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Gilbere Forté – “PRAY”

Gilbere Forte - PRAY

Gilbere Forté was born in Michigan, moved to Chicago and ended up in Philadelphia. The common denominator in each of these places; Hip Hop.

Forté has slowly but surely made a name for himself in the industry. After being signed to a dead-end record deal, he worked his way out of it with determination. He had a stint in Paris along side DJ Bob Sinclar on tour and in the studio. Since returned, Gilbere intends to release a independent short-film called PRAY, and this mixtape serves as the soundtrack. Most of the production was handled by right-hand man Raak, and only a few features, two of which come from Active Child (aka Pat Grossi).

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J. Cole – “Truly Yours 2”

Truly Yours 2

One day after J. Cole let go of “Cole Summer,” he surprised us with Truly Yours 2. This is the follow up to part one, which dropped back in February. After multiple delays on Cole’s sophomore effort, he holds us over with free music (no complaints here). If the album isn’t ready, or doesn’t feel right, do not release it. That being said, the Roc Nation protege has set June 25th as the release date for Born Sinner.

The EP features 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy, Bas and production from Canei Finch, Jake One and Ron Gilmore.

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Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time)

K.R.I.T. Mixtape

Justin Scott, aka Big K.R.I.T. hails from Mississippi and represents the South with great esteem. Today, the 26 year old dropped his eleventh mixtape, simply but elegantly titled K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time). The tape is entirely produced by KRIT himself, except for one guest appearance from the legendary 9th Wonder. Scott can spit bars for days but enlisted DZA and Wiz for a smoked out chill ride, Bun B for a southern anthem, BJ The Chicago Kid for some storytelling, Trinidad James for a banger, the beautiful Ashton Jones for a soulful love joint, Big Sant for some jabs and a snippet of the Future induced hook. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, Big K.R.I.T. is one of those underrated artists in Hip Hop, the man can spit, story tell, carry a track and produce all day.

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Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 63

Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe Remix

Happy Monday, hope everyone enjoyed St. Paddy’s Day and has recovered by now. The highly anticipated Kendrick Lamar remix featuring a man by the name of Jay-Z has finally arrived. Beyoncé responds to the confusion towards going on tour with no new music by dropping some (you guessed it) new music. Tsu Surf dropped his new tape, a couple singles from from Little Boots and Vampire Weekend, plus much more.

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Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 60

Vol. 60

Good evening and happy Monday to all of you. I took a mini vacation to San Francisco last week, so I apologize for the lack of posts. However, that just means Volume 60 is twice the size. 22 tracks coming at you today including J. Cole’s first official single to Born Sinner, Phoenix with their new single, as well as fresh material from Hit-Boy, The Strokes, Purity Ring, London Grammar, Frank Ocean, Dave East and more. I was hoping i’d have a new song from The National seeing as they just announced a new album (coming May) and tour with the Dirty Projectors, but sadly nothing yet.

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Pusha T – “Wrath Of Caine”

Wrath Of Caine

G.O.O.D. Music rapper Pusha T has finally released his long awaited Wrath of Caine mixtape. It features MMG’s Rick Ross and Wale, French Montana and a couple others. The production list is impressive with beats from Harry Fraud, Young Chop, The Neptunes, Kanye West and others.

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Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 55

Vol. 55

Happy Monday to all of you, and unless you happen to be somewhere toasty, I hope you are all enjoying the brisk weather. Do you all remember a man by the name of Justin Timberlake? Well he’s back! Also included; a collaborative banger from G.O.O.D./MMG, a voluptuous remix from Zeds Dead, and did Outkast reformulate?

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