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j cole…rapping “on top of the world”

Based on the 2 or 3 tracks i’ve heard from this cat…he’s my new favorite (coming up) rapper…
Here’s a video from the interview with Angela Yee where he spits to “On Top Of The World”, which is the song he tried to get to Jay-Z for American Gangster. It’s worth a watch! Because too many people deny music based on the fact that most of it is terrible…this is bananas!!!!!

Here’s the vid from the same interview where he is denied by Jay and his entourage. Pretty inspiring actually imo.

if you haven’t heard any of his music…here’s the song “Lights Please” which I think is what eventually got him on with Jay-Z.

yea, i’ve got my eye on him…

Peace, and on top of the world love!


jay-z/hudson…forever young vid

this is a really beautifully done video. i love high contrast black and white. they did a good job painting a picture of being “young” with the shots of the kids playing football, playing in the park, the couple chasing eachother, etc. juxtaposed with Jay being praised at a large concert (where he feels most young).

it looks very good, and it’s such a great song. what do you think??

peace, and forever young love.


InfeRed…No Turn On Red (2009 mixtape)

We made it! Gravity Jones presents InfeRed‘s brand new mixtape No Turn On Red. Pick your favorite file site to download from below the artwork…

InfeRed – No Turn On Red links: megaupload | rapidshare | sendspace | zshare | mediafire | limelinx | filefactory

Gravity Jones presents InfeRed’s 2009 mixtape “No Turn On Red.” MLKjr said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets, even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.” Tony ‘InfeRed’ Graves feels his path is leading him to record and perform honest music. If it’s true that your soul should speak truest and loudest through your actions, midwest rapper InfeRed’s soul preaches through every line. In the vein of some of Hip-Hop’s most candid and ground breaking artists, Red works with a passion and dedication to his lyrics and each message they encompass. He is often likened to Jay-Z, Common, Royce Da 5’9, Elzhi, and, more recently, Wale. Download the mixtape, analyze the lyrics, scrutinize the songs, love it and hate it. Peace and much love.

Also, check it out, rate it, comment on it at datpiff.

Please spread it like wildfire!! Feel free to copy any of the links, artwork, music, burn it onto cds, whatever…just get it out there!! Electric grass roots style…
Also, please let us know what you think…
and while you’re at it check the official video for the single
The Higher:

Peace, and much love!!!


wale…kanye tracks that never tracked

Wale talks about 4 (potential bp3) tracks Kanye flew in to play for Jay-Z before a show. he wanted a couple of them, specifically “A Star Is Born” for the intro to Attention Defecit (in stores now!! it’s pretty ill!!!)…i would have liked it better with Wale, don’t really like the Jay version HONESTLY.

Kanye producing “Let The Money Fall” for Wale, KiD CuDi, Drake…dope. could still come into fruition??

peace, and remember to smile, love.


run this town…music beyond the internet

this is a pretty rad video of the PS22 Chorus singing Jay-Z’s Run This Town

” We are Yeah I said it, we are We will be the leaders Look at us. We’re fearless Don’tcha wanna be us? P.S. We’re the chorus 22 is poppin’ Don’t believe that we are stoppin’ Cuz the music that we’re droppin’ You can see that we are rockin’ Out the stage and we ain’t frontin’ Lemme tell ya little something 22’s gon be runnin’ Running this town tonight”

Music (pop music…HIP HOP) reaching beyond the internet, beyond the clubs (as a simple dance music), beyond the ipods, beyond the school doors, into the classroom, to this choir’s curriculum. they do a good job too! i diggs it! very inspirational…

peace, and run this love.


Lupe the Fiasco…challenge the label

via: LupEND Blog

Update: Interesting, Lupe talks about his record company holding him back during a concert and not even 10 hours after a video of that popped up on YouTube (the one I posted above), they (WMG) removed it.

You can’t tell me that this is because of copyright reasons because all of the other live clips are still online, they just don’t want people to know what Lupe said. I wrote it all down though, so check it below!

Album Nr. 3, LASERS – Love Always Shines Every-time Remember 2 Smile.

I picked Lasers because Lasers are life, Lasers shine, Lasers are the future, Lasers are progression, Lasers are revolutionary, Lasers are NOT Losers!

Lasers are different, Lasers are weird, Lasers are eclectic, but Lasers are NOT Losers! We’re winners that’s what we are, we’re winners! All the freaks, all the ones that don’t know what they are, all the indecisive ones, We’re Not Losers, We Are Lasers!

This next record (Shining Down) is the first record off the new album and it’s a testament, it’s a testament to what you can do when people are holding you back.

My record company did not push this record at all but yet in it’s first week we sold like 30.000 copies…don’t be scared to put records like this on the radio, this is what we need! It’s not what they want, it’s what they need!

They need to know that it’s people on top that recognize what they do, that feel what they do, that are where they’re from, who don’t really care about money and none like that, who don’t care about fame, who don’t care about being on the internet in front of some stupid-ass camera talking about what they wore this morning and what they had for breakfast yesterday. Fuck all that!

We Are Lasers and we shine goddammit, we shine and we gonna shine either with your support or without your support, we gonna shine muthafuckas and we gonna shine down on you!

More footage from the concert can be found HERE

Interesting…he’s speaking of Atlantic Records as his label not pushing the “Shining Down” record.
Good music will shine through whether or not the labels push it…he may not be getting the milllions Jay-Z is pumping into his shit, or that Interscope will put into Soulja Boy. But understand, WE the people have and are gaining control of the music. The people will hear what they want to hear.
That is why we are seeing the tabels turn, and fully independent labels and artists coming up and being equally successful. Trust in us.

Peace, and independence love.


Jay-Z update…a few BP3 songs (and not)

Here’s a few new Jay-Z tracks from the Blueprint 3 coming September 11th, 2009.

Jay-Z feat. Kanye West – Haters (prod. by Kanye West)
This song is really dope. DOA though?? Ye’ def used some autotune on that sample (which sounds like he sampled himself). Hypocrite? Ok i’m sorry…cause the song is dope so i guess it doesn’t matter.
Jay-Z – Thank You (Prod. by Kanye West and No I.D.)
I like this beat aLOT (No I.D. is reeeaaalllyy doing work right now. See recent videos of him in the studio.) But the whole “Thank you thank you, far too kind” thing Jay does is super played to me. Whatever though. Decent song overall.
Jay-Z – Venus vs. Mars (prod. by Timbaland)

Eeek…actually the link died already. :-\ Sorry about that ya’ll. Here’s a youtube of the song. But honestly…I’m not even that big on it. Sounds like maybe Timbaland leaked this too…like…without permission. Disclaimer: It ain’t my fault!!!
Jay-Z – Ghetto Techno (not on BP3)
Not real big on this song. It’s just a little buzz song he released, but it has to compete with other (read better) buzz songs of his (see “Dear Summer”)

Also…here is the illest commercial i’ve seen in a while! If you know Jay-Z’s catalogue well, this is official…they (Rhapsody) reproduced all his album covers and made it (feel) seemless.

One more Jay update…he showed up at a Grizzly Bear show this weekend which is dope as eff! They are one my favorite new bands this year. If you haven’t heard GB yet, please google them. He mentioned it in an MTV interview saying

“When rock was the dominant force in music, rap came and said, ‘Y’all got to sit down for a second, this is our time.’ And we’ve had a stranglehold on music since then,” Jay said. “So I hope indie rock pushes rap back a bit, because it will force people to make great music for the sake of making great music.”

I like that…for the record. Here comes Indie rock!!

Peace, and hip hop art love!!!