PSA: WE HAVE MOVED

. Aug 19, 2009
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All: We are no longer hosted on Blogspot. As of today, August 19th, 2009, we have switched hosts and moved completely to http://www.illvibes-dmv.com.




What more fitting way to say our goodbyes than with this song. But the movement still lingers, and together we will continue to pursue excellence in what we do. If you are an affiliate or wish to be affiliates, get in contact with us and be sure to link up to the new site at http://www.illvibes-dmv.com.

MP3: The Five One x Janelle Monae - It's Obvious

. Aug 17, 2009
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From Gowhere Hip Hop: "The Five One are back with a brand new RMX this Thursday called "It's Obvious". It's a very upbeat track where the colorful band get very lyrical, and do what they do best. As always they have really unique and powerful breakdowns throughtout mixing in melodic verses, hip hop, and even spoken word all in one record. "It's Obvious" talks about the obvious things that people don't see right in front of them, because they don't choose to self analyze themselves. Avoiding your problems will only make you unhappy in the long run as they'll hang over your head until they're dealt with, so it's important to take responsibility and really try to understand yourself and the situation you're in!"



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The Five One x Janelle Monae - It's Obvious

Video: Calvin Harris's Humanthesizer

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So Scotland's Calvin Harris has a project that dropped today in the UK, aptly titled Ready for the Weekend. I got a chance to listen to the project, and I must say that I was duly impressed, from beginning to end. The production creates a feel-good vibe but mixed in with the lyrics, what you have is a very complex project, detailing not only the emotion of good times but also pure, raw emotion (for instance, on such songs as "Worst Day"). I encourage you to stream the project somewhere and realize that this is a must-buy project. If that does not convince you, well, check out this ridiculous video below of the first human synthesizer.

MP3: David Dallas - Front to Back

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Another heavy banger from one of our favorites, who is originally from New Zealand. This is a new leak off his forthcoming album Something Awesome, which will be digitally available in the US after August 31st.


(c) Susan Weingartner

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David Dallas - Front to Back



PREVIOUSLY: Video/MP3: David Dallas - Big Time

Exclusive Interview: 88-Keys

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As mentioned before, the Hangover Tour made its way through the nation's capitol earlier this month. We got to chop it up with Mr. Polo Dolo, Charles Misodi Njapa, also known as 88-Keys. While he may be new as a performing artist, he is no rookie to the hip hop industry, having worked over the years with the likes of Black Star, Scarface, Kanye West, Beanie Sigel, Musiq, Pharcyde, you name it! His production is well known, and the industry's stamp of approval runs deep, spanning over a decade. In this exclusive interview with 88-Keys, we spoke with the brain behind The Death of Adam, as he discusses his sound and influences, explains the concept behind Adam's identity, elaborates on his relationship with Kanye, among many other topics. Enjoy!

Video: G*Two - Sunrise

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DMV's own G*Two presents his video trailer for "Sunrise," the intro track to his new LP entitled Sun's Out, Guns Out. Be sure to get that project!



For more information about G*Two, be sure to visit his site.

Design: Water On The Go

. Aug 16, 2009
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I don’t think this design is too practical, but it’s cool nevertheless. The concept here is a durable water bottle that can be refilled at specific source water fountains. These fountains would contain a system to track how much water you use; vendors would then credit your account via a redeemable points system. On the surface it seems pretty cool; although, I’m not sure why this design is even necessary considering the fact that we already have public water fountains. One could argue that this design would eliminate the waste generated through the consumption of bottled water in vending machines. I still think it would be easier to carry your own bottle and refill at public water fountains for free. Vendors would have to make a large initial investment and hope that people actually latch on so that their overhead cost actually makes sense. Another problem I have with this design is the bottle size. I consume massive amounts of water each day and the bottles seen in the pictures do not appear to be much bigger than 12 ounces of water. Depending on the pricing scheme, this could be very expensive. All in all, I still think the concept behind it is pretty dope.









Source: Yanko Design

Video: Eternia & Moss – Road To Release Episode #10

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In Episode #10, Eternia introduces the viewers to the musicians she plays with: DJ Boo, Chesney Snow, & Colin Dean. They are joined on stage by Grammy-award winner Maya Azucena for their Encore. Pumpkinhead has to make up for missing E's set, and as usual E gets the official stamp of approval from a few "co-signs" at the end of the night... then tells 'em what she's really after...

In the upcoming months, eternia will release steady video & audio leaks leading up to the highly anticipated release of eternia & MoSS's debut album, "AT LAST". Follow them as they shop for a record deal, promote the album, and countdown to the release date. And you just never know what special guests may pop up... stay tuned!
"MEET the BAND" Eternia & MoSS - Road to Release: Ep#10 Ft. Pumpkinhead & Steele (Smif-N-Wessun)

MP3: Jaz-O ft. The Game “Gangsta’s Ride”

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This record was dope. Not only was the beat hot, but the Game and Jaz-O also laid down some crucial rapid-fire lyrics. My only complaint is that I wish the song was longer. I’m not going to get involved in all the drama surrounding Jay-Z, Jaz-O, and The Game, but this track definitely gets my stamp of approval.


Classic Video: Trends of Culture “Valley of the Skinz”

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This Harlem-based trio was “all the way live”. To this day, I can still listen to their self-titled album, “Trendz”, start to finish, without any real complaints. I don’t mean to rant (which probably means that I’m going to), but hip-hop albums used to be on a whole different plane “back in the day”. There was no prescribed formula for how the album was to be organized. Of course certain rhyme styles and patterns were employed, but in terms of subject matter, they were all over the map. One of my favorite songs from this album, aside from “Valley of the Skinz”, was “Off & On”. The beat was very ninetiesque featuring heavy kickdrums and a classic “Scenario” sample. Where are they now?



Video Information:
Artist: Trends of Culture (Nastee, M.O.L. and Grapevine)
Album: Trendz
Year: 1993

MP3: Tek ft. Richie Sosa “Tic Toc”

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Okay, so I will admit that I originally passed on this song after viewing the artwork and song title. Despite my initial hesitancy, I took and few minutes to listen to the record and was pleasantly surprised. First off, this “G-Mix” features the vocals of Tek (from Smiff-N-Wessun) and Richie Sosa over The Alchemist’s “Tick Tock” beat which was an original sample of Side Effect’s “The Loneliest Man in Town”. The original sample by Side Effect is one of my favorite old school jams. The beat is so mellow, yet the lyrics to the song are filled with so much conviction and meaning. Given my love for the original, I was slightly biased against this new version by Tek and Richie Sosa. Luckily the two managed to hold their own and produce a track that is well worth a download or at least a few spins. Apparently this track will appear on Tek’s “I Did It My Way” project which is a prelude to featured his 24K Smoke album.



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"Tic Toc"

KRS-One & Buckshot Guest Appearance on “The Deal”

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I’m not really a big fan of the show “The Deal” because they usually feature a bunch of colorless artists and videos. It came as a huge surprise when I found out that Buckshot & KRS-One made an appearance to promote their new album, “Survival Skills”, which drops on September 15th. In this interview, KRS-One and Buckshot talk about the origin of their new project, artist longevity, and auto-tune. KRS-One also wraps it up with a freestyle. What do y’all think about this new project? I’m really just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. I am a fan of the collaborations between Buckshot and 9th Wonder, but I was not really feeling the KRS-One and Marley Marl project. Nevertheless, I’m still going to pick this up when it drops.

Music Video: Nando. - Talk To Me

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The homie Dre over at District Fresh put together a nice, simple and clean music video for Nando. for his Marvin Gaye-influenced track "Talk to Me." Soulful rhythm on this joint and doubt lyrics. Dope cut off of his amazing mixtape Super Nike Nando which you need to cop if you haven't got it yet.

REVIEW/MIXTAPE: Phil Nash - Phil of the Future Pt. 2

. Aug 15, 2009
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REVIEW:
“Phil of the Future Vol. 2” is the name of the mixtape, but it's evident that Phil Nash is well aware of the legacy of classic hip hop from the early ’90s – perhaps not all too surprising given the fact that he’s DJ Jazzy Jeff’s protégé. Throughout the project, Nash provides countless bangers, true to hip hop form and impressively raw lyricism. Noticeable, as well, is the overall feel to the project, as he seamlessly transfers from song to song, all the while maintaining an incredible melodic balance of originality, precision, and vision.

His latest mixtape includes several cuts heavily influenced by the classic New York Tribe vibe. For example, “I Smell Smoke” (produced by Heartbeat the Producer) channels a soulful sample of Dionne Warwick’s “Walk on By” into a heart-wrenched testimony of struggle and inequality. “Heat Stop Working”, “Much More”, and “Gonna Want Me Back” offer a nostalgic feeling to the vintage days, a testament to the reason why NY became the Mecca of hip hop, as Detroit’s Nash flows with ease over the catchy jazzy trumpets. Equally impressive is his homage to the Queensbridge veteran Nas over the tracks “Nasty Nash” and “Nash is Like”, backed by the instantly-recognizable Premo beats. Lest we forget to recognize those who have paved the way, let’s point out the sampling of Big Daddy Kane’s “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” on Nash’s “Halfsteppin’”, a track full of sincere ambition and unbridled yet not-over-the-top egoism.

Aside from the lyrics, the production on this project is impeccable, full of classic yet classy sampling and smooth drum overlay. Easily, the most notable producer on the mixtape is the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff who offers his services on two tracks. There are also several credible features with the VA MC Skillz, Sim City, and Phene, among others. However, don’t get it twisted: while the features are heavy and the production solid, Nash is not left in the shadows, as he commands every track with his presence and embeds each with his own unique style.

His goal is achieve mixtape of the year (and no doubt more!), and honestly the ambitious vision is not far-fetched. He is one who has much to offer and is getting only better. I have witnessed his steady progression ever since his first mixtape and several feature songs, most notably “Uptown Anthem” with Washington, DC artist “Marky” (Studio 43 / SRC / Universal Records) off the VH1 Honor Roll mixtape, which was how I first discovered him. In conclusion, with his dope flow and respect and knowledge of hip hop history, Phil Nash has a clear lane to make some heavy moves in the future. Perhaps that is why we know him as . . . Phil of the Future.



Interview: J-$crilla, Part 3

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In part 3 of this 4-part series, J-Scrilla describes his musical influences and when he first started collecting vinyls. He later discusses how he linked up with the Boot Camp Click and future projects he has in store, among other topics.



Be sure to catch the other parts of the interview.
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Interview: Vimby - Bobby Ray on Backyard Sessions

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I always enjoy the videos that Vimby puts up. Their projects are always very clear cut and personal to the artist. This episode right here talks about the change of his name and shows some great one on one performance footage with dude singing.

MP3: Wale - My Sweetie

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Sweet sample on this track and there is definitely an African vibe on here. Where these leaks come from I don't know, but I'm always thrilled hear another Wale track. This smooth track will definitely be played in the whip.

MUSIC VIDEO: H.O.P.E. - Nightlife

. Aug 14, 2009
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This song is straight dope, LOVE that night feel for the track. The video is a simple night joint too. The remix was crazy with Mickey Factz & UNI. Check that below.


Music Video: Nelly - Let It Go (Lil Mama) (feat. Pharrell)

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Nelly is coming back with some heat from the Pharrell. Will this connection brew up success again? I dont know, but I definitely love the trumpets on this track. His flow on this track sounds wierd tho, this is not really Nelly's style. I'm used to the St. Louis casual flow, not this flow where he is trying to articulate every word he is saying....

MP3: Jackie Chain - Diamonds & Cadillacs

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I been a fan of Jackie Chain ever since that "Rollin" track I heard him do with Cudder. But, for real I never what of thought he looked the way he looks when I first heard the track. Dude is a like a half-asian Paul Wall and you know what....I mess with it. Spotted this on DCtoBC and the video for this song he hella ghetto so I didn't throw it up and I had to search a hell of a lot to not find a ghetto picture either. Dude needs a lil management and he'll be perfect, and I agree with Modi he needs a haircut.

Felix Da Housecat x Diddy present Lectro Black - Last Train To Paris Mixtape

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Diddy continues to break boundaries and is the official business guru. Here he comes trying to get into the electronica genre and I have to say "Lectro Black" is pretty dope at least for this track. It's definitely something I could hear banging in a club or driving to at night ready to go out. Check it:

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Review: Jade - It's My Heart, Cookie EP

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Every time that I go to check out the GFC site, I always saw the image of the lovely songstress Jade, but I never took my time out to listen. I was a fool…because when I finally took the opportunity to sit back and listen, I was blown away. This girl has an amazing powerful, yet sweet voice that soothes any track.


Her EP “It’s My Heart, Cookie” is only a snippet of greatness that should come from this young singer once her album is released. Jade is an artist that knows her craft, as she graduated from the renowned La Guardia High School for Performing Arts majoring in vocals. She is determined to make it in this industry, as she even parted from Pharrell’s Star Trak label after frustration with being “a benchwarmer.”



Jade has lyrics for days and a definite message that she wants to spread to the public. “It’s My Heart, Cookie” is a perfect example of this message as her songs have a unique sound with universal human sentiments about love that are easily received. Her lyrics are amazing as well. You can tell by simply listening to the project that there was a lot of time a dedication behind it. It is very rare for me to come across music that demands me to stop what I am doing to carefully pay attention to the words the artist is spewing….and Jade certainly makes me listen.
The standout track is easily “Beautiful Problems” produced by Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids. The song just pours with human emotion. Many feelings in this world are certainly a paradox. Think about it, how can a problem be beautiful? Just listen to the song and her smooth vocals will help you understand. Currently, this artist resides in New York performing at locations such as BB Kings, SOB’s, the Knitting Factory, Europa, Club Element, among other places.

I truly hope to see Jade do big things in this industry, because we certainly need more quality soulful acts. She will fit perfectly among the likes of artists such as Alicia Keys, Melanie Fiona, Lily Allen, and yet she will still stand apart as her songwriting is unlike any other act out right now. For more information on Jade, please check her myspace (www.myspace.com/jadeismusic ) and be sure to get her EP, “It’s My Heart, Cookie.”

Video: GFCnewyork Presents: F*CK Your LIFE

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Ah man this video is too funny. The whole GFC crew is straight hilarious. In this video check out Starring Mickey Factz, Theophilus London, Melo-X, Precize and more. Joint was edited by Steve-O. Here's what he had to say about the project.

"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will..."

GFCnewyork Presents: F*CK Your LIFE from Steve-O on Vimeo.

MP3: David Correy - Dreamin'

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If you're from the DMV area, you've likely come across David Correy. I can't say that I've been to one of his shows, but I have seen videos of his live performance. It is no big task to soon realize how talented this guy is, especially when you hear the electrifying single "Dreamin'". His sound is reminiscent of that of Kevin Rudolf's; however, what distinguishes David is his telling story - a product of Brazil, he was adopted by a Maryland family and, in spite of constant battles throughout his life, such as a severe case of nasal polyps at one point, here he is, pursuing his dream and creating a lane for himself.

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David Correy - Dreamin'


Currently, his first EP Urban Rock Odyssey, which released back in July, is making headlines, while his talent has brought him to sharing the stage with such people as NeYo, Bow Wow, Omarion, Ginuwine, Tyrese, Tank, Huey, Jibbs, Yung Berg, Avant and B5. For more on David, be sure to visit his website and to get his EP on that site or iTunes.

MP3: Element - Just Don’t (rmx) f. Promise & Colin Munroe

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The Canadians keep coming with it, here is a pretty dope track from Element featuring Promise who was rapped on several Drake tracks back in the day. Colin Munroe brings amazing vocals on this track, and he has consistently been making some really dope songs with hip hop songs with artists from his mixtape to the last song he did with XV he has a really nice crossover sound. This is definitely another one for the rotation.

MP3: Donnis – Over Do It (prod. D. Focis)

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Seriously, the drum beats on this one are a problem. This right here is the first leak off Donni's next mixtape "Diary of An Atlanta Brave" in conjunction with 10 Deep dropping August 20th. Crazy production will be on this project ranging from Needlz, Tha Bizness, and Justice League. Be on the lookout...

MP3: XV - To Do List feat. Tiron

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XV is staying on his hustle, fresh off dropping the well received mixtape in "Everybody's Nobody" here goes another dope track. On this cut, he brings along Tiron and the result is pretty dope. What's on your To Do List?

Interview: DJ Semtex with Slaughterhouse

. Aug 13, 2009
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SLAUGHTER HOUSE INTERVIEW | ROCK THE BELLS, DENVER from DJ SEMTEX on Vimeo.


DJ Semtex comes correct with another amazing interview, this time with the quartet of Slaughterhouse. This is a real dope and informative video for those of you that have heard about the group but do not really know what is all about from its creation to its controversy. They even go into the album and the process they went through to get it completed. What up Semtex!

MP3: Charles Hamilton & Tufi - VH1 Storytellers

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I think it is safe to say that Hamilton is back to making music and streaming it to the webworld, the right way this time and now all up in your face. This time he brought his homie Tufi with him for a really dope track in "VH1 Storytellers" cause the dude definitely holds his own.

Fly Union Presents: The Value Pack II

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The Fly Union crew is back with more heat for the people who been sleeping on their last couple of drops. Here are they are with a mini EP of 4 fresh tracks including a dope track with Curren$y. Definitely worthy of a download, I mean come on it's a Value Pack.

Mixtape: Esso - Off the Wall

. Aug 12, 2009
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To be frank, we've all been flooded with a barrage of MJ tributes, and while the artists have been truly sincere, the feeling of disgust comes naturally when there's too much of something. In fact, it's just passé for artists to rush quickly in order to hop on the "new new". I must admit there have been a few songs that I like, but I actually don't think that Esso necessarily gets off the hook. While I wish that he had worked on this project before the unfortunate passing of the King, I admire the work and time he put into it - from the visuals of the video to the final product.




Words from ESSO: So the time has finally come for the rest of the world to hear the project that Woody and I have been working so hard on since April. I can’t lie it’s kinda bittersweet for it to be gaining the attention that is has over the past weeks since Mike’s untimely passing. Honestly we set out to create an incredible project that would pay homage to Michael Jackson’s musical legacy not his life as a whole. No one song or project could ever achieve that lofty goal.

Woody and I set out months ago to rework one of the most important transitional albums in the history of popular music as we know it. The album that catapulted Michael Jackson to Thriller proportions and left us unforgettable songs like “Rock With You,” “Off The Wall,” “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” “Girlfriend” and “She’s Outta My Life.” We turned those songs into “Just Feel It,” “Life Like This,” “Don’t Stop” and “Girlfriend” (but with a different spin). Michael has inspired countless entertainers across genres and Woody and I are no different that than many other members of our generation that grew up with one glove trying to moonwalk across our living rooms.

I sincerely hope that no one takes our project as an attempt to capitalize off of the death of a King. This project means way too much to me for it to ever be misunderstood. In the wake of the 30th Anniversary of Off The Wall it is with the utmost respect and reverence that we proudly present you the product of our labor for the past months. We hope that you enjoy the experience of listening to it as much as we enjoyed the experience of creating it.

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Esso - Off the Wall (Mixtape)

Video: Vote for LA & Mr. Music

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So this tandem, as mentioned before, is currently in the top of the standings of a Explore Talent contest, with the hopes that they'd soon be able to open up for the likes of Akon, T-Pain, Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, and Flo Rida. Be sure to check the promo video below and MAKE SURE TO VOTE FOR THEM. They truly deserve it!



VOTE NOW


Also, you should download this track, as well!!

Mr. Music ft. LA - Take You To Another World (Club Mix)

MP3: Jay Fre$h Kick$ – Do the Right Thing 2K9 (Prod. JFK)

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So I'm finally back from my mini-vacation in the Dominican Republic, a much-needed break from the regularities of life. I was excited to see this new track by JFK who is definitely someone on the rise and someone who will be making a lot of moves soon. Here is a track he created in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing. This track will also be a feature on his soon-to-drop kixtape, JUST FOR KICK$.



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Jay Fre$h Kick$ - Do the Right Thing 2K9


From JFK: "I had to take it back to '89 on 'em one time... It's feeling like a really HOT summer, just make sure you DO THE RIGHT THING!"

Music Video: Diplo – Twist & Shout (Shake It Up) (Ferris Bueller video mix)

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Diplo puts his touch on song that is instantly connected with the cult classic film "Ferris Bueller." This has a feel good vibe to it, especially with the dope remix. This joint makes me think of my childhood, can you imagine doing this shit that Ferris did??? Crazy, skipped outta school HELLUVA lotta times, made his principal look lika damn fool, had a fine girl he got outta school too impersonating her dad, convinced his friend into taking his ride, jumped into a city parade.....ok I'm gonna stop. I think ima see this movie again asap. Simply classic and Diplo really knows how to get the party started.

Promo: Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - How Fly

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Dope promo vid, it is nice and simple. Sometimes you need that simplicity so people can focus on the actual music and lyrics. Although with Wiz you may actually focus on the tats more than anything. Ink my whole body, I don't give a muthafuuuuu!!!!! This mixtape definitely has real good music, I just got through my first listen last night and it definitely at the of my list for the moment. A really dope connection with this two, Curren$y with the chill flow a la Mase Harlem World style and Wiz just brings that original, positive flow. If you don't got this project yet stop bullshittin....

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Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - How Fly

Artwork: Kid Cudi Album Cover

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This is probably the next CD I am buying aside from Wale's Attention Deficit. I have always admired Cudi's artistry within his music and videos/images, Day N Night was a dope video with crazy colors. Once again, Cudi does not disappoint with the visuals. See his CD Album cover above and the Deluxe DVD edition cover below. This project is slated for its release on September 22nd. What you guys think about the artwork?

Happy Hump Day!

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Another Wednesday....we almost there ya'll. Happy Hump Day!

Exclusive Interview with Greenspan (DJ Benzi x Ill Roots x Ill Vibes x Judah)

. Aug 11, 2009
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Exclusive Interview with Greenspan (DJ Benzi x Ill Roots x Ill Vibes x Judah) from illvibes on Vimeo.


This is an exclusive interview on behalf of Judah x Ill Vibes x Ill Roots x DJ Benzi with Baltimore artist Greenspan regarding the release of his long awaited mixtape "When the Sky Turns Green." Check out what the young MC has to say about his background and his newest project.

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Greenspan - When the Sky Turns Green
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Mixtape: Shawn Chrystopher - A City With No Seasons

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Tuesday has come to be such a treat. Here is another amazing project for you guys to download and listen to. I seriously put another stamp on this joint, cause the guy Shawn Chrystopher is till somewhat heavily slept on but the guy can really bring it *pause*. I love the cover artwork looks like something on Charlie Brown or something. Enjoy!!! Oh yeah, definitely check out the cut with Mateo, guy is a dope R&B singer.

TRACKLISTING:

1. …And I Present
2. On Stage
3. Believer
4. Position
5. Heartbreaker f. Chris Focus
6. Fresh Prince
7. [Untitled]
8. You’re Beautiful at Night
9. Lose Your Mind
10. Cloud 9
11. A Letter to an Angel f. Mateo

Music Video: Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No

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I can't get enough of this dudes old school style. When I listen to this I straight think about the 60s, and I can't wait for his project "A Strange Arrangment" coming out in the Fall. Better yet, I can't wait to catch this guy on tour in September. Video is kind of boring, just another sunny day in California with skateboarders, but then again you can't be too mad at that.

Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No from Stones Throw on Vimeo.

MIXTAPE: Greespan - When the Sky Turns Green

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The mixtape is finally here and I am very satisfied with the results. "When The Sky Turns GREEN" is a collection of music created with imagery of elevation and free will. Each song has been designed carefully to offer listeners an accurate depiction of sovereignty with representations of the soulful-side of hip-hop from the perspective of a Baltimore artist. The content in such songs as "Wings," "Sky Dive," and "Outlaw" each cry out freedom as Greenspan breathes life into his artistry through actualization. It is a very smooth project with soulful cuts like my favorite "Khloe Kardashian" and "You Know My Name." Greenspan is a product of Baltimore and it is evident in his unique delivery and flow .
As far as the production, "When the Sky Turns Green" has a lot to offer. Throughout the project, Judah offers some heavy beats from the mellow introduction "Is Falling", the epic sound of "Sky Dive", to the hard-hitting edge of "Latitude." Another notable stand-out beat is by Kleph Dolla with the jazzy "Khloe Kardashian." If you are a hip-hop head there is definitely something here for you....so what are you waiting for?

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MP3: Charles Hamilton - Ghost

. Aug 10, 2009
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See now this is how it should have been done. Mr. Hamilton should have been leaking gems here and there and not all at once, because now he got me waiting to hear more! I'm gonna say it for the 100th time, despite all of the times this guy has messed up. I still believe he has a lot of heat and will prove a lot of non-believers wrong. His lyricism is amazing and dude can be deep when he wants to. Here is another example of a track where he actually has something to say is not wasting his time bullshittin.

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Charles Hamilton - Ghost

MP3: D. Omen - Message To The Kings (MLK x Michael Jackson Tribute)

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the homie D.Omen took a break from the bloggin and get back in the stu and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. I know dude been rappin for awhile, but this song stands out. I guess it was all that rappin in the XXL tourney that may have gotten hi flow brewing up. It's a heartfelt beat and some real lyrics in these one. Props fam!!!!

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Video: Greenspan - The Making of Latitude (produced by Judah)

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Some people make records and Greenspan makes history. Check out this clip of Greenspan and Judah in the Syence Lab cooking up some heat. Judah makes the beat and arrangements right on the spot vibin with the homie Greenspan. Are you ready for tomorrow??? Are you??? Time is coming for "When the Sky Turns Green." TOMORROW!!!!

Art: Classical Art x Grafitti

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Now if you have been following the site, you guys know I am a big Art head. Huge fan on that tip, so when I caught these dope Photoshop works of art I was going. Its a fusion of classical art from the renaissance and such with grafitti and hip hop culture from the new renaissance on the Q-Tip tip (lol). Check it, this is was from a contest by Worth 1000 back a couple months back, but I just peeped it recently. I picked two of my favorites below.

The piece above is my favorite from the two, because the kid just looks gangsta with those soft-ass stockings and blue hoodie just mean-mugging with the spray can and a stoneless expression. Crazy colors with that one and the tag on the back is ill. The Girl below is just hanging out at the park and it just looks timeless. Upgrade her old school clothing and throw on some Nike Dunks on her and this looks like something you could still see nowadays.


Props to Vimby

MP3: Cayan - Girls

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Slowly and steadily, Cayan (Ky-ann) is proving himself as an up and coming act in the DMV. On this track, Cayan goes on his smooth tip even putting his singing skills on the record with a beat by Soulful that is reminiscent of some old Ye with sampling on that "Girls, Girls, Girls" vibe. Cayan always stands out to me because he loves some wordplay and here and there he got some gems that always make me crack a smirk from the wit he got. Listen midway into the 1st verse for some examples. A solid track from the young act, I can't wait to hear what else will be on his EP The Protege coming soon!!

Comedy: George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano (HBO)

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Just saw this stand-up tonight, straight comedy...especially for all my latinos out there (STAND UP!) I'm not the biggest fan of his sitcom show because it is kind of tame and toned down. I mean it has to be since it is played on Nickolodeon and stuff. I mean think about Bob Saget on Full House/America's Funniest Home Videos and compare that to his stand up and his memorable clip in "Don't Be a Menace..." This is Lopez's time to shine saying whatever he wants to say, however he wants to say it in front of a crowd of over 14,0000 in Texas. Anyways, if you got a chance to check this out on HBO you should definitely watch it.

Flashback Video: Cam'ron - What Means the World To You

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Just got finished watching Entourage. This episode was aight, but I was hype to see them play this song at the end during the credits. This was my jam back in like 9th grade, I remember playing this song out blastin up in my headphones. This is back when Killa Cam was hella dope and 20 lbs. fatter. I used to love "Horse & Carriage" with (Murda) Mase and Charli Baltimore. "Confession of Fire" was a pretty solid album from Cam. Anyways, go back in the time and check the track and look at Jim Jones acting a fool

Mixtape: Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - How Fly

. Aug 9, 2009
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The anticipation has been mounting for this mixtape and I am proud to say it is finally here. The few leaks that I heard from this project were amazing and this collaboration really compliment each other. I'm definitely always ready to hear what the dude from Taylor Gang is ready to present. I mean come one with interviewed the cat a couple of months ago. So without further ado...time to get fly!!!!

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Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - How Fly

*UPDATED LINK 08/10/09

Music Video: Marques Houston - Sunset

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I'm a Marques Houston fan, def loved his first self-titled album and hell I even listened to some of his tracks when he was with Immature / IMX when I was a youngin. I'm on my soft shit lol, but this track is pretty smooth, I'm surprised why the song/video did not come out last year. Management problem? Label issues? Welcome to the game. It happens to everybody, even the best of em. I mean this dude had a solid single in "Circle" a little bit before this. Nevertheless, the white guitars in the video are dope.

MP3s: Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite 1

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Universal Motown will put together 20 remixes of Michael Jackson made the industry's top production acts. So far five of those renditions have been released which you can find below. Although I am very excited about this project, I still wonder why this homage could not have paid when the great artist was still alive. I know Akon, Yeezy and Will.I.Am worked with him, but it just was not done right and it went pretty much unnoticed in the end. Nevertheless, let the great king leave on with the tracks below:


Props to IllRoots

Live Performance - Kid Cudi "Day N Night" - Washington, DC

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The Hangover Tour – with 88-Keys, Bobby Ray, Asher Roth, and Kid Cudi – made its way to the nation’s capitol on August 5, with Kid Cudi as the last act. In spite of how late it was – around 2 am – the crowd was still rocking to Cudi’s set, especially when this track came on.

Kid Cudi Performing "Day N Nite" in Washington, DC from illvibes on Vimeo.

MP3: Mickey Factz - Rocker

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I posted some performance footage of this track last week and I'm glad the mp3 finally came out. Have you ever wondered why Factz wears the leather gloves during his performance or why the veins put out his forehead when he spitting??? Its cause he is a Rocker maaaan. I'm serious, this is the track that is featured in the new Fight Night 4 video game. Good song right here to get hype to!!!

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Mickey Factz - Rocker

Music Video: Clipse - I'm Good

. Aug 8, 2009
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EGHCK! I just said that to say, cause nobody says it likes Clipse. I'm seriously counting down the days until this VA duo drops their next album "Til the Casket Drops." I'm Good has a nice vibe with brillant production from the Neptunes. Makes you wanna start out your morning with this song as you get dressed and make plans for the day. I'm Good, You Good?

MP3: Jack Splash - Flashback Feat. Lupe Fiasco

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Ok, so Jack Splash either has a lot of connects in high places or he just doing something right with the music. First, he does a decent track with R. Kelly and know he is working that dude Lupe Fiasco. Only time will tell, but I like the jumping vibe from this song. Of course, I wasn't convinced until I heard the very end of the track where Lupe straight blesses it. You guy convinced bout Jack????

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MP3: Kid Cudi - Make Her Say (Afrojack Remix)

. Aug 7, 2009
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The club hoppin crew of Fool's Gold decided to put their golden disco touch on Kid Cudi's hit "Make Her Say" and the result is nothing short of funky. Afrojack really did his thing on this track, they are usually known for their Dutch House tracks. More remixes will come up soon. Wattup DP! Also be sure to stay tuned for iLL Vibes' exclusive footage of Kid Cudi's set at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC a couple of days ago!!! Real Dope Stuff!


Spotted at DatNewCudi

Interview: J-$crilla, Part 2

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In this segment of the 4-part series, J-Scrilla describes the concept behind "Culture of Honor", as well as reminiscing about the essentials of hip hop and how certain elements have been lost along the way. He deciphers the complexity behind the Scrillionaire Shuffle and shares with us his favorite comedians, not to mention explaining what makes for a Scrilla sound. Be sure to look out for Culture of Honor when it drops on August 25th!

J-$crilla Interview, Part 2 from illvibes on Vimeo.




PREVIOUSLY: iLL Vibes Interview with J$crilla PT. 1

Music Video: Maxwell - Bad Habits

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Check out the latest video for the single "Bad Habits" off Maxwell's critically acclaimed album "Blacksummer's Night" Pretty simple and boring video but I am defintely a fan of the song. This joint is a typical VH1 Soul video on the grown man ish. lol. So get ya grown man on...

MP3: The Five One Band & Phil Ade - Blown Away (Remix)

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I've been bumpin' this Phil Ade project, and "Blown Away" is definitely that stand-out track, so it's no wonder to me that The Five One Band was willing to remix that track. Peep the remix below.



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The Five One Band & Phil Ade - Blown Away (Remix)

MP3: Mr. Music ft. LA - Take You to Another World (Club Mix)

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The family Gowhere sent us this exclusive track from Mr. Music & LA, after a successful release of their debut album, What Do You Do? I've always been impressed by the creativity of this duo; they seem to just mesh well with each other, as if they're capable of producing an album daily. It really does seem like that's how their chemistry is.

As stated by GoWhere Hip Hop, "Take You To Another World" is another step forward in the growth of LA & Mr. Music with both artists continuing to evolve utilizing different sounds and styles. The single is another eclectic, upbeat club/pop record with lyrics that effectively paints the picture of Mr. Music wooing his female interest. Mr. Music stands out with his poignant vocals reaching ranges long-time fans have yet to hear before. The transitions from verse to hook are once again smooth and fluid, especially when LA comes in on the 3rd verse. LA begins his verse with a break-neck flow and illustrates his versatility as he continues when he goes back and forth with Mr. Music shortly after, before concluding on a double meaning with some Lil' Weezy-esque delivery. It's another complete track from beginning to end - relevant verses, a catchy hook, and top-notch production that you can download above and add to your LA & Mr. Music library."

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Mr. Music ft. LA - Take You to Another World (Club Mix)


Also, be sure to support the duo as they compete to oen up for Akon, T-Pain, Keri Hilson, Flo Rida, and MORE through Explore Talent. Hit the link below and submit your email, name, and phone number (or just make up whatever information). Do YOUR PART: VOTE: LA & Mr. Music 'Explore Talent Idol'

Live Performance: Asher Roth Footage, Washington, DC - 9:30 Club - Great Hangover Tour

. Aug 6, 2009
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The Hangover tour - featuring 88-Keys, Bobby Ray, Asher Roth, and Kid Cudi - blessed the 9:30 Club on August 5th, in Washington, DC. What better location to end the great hangover than at the nation's capitol. In this footage, you can catch Asher performing "Lark on My Go-Kart", "Cannon Freestyle", "Blunt Cruisin'", and "La Di Da", as well as his paying a special tribute to the late Sean Taylor.

Asher Roth, 930 Club, Washington, DC from illvibes on Vimeo.


In the coming days, we will also release our video interview of 88-Keys, some bits of Bobby Ray's set, and our up-close and personal footage of Kid Cudi's set, with hits from his much-applauded A Kid Named Cudi mixtape, his upcoming album, and others.

We'd love to give a special shoutout to our homie and affiliate DDotOmen.Com for supporting and helping us in preparation of this footage. Make sure to check out that site and is coverage of the Hangover Tour in DC: http://vimeo.com/user1180584.

PREVIOUSLY: Exclusive Interview with Asher Roth

XV is...The Most Interesting Man in the World

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These videos are just straight tomfoolery. Too funny...and please tell me you get the reference. Be sure to keep supporting XV on his new project "Everybody's Nobody"

MP3: Theophilus London feat. Jesse Boykins III – Cold Pillow (MachineDrum Remix)

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Mr. London and Boykins have teamed with the electro-inspired producer Machine Drum to redo the heartbreak classic released on "This Charming Mixtape." This is a totally different feel on the song, yet the message still remains and the result remains amazing. Definitely worth the download.

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Classic Movie: Straight Up Go-Go Documentary (1992)

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This was a great documentary about the history of Go-Go. I haven't been able to find it anywhere else, after extensive online searches. I apologize for the quality; it's a VHS rip. Even if you don't like Go-Go this is a great documentary to watch. It does a good job of showing how Go-Go was influenced by West African music, and it explains how it influenced many of today's genres (eg. Hip-Hop, Indie, Pop, etc). Check it out and let us know what you think. Peace.



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The definitive documentary on the history of Go-Go, Washington, DC's home grown music form. This documentary explores the African roots of the music, it's humble beginning on the streets and clubs of Washington, DC and the politics surrounding its influence on the youth. Written by Sowande Tichawonna

MP3: A-List Society - Feel Myself

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Ok, you know that if I'm blogging this late (or early, depending on your interpretation), it's because I have that piff for you. Seriously, I meant to post this as soon as I received this in the inbox, but I forget already what I was doing that prevented the posting. In any case, A-List Society is a group from Delaware, consisting of Mar Mcloud, Mcnyce, and Jay Ferno.



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A-List Society - Feel Myself