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Watch DJ Premier & The Badder Band’s Tiny Desk Concert [Video]

Posted on August 21, 2017

Three-time Grammy winner DJ Premier, one of the definitive architects of New York hip-hop, brought a new type of life to NPR's Tiny Desk: our first concert helmed by a DJ.

A packed house of head-nodding journalists grooved through their lunch hour to a nine-song medley of iconic Premier productions while decompressing from the unrelenting grind of the news cycle. The set list rested on the undeniable footprint of Preemo's classics, but this was more than just another DJ mix. His touring outfit, The Badder Band, overlaid Premier's blends with an undulating electric bass courtesy of Brady Watt, a steady accent on the one from drummer Lenny Reece and boisterous horns from Mark Williams and Jonathan Powell.

But it was Premier who remained front-and-center, commanding the crowd like a true party rocker. With throwbacks ranging from Gangstarr's "Step into the Arena" to an amped rendition of Jeru The Damaja's "Da Bitches," embellished by The Badder's jazzy horns, Preemo concluded the set with a "Moment of Truth," featuring the exalted rhymes of his posthumous Gangstarr partner, Guru.

Tiny Desk concerts are short by design, so naturally the format could barely scratch the surface of Premier's vault of street anthems, done for the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., JAY-Z, Nas, Kanye West, Big L, M.O.P., Mos Def, Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, AZ, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Even after a career spanning almost three decades, the man born Christopher Martin has managed to stay authentic to his analog grit and sample-chopping integrity, as if he were still an underdog.

Peep the playlist after the break.

Ruslan – Indie Jones [Mixtape]

Posted on August 21, 2017

San Diego native Ruslan drops off his new mixtape, "Indie Jones". The 11-track tape sees features and production from Rowlan, Dom Marcell, Joey Jewish, Anthony Cruz, Juice Bangers and more.

Stream the project below and cop a copy on iTunes.

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Dillan Ponders – Heaven [Video]

Posted on August 21, 2017

"Heaven" can be found on Dillan's 2016 project, "Acid Rain". Watch the music video above and stream or download the LP below.

Taylor Benett – Throw Aways [Mixtape]

Posted on August 20, 2017

"A lot of never released tracks just 4 you. Have fun listen and share. Until the album I'll hold y'all down. :)" - Taylor Bennett

Prozack Turner – Not Everybody Sleeps At Night [Album Stream]

Posted on August 20, 2017

San Jose emcee Prozack Turner hits us with his new album, "Not Everybody Sleeps At Night". The project clocks in at 13 tracks and features guest verses from Brother Ali, Guilty Simpson, Boom Bap Project, Jern Eye, Rob Kelly, Nucentz, DJ Platurn, DJ Flip and DJ Halo. Production is provided by G Koop and O-Man, Jake One, Robot Orchestra, K-Kruze and Ea-Ski.

Take a listen below and make sure to pick up a copy on Bandcamp.

Fred THe Godson – Gordo [Mixtape]

Posted on August 19, 2017

Bronx emcee Fred the Godson is back in action with his new mixtape, "Gordo". The 23-track tape features guest verses from Jim Jones, Vado, Joell Ortiz, Jaquae and a couple others. Production is handled by The Heatmakerz, Hesami, D Stackz, Kenny Buttons, Rain and Legend.

Stream/download below.

GoldLink – Crew (Remixes) [EP]

Posted on August 19, 2017

DMV rapper GoldLink shares a remix EP of "Crew", which is taken from his sophomore album "At What Cost". Stream the EP below and pick up a copy via iTunes.

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Ace Hood – Trust The Process [Mixtape]

Posted on August 19, 2017

Ace Hood retutns with a new mixtape called "Trust The Process". Ace is now a free agent, since he is no longer with DJ Khaled and his We The Best crew.

Stream/download "Trust The Process" below.

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