DJ P.R.’s 2017 Year-End List

Here are my favorite joints of 2017.

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Marco Polo Talks “Baker’s Dozen” Album & Saga Talks “Molotov” Album On Rap Is Outta Control [Video]

Super producer Marco Polo and emcee Saga have new projects available for purchase. Saga has linked up with Chicago-based producer Thelonious Martin to record the album Molotov, available on vinyl only at Fat Beats. Marco Polo is promoting his instrumental project Baker’s Dozen. This is the sixth installment of Baker’s Dozen from Fat Beats where they showcase a different producer with each release. The instrumentals are beats that Marco Polo has released as full songs previously from artists including Large Professor, Rah Digga, KRS-One, and Buckshot. Additionally, Marco announces that he’s working with Masta Ace on their next collaborative album together. Support great music from independent artists and purchase Molotov and Baker’s Dozen on fatbeats.com. Watch Saga’s freestyle after the jump.

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Saga & Thelonious Martin – Where We Live (Brooklyn) [Video]

With their well received collaborative LP ‘Molotov‘ now available, the East Coast/Midwest tag-team of Saga and Thelonious Martin head to the rapper’s stomping grounds of Brooklyn for album’s debut video, “Where We Live (Brooklyn).” Directed by Surf School’s Infamous Oz, the visuals put the heart of the BK on full display as the rapper-producer video hit up some of their favorite spots. That includes getting a lil’ grimy with the local cats at the legendary Gleason’s Gym and, of course, diggin’ in the crates at Black Gold Records. Watching these two hit up Brooklyn landmarks together and just kick it, further proves their chemistry, which is on full display throughout the LP. Of course, anyone can hear that chemistry on “Where We Live (Brooklyn),” which boasts Saga doing what he does best (rap with a purpose) over Martin’s ill flip of Ethel Beatty’s classic, “It’s Your Love.” ‘Molotov’ which boasts features from Freddie Gibbs, Fashawn, and Rapper Big Pooh among others, is now available for stream and download through all major digital retailers via Saga 718/EMPIRE. The record is also available on wax, in a limited edition smoke vinyl configuration, through Coalmine Records.

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TrackBlasters Radio: 17.02.17

Da Fat Friday Afternoon – The Official Soundtrack To Your Weekend Host: DJ P.R. Today’s show includes dope new music from Joey Bada$$, Fat Joe x Remy Ma, Raekwon, iLL Brown, Oddisee, Saga x Thelonious Martin, SkyBlew and Homeboy Sandman. Press play and enjoy. Happy Friday, ya’ll! Record Of The Day: Raekwon feat. G-Eazy – Purple Brick Road Playlist Joey Bada$$ – Victory Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. Kent Jones – Swear To God **Record Of The Day** Raekwon feat. G-Eazy – Purple Brick Road iLL Brown feat. Freddie Gibbs, BJ The Chicago Kid & G-Wiz – Friends Oddisee feat. Toine – NNGE Saga & Thelonious Martin – Mongolian Cashmere SkyBlew & Pabzzz feat. Karina Nistal & AlgoRhythmic – How About Sunday DJ Khaled feat. Beyonce & Jay-Z – Shining **Homeboy Sandman & Peter Rosenberg’s “LoveLife” Mixtape** Homeboy Sandman – Unforgettable Homeboy Sandman – Relapse Homeboy Sandman – Couple Bars Homeboy Sandman – Seam by Seam Homeboy Sandman – Everyday Love Homeboy Sandman – So Good Homeboy Sandman – Imports Homeboy Sandman – FU Homeboy Sandman – You and Myself Homeboy Sandman – The Pits and the Pedulum Download here (right click and save as…)

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TrackBlasters Radio: 13.02.17

Da More Fire Monday – The Correct Flava To Start Your Week Host: DJ P.R. Today’s show includes brand new bangers from the likes of Bugus, Saga x Thelonious Martin, Fat Joe x Remy Ma and DJ Khaled. Press play and enjoy. Record Of The Day: DJ Khaled feat. Beyonce & Jay-Z – Shining Playlist Bugus – Knock On Wood Saga & Thelonious Martin feat. Freddie Gibbs – Karma Jim Jones feat. Axel Leon – Bando Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. The-Dream & Vindata – Heartbreak **Record Of The Day** DJ Khaled feat. Beyonce & Jay-Z – Shining Big Sean feat. Jeremih – Light SiR feat. Anderson .Paak & King Mez – New LA Drake feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR – With You **Bombyce February 2017 Mix** Superprince – Down On Bitter End Dave Allison – Ain’t Nuthin’ To It Somethin’ With Jazz (Session Victim Remix) The Funk District – Time Will Tell Repossessed (The Reflex Revision) DJ ”S” – Last Train To The Disco Giovanni Damico – Tanzania The Reflex – GTGIU Doc Jam – Forever Together Unomas feat. Saucy Lady – Nasty Girl (Dr Packer Remix) Mike Woods – Hot Your Hot His Dirty Secrets – Thug Life Michael The Lion – Know This JKriv – King Mashie Hidden Jazz Quartet feat. Tim Hollingsworth – Raw & Cooked Download here (right click and save as…)

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Saga & Thelonious Martin feat. Freddie Gibbs – Karma [Audio]

The Brooklyn-meets-Chicago duo of Saga & Thelonious Martin keeps the fire coming with “Karma”, a straight-up banger that serves as the final leak off their forthcoming album, “Molotov“. Backed by Martin’s vocal sample-flipping instrumental, Saga sounds as motivated as ever to prove his detractors wrong. When he raps, “You can brush me off, but I’m-a put my brush on the canvas,” he’s not gritting his teeth or sounding bitter. Rather, it’s almost as if you can hear him beating his chest, proud of his work so far and ready to continue showcasing his talents (which obviously run pretty deep). And like the project’s debut leak, “Yesterday” (feat. Fashawn), “Karma” also boasts a standout guest verse from Freddie Gibbs who shows up to spit a snarling verse. Gibbs addresses the legal issues he faced in Europe last year, which he ultimately triumphed over (as he says, “Sour lemon life, I smashed the f-cking lemonade”). “Karma” can now be streamed through all major streaming outlets, and is available for download as the third and final instant grat track off the iTunes pre-order for “Molotov”, which drops next Friday (2/17) through all major digital retailers via Saga 718/EMPIRE. The album will be released on vinyl early 2nd quarter through Coalmine Records, just in time for the duo’s European tour.

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TrackBlasters Radio: 03.02.17

Da Fat Friday Afternoon – The Official Soundtrack To Your Weekend Host: DJ P.R. Today’s show includes loads of brand new bangers from the likes of Thelonious Martin, Big Sean, Fabolous, Black EL, P.Reign, Vince Staples, Raekwon and more. Happy Friday, ya’ll! Record Of The Day: Raekwon – This Is What It Comes Too Playlist Thelonious Martin – Boujee Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee Fabolous feat. Lil Uzi Vert – Goyard Bag Big Sean feat. Migos – Sacrifices Black EL – Vibez 061116 P.Reign – Prescription Vince Staples – BagBak Randy Reimer feat. Slaine – Roll Up Saga & Thelonious Martin feat. Fashawn – Yesterday Tragedy Khadafi feat. Grand Surgeon & DJ Madhandz – America (The Refix) Ill Camille feat Punch & Rose Gold – Sao Paulo feat Punch & Rose Gold 2 KXNG Crooked – Alternative Facts The Council feat. Tha God Fahim – Valhalla Doctrine **Record Of The Day** Raekwon – This Is What It Comes Too Dag Savage (Exile & Johaz) feat. CashUs King – What Makes A Muthafucka Prodigy – No Religion Download here (right click and save as…)

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Saga & Thelonious Martin feat. Fashawn – Yesterday [Audio]

With their highly anticipated collaborative album coming soon, Saga & Thelonious Martin drop their gripping and lyrically rich lead single, “Yesterday,” featuring a compelling guest verse from Fashawn. The track truly exemplifies why so many heads are eager to hear the duo’s album, “Molotov”. Musically, you have Martin showcasing his production wizardry by combining slapping percussion with a crazy sample flip. It’s really yet another example of why the Chicago producer is one of the best doing it right now. And the same goes for Saga, the Brooklyn-based rapper whose career continues to blossom. With that in mind, there’s extra potency to his rhymes on “Yesterday,” a track that dives deep into growth—both as an artist and as a man. Whereas Saga digs into the former with his book-ending verses, Fashawn passionately raps about being a young father who finds truth and power in his role as a parent. It makes for a truly engaging listen, and one that’ll leave you wishing Molotov was dropping tomorrow. “Yesterday” can now be streamed through all major streaming outlets, and is available for download as the first instant grat track off the iTunes pre-order for “Molotov”, which drops February 17 through all major digital retailers via Saga 718/EMPIRE. The album will be released on vinyl early 2nd quarter through Coalmine Records, just in time for the duo’s European tour.

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Saga x Thelonious Martin – Infomercial Freestyle [Audio]

Acclaimed artists in their own rights, Brooklyn rapper Saga and Chicago producer Thelonious Martin are proud to announce, “Molotov”, their collaborative LP that’s set to kick off 2017 with reckless abandon. The album includes guest features from Freddie Gibbs, Fashawn, and Rapper Big Pooh, all of whom will sound right at home rapping alongside Saga, over Martin’s neck-snapping, soulful instrumentals. Before delivering the project’s lead single, the two have shared a teaser joint called “Infomercial (Freestyle)”. The track features the BK-spitter doing his thing over one of the crazier joints off Martin’s exceptional 2016 release, “Late Night Programming”. Given that the beat is a straight-up slapper, it’s only fitting that Saga complements it with equally nutty bars like: “So I’m layin’ in this pool and I’m waitin’ for my death/ And anyone who steps, is drownin’ in his depths/ Sacrificin’ like an aztec, knife to the heart/ The whole team, they bouncin’ like a bad check.” For those who have somehow been sleeping on either of these cats, take this as your cue to get familiar. And then go and listen to their previous work, like Saga’s debut, “From Out of the Shadows” (produced by Marco Polo), and Martin’s seemingly endless supply of top-tier beats and collaborations with everyone from Chance The Rapper, Mac Miller, Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson. Hit play on Saga’s “Infomercial” freestyle, and stay tuned for the official debut album leak. ‘Molotov’ is set to drop Feb. 10, 2017, and will be available through major digital

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TrackBlasters Radio: 13.06.16

Da More Fire Monday – The Correct Flava To Start Your Week Host: DJ P.R. Today’s show includes new bangers from Saga, DJ Khaled, Statik Selektah x 2 Chainz, Beginner, Jurassic 5 and Five Steez. Press play and enjoy. Record Of The Day: Beginner feat. Gzuz & Gentleman – Ahnma Playlist Saga – Pretty Thing DJ Khaled feat. Drake – For Free Statik Selektah & 2 Chainz – Smoke Break Plug Brothers (N.O.R.E x Memphis Bleek) – Moguls **Record Of The Day** Beginner feat. Gzuz & Gentleman – Ahnma Jurassic 5 – Customer Service **Five Steez & DJ Ready Cee – Momentum Vol. 3** Download here (right click and save as…)

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Saga – Pretty Thing [Audio x Download]

Saga’s impressive creative streak can’t (and won’t) be stopped this year, as he follows up the chest-thumping “The Warrior” with a smooth and funky pimpin’ anthem in “Pretty Thing.” The rising emcee teamed up with fellow Brooklynite and up-and-coming producer Agassi for this track, which deviates from the pure banger of “The Warrior” for something a little more lowkey and perfect for the warmer weather. From the jazzy, melodic keys of the instrumental to Saga’s sweet-talkin’ rhymes—particularly the story he kicks on the third verse—“Pretty Thing” glides by with an unabashed cool. It’s the type of joint you’ll want to queue up for lazy weekend afternoons, when you’re begging for a swift breeze to cut through the hellish heat. And just like the other tracks he’s been releasing so far this year, “Pretty Thing” is a loosie that won’t appear on any upcoming project. That being said, he is working on something new, but just consider these songs an appetizer for what’s to come later this year. “Pretty Thing” is available for free download, and it can be streamed via SoundCloud, AudioMack, Spotify, and Tidal.

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Saga – The Warrior [Audio]

To say the least, Saga has had one hell of a 2016 so far. In addition to dropping a series of killer and stylistically fresh joints (“If We,” “What You Want,” and “Up”), the Brooklyn rapper just got back from a 17-city tour of Europe where he opened for Asher Roth. Saga was also working on and debuting new material, like his latest banger “The Warrior,” that had the crowd going crazy everywhere he went. You can blame the hook of “The Warrior” for that, as it’s inherently made for live stages and audience interaction. Sure enough, the EU crowds were chanting the chorus right alongside Saga, who pays homage (and compares himself to) to mental and physical warriors throughout the track. From calling himself “a modern-day Shogun” who’s a “strategist like Sun Tzu” to shouting out the likes of Tesla and da Vinci, the Bk emcee covers all the bases while demonstrating that he’s easily one of the year’s finest rising talents. It only helps that dude has a great ear for beats, with this slapper produced by London’s Quincey Tones. “The Warrior” is available for streaming now and is not affiliated with any forthcoming projects or releases from Saga.

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Saga feat. Blu – Up [Audio]

Saga’s latest hot streak of loosies (“If We” and “What You Want’) continues today with the super-smooth “Up,” which also celebrates his impending string of European shows opening for Asher Roth. But before he takes the stage in Basel, Switzerland this Saturday night, the Brooklyn resident is toasting the good life by putting his past behind him and focusing on the future. Despite leaving those folks in the dust, he’s not without worthwhile teammates. “Up” features a pair of equally talented collaborators. The jazzy, blunted instrumental is handled by acclaimed French producer/turntablist 20syl, whose accolades include four DMC championships as part of C2C. On the vocal side, the seemingly always-on Blu offers an assist throughout, which includes bringing home the third verse after Saga passes him the mic. Beyond kicking off Saga’s tour dates, the track’s release couldn’t be more appropriate. “Up” is definitely the type of tune you’ll be playing through the spring and well into the summer. The track is now available for stream, and can be purchased for download via iTunes and all major digital retailers.

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