Anyone who says hip-hop is dead hasn’t checked out Chicago’s SaveMoney collective. The most famous name to come out of the group to this point has been Chance the Rapper, but all that is about to change with the drop of Joey Purps’ debut, iiiDrops.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “But Joey Purps has been building his name for the last year featuring bars on several tracks,” which is true. But fam, check it. The singles he has been releasing on the path to his debut have been some of the most fire hip hop I’ve heard in a minute. First came “Photobooth,” with it’s James Brown horn section samples and just the right amount of space floating between the booming beat.

Enter his second single, “Girls.”

Following in the footsteps of “Photobooth,” there’s a lot going on in this song and yet maintains a minimal sound that keeps it honest. Produced by Knox Fortune–another SaveMoney member who recently made his debut on Chance’s latest mixtape, Coloringbook,– “Girls” plays between a rubbery, bouncing bass and odd sounds like chimes, bubble pops and a subtle rhythm in the background as if someone is drumming on a drinking glass. So how did he create so much space for Purp and Chance to lay their flows so smoothly?

Purp and crew are creating new, exciting music with an old school flow and feel that feels almost timeless. I guess the future will tell but for now, turn this shit up loud!!!

iiiDrops on May 27th





Whhhhooaaaa, hold up.  How did this one pass us up??? Luckily the video just dropped last week, so we can pick up the fumble.

For every person who had their friends clownin’ on yo girl and you had to yell out, “She ain’t fat, just a lil thick,” this song is for you. The man who likes everything gold, Trinidad James, has joined forces with NOLA alumni, Mystikal and our newest favorite, Jewish rapper, Lil’ Dicky. This party jam celebrates the curvier side of life and all the joys they can bring. And honestly, how can anyone not love Mystikal angrily yelling lines like “She ain’t chubby, she juicy!” ???

The video is even more fun and outrageous with shots of Lil Dicky eating food in a hot tub with two thick hotties and even a random, mariachi midget getting it on under a table. Sure, maybe it’s a little offensive, but that’s one of the reasons why we all love  hip hop, right? Besides, ain’t nothing wrong with celebrating the big ladies. Like Mystikal says, “sure she might be a little round but she look like Beyonce layin’ down.”


After two years, we finally get a new album from the Trap Lord himself, A$AP FERG. Dropped this month, Always Strive and Prosper, finds the Harlem rapper evolving his style with songs that are–dare I say–happier than on his 2014 release, Trap Lord. Which is a weird thing to write, because the album still has its dark moments, as on “Hungry Ham,”–about his hometown streets–even if the music itself is upbeat and features Skrillex and Crystal Caines. Along with those two unlikely collaborations, A$AP’s sophmore album features an array of guest artists picked from some of the newest hip hop crop–like Big Sean–to established names in the game like Future and even Missy Elliot.

Therein lies the enigma of Always Strive and Prosper. Half of the album showcases dance-able, happy music with the usual morbid, hip hop lyrics. The other half features slower, more somber beats flowing under lyrics that–while introspective–are more positive than we’ve heard from Ferg in the past. Case in point, his latest single.

On Flem, with a beautiful and head-banging beat by Kirk Knight, Ferg gets deep about his life and how it has changed in the last six years since joining his high school friends in the A$AP Mob. He discusses the fame, playing Coachella and realizing just how crazy it all has been. Then there are lyrics like this:

I could’ve fucked my life up

with the Bobby ‘n Whitney route

God bless ’em

Them drugs is a weapon

would get me so high i had to learn my lesson

bet i came a long way from depression

dealing with oppression

A true heart-to-heart with the listener and far more telling of where he is these days. Clear minded and focused on the game, A$AP Ferg is back and here to always strive and prosper.


Euphoric / Euphoric Styles /



Just in time for the holidaze comes a blazin’ new track from Compton’s own, The Game. “2 Blunts”–featuring smoker supreme, Wiz Khalifa and the sultry, Lorine Chia–is some of that fire hip hop any smoker can chill to. Produced by Free P, the track floats on a cloud of smoke nostalgic to early Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony while keeping the Game’s heavy-handed, West Coast beats.

Only two things can make this track better and if we have to tell you what they are, you ain’t been listening. Light it, up!


What do you get when you cross a reigning hip-hop DJ with one of today’s hottest acts? The incredibly banging, new track from DJ Shadow, “Nobody Speak” featuring Run the Jewels. It’s the latest to be released from Shadow’s forthcoming album,  The Mountain Will Fall due June 24th.

For all you youngins out there, DJ Shadow helped blaze the 2000s DJ scene with his critically acclaimed, 1996 debut, Entroducing. That album has since been called one of the best albums of all-time by numerous publications like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Slant. He has since gone on to continue his experimental music with an arsenal of over 60,000 records.

Of course, Run the Jewels is the combination of Killer Mike and El-P. After debuting their first, self-titled album for FREE in 2013, Run the Jewels has since gone on to become one of the hottest acts in hip hop. Whether it’s Coachella, Bonaroo, Madison Square Garden, or supporting presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, Run the Jewels has infiltrated pop culture as well as the playlists of every teenager to 30-something.

This latest track is the best mix of both worlds. DJ Shadow mixes a beat as cool as anything on a Tarantino soundtrack while Killer Mike bodies the mic with his deadly delivery. Bump this one loud and get in a euphoric state of mind.


Run The Jewels   publicity PR 2014 credit: Michael Schmelling via Trevor de Brauw/Biz3
Run The Jewels
publicity PR 2014
credit: Michael Schmelling
Trevor de Brauw/Biz3





It’s April, the sun’s out and that means it’s time to work on the beach tan during the day and pop bottles in the sweat-filled clubs at night. No party gets cracking without the right beats and Santa Cruz’s own The Pirate has just the mix to get those asses shaking.

Whether it’s spinning tracks at Emissions or setting up shows with Raindance Productions at clubs throughout San Francisco and Santa Cruz, The Pirate has worked ’round-the-clock in the Bay Area and Northern California EDM scene for a better part of the last decade. With a wide range of musical taste, the Pirate perfectly blends reggae, trap, hip hop, dub and even calypso into hard-hitting, one-of-a-kind tracks.

His latest mix is 29 minutes of slammin’ beats and intoxicating rhythms for the Bass Tribe’s “Spring Bling” series. From start to finish, Pirate pulls the fun and obscure together in a blend you can’t help but play over and over. One glance at that tracklist and it’s easy to see how he managed to gain over 1300 plays in under a week.




Chef Red ft No Tv No Radio – King

Channels – OD (Original Mix/

Cavest – one to the two

Luude – Raichu

DZZ – Build Me

mac – skype

Thook – P P F

wize – the code (prod by ghosttown)

Suma – Matter (Final)

obei – Ruby

EVERLAKE – Turiyah

thefaded. – IXTLI


Popcaan – Where We Come From (The Heatwave Remix)

Busy Signal – Bad Longtime

miss bolivia – bien warrior (djcaution remix)

Chico Navarro – MIRA MIRA (Ghetto Vanessa Edit)

Busta Rhymes – I Love MY Bitch (NICK BIKE 1V EDIT)