Jamo Gang – Straight, No Chase (Video)

Jamo Gang (El Gant x Ras Kass) rip over a J57 banger flexing their lyrical stylings. This could easily be an anthem for all of us who endeavor to a higher level of hip hop. El Gant and Ras Kass are a potent duo. Ras Kass is a legend and one of the all time greatest wordsmiths to do it, and while El Gant might not have the same notoriety, he is not to be bested. He spits bars with an equal measure of tenacity and venom.

Look out for the album this summer! It’s going to be one to remember!

Single You Out: Koncept & J57 – Live Forever (ft. Dice Raw)

Koncept and J57 drop something truly melodic with this cut, Live Forever.  J57 melds the drums with the piano for something that has a classic and vintage vibe and Koncept puts together bars that encourage living life to the fullest and shunning the nonsense.  A lot of us put so much work in to life that we need to take time to love the moment.

The Fuel EP drops on November 20th.

Single You Out: Juan Deuce – You Right (prod. by J57)

Some new music from Juan Deuce is here and more is on the way with the J57 produced project, Sock Money, dropping in a few days (September 23rd) on Soulspazm Records.  Deuce is great because he is an innovator.  It’s never standard fair when it comes to his verses.  That style is complimented perfectly with J57 on the production.  These guys do differently oh so well.

Single You Out: Jus Daze – I Miss… (prod. by J57)

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Jus Daze and J57 link up to remiss on some better times with the track, I Miss…   The track has a dichotomy about it in the sense that it’s both serious and playful.  The latter is much in part to the production from J57. The press release that accompanied this track suggests a new EP is in the work for Jus Daze which is always welcome news.

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Single You Out: J57 – Been A Long Time (ft. ATR) (prod. by Exile)

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Good lord, man!  I mean double good God!  Seven Hail Marys and Three Holy Mollies!  J57 is an outstanding producer in his own right but what Exile did on this track, with that sample, is on some ‘holier than thou’ tip.  That’s just outstanding.  I get down for some good production but that’s remarkable.  And not to get lost in the mix is that J57 can hold the mic right.  He’s a very underrated emcee, mostly because he’s known as a great producer.  Things might start changing when it comes to being underrated when people here his new project, Wax Aesthetic, dropping January 28th.

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Top 50 Songs (2013)

Disclaimer:  It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year.  It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012.  Click the links to listen to the song!  I think it’s a great list.  There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones.  I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!

1. Said BeforeGoldini Bagwell

2. Rhyme Of The YearNino Bless

3. BelieversMayday

4. Outlive, Outshine Theo3

5.  WarStryfe and Marc Byrd

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Single You Out: Coarse Company (Tenacity & Koncept) – City Hurts (ft J57 & Natalie Andrea)

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Koncept & Tenacity make up the group Coarse Company.  The combination proves to be really dope.  Koncept has been dropping consistently dope material for a few years now.  Tenacity released a couple of dope albums this year and I will just let it be said:  He was the HHD runner-up for our Artist Of The Year this year.   You don’t just drop two dope albums and not get noticed.

The J57 produced song, City Hurts comes from their upcoming project, Same Page, which comes out next week.   This song bodes well for the quality of the project.