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Book: The Art of Emcee-ing by Stic.man of dead prez

The Art of Emcee-ing by Stic.man of dead prez

Award-winning MC, songwriter, and producer Stic.man (of dead prez) recently released his book The Art of Emcee-ing. Its tagline states that it was “written by an emcee for emcees.”

It includes tips on beating writer’s block, mastering different flows, improving one’s live performances, and straightforward advice on taking one’s music career to the next level.

The Art of Emcee-ing is the first book of its kind. This is not a book about the history of rap. Nor is this a book about who’s who in the industry. This book is about the art, science and techniques of emcee-ing. It gives u a step-by-step instructional guide on learning to create, write, record, publish and profit from your own songs.

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E.R. – “Rice n Beans & Fried Cheese” Free Mixtape Download

One of my favorite up & coming rap crews is Miami’s own Down South Infantry, better known as DSI Entertainment. The collective was founded by two talented MCs, K-OTIC and Baysiqly, and these cats have been consistently dropping under-the-radar gems for a few years now.

Another member of the camp is my buddy E.R. In fact, it’s because of E.R. — whom I initially got to know as DaMadScientizt on the infamous Wodie/SC boards — that I became aware of the DSI crew. After toiling in the studio for months, E.R. has finally dropped his debut mixtape, Rice n Beans & Fried Cheese. Featuring artists such as Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Lupe Fiasco, B.Z., and K-OTIC over a mixture of familiar tracks and original production, Rice n Beans is a banger.

This is not the typical cocaine rap that the 305 is known for these days, so please give this a chance. Tracklisting and download link after the jump.

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Let That Bitch Breathe: Nas and Jay-Z Performing Live at Rock the Bells

It's what you expected, ain't it?!

Yep, Rock the Bells was this past weekend. Nope, I did not go. Shit, I was hoping I wouldn’t still be in NYC over the weekend, but whatevs. My life is God’s favorite sitcom these days.

Anyway, this is not about me, this is about a great performance. Miss Info has three videos posted on her blog, all giving a different vantage point of Jay-Z coming on stage to perform with Nas. The performance starts off with the lead verse of Jay-Z’s “Success” before launching into Nas’ explosively epic “Black Republican.” Enjoy Miss Info’s video after the jump. Continue reading

Hip-Hop’s Alive: “Sumthin’s Gotta Give” by Big Boi featuring Mary J. Blige

Outkast’s Big Boi is slated to release his solo album Sir Luscious Leftfoot … Son of Chico Dusty in October, and so he’s dropped the second single, “Sumthin’s Gotta Give” featuring the incomparable Mary J. Blige. (The first single was the fanfuckingtastic “Royal Flush” with Andre 3000 and Raekwon the Chef.)

With the commercial success of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III and the critical favorite Nigger, this is further proof that hip-hop music, and by extension, the culture, is not dead. It simply needs an injection of what made it so unique and exciting in the beginning: creativity, positivity, political activism, and soul. As Daddy Fat Sax told media insiders earlier this week:

I chose this song first because being in the game, I feel a responsibility to entertain but also lecture about life … I’d rather get people to vote instead of running to the strip club

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Iron Mic: Return of the Wack Rap Battle

Now he's the best mayne. He did it.

I am at a loss for words.

The good folks over at It’s An Infinite Cycle have unearthed yet another Iron Mic freestyle battle, this time between two gentlemen vying for the title of “Santa Claus of the Iron Mic.” I shit you not.

For those of you unfamiliar with Iron Mic, click here to witness the classic freestyle battle featuring YouTube rap legend Eli Porter, a rapper unjustly robbed of his clear victory against Envy by the judges. And fans of Marv-O will be very happy. The original “touchy feely” Iron Mic host makes a glorious return, this time as a judge. Check out the video after the jump. Continue reading

Is Chris Brown Really Dissing Ne-Yo?


Yes, I know this is mad late, but since sooooooooooo many of you demanded it, here’s the reply (?) from Chris Breezy to Mr. Matrix, and yes, it’s done over Weezy’s “A Milli.” Now, I don’t know if this actually qualifies as a diss or a response. It just is what it is. And to be fair, I like this better than Ne-Yo’s “freestyle” only because Young Brown switches it up a bit.

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Is Ne-Yo Really Dissing Chris Brown?

Okay, now I’ve heard everything. I like the pop-&-B music of both young Chris Brown and Ne-Yo, so it’s difficult to really believe they are embroiled in some kind of beef. (I may be mistaken, but hasn’t Ne-Yo written songs — hit songs, at that — for Young Brown?) So imagine my surprise when I hear that Ne-Yo has crafted a diss record, supposedly leveling shots at CB.

R&B cats dissing each other via song, you say. Isn’t that strange? Why, yes, it is, although it’s admittedly not completely unheard of. But what’s even stranger is that Mr. Irreplaceable isn’t singing in his diss track — he’s rapping. Limp braggadocio and lyrical clumsiness over the instrumental to Lil Wayne’s new classic “A Milli” after the jump. Continue reading