Charlie Sheen is a man of the people (not really he thinks his brain may be from an extra-terrestrial realm) and has been treating us to some ridiculous interviews since his latest incident involving the classic hollywood trifecta which features copious amounts of alcohol, drugs, and porn stars. The list of quotables from these tell-alls is endless both of these videos are a must watch as dude is literally turning into the wild thing in front of our very eyes. But at the end of the day Sheen is convinced he did nothing wrong and is not worried about his future because he stays "winning". Well played sir.
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Listening to this track is like stepping into a hip hop time machine as these two legends go back and forth taking turns assaulting this beat until its buried 6 feet under. Raekwon brings his trademark slang and vivid imagery while Nas drops knowledge and observations like the God's Son he is. This gem is off The Chef's highly anticipated album Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang drops March 8th.
Looks like these two decided to show up unannounced at Lupe's show and go on a 7 and a half minute tear over some Dilla instrumentals. This is great and all but we need a new album Mos!
Ever since I first listened to J. Cole's stellar mixtape The Warm Up, I have openly proclaimed him to be the future of this hip hop thing. More than two years later Cole has signed to Roc Nation, covered XXL, but still hasn't released an album. I have read from multiple sources that J. Cole is sitting on a bonafide classic but is waiting until he gets that Wiz Khalifa buzz before setting a release date. Hopefully people realize what they are sleeping on sooner than later because every time he drops an amazing song like this I get more and more anxious for the album.
Lil Tunechi gets all emotional on us and pours his heart out over this bass thumping beat that goes perfectly with Weezy's flow. This track is supposedly a leftover from the Carter IV sessions so enjoy and let the anticipation begin.
Yep, this is the same Donald Glover who plays Troy on my second favorite (Parks and Rec is my shit) sitcom on tv, Community. Troy and Abed are no doubt the most entertaining duo on television but apparently thats not enough for the actor/comedian/former 30 Rock writer. The rising star created an alter ego named Childish Gambino, who is accustomed to rapping his face off with intelligent and clever rhymes to match his lyrical hilarity (so its black and yellow black and yellow lol). Beginning on April 16th Glover/Gambino will embark on the IAMDONALD tour for more info go here.
Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks
How does one move forward without looking back? Especially when you've lived through an era where most of your contemporaries are only alive through tributes and murals. This is the theme of the new video for Dre and Shady's single "I Need a Doctor", which will appear on Detox if it ever comes out. The montage of images from the Doctors past makes me realize how hard it must be not to reminisce about better times, whether it be NWA in its prime, Marshall Mathers rise to fame, or the huddle before a sell-out show with Snoop Dogg and the rest of the gang. It seems through this video Dre is finally coming to terms with all the twists and turns throughout his prolific career and life as he readies himself to release the most highly anticipated rap album of all time.
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Further proving the irrelevance of the XXL freshmen list is Cleveland's pride and joy, Chip Tha Ripper. Some people many only know him from collabs he's done with fellow Cleveland native and partner-in-rhyme Kid Cudi, but you heard it here first 2011 is about to be Chip's year. "Light One Up" is the first video off of Chip's upcoming project dropping March 1st, Gift Raps, which is entirely produced by Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids.
This was originally recorded in 2009, which is why this sounds like the deranged, off the wall Relapse Em instead of the new grown up, wiser Shady that appeared on Recovery. When a younger artist has the chance to record with a legend, they know they have to step their game up to the highest degree to prove they are worthy of the co-sign. B.o.B does just that here, delivering a really solid verse to round out this firery track.
Atlanta rapper and T.I. protege Young Dro has recently become one of my favorite southern artists after years of me ignoring his music based on pictured like the one above. The fact is Dro makes dressing preppy sound gangsta and that accomplishment alone is good enough for me. Him and fellow Polo ambassador Vado are supposed to have a mixtape coming out soon which could be something epic.
When the XXL Freshmen list was released yesterday the comments sections on the various blogs were flooded with people offering their own revised list or pointing out rappers that got robbed. The name that I saw come up the most was Kansas' finest XV. If he is as devastated as his legion of fans about the omission he certainly isn't showing it. Just one day after the leak Vizzy goes ahead and drops this banger featuring Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly (who is also not to be slept on), over some ill production by Cook Classics. XV's debut album, The Kid With The Green Backpack, coming soon.
First it was "P&P", now the two members of Black Hippy (hopefully not inspired by Wacka) have moved on to Moscato. The Black Hippy collective, consisting of Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, is killing the game right now almost every day a new jam drops featuring members of the crew.
Ab-Soul - Moscato f. Kendrick Lamar
Its safe to say 19 year old Mac Miller was feelin' good yesterday when it leaked that he was to appear on the cover of XXL as one of the 2011 Freshmen 11. While in good spirits the Pittsburgh native decided to leak a track off his upcoming mixtape, Best Day Ever, which will be dropping right here March 11th.
Before I say anything shout out and congrats to Big K.R.I.T., CyHi, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, and Meek Mill. I've listened to the previous 6 artists for a minute now and each of them worked hard and deserved a spot (some more than others) on this list. Now, XXL is either accepting serious bribes for these spots or the panel choosing should be banned from hip hop forever. I have not heard more than one song from YG, Lil Twist, or Fred the Godson for good reason. Diggy Simmons is dope but is young enough that he could have made it next year and it would have been cool plus Lil Twist, YG, and Mac Miller are all relatively young mc's. And last not but least the Based God Lil B...I know Miles is gonna hate me for this but the fact that he's on the cover takes credit away from the rest of them which is bullshit for some of these guys that are really special artists. Yes Lil B has put out thousands of songs over the past few years, but how many would you listen to more than 5 times? For the most part his songs make no sense, he rhymes off cue, and generally makes no attempt to make music people outside his cult will enjoy. However, here at the Winner's Circle we give credit where its due and Lil B did start the best dance craze of the year in the cooking dance so at least he has that going for him...Some notable rappers left out this year include Emilio Rojas, XV, Dom Kennedy, Smoke Dza, Killa Kyleon, Push Montana, Chip Tha Ripper, and Shawn Chrystopher.
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Since the breakup of Blink-182, Travis Barker has been on a quest to gain legitimacy in the hip hop community. He seems to have finally gotten it as rappers have apparently lined up to appear on this tape and his debut album. This mixtape filled with A-list features is a prelude to Barker's upcoming album, Give the Drummer Some, which is scheduled to drop March 15th.
The taylor gang general is doing all he can to keep the momentum going towards March 29th when his major label debut, Rolling Papers hits shelves. This track with none other than Gucci Mane is off Drumma Boy's All-Star 2011 Playlist Mixtape. Also be sure to check out Wiz's write up in High Times.
Kobe Bryant is the man and is the only NBA player comparable to Jordan. Kobe is a stone-cold killer on the court and the Black Mamba persona represents the beast mode he goes into when its time to dismantle the opposing team. After several teasers, here's the full short film featuring cameos from Bruce Willis and Kanye.
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When The Roots announced that they were putting recording and touring on the backburner to become the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon I was devastated. The Roots are one of my favorite live acts and I thought this would mean no more new albums for awhile. To prove me wrong The Legendary Roots Crew put together one of my favorite albums of 2010 and its hard to deny videos like the one above. The Roots always kill it with their rendition of the beat and its amazing after almost two decades in the game how live Ghostface & Raekwon still get. "Rock N Roll" is off The Chef's highly anticipated new cd, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, which drops March 8th.
Pulled Over By the Cops is the newly formed supergroup consisting of The Cool Kids, Chip Tha Ripper, Freddie Gibbs, production duo Blended Babies, and occasionally Bun B. All of these artists are incredible in their own right so expect any song this group puts out to be fire.
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This is Hollywood Floss' second appearance in the Winner's Circle and I had never even heard of him before I the first post. I listened to both tracks because of the guest features, but Floss has been able to hold his own on each of them which has officially made me a fan. This song is off of his upcoming project fittingly titled, One Fan At A Time.
Hollywood Floss - Dream Killer 2.0 f. Laws
I don't think anybody saw this coming...Seemingly out of the blue Wiz decided to drop a new mixtape to hold us over until Rolling Papers comes out March 29th. Cabin Fever features 9 new tracks, most of them produced by Lex Luger. This tape is supposed to showcase Wiz's versatility as it sounds much different than Kush and OJ, personally I wish dude would stick to his bread and butter.
Wiz Khalifa - Cabin Fever (Mixtape)
Chiddy is celebrating two things in this song. 1.) Women. 2.) Not having as many kids as Antonio Cromartie. Shout out to the duo for dropping some dope songs lately to hold us over until their debut album, The Swelly Life hits shelves sometime this year.
The long overdue music video of "Good to Go", Yela and Bun B's bass rattling hit off Yelawolf's critically acclaimed mixtape turned album, Trunk Muzik. I first heard this track on 1/1/10 when the mixtape originally dropped and it still goes hard as ever.
I can't believe no one at CofC has thought of this yet. So its 2 AM on Saturday, you and your crew are wasted, likely just smoked, and all of the sudden the undeniable craving for some beef thats only 40% beef kicks in. Instead of making your friend drive whose too drunk to refuse, simply find the nearest bellhop, make sure you have one friend to push you and another to record the incident and apparently your good to go. I applaud the now infamous Bellhopp Boyzzz and you should too.
Its finally here folks, Fresno's finest Fashawn blesses us with his newest project Higher Learning 2, which includes features from J. Cole, Common, GLC, & Gilbere Forte'. This also has to be one of the best covers I've ever seen.
Fashawn - Higher Learning 2 (Mixtape)
To be honest I have no idea what a J-Lie is, but anyone who manages to get Curren$y, Mickey and Kendrick all on one track should be commended.
Officer Ricky is back on patrol, this time with one of my favorite new school rappers in Philadelphia's own Meek Mill. Meek, along with Wale just signed to Ross' imprint Maybach Music Group and by the end of 2011 will be a force to be reckoned with as he rips this Alchemist produced track to shreds.
Rick Ross - Perfectionist f. Meek Mill (prod. The Alchemist)
Heres a leak off Fashawn's upcoming mixtape, Higher Learning II which should be dropping any day now. J. Cole is only on the hook which is a little disappointing but he continues to prove his legitimacy as a producer and Fashawn goes in as he's accustomed to.
I recently discovered up and coming rapper The Kid Bilal when I saw he was following me on twitter. I went on to listen to his music and was intrigued by how raw and honest it was. Stylistically he's like a mix of Kid Cudi and Mos Def with his melodic, self-conscious flows balanced by rhymes filled with insight and observation that make the Kid seem wise beyond his years. The video above is the trailer for his upcoming, highly anticipated mixtape, Deadication, which will be co-hosted and featured right here in the Winner's Circle. To keep up with the Kid, follow him on youtube, twitter, or check out his blog.
For this weeks edition of #PuffPuffPassTuesdays, Snoop recruits none other than R. Kelly for this track dedicated to everything platinum.
L.E.$., member of the Texas rap group Boss Hogg Outlawz, has been on his grind putting out damn near classic street albums in Settle 4 Le$ and The Beautiful Struggle. While we're waiting for his upcoming EP, he decided to let loose this freestyle over a silky smooth Pete Rock instrumental. If you like this track you can hear more by downloading the projects mentioned above and his newest project to date the Quick Tape.
Here's the really well shot music video of the one of the standout tracks from Jermaine's internet crashing project, Friday Night Lights. Footage was taken during the overseas leg of Drake's "Lights, Dreams & Nightmares" tour, which featured J. Cole as the opening act.
Its here folks, the much anticipated Bonnaroo 2011 lineup has officially dropped and I can now start getting mentally prepared for this years festivities. Going to a magical place where nobody gives a fuck about anything is an experience that I recommend for everyone to try because there really is nothing like it. This is Bonnaroo's 10th year anniversary and a lot of the older heads and Bonnaroo "purists" were hoping the lineup would be a throwback featuring lots of classic rock and jam bands...NOT!!! This hip hop portion of this lineup is by far the strongest featuring Eminem, Lil Wayne, Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, Chiddy Bang, J. Cole and Atmosphere. Word on the street is Drake was supposed to perform but he refused to play Friday night, which is the Sabbath.
Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup
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This right here is my favorite track off Deniro's newest mixtape, Feel This. The song features fellow Black Flag rappers Define Jones & A. Moss and all three come in and kill this one with ease. The beat has a Lex Luger feel to it, meaning its perfect for the whip or the club, and each rapper does their part to make sure this track is a certified banger. All three of these MC's look to be making big moves in 2011 and if this track is any indication they are well on their way. I hope to be hitting up South by Southwest with the Black Flag crew and if thats the case then the Winner's Circle will be the place to check in for updates and videos featuring the music and absurdity thats sure to take place in Austin. If you like what you hear, follow the gang on twitter including Define Jones, Deniro Farrar, A.Moss, Konstantin, and last but not least the homie DJ Complete.
And if you suckers still don't have Define's, Lyrics & Liquor EP download it for free here.
I can't believe I haven't posted this yet, as it is one of my favorite songs and videos in a long time. Since its Sunday and not a lot of new music is released, I decided to take a minute and introduce you to the future of southern hip hop. Yelawolf, CyHi, and Pill each in one verse show off their greatest strengths, Yela's super lyrical, rapid fire flow filled with southern twang, CyHi's wordplay and swagger, and Pill's realer than real, man of the people rhymes. For a more proper introduction download Yelawolf's Trunk Muzik, CyHi's Royal Flush, and Pill's 4075 : The Refill courtesy of datPiff.
I don't even know how much I want to weigh in on this because like any debate dealing with opinions, there is no correct answer. Growing up I always gave Biggie the nod because we both repped the East Coast and I liked his flow, swagger, and his ability to paint Picasso-like pictures on the mic. However, the older I get the more I appreciate Pac's social, political, and cultural awareness, his ability to simply tell it like it is and his Me Against the World mentality. The fact of the matter is these are the two best rappers to ever do it and I just wish they could have lived long enough to reconcile their differences so things wouldn't have played out the way they did. All I can really say is RIP Tupac Amaru Shakur and Christopher "Frank White" Wallace and fuck Puff Daddy and Suge Knight.
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It was only a matter of time before Uncle Snoop made an appearance in the Winner's Circle. This song appears to be off his upcoming album, Doggumentary (really Snoop), which is set to drop March 29th.
Pusha T's first solo mixtape, Fear of God, has had an almost Detox-esque amount of rumors, delays, and speculation since Pusha signed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music. After much delay, this appears to be the first leak from the tape and once you get past the Funkmaster Flex tags (he drops bombs) this track is bananas.
Winner's Circle, meet Young Prince. This dmv native is the man and is letting it be known that although he may look like a chill dude, its fuckin War. After first listening to YP's newest full length project my reaction was that his music has the feel good, catchy Wiz Khalifa vibe but was way more lyrical at the same time. He wants to be a problem in this rap game and has grand aspirations, but is clearly enjoying the journey that will hopefully take him to the promised land. I met the Prince before he opened for a sell out crowd at the Music Farm and could instantly tell how much fun he was having as him and his crew were wylin out the whole time including catching some epic green room cyphers on camera. This dude loves his music and has a team and fanbase that believe in him. Download his two newest projects, War and Back To The Basics and I bet you'll believe in him too. YP will also be performing in the Hip Hop Showcase in the Bassment at the Brightsound Bassment in Columbia, SC on Feb 26 which is sure to be a glorious night of hip hop so make sure to show up and support good music!
This is some real hip hop right here. I've been bumpin this jam off Stalley's new project, Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) since the homie Miles showed me the video a few weeks ago. He flips Wiz's beat from Kush and OJ and really makes it his own with vivid imagery of the souped-up box chevys hes accustomed to cruising in and the lifestyle said pimped out box chevys represent.
I was just watching this and decided it needed to be posted immediately. Like most people I first heard Cyhi on Yelawolf's "I Wish Remix" and his guest verse was so dirty Kanye decided to sign him after hearing it. Cyhi uses large doses of wordplay and swagger to kill this freestyle over one of my favorite beats.
At this point Chiddy Bang needs no introduction. Since I stumbled upon their kids remix two years ago they've become mainstays on the major blogs, toured the world, and that kids remix became a smash hit. Enjoy this new track that they decided to let loose in honor of reaching 10k followers on twitter.
Trade Voorhees is the truth. He is a top notch producer in his own right but also has aspirations on the mic. Fortunately for him he has the skills to make these aspirations a reality. He raps about what he knows weed (lots of weed), women, sneakers, and everyday shit that we can all relate to. Trade decided to drop this song in the spirit of Dilla Week and really goes in on this one. If your feeling this track like I know you will follow him on twitter and download his past two projects.
In honor of Dilla Week check out this Dilla documentary and learn 10 Facts About Dilla You Might Not Know courtesy of Complex.
Pictured above is Black Hippy, the Cali supergroup consisting of up and coming rappers Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, & SchoolBoy Q. All of these guys have tremendous talent and potential which luckily for us is on full display in this song. Both emcees are way energetic here as they tear this beat to pieces as they are accustomed to doing. If you like what you hear follow Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q on twitter and make sure to get Ab-Soul's, Longterm 2 and Q's, Setbacks which are both stellar projects.
This might be the most outrageous epic meal time yet. I was starting to wonder if these guys could keep the momentum going and top their previous videos but this ended all doubts. I don't think Diddy goes through this much Patron in one sitting and the fact that they eat all of it is also absurd.
This goofy bastard pictured above is none other than Jackie Chain, the Alabama rapper that loves expensive bling and loud weed. You know that Kid Cudi track "Rollin" you've listened to a hundred times, well that was Jackie's first and he killed that shit. I saw Jackie open for Yelawolf in Atlanta and was impressed by how energetic his set was (likely fueled by purple haze and pbr) and will definitely at least give his music a chance before dismissing him based off pictures like the one above.
P.S. If it were possible to catch a contact from visiting a blog, I think its safe to say the Winner's Circle would be all over that.
Hollywood FLOSS - Contact High f. Jackie Chain
Allow me to introduce you to midwest mc's WhiteOut & RT-FaQ. I was just recently sent this video by the homie Cory and have been jamming to it ever since. These guys are a breath of fresh air as there is no gimmick here...just pure lyricism and skill to match the silky smooth, jazzy beat. This video is also extremely well done and only enhances the vibe of the track. If you like what you hear check em out and I'm sure you'll be seeing their faces again in the Winner's Circle.
Heres the first leak off Mac's upcoming mixtape, Best Day Ever, which will be dropping here at the Winner's Circle on March 11th. As his popularity has skyrocketed, so has his booking fee. We are thinking about bringing Mac to charleston or columbia but we need feedback so comment or let me know if you think people would turn out.
The re-release of this classic pair of Nike's is bitter sweet for me. These kicks take me on a trip down memory lane since the 97 classic Penny Hardaways were a must have among kids in my youth basketball leagues back in the day, but because their priced at a cool $200 there is no way I will be able to afford these unless Kanye decides to buy my blog from me. If you've got the dough, make sure to hustle and grab em on Feb. 12th at Nice Kicks.
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Consequence's resume speaks for itself as he blesses us with the sequel to Movies On Demand. Co-stars in this production include Bun B, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Roc Marciano, Q-Tip, and Talib Kweli. Once again I've got the whole tape streaming so check it out and download it fo free if your diggin it.
Happy born day to Smoke Dza aka George Kush I guess he's in good spirits since he decided to release a freestyle over this lil b beat. This is a major change up for Smoke as he usually raps over smooth, mellow beats but manages to make it work over this banger.
Gilbere Forte' is an artist whose vision and potential is limitless and is probably going to be something really special. His mixtape 87 Dreams, dropped last year with little buzz but once it started to circulate it became a critical darling and was one of the best projects of 2010. After one listen to Eyes of Veritas I can honestly say the progression he's made is unbelievable as every song sounds so fluid and raw at the same time. I even figured out how to stream the whole tape right here so take a listen and make sure to follow Gilbere on twitter download it if you like what you hear.
Gilbere Forte' - Eyes of Veritas (Mixtape)
Sean Anderson just wants to be big. Whether its the larger than life persona he takes on in his raps, his insanely flamboyant tracks like "My Closet", or simply the Big in front of his name. Its clear that he wants to live the lifestyle he raps about like his boss and mentor a certain Mr. West, and it seems like he's getting closer and closer to his dreams. However, since his debut album, Finally Famous: The Album, doesnt have a set release date it looks like the success of this single will determine if the album drops sooner or later. Word on the street is Kanye's been checking my blog every 5 minutes since I featured him yesterday so rate the track poppin if you want him to release the album.
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