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DON’T SLEEP: J. Bizness “Flips” [BEAT TAPE]

Here’s how you start off a day of posts! J. Bizness drops a ridiculous free instrumental project called “Flips” that I got in my Gmail folder this morning and have been playing nonstop since. I figured that I should stop being greedy (no Earl Simmons) and share with the rest of the class. Here you go. Salute to J. Bizness & the entire team @ Illregular Instrumentals LLC. DON’T SLEEP!


DON’T SLEEP: Rappers I Know x J.Bizness 3P Series: Instrumentals [Vol.1-6] [BEAT TAPE]

This ridiculous beat tape chock full of J.Bizness slaps mixed by J-br05ki can be yours for only $5. You need to hear these jawns concocted by the Illregular Instrumentals general to get your musical life right. DON’T SLEEP!


DON’T SLEEP: Strange Fruit Project “A Dreamer’s Journey” [NEW PROJECT]

This reminds me of the first time I ever heard the lead single off Strange Fruit Project’s debut LP “The Healing” when I was on Okayplayer back in the days and how blown away I was by it. Not too long afterwards, I can recall hearing the album and thinking to myself that two groups that I heard that year via OKP (Tanya Morgan & Strange Fruit Project) had serious potential to be among my favorite groups much in the way Little Brother had become. Five years later and I feel like that feeling I initially had was for good reason…

I’m often critical of music in this modern age because too many people accept mediocrity. This is FAR from mediocre music, it’s extraordinary. This is the kind of music that inspires me to write and gives me hope that somewhere in my Gmail inbox I’m going to hear something that will give me another “The first time I ever heard…” story 5 years from now. Salute Symbolyc One, Myth & Myone. Shout out to VohnBeatz (I know your voice when I hear it!). Cop “A Dreamer’s Journey” and don’t sleep!


DON’T SLEEP: A.Dd+ f/Mz. Fortune “Getting Far” (prod. by PicnicTyme) [SINGLE]

I typically don’t embed Bandcamp links (because I’m a dickhead) but after hearing the latest PicnicTyme produced A.Dd+ jawn featuring Mz. Fortune I thought I should rethink my original plan of action. These cats continue to impress me following the release of “When Pigs Fly” with the release of “Jumper Cables” & “Freakquency” in recent months. Salute to Rosalinda. A.Dd+ (the plus is silent) hoe! DON’T SLEEP!


DON’T SLEEP: Strange Fruit Project “A Dreamer’s Journey” [ALBUM SAMPLER]

Symbolyc One (S1), Myone & Myth are back! You can hear the sampler from their upcoming LP “A Dreamer’s Journey” by simply clicking the provided link and streaming it from the Rappers I Know Bandcamp. Don’t sleep on it like you did “The Healing”, “S1’s Music Box” & “M.A.S.K”. You know who S1 is now so you have no excuses anymore!


DON’T SLEEP: A.Dd+ f/Dustin Cavazos “Under” (prod. by Picnictyme) [VIDEO]

Here’s the video to the A.Dd+ song featuring Dustin Cavazos “Under” produced by Picnictyme off of their debut album “When Pigs Fly”. Don’t sleep dammit!


DON’T SLEEP: A.Dd+ “Freakquency” (prod. by Picnic Tyme) [SINGLE]

A.Dd+ (the plus is silent) is back once again with “Freakequency” which is produced by the homie Picnic Tyme. Artwork is done by Upendo Taylor (he did the Random Axe cover) and they’re managed by bawse lady Rosalinda Ruiz. I really dig this jawn. Salute. Don’t sleep!


DON’T SLEEP: Clear Soul Forces “Blow” (prod. by Best Kept Secret) [SINGLE]

Clear Soul Forces new jawn “Blow” produced by Best Kept Secret with artwork done by FWMJ just dropped today. It’s dope, too! Don’t sleep…


DON’T SLEEP: DJ Jazzy Jeff x Ayah “Back For More” [NEW ALBUM]

It’s been a long wait (more than a year) but the DJ Jazzy Jeff x Ayah album “Back For More” will get a proper release today after the “This Way” album sampler initially dropped. Salute to the homie FWMJ for the excellent cover art and salute to Jazzy Jeff, James Poyser, Demien DeSandies & Ayah for making such an excellent album. Cop it right damb now. Don’t sleep!


DON’T SLEEP: DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah “Back For More” [NEW UPCOMING ALBUM]

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah’s “Back For More” will finally drop on July 12th, 2011. I can’t wait for you all to hear it. Here are a few videos that can do a better job of selling this album than I can. DON’T SLEEP!


DON’T SLEEP: DJ Jazzy Jeff x Ayah “Notorious” (prod. by Jazzy Jeff) [SINGLE]

It’s been a long wait (slightly more than a year) but the DJ Jazzy Jeff x Ayah album “Back for More” will get a proper release on July 12th, 2011. Here is the official lead single “Notorious” via DJ Booth.net. This is ill. Can’t wait for the album to finally drop…


DON’T SLEEP: Brooklyn Bodega x Unique Squared x Rappers I Know x Producers I Know x Sonicbids “Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Mixtape” [CONTEST]

Brooklyn Bodega, Unique Squared, Rappers I Know and Producers I Know are in search of producers with beats and instrumental tracks that can be used on this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Official Mixtape. Unique Squared will bring their mobile recording studio tour bus to the festival this July to record various MCs with selected producers beats. At least 2 Sonicbids producers will be selected for the 2011 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Mixtape.

Presented by Brooklyn Bodega, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is one of America’s premier hip hop events, and is known for giving independent artists the chance to perform alongside legends like Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Group Home, Masta Ace, Smif N Wessun, Lupe Fiasco (in his NYC debut), and many more. Brooklyn natives M.O.P. and Torae have just been added to the 2011 festival lineup alongside Q-Tip (and “friends”), Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Random Axe, Nitty Scott and Kid Glyde.

Check out this video recorded on the Unique Squared Mobile Studio (shown above) @ SXSW featuring Tanya Morgan, King Mez and Skyzoo. Submit your EPK for a chance to have a featured BHF act record over your track! For more info, go to Unique Squared’s statement HERE & Sonicbids HERE


DON’T SLEEP: Rappers I Know presents J. Bizness 3P Vol. 9: Futuristic [NEW PROJECT]

The latest installment of  FWMJ x J.Bizness‘ 3P series features bars from Futuristic on 3 jawns, “Focus”, “I Do What I Say” & “Clap, Move”. Go listen to J. Bizness’ latest opus with Futuristic featured on it here. Don’t sleep on the Illregular Instrumentals Collective


DON’T SLEEP: Ayah “When It Comes To You” (prod. by Nick Brongers)” [SHORT FILM]

Canadian songstress Ayah (“Problem Woman”, “4:15” and the upcoming Jazzy Jeff collaboration “This Way”) just dropped this short film directed by Slakah The Beatchild (“Soul Movement Vol. 1” , several beat tapes  & “Something Forever”) to promote her song “When It Comes To You” which was produced by Nick Brongers. Don’t sleep…


DON’T SLEEP: Danny Brown “Blunt After Blunt” (prod. by SKYWLKR) [SINGLE]

The homie Danny Brown recently dropped another jawn he did with SKYWLKR via Twitter last night. I would’ve posted it then but for some odd reason the WiFi in my house wouldn’t work with either my G4’s or my iPod Touch. Only my brother’s MacBook & his iPhone. That’s a sign if there ever was one. In any event, here’s some new Danny Brown, “Blunt After Blunt”. Enjoy:

Danny Brown “Blunt After Blunt” (prod. by SKYWLKR) [DIVSHARE LINK]


FWMJ’s Rappers I Know x Gigacrate SXSW Showcase 3.17.2011 Live @ Beso Cantina [VIDEO]

FWMJ’s SXSW showcase featured performances by Mela Machinko, Danny Brown, Just Blaze, The Luv Bugz, The Niyat, Tanya Morgan, Clear Soul Forces, Hueston Independent Spit District, A.DD+, The Legendary K.O.  and surprise performances from Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli & Freeway. Since you didn’t make it to SXSW (neither did I) & Rappers I Know is currently down you can view this here for the time being…


DON’T SLEEP: Beat*Society x Native Instruments @ Tammany Hall (2.12.2011) [VIDEO]

Khyrsis x Nottz x !llmind x Native Instruments Maschine = MONSTER BLAPS. I swear my explanations for stuff could only be written by me, mayne. Interviews included in the clip below. Salute Beat*Society & Native Instruments. Shout out to Slopfunkdust.


DON’T SLEEP: !llmind “Behind The Curtain” [NEW INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM]

The homie !llmind first appeared on my radar when he used to post on UGHH.com and when he produced the classic track “Remind My Soul” for hometown hero Akrobatik. He’s continued to make heatrocks throughout the better part of a decade for a laundry list of my favorite artists and I kept up with his output over the years via Okayplayer & Rappers I Know.

His new instrumental LP “Behind The Curtain” drops digitally and physically on Tuesday via Nature Sounds along with the audio stems from each track included. There was a remix contest involved with this album & below is part one of a promotion video series in which !llmind tells his back story. I met dude in Brooklyn @ the Fat Beats pop up shop for Record Store Day & apologized for never making it to one of his B.L.A.P. events before he rocked. I heard the album, it’s outraaaaaaaaaaaageeous! © Lionel Richie. Cop it!


DON’T SLEEP: Clear Soul Forces “I Got You Open” (prod. by Mr. Porter) [SINGLE]

Clear Soul Forces reappears on the scene murdering a Mr. Porter beat that we last heard on a Jay Electronica demo called “Hagler”. You can listen to the song over @ Rappers I Know and download the jawn “I Got You Open” from the wonderful folks @ Audible Treats or vote here & help them get to Bonnaroo 2011.