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!

Ras Kass – Downward Spiral ft. Bumpy Knuckles and Onyx (Video)

Ras Kass is getting set to release Intellectual Property: Soul On Ice 2 and this is the first cut made public from the project.  I am loving this joint.  I can only hope that the album carries this level of intensity.  I am really feeling the production.   The emcees are all spitting incredible bars and I love how the track finishes with Sticky Fingaz “will” line.

 

Single You Out: Rask Kass x Apollo Brown – Giraffe Pussy (ft. Bishop Lamont, Royce The 5’9″, and Xzibit)

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We all are highly anticipating Ras Kass and Apollo Brown’s release, Blasphemy.  It should be a truly great effort when it comes down to it.  These two gentleman are too talented to produce anything less than something outstanding.  The cut Giraffe Pussy is another lead up to the project which is due out in a couple of weeks on October 28th and features some prominent names in Bishop Lamont, Xzibit (just does the hook), and Royce The 5’9″.

Single You Out: Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – H2O (ft. Pharaoh Monch and Rakaa Iriscience)

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When Apollo Brown and Ras Kass first announced their collaborative album, Blasphemy (due out Oct 28th), it instantly became one of the most anticipated albums for 2014.  H2O is the first single from the project and this should put all heads on notice.   It’s a smooth and soulful offering featuring incredible lyricism.  You would be hard pressed to find something as dope as this track out now.   Enjoy!

Single You Out: Domingo – Machine Gun (ft. Ras Kass)

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Domingo and Ras Kass get a little militant with their new song, Machine Gun, which is featured on the former’s new album, Same Game New Rules.  Ras Kass isn’t playing the pacifist role in this song, he is coming out guns blazing with a Machivellian philosophy.  Do the knowledge…

I haven’t heard the entire album yet, but I have heard a few tracks and they are all banging.  Domingo’s track record is unblemished, so check it on that strength.

 

9th Prince – California Dreaming (ft. Ras Kass) (Video)

9th Prince links up with Left Coast icon, Ras Kass for his new single, California Dreaming.  It’s a definite hip hop lyricist’s take on an old rock classic.   The transition by producer BP was on point.  It maintained enough of the original elements of the song while making the neck snaps with those drums.  This is a single off of 9th Prince’s soon to be released album, Shaolin Prince.

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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