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Off The Radar With Sucio Smash: Feat. Skyzoo & Illmind, Q-Unique And Rah Digga

Finding good music is like finding a nice place to eat. There are a lots of choices out there, some are cheap and mass-produced (McDonalds). Others are harder to come by and don’t have that many locations but once you find that place you know its worth the extra effort.

Luckily for you I like good and healthy food, so let me take you to lunch… my treat. @SucioSmash

 

1. SKYZOO & ILLMIND

"The Winners Circle"

“I got it! I will make a song about Lebron James and his decision”... You know what? On paper this sounds like the worst idea EVER. Leave it up to Skyzoo and Illmind to make this a dope-ass record. Over a beat that will make you zone the f-ck out, Skyzoo takes on King James’ role and paints a vivid picture dropping lines like, “So I’m out here in Greenich/button-up image/My decision decided/bulls’ eye winning/Boys and Girls club sitting with Jim Gray/The discussion is: If or when will things change?” Go cop Live From The Tape Deck—it's a great album, trust me. 

 

2. Q-UNIQUE

"Crack Era"

They say never judge a book by its cover—well I say never judge a song by its title. I was sooo ready to hate on this; good thing I pressed play. Crack Era finds Q-Unique kicking a first-man narrative about the crack era. With lines like “The late '80s crack was running rampant and teenage love turn to when babies made babies” and “Streets ain’t the same and had a Hollywood makeover/others caked off when we should’ve probably take over” you get an idea of how it was in the City of Dreams not too long ago. Peep the video as well, nice!  Between Heaven & Hell out now.

3. BIG TONE

"No Chaser"

 Criminally sleep on: Those are the best three words to describe Big Tone. What else do you need to be popular? Skills, check; production, check (he produces); affiliation, check (Dilla, Dwele). So why are heads not up on Tone like they should? While I wait for that answer, let me provide more evidence of his talent. “No Chaser” is a track off his self-produced EP Flesh & Sole and it plays out as his personal biography. He takes us from his childhood to his beginnings in the Detroit hip-hop scene to finally finding himself.

 

4. RAH DIGGA

"Classic"

 Rah Digga and Nottz team up to bring us "Classic," the title track of their recently released collaborative album. Digga sounds right at home over Nottz hard drums and guitar riffs. No sweet talk here, its all about that Jersey braggadocio. "I am that breed they’re intrigued / girl flow don’t stop like hemophiliacs bleed."

 

5. KAIMBR & KEV BROWN FEAT. RODDY ROD & HASSAN MACKEY

"Army Fatigue Rap"

When done correctly, hip-hop is such an amazing artform. This song is an example of why I am a fan of this sh-t. Peep the chops, peep the flows, peep the punchlines, peep the delivery. When I heard Kev Brown and Kaimbr were doing a project sampling nothing but Al Green (one of my faves EVER, “I’m Glad You’re Mine,” anyone?), I was in. After this song I'm eagerly waiting. The Alexander Green Project will be out in January. Join me as I wait on line—not online, ha! (here’s to hoping for vinyl).

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Given Monday's (Dec. 10) debate about who's the king of R&B, one of the names that steadily popped up in the conversation has stepped onto the scene. In a visual promotion for his A soundscape, Usher released the video for "Peace Sign" alongside producer Zaytoven.

Previously, the pair hit the studio for an eight-track project that pays respect to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was surprise-released in October and effortlessly fuses ATL's aura on the soundscape. Now, the "Peace Sign" video puts that decision into cinematic motion.

"Atlanta offers a certain attitude and a sauce that I can't explain, and it is a little bit in 'No Limit,' it is a little bit in 'TNT.' I'm literally talking sh*t, man," he said in an interview with The Fader. "I'm popping sh*t that I haven't popped, like really ever. And that's what being in the moment creates. When you have months and months to think about it and you begin to analyze all the people who you need to think of and what you want this entire project to work out, you'll lose certain elements of your spontaneity an incredible culture that just happens in the moment. I didn't give that space. I really was honest with the feelings, I was honest with the conversation and I was really in the moment. And I thank Zay for that."

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T.I. Releases Short Film For "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up"

T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

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Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

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A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!! pic.twitter.com/7J6FFsUicS

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

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Meek Mill Is Surrounded By His Day Ones In Visual For "Intro"

Self-proclaimed "Champion of the United States" and Philadelphia-bred rapper Meek Mill delivers the official music video for "Intro" on Monday (Dec. 10).

Directed by Kid Art, the three-minute visual frames Meek's mental state as he re-enters the rap game as he continues to battle the justice system as a young, black man. Presumably surrounded by those he considers family, "Intro" retrospectively takes a look at the 31-year-old's come up as a notable rapper out of North Philly.

Juxtaposing his current lifestyle with not-so-distant memories of the trenches, the video shuffles scenes of club confetti, bullet holes, poured out bottles of Ace of Spades and dirt bikes– a presumed nod to Meek's unjust jail sentence.

"Pouring champagne 'cause all my n***s dead/ If they ain't in the graveyard, then they in the feds/ I give a f**k if that crown heavy, put it on my head" spits Meek over the instrumental to Phil Collins' "In The Air."

Last week (Dec. 2) music engineers Young Guru and Anthony Cruz spoke to VIBE about Meek's choice to sample Collins' "In The Air Tonight" on the track, stating that "Meek had this vision" to flip the classic track since he first heard it in Paid In Full and was glad to finally make it happen in a standout fashion on "Intro."

If you haven't already, be sure to take a look at the official music video for "Intro" up top.

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