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[News] Skyzoo & Torae To Release ‘Barrel Brothers’ Album On May 27th Featuring Jahlil Beats, !llmind & DJ Premier

Posted By The Certified Genius The highly anticipated Barrel Brothers album from emcees Skyzoo and Torae has secured an official release date of May 27th. Aside from what is bound to be an impressive display of Sky and Torae’s lyrical showmanship, Barrel Brothers boasts… read more

[Featured Placement Opp Of The Week] Nicki Minaj

Posted By The Certified Genius Nicki Minaj is back with a vengeance and has plenty of bars for her next album. Submit your best tracks for Nicki’s upcoming album, hooks are encouraged! Submit Your Tracks Here

[New Audio] Shabaam Sahdeeq – “Do You” (Produced by DJ Spinna) [Bonus Track]

Posted By The Certified Genius With Shabaam Sahdeeq‘s Keepers of the Lost Art album set to drop next Tuesday (April 22nd), he lets loose of the DJ Spinna produced cut “Do You“. As Spinna laces the instrumental to “Do You” with… read more

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[New Video] DJ Premier & Dres – “Bars In The Booth (Session 2)” (Produced by DJ Premier)

Posted By The Certified Genius For the second episode of DJ Premier‘s Bars In The Booth video series, Primo invites Dres to step in the booth and tackle an original DJ Premier production. With Dres rhyming to DJ Premier’s signature boom-bap… read more

[New Album] Ayatollah – Be Real Black For Me (Produced by Ayatollah) [Album Stream]

Posted By The Certified Genius Ayatollah (credits include Mos Def‘s “Ms. Fat Booty” and Styles P and Pharoahe Monch‘s “My Life“) has just released his album Be Real Black For Me that is a collection of original instrumentals and songs he has produced…. read more

[New Video] iLLA – “Everything Is GuCCi (#EvG)” (Produced by BpZy & Beatfanatik)

Posted By The Certified Genius Portland representative iLLa has released his latest single “Everything Is GuCCi” that is produced by BpZy aka Baby Paul and Beatfanatik. As a flashy, synthesized and 808 based single, “Everything Is GuCCi” finds iLLa declaring his success through… read more

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[Beauty & The Beats - Special Edition] Official Release of Jess Chernovet’s 2k14 Reel

You may have seen our 2011 piece on Jess Chernovet, Everyone’s Favorite Russian Gypsy.  We decided to catch up with her 3 years later, to see what this Pittsburgh beauty has been up to. Before… read more

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[New Audio] Guilty Simpson & Hus Kingpin – “Time Is Runnin’ Out” (Produced by M.W.P.)

Posted By The Certified Genius Fresh off the release of his Hus Kingpin Meets Pro Era EP with Chuck Strangers, emcee Hus Kingpin releases a collaboration with Guilty Simpson titled “Time Is Runnin’ Out“. With pounding 12-bit grade drums, eerie horn phrases… read more

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[New Video] Blake Carrington’s ‘O.U.I.’ SXSW 2014 Vlog

Posted By The Certified Genius As he continues to build his brand and rise to the top, hip-hop artist Blake Carrington has released a vlog of his inspiring journey to SXSW last month. As his first time flying out and… read more

[New Audio] TonyEmcee & RajGhandi – “Mystic” (Produced by Rajiv)

Posted By The Certified Genius Up and coming artists TonyEmcee and RajGhandi collaborate with producer Rajiv on their single “Mystic“. As an ambient hip-hop dedication to that “Mystic” that allows Tony and Raj to “kiss the sky”, “Mystic” can be streamed below… read more

[New Audio] Pink Floyd & Dead Prez – “They Schools (CHEATCODE Remix)” (Produced by CHEATCODE)

Posted By The Certified Genius Any time CHEATCODE drops a new remix, it’s bound to be a memorable experience and sure enough his latest blend of Pink Floyd‘s “Another Brick In The Wall (Pt. 2)” and Dead Prez‘s “They Schools”… read more

iStandard Track-By-Track Review: Good Villains – The Rose (Produced by Good Villains)

If you are reading your first Track by Track, here on, then there are a few things you must know: #1 The writers here at focus mostly on the beats … obviously – hence the name… read more