The A-side of the next installment in Mello Music Group’s 7” Series comes from Diamond District/1978er producer/emcee yU. The gruff DMV MC is known for philosophical street rap but “Dreams” takes a different route - the result a hauntingly beautiful track likely to end up on repeat. Enlisting Danedra Rowell on vocals, yU eschews the new age boom-bap that got him noticed for something closer to all of our heartstrings. Featuring no rapped bars, “Dreams” is a bittersweet ballad that is less literal than emotive. It captures that late-night, pensive feeling us music heads are very familiar with. yU is able to craft a sound that is universal and hyper-local, breaking new ground for himself musically. The drums sound like they could be on any Diamond District-related project but the melody and chords don’t sound too far from something that could find its way onto radio. Peeling back yet another layer of sound from his extensive pallet, yU is proving his versatility as a musician. “Dreams” along with the b-side “Prior Days” officially comes out on limited edition (300 copies only) vinyl 7” this Tuesday – though it is shipping early from MMG now!
Da More Fire Monday - The Correct Flava To Start Your Week
Host: DJ P.R.
Heavy hit after heavy hit - you know the motto!
Record Of The Day: Ryan Leslie feat. Raekwon - Live Good
Jay Rock - YOLA
Ab-Soul - Nibiru
ScHoolBoy Q - Party
Kendrick Lamar feat. Young Jeezy - Westside, Right On Time
Kendrick Lamar feat. Dr. Dre - The Recipe
Brother Ali - 4th King
Rick Ross feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z - 3 Kings
Nas - BacK When
Nas - No Introduction
DJ Khaled feat. Scarface, Nas & DJ Premier - Hip Hop
**Record Of The Day**
Ryan Leslie feat. Raekwon - Live Good
Aaliyah feat. Drake - Enough Said
Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
Frank Ocean - Swim Good
The Weeknd - The Morning
It's Day 12, and if you haven't been up on Raw Energy up to now, allow Dashius Clay out of Florida really tell you what's going on. With a submission of the same name, "What's Goin On" hits this Friday hard with a track that he not only produced himself but also spits some real tough lyrics that are without a doubt sure to put anyone in the zone. Easily an anthem to close out the summer as well as this project strong, Dash raises the bar that was already high, even higher. Hit that play button.
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Common gives us an update on the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music album "Cruel Summer" and explains how Kanye pushes him to be a better artist.
Bling47 Breaks takes you on a journey into samples used by J Dilla. Filmed, edited and animated and directed by Waajeed.
Anyone who’s in the know of New York night life could tell you about Akalepse. Co-architech of Props with Rich Medina every wednesday at LPR and manager of label that produced Aloe Blacc’s smash single, ” I Need A Dollar” Truth and Soul. Lepse knows records… Very well. I sat with him last summer in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with Nasty Bird to talk records. He pulled out this goodie from his home team and the crowd went nuts. Check truthandsoulrecords.com. Enjoy! - Jeedo
Jay Rock and Ab-Soul talk Kendrick Lamar & Lady Gaga, plus their delayed Slaughterhouse collaboration.
Eve talks about some of her favorite current female MCs at Rock the Bells 2012 in San Bernardino, CA.