October 2011


What a month for A$AP Rocky! We just learned about his multi-million dollar record deal, and more recently co-signs from the likes of Mos Def, Lloyd Banks, Jim Jones, and Ryan Leslie at a private listening party. With the full attention of rap vets and newcomers, Harlem’s newest movement releases his first official full-length project, Live.Love.A$AP.

After the jump you can view the tracklisting and download Live.Love.A$AP….


This is hilarious! I gotta applaud XXL for the time and effort that went into the making of this video. As a Halloween treat, the staff put their own twist to Weezy’s Tha Cartver IV Intro/Interlude/Outro. And yes that’s the XXL staff dressed as your favorite MCs. Can you guess who is who?

Directed by Samtubia and Samgoma Edwards

Previously: GQ Picks Eminem, Lil Wayne and Keith Richards for Their ‘Gods Of Rock’ Cover
Nicki Minaj’s “Public Service Announcement” Introducing “The Female Weezy” (Video)


They only come out at night, so it’s fitting Jim Jones continues #MixtapeMondays this evening with his Vampire Life: We Own The Night project. Capo holds his own alongside Maino, 2 Chainz, Jadakiss, Meek Mill, Future, Fred The Godson, and more on the full course 24-track collection.

via Capo Life

Get the tracklisting and download link after the jump…..


Earlier today, The UK Sun broke the news on Amy Winehouse’s first posthumous album, titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures. The album is said to feature 12 unreleased songs that Amy was working on before her tragic death. From the track list, I’m especially excited to hear “Like Smoke,” her collabo with Nas, and her remake of “Girl From Ipanema.”

Her father offered some emotional words at the listening

“It wasn’t until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of her talent. From jazz standards to hip-hop songs, it took my breath away.”

Salaam Remi also spoke on Amy’s legacy.

“When I listened back you would hear some of the conversations in between — that was emotional. It has been hard, but it has also been an amazing thing. Amy was a gifted girl. I believe she has left something beyond her years. She has put a body of work together that will inspire an unborn generation.”

The album will be released on Dec. 5th.

Track List and The UK Sun’s brief description of each song after the jump…


After teasing fans with two trailers, Kid Cudi comes through with his promise and releases the short film, Maniac. The horror flick that originally started as a music video was directed by Transformers 3 star Shia Labeouf as Cudi and Dot Da Genius provided the musical score. Get cozy and watch Maniac in it’s entirety above.

Previously: Kid Cudi Covers Complex (Oct/Nov Issue)


Last week, Uncle Murda promised Angie Martinez the new version of his street anthem was coming in a week. Well, Uncle Murda came through not only with Mariah Carey but also 50 Cent and Young Jeezy on the “Warning (Remix).”

New Music: Uncle Murda Feat. Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, & Young Jeezy – “Warning (Remix)” (Dirty/CDQ)

Props to Angie Martinez

Previously: Uncle Murda Feat. French Montana, D-Block & Dipset – “Warning (Remix)”


Pusha T plays trick-or-treat with fans and gives us the latter in his latest freestyle over A$AP Rocky’s “Peso.” Possible sign of a future collab in the near future? Pyrex P’s Fear of God II: Let Us Pray releases November 8th.

New Music: Pusha T – “Peso (Freestyle)”

via Pusha-T.com

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Pusha T Says He Passed on Hit Boy’s “N**gas In Paris” Beat
Pusha T Drops “What Dreams Are Made Of,” Off ‘Fear Of God 2′
Drake On Pusha-T’s Diss: “It’s a Frustrating Time For a Lot of People Right Now…Just Make It More Direct Next Time.” (Updated
Pusha T feat. 50 Cent “Raid” (prod. by The Neptunes) (Off Fear Of God)

Lloyd Banks’ Cold Corner 2 mixtape is finally set to drop next week. Hot 97’s DJ Camilo premiered this new cut during his afternoon mixshow a few moments ago.

New Music: Lloyd Banks – “We F**kin” (CDQ)

BONUS: Lloyd Banks – “Love Shots” (CDQ)

UPDATE: CDQ added for “We F**kin,” plus another new track titled “Love Shots” via OnSMASH

Previously: Lloyd Banks – “Make It Stack”


It’s Now Or Neva. The Lower End Professionals release their long-awaited street album with DJ Green Lantern serving as host. Their 19-cut offering features appearances and production from Meek Mill, Shawnna, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Surf Club’s Chase N. Cashe and Hit-Boy, plus much more.

Mikey: I’m excited to see this project finally hit the ‘Net. Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending a press trip to LEP’s hometown of Chicago. It was my first trip to the Windy city, so I was pretty amped on just being over there. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but heard the Bogus Boys really know how to treat folks.
Upon arriving at Midday airport it became clear that the chatter was right. They had drivers pick us up take us to the swanky Swizzotel in the Downtown area of the city. After a overwhelming dinner at an old school Italian restaurant, that started with a Goodfellas style walk through the kitchen, we were brought to the main event: the Now or Neva listening at Red Kiva. Journalists from Complex, VIBE, Fakeshore Drive, RapRadar and Hit Boy, Statik and Green Lantern were also in the building as Moonie and Count proceeded to perform tracks from the tape. Even with their band being absent, due to traffic, the Bogus Boys put on an aggressive set that was engaging enough to bring excitement back to hip-hop music that focuses on subject matter we’ve heard for years in hip-hop. In other words these guys do street-hustler-rap the way it should be. Every crime tale they tell sounds like they just did that sh*t yesterday.

Catch L.E.P.’s Halloween treat (track listing and download link) after the jump…..


I know there is a ton of rap music dropping today but I just wanted to drop a quick line about HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The series based around the prohibition era of the 1920s-1930s’s in Atlantic City is a little hard to follow but has been really good the season. I’ll admit last season didn’t fully convince me but everything is really falling into place. The suspense, action, plot, violence, sex… it’s all there and done really well.

Check out Vulture’s full recap of last night’s episode.

Check out a video clip after the jump…


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