Video: Lupe Fiasco Debuts New Song for LupEnd

. Aug 31, 2008

Live at Indiana University:

New shit new shit!!!!

Video: Crystal Castles - Crimewave

. Aug 30, 2008

This is not a new song, but this is the latest video for it:

WTF???? # 12


I love Chad Johnson's swagger and his showboating on the playing field. I mean, I thought it was genius when he put "Ocho Cinco" on the back of his jersey. But this just seems to go too far: Chad Johnson has legally changed his last name to Ocho Cinco. So bye-bye Chad Johnson and hello Chad Ocho Cinco. Don't believe me? Check out the story here on ESPN.

Kidz in the Hall - Love Hangover (Behind the Scenes)


I'm very excited about this song, b/c I love this song so damn much:

New Mixtape from Travis Barker & DJ-AM

. Aug 29, 2008

It's Official - Obama Accepts Democratic Nomination


Incredible speech, all in all. Here's the introductory part of his speech:

The-Dream Remixes "Put On" (Video)

. Aug 28, 2008

B.O.B. - Cloud 9


B.O.B. is still under the radar and I think he can eventually make moves. He got talent as he produces his own music. Cloud 9 is a nice track, but he got a lot of his buzz from the "Haterz Everywhere" track from a couple months ago. I don't know how i felt about his lyrics on Haterz, but the track is OFFICIAL. B.O.B. is improving though because I heard a lot of his new material at Rock the Bells, and it's pretty nice sounding like a mix of T.I. / early Outkast. Cloud 9 is def a chill track to listen to.

"Haterz Everywhere"

iLL Vibes x B.O.B. at Rock the Bells

His new stuff is nice!!! "Lovelier Than You" Live Performance
Yes, he plays guitar and sings too

"Cloud 9"

Like what you hear?? This is his older mixtape.


B.O.B. - Cloud 9 Mixtape

Theophilus London: Interview


...I can't wait for "The Charming Man" in the winter to come out.

Beanie Co-Signs Asher Roth


That shirt that Asher is wearing is ill!!! I need to cop a few of those!

Political Tracklistings


Blender recently created this, with commentary from Girl Talk and Randy Newman:

Chip Tha Ripper - Can't Stop Me (Mixtape)



Chip Da Ripper - Can't Stop Me (Mixtape)

Mos Def - A Milli Freestyle (Live)


As if this song hasn't been remixed enough, Mos Def does his thing:

The Death of Adam, Pt. 2


Cameos from Consequence and Kid Cudi:

Marky - WDMV Top 10 Billboard Mixtape & Exclusive* "Moping Around"

. Aug 27, 2008

Dope rapper out of the DMV!!!! He's been making a lot of moves lately!!!
And I really like this track from the production to the flow.


Marky - Moping Around

Watch out for the dude Marky!!!!


Check out this dope video of Kevin Brewer (of the Jabbawockees)
Dancing to the Original Version of the song that was sampled
for the Marky track!!! TIIIGHT!!!


And if you didn't catch his mixtape check this dope stuff out!!!!


Marky - WDMV Top 10 Billboard Mixtape

Music Videos: Common feat. Pharrell - "Announcement" & Young Jeezy - "Vacation"


Can't wait for Common's new album!!!! Love this Joint!!!!


LOL, was Common tryna be like Doug???

and I am so mad it took me this long to finally realized where I recognized that beat from...
R.I.P. Big

Not a big fan of Jeezy, but after "Put On" I've opened up my ears a bit
and I'm sorta feeling this joint.....cuz I want a vacation LOL

The Leak 2: The Inspiration & Leak #36 - Pick Up The Bass Snippet (Prod. by Precize)


For those of you guys that have missed the last couple of weeks of Mickey Factz drops here is the Leak 2: The Inspiration below:

1. 18. Overdose feat. Drake & Travis McCoy (Prod By. Omen)
2. 19. Jumanji feat. Nakim, Nymesys, Charlie Clips, Smoke DZA, Curtains (Prod By. H-Storm for Beatz Galaw Music Group)
3. 20. Live Water feat. Lauryn Hill
4. 21. Good Money (Prod By. 9th Wonder)
5. 22. Naturally feat. Jade
6. 23. Rockin N Rollin (Prod By. Precize)
7. 24. 6 Letter Words (Prod By. Jet Audio)
8. 25. Machine Gun
9. 26. Rockin N Rollin Remix feat. The Cool Kids (ILLFONICS REMIX)
10. 27. Incredible (Prod By. Sebastian)
11. 28. Keep Moving feat. Fresh Daily
12. 29. Africa feat. D'Anglelo
13. 30. Keys Of Life
14. 30. We Aint feat. Tanya Morgan (Prod By. AEON)
15. 31. Sublime (Prod By. Precize)
16. 32. Going Nowhere (Prod By. Precize)
17. 33. The Rush feat. Smoke Dza (Prod By. Ibe)
18. 34. The Inspiration (Prod By. Black Friday)
19. 35. Swahililand feat Jesse Boykins & Cocoa Sarai
20. 36. Pick Up The Bass Snippet (Prod By. Precize)


Mickey Factz - The Leak 2: The Inspiration

I LOVE THIS SNIPPET that's going to be on his next album "The Achievement"
This is the Mickey I remember from Heaven's Fallout!!!!


Mickey Factz - Leak 36 - Pick Up The Bass

Check out this footage of him performing it at 2:17 . AMAZING.
Props to herfection on the footage

Jesse McCartney Does "Buy U a Drink"?!


Check it out. He's actually pretty good:

MP3: The Cool Kids - Mikey Rocks (GT's Juke And the City Mix)

. Aug 26, 2008

This is a dope remix.....but really though?
The "Sex in the City" intro song was sampled and looped?
But hey LMAO....shit turned out nicely

The Cool Kids - Mikey Rocks (GT's Juke And the City Mix)

Props to Missingtoof for the find!!!!

Unofficial Video for Q-Tip's "Gettin' Up"


Kimbo Slice x Ladanian Tomilson Nike Commercial


Lol, this is probably the most random footage for a commercial I've seen...

Does anybody know what the song is at in the beginning of this joint?

MP3: Charles Hamilton - Mixtape Vents


Off his upcoming mixtape, coming soon!

Vid for Kanye West's "Good Morning"


This ish is ill!

The wait is over; it's finally over!

Chromeo: A Present Day Hall & Oates


So damn....I'm surprised I never saw the similarities before. Not that I am a big Hall & Oates fan, but I definitely knew about them. On the other hand, I have not stopped listening to Chromeo in last couple of months as at least one of their tracks always hits my daily rotation. Well a couple of days ago Daryl Hall invited Chromeo to be a guest on their show and that is when I found out how much Chromeo admired Hall & Oates. Furthermore, Chromeo is helping Hall & Oates out with their new record!!!!

Chromeo definitely caught onto an amazing sound with the easy-listening voice of Hall & Oates, the imaginative and infectious 80 synths grooves of electronica, and a dash of swagger. Now, I'm going to post some Hall & Oates tracks that made me see the obvious influence...

This is prolly the track the most stands out,
Don't those 80s synths sound familiar?

Yo check this vid, Daryl Hall was rockin scarfs before Kanyeezy (holla)
He's too nice

The hell with the term "blue-eyed soul"
This is just plain ole soul and good R&B, love this track

Just listen to this beat and imagine electro sounds in the background
...then you have Chromeo

No... Nelly Furtado aint come up with that ish.
Dude is smooth on this track

Ok....time to switch it up for those of you that might not be too up on Chromeo (Shame on yall fools) Here are some of their hits off "Fancy Footwork"easily one of the best albums of 07 and 08.

This video just reminds me of MTV in the 80s LOL

LOL this songs creeps me out, but sounds dope

The dopeness continues....

Saving the best for last, this is the anthem right here....

The 80s lives on!!!!

Time for Lights & Music: Cut Copy / Sept 26. / 9:30 Club

. Aug 25, 2008

Ah man, what can I say about this group. They came out of nowhere and surprised the hell outta me. Their CD "In Ghost Colours" is definitely one of my top 5 cds of 2008 so far and I can't wait to see this group live at the 9:30 club in DC on September 26th. It's going to be an amazing event and iLL Vibes gonna represent.

Check out Track 3 "Lights & Music" Track 9 "Hearts on Fire"
and Track 14 "Nobody Lost, Nobody Found"

Are you trying to go!??!!

Get the info

Ok, maybe they can't dance (lol) but the music is hype!
Check 1:06!!!

MP3: 88-Keys ft. Kanye West - Stay Up! (Viagra)


MP3: Charles Hamilton - Best Blogger Alive


MP3: Chip Tha Ripper ft. Naledge, Mic Terror, & Mickey Factz - “Next Up”


This track will be on Chip Tha Ripper's new mixtape coming out soon. This song sorta reminds me of Marley Marl's "Symphony." What you know about that?!?!

Redeem Team Baby!!!

. Aug 24, 2008

Okay, okay, yes I was excited about Michael Phelps, and I was definitely blown away by other magnificent performances by other US athletes. But, to me, what was the ultimate culmination for American sports was the gold medal victory by the US men's basketball team. That was the main reason why I wanted to watch the Olympics, and nothing more could've excited me than a victory by our NBA stars. Truth be told, the rest of the world is getting amazingly good at this sport, but we are the true warriors of this sport, and nothing would've shocked me more than another less-than-steller performance by our boys on the court. So this is to them - the Redeem Team, the core group of guys who focused for three years to get to this point, all the while supporting the other athletes donning the Red, White, and Blue.

I have to give a special shout-out to D-Wade for taking over by pouring in 27 points (21 in the first half!) and to Kobe for taking over at the end, finishing with 20 points. In the end, while it was a very close match, with Spain never letting up, the fellas stepped it up and finished with an epic performance.

D-Wade's thoughts:

Of course, shout-out to Women's Basketball, Men's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Beach Volleyball, Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's 4 x 400 Track Team, and to that dude Bryan Clay (did you see his decathlon performance?!?!) for bringing in that gold, as well!!!

"In Virginia They Get Craaaazy"


I don't know what it is but this collabo just seems to work as these guys have put out tracks that just bang in the club from Culo, Toma, The Anthem, and here comes "Crazy." Pitbull's last single sampled the dance club favorite "Calabria" by Enur and this time around they have sampled another big electro/techno favorite: "Cream" by Federico Franchis....wait for 1:00.

I love what Lil John did with it....

I gotta admit the beat is going to be one of those that gets stuck in your head and will definitely be heard in the clubs. It will get the ladies shaking :-)

Props to Discobelle on the find
You gotta get this joint

Olympian Banned for Life for Attacking Referee


Wow, check out this Cuban taekwondo athlete deebo this ref and everyone else!!

The athlete was disputing his loss after he hurt his toe; apparently, the referee thought he exceeded his proper amount of time to seek medical attention. For more information on this story, go here.

MP3: Treasure Fingers - Cross the Dancefloor (Flufftronix Remix)

. Aug 22, 2008

A couple days ago I posted a banger by Treasure Fingers called "Cross the Dancefloor"
Now check a beast remix by Flufftronix:

Treasure Fingers - Cross the Dancefloor (Flufftronix Remix)

MP3: Vega - All Too Vivid


Back in the winter....I was obsessed with two tracks I heard from Ghosthustler:

"Only Me to Trust"


and "Someone Else's Ride."


I mean I could not stop listening to them, it was an 80 infused electro sound with a smooth Chromeo like singing style. That same lead singer from Ghosthustler, Alan, is now on to bigger things in the group Vega. I'm thrilled to see he is still putting out some quality music. That same sound can be found with this amazing pop electro track "All Too Vivid."

.....Wake up, Don't Sleep!


Vega - All Too Vivid

Video Drop


1. John Legend ft. Andre 3000 - Green Light

Simple vid, but such an amazing song!

2. Ne-Yo - Miss Independent

This video is ridiculous and makes me drool every time I watch it. I mean, what do you expect when you put Keri Hilson, Lauren London, and Gabrielle Union all in one vid?!?!

MP3: The Leak #35: Mickey Factz - Swahililand Ft Cocoa Sarai & Jesse Boykins III


Ok, so Factz has some dope things to say, but I think it's aight.
Not a big spoken word fan, but I'm stayin consistent with The Leak
"What does confidence do that talent can't?"

Spoken word is a lost artform... Its safe to say I found it.
Over Ahmad Jamal's classic beat I drop jewel's. Poetry style...

-Mickey Factz


Mickey Factz - Swahililand feat. Jesse Boykins & Cocoa Sarai

Obama to Unveil VP this Saturday

. Aug 21, 2008

Apparently, Barack Obama has already made his VP choice and will soon unveil his choice this Saturday at a rally in Illinois. Reports have concluded that the top three choices are Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.

I wonder who could it be... your thoughts?

Eclectic Music - "Black Kids" - Partie Traumatic


So here and there I like to bump some other genres, mostly electro and a mild dash of rock. The Black Kids are like that perfect mix, as some of the tracks on their LP "Partie Traumatic" almost sound like something N.E.R.D. would make especially their newest single "Look at Me (When I Rock Witchoo)." I was deep in Cut Copy as their cd "In Ghost Colours" is arguably one of the best CDs of 2008, and the lead singer of Black Kids sounds strangely close to the lead singer of Cut Copy. The Black Kids got their big break with the song "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You", the video was crazy but I'm a big fan of the remix by The Twelves (You got to listen to the beat). I remember I heard the remix first back in October and it started getting a lot of attention on electro blogs like Disco Belle and ever since then I was just waiting for more to leak.

(The Twelves Remix)

Eventually, another track did leak as the Twelves did an amazing remix to the chill
"Hurricane Jane."

My favorite tracks of the album aside for two aforementioned cuts are "I'm Making Eyes at You" where the lead singer's voice stands out fittingly over a calm beat and guitar strings. The track straights out beautifully with a slow acapella and the poetic lyrics of the song really had a hold on me. I also just love the title of the song.

"So you want my affection?
We both know you'll only throw it away,
But if you must have a go, fine, ok!
If you must have a go, then go away!

Please don't, please don't speak.
Last night has no doubts.
In between the drinks.
Even as we speak..."

I'm Making Eyes at You

As a fan, I'm thrilled with the direction of the band as they chose to release my favorite songs as their first three singles, aside from "Making Eyes at You" Don't you hate it when one of your favorite artists has an amazing album and their record label make questionable decisions for their singles? Anyways, check out their newest video for the fun track "Look at Me ( When I Rock Witchoo)."

Its some good music, if you are looking for something different. Definitely iLL Vibes recommended. For more info on The Black Kids, check out their Myspace.

NFL Fantasy File - Chris Cooley


I'm setting up my fantasy football team and of course I gotta try and get my dogg Cooley....
Hopefully the Skins can do big things this year. I love my Skins.

Props to Alex M. for spotting this.

MP3: The Cool Kids - The Delivery Man


This right here is a track released by the Cool Kids
Supported by Mountain Dew that started a new online record label called Green Label Sound
Joint is fiiiiyah
Click to the icon on the bottom right to download:



The Cool Kids - The Delivery Man

The Cool Kids are doing big things
It was dope meeting them at Rock the Bells

Insane Usain


First of all, Usain Bolt is a beast name.... HE KILLED IT at the Olympics
It was insane!!! It looked so easy!!!!
Dude set 2 World Records in the 100m and 200m
Watch how he killed the competition.

100 M

200 M I bet Derice Bannock would still have the record if it wasnt for Junior

"Cool Runnings....Peace be the Journey!"


The Death of Adam Album Sampler


If you can't wait to listen to the full tape, click the picture to listen to the album sampler.

The Hamiltonization Process


This kid is a problem:

MP3: Wale, Young Chris, Freeway & Beanie Sigel


We posted this earlier....but we gotta put it up again with the video
Wale in the Studio with State Property
Ah man...I love it. LOL peep the Olympics References
Young Chris callin out Mike Phelps & Wale with Usian Bolt

Classic Video: Kwame "The Rhythm"

. Aug 20, 2008

I used to bump this joint all the time. The beat is crazy...old school at its best.

Double Dee and Steinski - "The Lessons"


It's time once again to break out the notebooks for another old school hip hop lesson. This time I am talking about "The Lessons" which were started by Double Dee and Steinski and continued by DJ's who followed them. Via Antidote Records:

"Steinski (advertising writer, DJ and record collector Steve Stein) produced his first record in 1983. In response to a nationwide call for entries by Tommy Boy Records for the "Hey Mr. DJ Play That Beat Down By Law Switch The Licks Mastermix Contest," he and partner Double Dee (engineer and studio wizard Douglas DiFranco) produced "The Payoff Mix". A panel of 10 judges, including Afrika Bambaataa, Shep Pettibone and Arthur Baker, unanimously chose the Double Dee & Steinski mix as the winner.
Within two weeks "The Payoff Mix" became a Top 10 record on urban radio nationwide. The mix couldn't be sold due to clearance problems (of course), and it is still one of the most desirable and prized bootleg recordings in hip hop.
"The Payoff Mix" became the first record in a series now known as The Lessons. Double Dee and Steinski followed up with cut and paste landmark "Lesson Two: The James Brown Mix," which Fatboy Slim called "the record that always gets the crowd going." Then came "Lesson 3: The History of Hip Hop." The Lessons series quickly became highly sought after collectibles and led to homage records by DJ Shadow (Lesson 4), Cut Chemist (Lessons 4 and 6), DJ Format (The English Lesson), and DJ Bombjack (Lesson 7)".
Check out the Lessons below. Simply classic. A must for anyone who claims that they are a fan of hip hop

ILL Blend Mixtape - Jay-Z & Oasis


This was definitely bound to happen, especially in light of the controversy over Jay-Z's performance at Glastonbury (according to Oasis' front man Liam Gallagher).


Jay-Z x Oasis - OJAYZIS (Right click, 'Save as')

Also, check out this blend by DJ Danny Diggz of Jay-Z's "Jockin' Jay-Z" with the Wonderwall vocals.

Props to 2dopeboyz and Cookin' Soul for this drop!

Also, extra kudos if you know what Kanye sampled for the Jockin' Jay-Z beat. Holla!

Foreign Exchange!!!


If you're up on the hip hop game, you know about Foreign Exchange - the duo who met each other on and comprised of Phonte from Little Brother and the Dutch producer Nicolay. Their first album, Connected, was an incredible display of every adjective you can think of, seriously. What was even more ridiculous was the fact that the two never met during the creation of their first album, thus creating a true foreign exchange (hence, quite a fitting name for the first album). Well, this time around, the two have connected together, as Nicolay has been staying in the US for quite some time, and I'm sure Leave It All Behind will prove as epic as the first album, if not more. For more information on the album, go to the official website.

Straight from the YouTube Channel:
Four years after the release of their critically acclaimed debut "Connected," The Foreign Exchange returns with their sophomore set, "Leave It All Behind."

Consisting of singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange came together via the online hip-hop community in 2002. After trading files through Instant Messenger for over a year, Nicolay (living in his native Holland at the time) and Phonte (a Raleigh, NC resident) completed their debut album before they ever met each other in person. The album, "Connected," was released in 2004 to positive reviews, and was praised by legendary DJ's such as Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and DJ Spinna for its inventive mix of hip-hop, R&B, and electronica.

"Leave It All Behind" finds The Foreign Exchange much closer in geography (Nicolay has since become a resident of Wilmington, NC), but located much further from their hip-hop origins. The duo's second full-length is a dark, multilayered affair that features Phonte showcasing his abilities as an exceptional lead and harmony vocalist, while Nicolay extends his musical palette to include sprinklings of jazz, downtempo, and house. The lush, Darien Brockington-assisted "Take Off the Blues" picks up where Connected's sleeper hit "Come Around" left off, while the complex polyrhythms and dreamy synthesizers of "Sweeter Than You" are described by Phonte as "swing jazz for the next century." Marc Mac (of legendary UK production team 4hero), also contributes a string arrangement to the duo's glorious cover of Stevie Wonder's oft-forgotten 1991 gem, "If She Breaks Your Heart."

In addition to appearances from longtime FE affiliates Darien Brockington and Yahzarah, the album also features guest shots from producer/keyboardist Zo! and vocalist Muhsinah.

Straight Fiyah


Travis Barker x Wale Collab

. Aug 19, 2008

Can't wait to get the studio version of this song:

Props to for this one.

MP3: Noo "Oh My God"


Noo (pronounced New) is a hip hop artist out of D.C. Via his myspace, "Noo is lyrically Rakim with a D.C. dimeanor, A rap style like no other and swagg out of this world". I definitely love this track because he manages to fuse both hip hop (Dougie Fresh's "The Show") and go-go. Check it out below.

Swiped from S.O.T.L.

Asemic Scapes - Rehabilitation Center Rainberg...

. Aug 18, 2008

Check out this dope design by Sarah Schneider of a medical rehabilitation center located in the Austrian Alps. The center is built to accommodate about 50 patients and features scenic balcony views of the mountains and the surrounding forests. I am really feeling the organic and free flowing look. For the full scoop click here.

(Source: Dezeen)