it’s the confirmation that even people that you’re sure have it all together all the time have their days too – struggle humanizes us all and RC is a human production.  The environment is fun and playful, but the show just wouldn’t be the same without a weekly appearance by one Just Blaze – super producer extraordinaire, philanthropist and resident awkward. His stories are curated with the speed of someone who’s purposefully trying to mind-fuck you and make for extremely amusing situations.

Why do I listen to Reality Check?  I listen because it speaks to a part of me that is looking for real things while trying to break into a world where there isn’t too much of said real going around.  It’s a great way for me to escape uncertainty in my own life and I unexpectedly gain clarity to make decisions every now and then.  I listen because it entertains me; I laugh until I cry because I’ve had some of the same conversations with my friends so I can relate to everyone who makes an appearance.  Most of all, I listen now because I’m attached to these people and I must know how they’re doing each week.

I look forward to the show growing bigger and gaining the recognition it deserves; I tell everyone I know about it and this post is my way of telling a few more people.

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VIDEO: GET THE “BIG PICTURE” WITH LIFE + TIMES – CASEY VEGGIES

Casey Veggies has been making noise in the industry since he dropped Sleeping In Class last year, but what do you really know about him? Life + Times gives you the big picture as they profile the 18 year old MC from Cali and you may be surprised at what you find out. Check it out as Casey performs at SOBs and tells about his start in hip hop.

SOURCE: Life + Times

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#MONTHOFMAE: “ALL TIME HIGH” + WEBISODE FEATURING MID-ATLANTIC TOUR WITH TANK – LAURIANA MAE

LAURIANA MAE is at it again, dropping a new song and webisode as #MonthOfMae rolls on. She releases “All Time High” for the hip hop lover in us all and visuals from her Mid-Atlantic tour stint with labelmate TANK as they hit Baltimore and Virginia. Check it all out!

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VIDEO: “FOUR LETTER WORD” – DIGGY SIMMONS + BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE

Okay, so the award for cutest video of the year DEFINITELY goes to DIGGY SIMMONS; my sisters love him – one loves this song particularly, so this post is dedicated to Mari! – and I love him in the totally not creepy way that older women love him …

Anyway, he just debuted his latest single on 106 & Park so it’s only right that we post it here for you. Ugh, hatin’ ass parents, man.

Check out some behind the scenes footage below!

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NEWS + UPDATES: BUDWEISER’S “MADE IN AMERICA” BOASTS PEARL JAM, RITA ORA AMONG MUSIC ACTS + PRESALE STARTS NOW!

The lineup for Budweiser and JAY-Z’s Made In America two-day music festival dropped yesterday and it’s nicely varied.  Pearl Jam and Hov himself will headline the festival that also features Janelle Monaé, Calvin Harris (maybe prompting a Rihanna appearance similar to Coachella last month…?), Santigold and Roc Nation sweetie pie fashionista Rita Ora – among others! More acts will be announced for this three-stage venue but if you’d like to cop that golden two-day pass for the low price of $99 (and a service charge), head over to Budweiser’s Facebook page for the presale code!

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VIDEO: THE HIP HOP LINEAGE TREE, AS TOLD BY MECCA

In my valiant effort to deprive myself of sleep, this weekend I sat on YouTube and discovered JumpOffTV’s Friday Hip Hop Report Debate series. It consists a panel of hip hop tastemakers who come together to discuss the latest news in hip hop and friendly banter ensues. It’s honestly a more dope version of MTV’s Hip Hop POV but it existed way before MTV decided to put their own panel together.

In watching all 80 videos – I watched about 90% of them – I found this gem and had to share it. Mecca, one of the panelists, came up with this dope philosophy called The Hip Hop Lineage Tree, meaning that every rapper is a “descendant” of one of six MCs based on rapping style, “swag” (REALLY hate that word), and other elements. This shit is beyond brilliant and I’m beyond late but I feel like way more people need to be aware of this, so here it goes:

You guys should tune into these debates anyway because they’re constructive and make sense to people who are educated consumers or have an interest in being one. Subscribe to JumpOffTV and watch out for the latest from these guys. Shout out to Mecca!

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SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY: CAM’RON – “CONFESSIONS OF FIRE”

There’s nothing like some dope hip hop to get you through your Monday and Confessions Of Fire is definitely that. CAM’RON has a classic in this album and this is what put me onto Harlem in the ’90s and later led me to Dipset.  From “Glory” to “Horse And Carriage” to “Wrong Ones” to “A Pimp’s A Pimp” and of course the vivid and lively “Fuck You”, Confessions Of Fire gave us a full introduction to Cam’s flow; whether you rock with him now or not, you can’t help but think back to what you were doing when this dropped in ’98.

I was going into seventh grade – good times.

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