DJ P.R.’s 2017 Year-End List

Here are my favorite joints of 2017.

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Various Artists – Beats, Mines And Life: An Instrumental Journey [Album Stream]

To celebrate the many phenomenal instrumentals that have landed on our projects over the years, Coalmine Records is pleased to release of our first instrumental compilation, “Beats, Mines and Life: An Instrumental Journey”. The 14 tracks on here capture the brilliance of several of the producers we’ve worked with in recent years. These include numerous living legends who have carved out a massive niche in the game, including the likes of Nottz, Ayatollah, M-Phazes, and Khrysis. Also featured are the underground stalwarts like DJ Concept, Max I Million, J57, Small Professor, and Thelonious Martin, all of whom are cementing their place in the Hip-Hop world. The 50 minute “Journey” highlights both serious bangers and low-key headnodders alike. For the trunk-rattlers, we have joints like M-Phazes’ shimmering beat for Blu’s 2012 single, “Kiss The Sky”, in addition to his creeping “Midnight Madness” instrumental from Heltah Skeltah’s 2011 EP of the same name. Elsewhere, you’re bound to break your neck to Nottz’ “Atlantis” (off his “Titans in the Flesh” EP with Blu), chill along to J57’s dusty “The Art of Sole” (off Aaron Rose’s 2016 EP, “Elixir”), and feel the soul of Thelonious Martin’s “They Don’t Know” (off his 2017 released “Molotov” LP with Saga). Like many of our releases, “Beats, Mines and Life” pays homage to the Hip-Hop greats who have come before us. Of course, the title is a callback to A Tribe Called Quest’s classic 1996 LP, “Beats, Rhymes & Life”, and a tribute to the life and art

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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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Rhythm Roulette w/ Thelonious Martin [Video]

Mass Appeal links up with Thelonious Martin on this episode of Rhythm Roulette. In this week’s edition of Rhythm Roulette we met up with Thelonious Martin at A1 Records on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Hot off the heels of last week’s release of Molotov, his joint album with Brooklyn’s very own Saga, Martin took us to Virtue and Vice Studios in Williamsburg to show us how one of Chicago’s finest producers chops up a sound he doesn’t usually work with. “I’ve been on record saying, I’m not a fan of disco….unfortunately”, Martin told the crew at Mass Appeal.

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TrackBlasters Radio: 22.02.17

Da Wednesday Underground Flava – Underground & Old School Tunes Non-Stop Host: DJ P.R. Heatrock after heatrock – you know the motto! Press play and enjoy. Record Of The Day: Roc Marciano – Pray 4 Me Playlist Scram Jones feat. Uncle Murda, Dave East & Styles P – NYC Driveby Thelonious Martin – Boujee Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee DMX feat. Swizz Beatz – Bane Is Back Raekwon – This Is What It Comes Too Raekwon feat. G-Eazy – Purple Brick Road The Council feat. Tha God Fahim – Valhalla Doctrine R-Mean – Land Of The Free R-Mean feat. Compton Menace – Not With It Joey Bada$$ – Land Of The Free Joey Bada$$ – Victory Prodigy – Mafuckin U$A J. Cole – High For Hours **Record Of The Day** Roc Marciano – Pray 4 Me M-Dot feat. Method Man & Dominique Larue – Shine Download here (right click and save as…)

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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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