July 2010


Video: Matlock – Brand New Nikes

The kid Matlock has some spit to him for sure.  He wrecks the track on this one.  “Brand New Nikes” was produced by Mr. Green, who is probably best know for his recent work with PaceWon.  Matlock also did the scratches on the joint as his DJ was a little too roasted off the, and I quote, “Cali good-good”, to handle the task.   The single is now available for purchase on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon.  His album 2027 is scheduled to drop in the near future.

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J. Cole’s Debut Album To Feature 3 No ID Tracks

Jermaine Cole made his rounds in Chicago today, including a performance at WGCI’s car and bike show, a listening party at Plan B and hosting an event at Ontourage.

Unfortunately, the listening session wasn’t really a listening session as Cole and his camp didn’t want to play any new records in fear of us pesky bloggers and civilians recording and posting. Understandable in this day and age. I did get a chance to speak with J about the album, which is due in September, and I had to ask him about this work with No ID. Cole said he is producing the majority of the album by himself, but three of the non-J. Cole produced tracks, will be handled by No ID. He also said those three tracks are three of the most powerful on the album. Color me excited for that.  I also hear No ID has been lacing Big Sean with some serious heat as well.

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Video: MTV2’s Sucker Free Summit

I mentioned I was participating in MTV2’s first ever Suck Free Summit earlier in the week, and if you follow me on Twitter, I’m sure you caught me talking about it earlier today.  It ran this morning on MTV2 and although my likeness wasn’t featured on TV (I couldn’t make it out to NYC to film my portion), you can catch me alongside the other tastemakers on the Sucker Free Summit site.  I was a great opportunity  and I was honored to be a part of such an esteemed list of contributors.

As far as the categories and the winners, a few of the people I picked won including J. Cole, Kanye West and Gucci Mane (I think I voted for Gucci more than anyone, actually – he was damn near up for everything), and I absolutely repped for Chicago when the opportunity presented itself (like twice).  Check it out for yourself and share your thoughts.

Winners here.  Tastemakers here.

MTV’s first-ever Sucker Free Summit with panelists Fat Joe, Bun B, Miss Info, Elliott Wilson, DJ Drama, Ron Artest, and Vibe EIC Jermaine Hall.

The Sucker Free crown winners (see the winners list here) were determined with votes from 50 other tastemakers like Angela Yee, Funkmaster Flex, Uncle Ralph, Green Lantern, Cipha Sounds, Peter Rosenberg, Chuck Creekmur, Datwon Thomas, Clinton Sparks, Don Cannon, Greg Street, Michael “5000″ Watts, Julia Beverly, and more.

Spotted via NahRight via Yardie

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