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Skyzoo ft. Raheem DeVaughn – Baker’s Dozen (Prod by Apollo Brown)

On “Baker’s Dozen”, I wanted to explore the world I know, same as I always have throughout my career, but from the perspective of what once was, currently is, and probably will foreseeably be, by diving into what happens when things like gentrification take place in that world. The idea of desire and attainability, by all means, regardless of the changes around you. The muse for the record was D’angelo’s ‘Devil’s Pie’, which prompted me to bring in my brothers Apollo Brown and Raheem Devaughn, whom I’ve frequently worked with in the past. The energy they brought to the record was flawless. Vision fulfilled indeed.

The new album, ‘In Celebration of Us’, in stores February 2nd. Available for pre-order now: bit.ly/InCelebrationOfUs

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Jamo Gang (Ras Kass, El Gant, J57) – All Eyes On Us (Video)

Ras Kass, El Gant, and J57 are on a mission to bring us that raw uncut Hip Hop that we’ve come to expect. “All Eyes On Us” is just a small sampling of the goodness we’ll receive on January 30th. That’s when the EP drops…oh yeah, it’s also executive produced by DJ Premier. That’s a major go right there. Ups to AFH for this one.

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Chris Read Presents: The Diary ‘World’s Greatest Rap Megamix’ (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

You have to appreciate the amount of time and effort that Chris Read put into this mix. I won’t even call it a mix….it’s more of a musical experience. Major ups to Chris Read for this.

A little over 10 years ago I released a mixtape called ‘The Diary’, which I described only semi-seriously as ‘The World’s Greatest Rap Megamix’, a chronological mix of Hip Hop‘s landmark recordings in order of release from 1979 to 2007. Comprising 801 records in just over an hour (all but the outro recorded from the original vinyl), it was a labour of love that took 2 years to research, compile and record. In those pre-Mixcloud times, the mix was originally made available as a limited run of 1000 free CDs accompanied with an 8 page booklet detailing all 801 tracks, and quickly acquired something of a cult following. When I made it available online shortly after, it was downloaded over 50,000 times in a matter of weeks crashing my site in the process. A decade on I figured it was something worth celebrating and so have given the mix a slight update, extending the 1979-1987 section that forms the intro to create this expanded version. (Original version here: http://bit.ly/2Da18ts)

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