[Audio] VAN HILL x BANE$IN- “Blame Thy City”

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Toronto natives and fellow M5E members, Van Hill and Bane$in, collaborate for their newest single titled, “Blame Thy City.” They say if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself; and “Blame Thy City” is an anthem dedicated for everyone out there grinding on their own terms. The lines “Don’t bring the ball to my court n**** with your weak ass take,” sum this track up perfectly- Van and Bane$sin are playing for keeps on this track, with no losers outs. Be on the look for Van Hill’s debut ILLZED project, Naked Museum dropping soon, in the mean time take this latest track in, and share your thoughts with us.

[Interview + Podcast] Rapsody talks meeting Jay Z, self-belief, and choosing to “give a damn”

Interview by: Martin Bauman

Make no mistake: for all her humility, Rapsody is not an emcee to be overlooked on the microphone. On “Hard To Choose,” the budding Jamla star raps, “The quietest in the room is the baddest one like Durant.” The more you think about it, it’s not that far of a stretch to compare her to the NBA’s reigning MVP. Both entered their respective fields being thought of as too soft to succeed — Durant, for his wiry frame, and Rapsody, for being a woman in a male-dominated genre. Durant shed that misnomer in Oklahoma City’s first playoffs series win in 2011. Here’s how ESPN writer Royce Young described the moment:

Kevin Durant, who had dropped 41 points, including 14 in the final five minutes, stalked along the baseline, right in front of where owners Clay Bennett and Aubrey McLendon sat. With his teammates hanging on his shoulders, Durant popped his jersey and bellowed, “This is my motherf—ing team!”

Nobody was questioning KD after that. As for Rapsody? That defining alpha moment could very well be her latest offering, Beauty and the Beast. After steady growth on The Idea of Beautiful and She Got Game, the Snow Hill, NC emcee sounds like an artist who has finally found her voice. The rhymes and delivery have always been there. The difference now is in her confidence, which shines through on every track. Three years after Durant’s alpha moment, he had his MVP season. It’s only a matter of time before Rapsody has her own. We caught up with the Jamla emcee to talk about meeting Jay Z, where her confidence comes from, carrying the torch from the likes of Ruby Dee and Maya Angelou, and much more.

Listen to the podcast above and read the interview after the jump.

[Audio] Big K.R.I.T feat. Raphael Saadiq- “Soul Food”

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Big K.R.I.T brings out R&B/Soul singer Raphael Saadiq for, “Soul Food,” track 5 off his upcoming project, Cadillactica. The Come Up Show gave ya’ll full coverage of KRIT’s October 10th show at Tattoo night club in Toronto; let us know if you were in attendance! Look for the album to drop in a couple weeks on November 11th via Def Jam Records.

[Video] Big Sean & Calvin Harris- “Open Wide”

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Calvin Harris calls on Big Sean Don for his latest release, “Open Wide.” Prepping the release of his new album, Motion, on November 4th, Harris and Big Sean drop an action-filled set of visuals for this latest effort. Seems like Sean is still pulling inspiration from his split with Naya Rive, as most of his bars revolve around break ups; I’m still waiting for the “IDFWU” video to drop.

[Audio] Amniat – “Never Ever” (Prod. Nick Rio)

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Amniat is back with his latest single, “Never Ever.” I’ve been listening to this emcees music for a while now, and what I dig most about Amniat is that all his music comes from a genuine place; He’s a student to the game, and it’s clear that he has been doing his home work on this latest track. Not only does the dude have an amazing flow, but the content is truly on that conscious tip, which is refreshing to hear. Be sure to check this latest single out, and search for Amniat’s previous projects, the kid has an impressive body of work.

[Video] Tyler Durand- “The Purge” (Dir. 0therworld Films)

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Tyler Durand only needs one night to do his thing. Inspired by the James DeMonaco thriller, Durand brings us his own rendition of “The Purge.” Tyler spits some menacing bars while chaos swallows the bell city. Between the car crashes, muggins and other random acts of violence, Tyler keeps his cool and gives the people that real hip hop music. Durand is a beast on the track any given day of the week; but when its time to purge, emcees better watch out. Be on the look out for Tyler’s upcoming project, DRND 2, coming soon.

[Audio] Drake – “6 God”, “Heat of the Moment”, “How About Now”

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OVO SZN. The day after celebrating his 28th Birthday, Drake has released three new songs. “6 God”, “Heat Of The Moment”, and “How About Now” feature production from 40, Boi-1da, Syk Sense, and Jordan Evans. Stream/download below.

Download: Drake – “6 God”

Download: Drake – “Heat of the Moment”

Download: Drake – “How About Now”

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