New leak off the Cashmere X 730 project The 730 Project EP. Enjoy!
Mayhem and Jerz drop second video off their joint project MayJerzachusetts Island. The video was shot in NYC and directed by Gregory Davis. You can download their free album here.
#TamppaTuesdays continue with this freestyle, this time with an assist from July Cruise.
Check out this second installment of Tamppa Tuesdays, courtesy of the one and only Tamppa!
Tamppa feat. Wordsmith and CuzOh Black – You Can Be
We’re proud to announce of a new section on WeGoinIN starring one of our favorite up-and-coming MCs, the one and only Tamppa. Each week we’ll bring you an exclusive Tamppa banger. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.
Tamppa feat. Caeza and Trigz of the H.O.O.D. Fellaz – The Reason We Breathe
This is off Tamppa’s upcoming mixtape International Hunger Pains hosted by Sha Stimuli.
Every year, XXL selects ten up-and-coming prospects and dubs them as the new crop of “Freshmen,” regardless of how many years they’ve actually been sending mp3s to sites and getting their name on whatever bill they could. To be selected, it definitely helps to have at least two of the following:
- already be signed to a major label – This automatically means you can’t be a total flop, since the major label that cops ads for the magazine will benefit from the partnership of having their new signee appear credible. More Freshmen selected from a label, more ads from the label.
- hype – You don’t have to actually be talented to be selected as next. How else can you explain artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Yelawolf, Iggy Azalea, Lil’ Twist, and OJ Da Juiceman getting an honor that artists like Stimuli, Skyzoo, and Vado couldn’t get?
- come from a hip-hop family – Sorry, Diggy Simmons, but this goes for you. While you’re not a terrible rapper, there’s also nothing besides your bloodline that separates you from everyone else. Oh, and that Atlantic deal.
- don’t be a chick – Out of 50 rappers selected as up-and-coming, only one female has been selected, and it is the untalented and nowhere-to-be-found Iggy Azalea. Nicki Minaj? Nope. Drake? Nope. If XXL had been doing their job, they would have featured those cats before they got as big as they did. Nitty Scott? Nope. Boog Brown? Nope.
- don’t be a producer – For some reason producers don’t seem to count, even though they’re, in my opinion, the most essential element in creating quality hip-hop. No Lex Luger or Harry Fraud takes away from whatever credibility these lists are supposed to have.
XXL also plays it incredibly safe in picking ten new artists each year. It’s pretty hard to pick the one or two artists that will really blow, but when you take ten and hope that one or two of them blow up on a national level and the rest can be mildly successful, which in 2013 terms seems to be dropping a couple of free mixtapes that get picked up by a couple of blogs, then everything worked out.
This year they’re also giving fans the illusion of helping to choose the 2013 class. Some obvious choices this year include Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson, but seeing as how neither one will probably be copping any ads this year from a major album, I would be shocked if they made it. They need a white guy, so Action’s got the best chance, plus they’ll probably have him holding a spatula or some other kitchen utensil. If they pick both, it would be great for hip-hop and blow my whole theory to shreds.
In order for these lists to have credibility, a few things need to change. First, stop selecting so many. I’d say no more than four rappers and two producers. Second, don’t base it on major label affiliations or co-signs, but on actual talent. No one from G.O.O.D. Music has dropped an album I’d consider worth copping, yet every act Kanye signs gets the nod. Base the selections on actual talent and doing that will require them to do a little more homework and a little less catering to the major labels and relying on the safe options.
Ruc is longtime fam from the World Wide Wariers with the big homie Metta but also has a deep history in the game from being a part of the Killa Kidz with Killa Sha. Check his interview, check YouTube for his classics, and be on the lookout for some new exclusives coming at ‘cha!
Ax – Banned from TV Freestyle
Ax – Repeat
Ax has been one of my favorite rappers since his days of blessing HHG with bangers. He’s a former HipHopGame Artist of the Month and is currently working with Travie McCoy. Expect big, big things from this talented MC.
Not only is this one of my favorite songs off the Nucci Reyo X 730 EP Why Stop Now, it’s also one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever produced. Nothing but realness here.
DreadChild owes us a neckbrace for bumping this one with the volume up. Real hip-hop lives here.
Labba is back, y’all! The former Flipmode Squad member absolutely destroys my beat for the title track to the Labba X 730 EP titled Am Back. And yes, this may be a bit biased posting it here, but it’s flames and if it wasn’t, well, we don’t know what we’d do ’cause that hasn’t happened yet!
Nothing new here. Beefs are good when they’re kept on records, bad when it actually gets violent. All that same stuff. Nothing on how The Hustler mopped the floor with Meek, but maybe that’s in part two.
Jon Connor is back like he never left. Oh, wait, he never did leave. Props to one of the hardest working MCs in the game for dropping the consistent heat!
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The homies with the lunch bags drop a dope collection of their best work from the 2k12. If you’ve been sleeping on the crew, you can wake up to this. Download here.
This track bangs. Love hearing new talent. For more on Willie Caba, download his mixtape here.
A big thanks to our buddy Suge White for sending this our way. Expect to hear a lot more from Jimmy Da Gent in the future!
1. Intro (prod. by Sin Beatcamp 201)
2. Shoulda Woulda Coulda ft. Gemstar (prod. by Havoc)
3. Feel Big (prod. by J Cardim)
4. Can’t Lie ft. Big Wee (prod. by 15 Sec Ent.)
5. Break Bread (prod. by 15 Sec Ent.)
6. Like a Dealer (prod. by 15 Sec Ent.)
7. Zoned Out (prod. by G Money Baby)
8. Hey (Wait) (prod. by 15 Sec Ent)
9. Heavy ft. J Mendez (prod. by Kris Fame)
10. My Fears (prod. by J Mizzle)
11. Getting Bread ft. Mike Beck (RIP) & P-Doe (prod. by 15 Sec Ent.)
12. Supacala (prod. by 15 Sec Ent.)
13. Eyez off Me (prod. by 15 Sec Ent.)
14. You Mine (prod. by 15 Sec Ent.)
15. Everything ft. Gina Montana & Nathaniel (prod. by 15 Sec. Ent.)
16. NY Days, Miami Nights ft. Stack$ (prod. by 15 Sec. Ent.)
17. Move It Around ft. Capone of CNN & Dave Lerrick (prod. by Kris Fame)
18. Goin Crazy (prod. by J Cardim)
19. Higher Than Before (prod. by Payton)
20. L.S.D. (Living Slowly Dying)
21. Time Never Stops ft. Prinz, Mike Beck (RIP) & Dave Lerrick (prod. by Dave Lerrick) [BLACKHAND PRODUCT EP COMING SOON]
22. It’s Tha Product ft. Dave Lerrick & Tony Pacasso (prod. by Kris Fame) [THA PRODUCT Coming Soon]
RH Bless continues to kill it with this creative Block Exchange Film Reel. When you can’t focus on his words, you can see just how truly gifted the dude is as a director and producer. Real recognize real and RH Bless and Block Exchange are looking familiar.
I’m not gonna front like I’m all that familiar with Gee Dubs. But he definitely grabbed my attention with this joint, also featuring the incomparable Jak Danielz from Cold Heat, Blacstan, and the legendary DJ JS-1. Happy Holidays from the real underground!
Shopping this time of year is not always the easiest. Just take a trip to the local Wal-Mart, Target, or any other store and watch kinda-decent people turn into reallly-not-decent people. That’s why we’re thankful there’s JJP to help all those people step their etiquette game up. Thanks buddy!