J COLE tweeted a couple of hours ago… “2 important things for you to watch and listen to today. Angie interview http://dreamville.com/angie/ NPR interview http://dreamville.com/npr/”. So that’s exactly what I did. This blog post includes the audio and printed interview between J COLE and “Microphone Check” hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley on NPR, the day after his third and much-anticipated album, “2014 Forest Hills Drive”, was released.

It’s a long interview, but the best interview Cole has ever did. A lot of folks in the Hip Hop community already consider Cole’s new album an instant classic. And I tend to agree. I HIGHLY recommend everyone get thia album in a physical copy. It’ll be a staple for years to come.

WHAT UP DOE? I’ve missed you all. I’ve basically been on a month-long vacation working on my novel, traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, and uploading this blog to a bigger server to handle the influx of traffic.

In deciding who would be the first artist to post, I chose STALLEY’s “Free”. The drive from Miami to Atlanta was about 12 hours, and “Free” was one of those jams on constant rewind. This post includes the audio only because Stalley has yet to do a video for this song. I appreciate him as a new generation artist who isn’t putting out fluff style rap. If you haven’t copped it already, go and pick up his album – “OhIO”.

Plot: “In The Pyramid, the ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.”

“The Pyramid” is directed by Gregory Levasseur and hits theaters December 5th.

Tony Toni Toné’s, “Let’s Get Down”, features one of my favorite Hip Hop tracks of all time produced by the West Coast’s legendary DJ QUIK. Da Brat’s, “Fire It Up” has a similar swag and sound and like this one, is on constant rewind in my IPod. You can dance to ‘Let’s Get Down’, you can have sex to ‘Let’s Get Down’, and you can smoke to it because it’s one of those timeless chill ass songs. It takes place during the days when women could be in the videos with clothes on and still be sexy! I wish they would get back together and tour!!!

One thing we can all say about the Rick Ross is that he’s always been consistent with good music. His soon-to-be-released, “Hood Billionaire” album will probably be no different. Ross gives us a little taste of what’s to come with his new single release, “Movin Bass” featuring another collab with Jay Z on a Timbaland beat. “Hood Billionaire” is set to be released November 24th.

Honestly? You gotta respect Eminem. He has endorsed some great talent without any doubt. Case in point…ROYCE DA 5’9. HotNewHiphop writes, “Just a few hours after slaying verses on Eminem’s “Detroit Vs. Everybody” and Shady XV cypher, Royce Da 5’9” returns with the title track from his upcoming collaborative LP with DJ Premier.” PRhyme, the album, hits the market December 9th. Killer Mike, Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Slaughterhouse, Mac Miller and Dwele are all featured on the album.

“I didn’t come up with the concept, but I’m very sorry and take full responsibility if it has offended anyone,” says Nicki Minaj. “I’d never condone Nazism in my art”

The Anti-Defamation League drew negative attention to Nick Minaj by blasting her new animated music video over the weekend and accusing her of mimicking Nazism through imagery showing soldiers in red arm bands, Minaj as their dictator, and the “Young Money logo has been compared by some to a swastika”. The organization’s director, Abraham H. Foxman – a Holocaust survivor – called it “a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism.”

According to Rolling Stone, “Foxman condemned the video not just for its imagery, but for the tactlessness of releasing the video on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” pogrom in which tens of thousands of Jews were brought to concentration camps and more than 1,000 synagogues were burned, signaling the beginning of the Holocaust.”

Stalley never has disappointed at all. I am glad he is getting his fame now 🙂 “Ohio” is an incredible album and makes an excellent addition to your hip hop collection.

Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica” video is too dope and the album, set to be released on November 11th, is official too. Krit is one of the most talented rappers in the game right now and “Cadillactica” is pure Hip-Hop at it’s finest.

I consider young Joey Bada$$ one of the leaders of the new school because he’s dropping classics straight out the gate and releasing music that his ahead of his time. If you listen to his delivery on hits like this one, “Big Dusty”, and “95 til infinity”, you’ll see that Joey has a deep understanding of hip hop music history with an ear to develop quality songs at the right time of the hip hop cycle…aka publishing songs that’s countering a lot of the pop rap garbage. I’m excited to see what he comes out with next. Excellent work Joey Bada$$.

NAS surprised fans at the Run The Jewels fan appreciation event by launching his new single, “The Season”, produced by J Dilla…the best producer in Hip Hop history, in my opinion. This new track and collaboration are perfect and it gives me hope that Nas’ new album will be something serious. The song starts at the 1:53 mark.

HipHopDX writes, “NOISEY has published three handwritten poems written by a teenage Tupac Shakur accompanied by an essay by writer and author of 2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle Jeff Weiss.

While the site advertises the poems as previously unreleased, all three poems appeared in a posthumous book release of poetry by the rapper in 1999 called The Rose that Grew from Concrete. Noisey’s article includes images of the handwritten poems that were written between 1989 and 1991.”

I’m drunk once again (don’t know why because I’m not a drinker), and really am too incoherent to be writing right now. All I know is that I love the hell out of T.I., the one rapper who is pretty much an anchor in the rap music industry, and his new single features new-schoolers; Troy Ave. and Trae The Truth.

This looks pretty good! Seems like maybe Rock was inspired by Louie C.K.’s show, much better direction to go in vs. Hollywood tentpole comedies, which are notably inferior to “The Simpsons.” TOP FIVE also stars Kevin Hart and Tracey Morgan and hits theaters in December 2014.

In “Back At You”, Havoc’s and Prodigy’s flow is very fluid, seamless, and interchangeable between the two. Lyrically, I will admit, Mobb Deep hadn’t reached their peaks at this point, but they were very close. And lets not be ignorant. The video is raw as fuck! As far as the instrumental goes, can you really argue how elite it is in its simplicity? So in summation, with all those elements considered and combined, I feel that this is their best song ever.

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