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AZ – The Come Up (Ritchcraft Remix) [Video]

It’s no easy task to remake a DJ Premier-produced record, but that’s exactly what Ritchcraft recently attempted.

For the fourth installment of his Tuesday remix series, the Nova Scotia, Canada producer flipped AZ’s “The Come Up” from 2005’s A.W.O.L. The result is a brand new feel to the song, equipped with intense strings and snapping snares.

Be on the lookout for more Ritchcraft remixes, culminating in a downloadable EP when the series is finished. Check out his Vimeo page for more fresh remixes.

I’ve included the original below for comparison’s sake, so feel free to hit the comment section with your thoughts.

Shouts to the man himself and Sadie for the video, Enjoy!

Download: AZ – The Come Up prod. DJ Premier (Original)


Street Hop Sampler


Here’s something to start the week off proper.

Check out the snippets for one of my most highly-anticipated 4th quarter albums, Royce Da 5’9’s Street Hop.

I wish Primo produced more of this, but the track list looks dope regardless especially that Phonte feature and the Bun B & Joell Ortiz collab. I’m also interested to hear those productions by Mr. Porter and Green Lantern.

Shouts to DJ Premier Blog for the link & list, hopefully this will hold you over until it leaks drops on October 20th. Enjoy!

Download: Royce Da 5’9″ – Street Hop Album Sampler

Track List:

1. Gun Harmonizing (Feat. Crooked I) (Produced by Emile)
2. Count For Nothing (Produced by Streetrunner)
3. Soldier (Feat. Kid Vishis)
4. Something 2 Ride (Feat. Phonte)
5. Dinner Time (Feat. Busta Rhymes)
6. Far Away
7. The Warriors (Feat. Slaughterhouse) (Produced by Streetrunner)
8. …A Brief Intermission (Skit)
9. New Money (Produced by Streetrunner)
10. Shake This (Produced by DJ Premier)
11. Gangsta (Feat. Trick Trick)
12. Mine In Thiz (Produced by Mr. Porter)
13. Street Hop 2010 (Produced by Six July)
14. Thing For Your Girlfriend (Hoe Jack) (Feat. Kay Young)
15. On The Run
16. Murder
17. Bad Boy (Feat. Jungle Rock Jr.) (Produced by DJ Green Lantern)
18. Part Of Me (Produced by Carlos Broady)
19. Love From The Hood (Feat. Bun B & Joell Ortiz) (Produced by DJ Premier)


Sound (& Video) Table 8/20/09

For today’s edition of the Sound Table I had to include some new videos storming the innanets. Up top is “Run This Town” from Jay-Z’s upcoming LP Blueprint 3 featuring Rihanna & Kanye West, down below is the remix to Jamie Foxx’s “Digital Girl” with ‘Yeezy, The-Dream & Drake.

After that are some gems, including a demo tape from Eminem’s early years and the album that B.o.B. should put out if Atlantic wasn’t bullshitting taking their sweet time. It reminds me of Little Brother’s Getback all over again.

Ready? Enjoy!

Sound Table

Black Milk – In The AM

B.o.B. – Should Have Been The First Album (Mixtape) [Shouts to Shake]

Drake ft. Nipsey Hussle – Killers

Eminem – Demo Tracks – 1988-1991

Genius/GZA – Cold World – CD Single – 1996 [Shouts to Freestyle Madness]

DJ Haylow – The Legendary DJ Premier Mix [Thanks Kev!]

Killer Mike ft. OJ Da Juiceman – In The Kitchen 

Pitbull ft. B.o.B. – Across The World prod. Jim Jonsin

Sene – PaperPlanePushers (prod. Blu) [Shouts to the homie BMUSE at Always Hustle]

Warren G ft. Nate Dogg & Raekwon – 100 Miles & Running


Introducing: $port


It’s easy to get away from just making dope shit because you’re trying to outdo everybody around you.

As lengendary MC Rakim affirmed “it ain’t where you from, it’s where you at.”  Boom-bap distributor and up-and-coming producer Kyle “$port” Hayes hopes to boost Ohio’s rep in the hip-hop landscape by letting everyone know about both his beginnings and current endeavors.

The gifted Toledoan is in full grind mode, churning out funky beats and soulful sound-scapes on an instrumental effort Episode 1, a blend tape inspired by Clipse, in addition to upcoming projects with Providence, Rhode Island MC Theo Martins plus a second full-length conceptual instrumental album.

I recently had the opportunity to chop it up with the stand-up guy, genuine $port about a variety of topics including his inspirational process, who he considers the 2009 version of Gang Starr, his dream collaboration, the prevailing ailment of hip-hop and what it’s like to be a rap romantic.

Dom Corleone: State your age and where you’re reppin for the people.

$port: $port.  Live from Toledo, Ohio. 24 years young.

D: Get it in Ohio!  Bad cam reference, I’ll refrain.

$: (Laughs) That’s not the first time I’ve heard it, and it probably won’t be the last.

D: I can assure you it won’t be. (Laughs) Bring me back to when you first started producing. How did you get into it?

$: Well, as cliché as it sounds, I’ve been making music all my life.  My older brother Kev always had the latest and the greatest in his music collection and I would just raid his CDs and tapes.

From that I would, like, go pick up my See-n-Say and try to mimic Premo or try and beatbox like Biz [Markie].  I was always around music, so I guess it was a natural progression for me to want to try my hand at it. But as far as “professionally,” I’ve only been at it for about 2 or 3 years.

D: Was there a specific moment where you said “this is what I wanna do?”  A “Eureka” moment, if you will.

$: I would have to say the first time I had heard Gangstarr’s Daily Operation album.  Some of the stuff DJ Premier was doing on that album was just amazing to me at the time.  I remember my brother playing that tape all the time and I would just be in awe.  Particularly at ‘Soliloquy of Chaos’.  It just sounded so… angelic to me.  And the two interludes?  Ah man!  But that was when I decided that “Yeah, I wanna do that.”

Hit the jump for the entire interview.

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Royal Court & Sound Table 6/29/09

Royal Court

Royal Court:

Fathers of Rap Volume 3: Michael Jackson (In Case You Are Sleepin’) [via HHIR]

7 Best and 7 Worst Moments from the BET Awards [via TRU]

Big Boi Pimp Slaps NYC [via Dallas Penn]

Lady Gaga’s Maxim Spread [via The Amajanese Blog]

Miss Armour

[Miss Armour reppin’ Union, NJ]

Sound Table:

Clipse ft. Keri Hilson & Pharrell – Eyes On Me (CDQ) [via Splash]

DJ Premier’s Michael Jackson Tribute Mix [via HypeBeast]

Lupe Fiasco – Ladies & Gentleman (Snippet)

Lupe Fiasco – 2 Ways (Snippet) [both Lupe snippets via LupE.N.D. Blog]

Styles P – The Ghost Sessions (Mixtape) [via Steady Bloggin]


Event Reminder: Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 6/18 – 6/21

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

From luminary MC’s Notorious B.I.G. & Big Daddy Kane to respected lyricists Jay-ZAZ, FabolousMos Def & Talib Kweli, from underground stalwarts Smif-N-Wessun, M.O.P., Black Moon & Jeru Da Damaja to famous females Lil’ Kim & Foxy Brown, there’s no denying Brooklyn’s impact on hip-hop history.

For the past 4 years, Brooklyn Bodega has celebrated the borough’s musical & cultural influence by hosting the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.  Hit the jump for more details about this year’s Festival.

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