Jon Connor - Reppin' 4 Flint

"They say he the next one, they say he a problem
put him with the Biggies and the Pacs and the Nas's
the Jiggas and the Kanyes, the Ems and the Andres
I'ma need a doctor, preferrably Andre
Before I fuck the first chick, im thinkin bout the next two
nights I go to sleep I can't remember who im next to
I know that you a legend when they say someones the next you
so this track another murder I gotta confess to."

Jon Connor puts on for his city over The Game's new single. Vinnie Chase Season 2 coming soon.

The Cool Kids - When Fish Ride Bicycles (Artwork & Tracklist)

July 12th marks the date of a long time coming for The Cool Kids. I remember bumping the likes of "88", "Black Mags" & "Gold and a Pager" on my homies porch four years ago and we all thought they were well on their way to stardom. Well, its now 2011 and The Cool Kids are more or less in the same position they were in back then which is the Arrested Development of hip hop. Both critics and their loyal fanbase adore them but they just can't seem to get over the hump and reach a broader audience. Hopefully the release of their debut, highly anticipated album will bring them the attention Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks have long deserved. Once again, When Fish Ride Bicycles, July 12th.

1. Rush Hour Traffic
2. GMC
3. Boomin’ (feat. Tennille)
4. Sour Apples (feat. Travis Barker)
5. Penny Hardaway (feat. Ghostface Killah)
6. Bundle Up
7. Gas Station (feat. Bun B)
8. Get Right
9. Swimsuits (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)
10. Roll Call (feat. Asher Roth, Chip Tha Ripper, Boldy James)
11. Summer Jam (feat. Maxine Ashley) (Prod. by Pharrell Williams)

Soundset 2011 - When a Dance Circle Goes Bad (Video)

This past Sunday one of the best hip hop events of the year took place when Atmosphere, De La Soul, Big Boi, Mac Miller and a bunch more took the stage at Soundset 2011 in Minnesota. One patron is too drunk to realize that while dance circles are awesome, they are simply not for everyone. For the first three minutes of this video said drunk organizes a little dance circle but the whole time cannot stop trying to persuade this one huge guy to get in on the action. This big guy showed tremendous patience before finally being pushed over the edge, resulting in him delivering a haymaker for the ages which puts the drunk fool to sleep instantly. I can only imagine how many of the people around him were yelling, "You Got Knocked The Fuck Out!"

Juicy J - We Gon Delete Em f. Cory Gunz (In-Studio Video)

Goddammit I love these Juicy J in-studio videos dude is out of his mind. Cory Gunz kills this shit by the way...We Trippy Mane!

Action Bronson - Imported Goods (Falside Remix)

Falside, who produced the original cut, decided to remix this heater with Action Bronson with a beat that defies genres. Bronson is someone you need to look out for.

King Mez - From The South f. Thee Tom Hardy & Sean Boog (prod. Khrysis)

Here's the newest set of visuals off the King Mez & producer Khrysis collab project The King's Khrysis. This one includes features from the always dope Thee Tom Hardy and Sean Boog of The Away Team.

Skyzoo - Atypical (prod. !llmind)

Another #DebateTeamTuesday, another golden era-esque boom bap joint that will be sure to please the hip hop purists out there both young and old.


J. Cole - How High

Another new Cole World track that I'm really diggin and as long as he keeps releasing new music of this quality I can wait till he's ready to drop the album, whenever that may be.

QuESt - Let It Out

Miami's own QuESt is one of the most gifted young lyricists I've ever come across. With this gift comes a higher set of expectations than I have for most rappers on the come up and I've been patiently waiting for this kid to blow since I first heard almost two years ago. So far QuESt hasn't made it outside of the blogosphere but hopefully his upcoming project, How Thoughtful 2, will finally bring him the recognition and praise he deserves.


Greg Street's Sneaker Heat pt. 1 (Video)

TheShoeGame recently linked up with veteran ATL deejay Greg Street to explore his monumental collection of kicks which will no doubt leave sneaker heads with both a tremendous amount of respect and envy. When asked to put an estimated value on his collection, Street basically says he could have bought a Lambo and would still have money to spare...DAMN!

Young Jeezy - The Real Is Back (Mixtape)

While the status of TM103 remains a mystery Young Jeezy is officially back with this new mixtape hosted by Mr Thanksgiving with features from Weezy, Fabolous, Yo Gotti & Freddie Gibbs.

Download: Young Jeezy - The Real Is Back (Mixtape)


Action Bronson - Time For Some f. Lil Fame (prod. Statik Selektah)

Allow me to introduce you to Action Bronson. There's really only one thing that needs to be said about his music...THIS IS NY HIP HOP! Bronson's flow and content instantly remind you of a better time. He is a direct (albeit ginger) descendent of the school of Raekwon & Ghostface which means large doses of slang and swagger accompanied with meticulous attention to detail when describing the likes of women, suits, cigars, weed, cars, sneakers and of course food. This heater featuring Lil Fame of M.O.P. is off Action's upcoming album Well Done which I will be purchasing first thing July 5th.

Chiddy Bang - Peanut Butter And Swelly (Mixtape)

"Fifteen new tracks from Chiddy Bang. This is the perfect mixtape for your memorial day weekend and the next few summer months so ride this out with the windows open, play it at your barbecue, whatever the case may be. This is some of the best music Chiddy Bang has released thus far and if you’re a fan of the duo, then you’re gonna love this mixtape. Sorry for the delay, enjoy the music. It’s a heatwave!" - ILLROOTS
Download: Chiddy Bang - Peanut Butter And Swelly (Mixtape)

Eminem & Royce Da 5'9'' - I'm On Everything f. Mike Epps

June 15th Bad Meets Evil.

Joakim Noah Calls Out The Heat After Game 5 Loss (Video)

I can only imagine how tough it must have been for Bulls fans to watch their boys drop the ball the last 3 games all in the final minutes. Shit I was rooting for them solely because the thought of a Heat/Mavs final made me more nauseous than a house tequila shot. When asked about his thoughts on the series, Joakim Noah called a spade a spade in historic fashion and I couldn't co-sign the statement enough. And how bout that crowd outside Miami's arena you woulda thought they were streaming the season premier of Jersey Shore.

Styles & Complete - Bombs Over Baghdad (Dubstep Remix)

This is a slight departure from the usual content I post but my homie DJ Complete and Styles killed it with this Outkast remix. The way they chopped up the original song to mash with the thunderous amounts of bass is genius. This ones for both the trunk and your next house-party.

Busta Rhymes - Killin' Em f. LL Cool J

Ummm ok. Looks like Busta got LL out of hiding to drop a verse for the first time in what seems like eternity. I still say LL's crowning achievement was making it all the way through Deep Blue Sea.


Nardwuar vs. Tech N9ne (Video)

In addition to being the goofiest bastard Nardwaur is also the best interview in hip hop. His research is second to none and it pays off as seemingly every artist that goes through Vancouver these days wants to link up with him. Tech N9ne is also one of the most interesting figures in rap and this interview sheds a lot of light on his background and come up.

Raekwon - Rock 'N Roll Remix f. Game, Pharrel, Busta Rhymes & DJ Khaled

One of my favorite joints off Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang gets the remix treatment and its a heater. The Game sounds very rejuvenated lets see if that R.E.D. Album ever drops.

GLC - Breakin Down Some Woody f. Three 6 Mafia

"Here we have a lost track that was recorded for GLC’s original G.O.O.D. Music debut, that was set to drop back in 2005-06, complete with a Woody Woodpecker sample and the Three Six Mafia.  If you remember, GL recorded a handful of songs with Triple Six at the time, including the very dope “Clap Ya Hands”.  This is another product of those sessions – and it even features the lost Mafia member Crunchy Black.  That’s worth its weight in gold at this point." - FSD

RZA - Only The Rugged Survive

I can't remember the last time we've been blessed with a new RZA song but here we go! Off the upcoming Wu-Tang compilation album, Legendary Weapons which drops June 28th.


"West Coast Wednesday" with Phillmatic

Yo whaddup homies! It's that time again & even though its been a slow week for music, I got a new mixtape & 2 visuals for this week's edition of West Coast Wednesdays.
First up is Inglewood's own C-San new "GameTime" mixtape. Its got some dope features from Casey Veggies, Skeme (who just dropped his The Statement ), Polyester, & Overdoz.

Next up is Kendrick Lamar's video for the first "Section 80" (follow-up to his critically acclaimed "(O)verly (D)edicated" album) leak he gave us a few weeks back, produced by J. Cole entitled "Hiii Power". Kendrick has said on Twitter that the album is done & should be hitting iTunes very soon just in time for summer.

Wrapping up this week's blog will be another Inglewood native, Skeme with the first video off his "The Statement" album, produced by Roosevelt with a proper title to match this beat & flow: "KRAZY" (Ape Sh!t). Be sure to check that new project out alongside the C-San and you'll see the rising talent in Inglewood is full of young gunners not to be slept on. Until next time, I'm Phillmatic signing off...1Hunn1d

Dom Mazzetti Alert: Memorial Day Weekend

If you haven't heard of Dom Mazzetti, he's the one man Jersey Shore but way funnier than any of them. In this installment he starts off thankful that the Rapture didn't occur then goes on to in great detail describe his Memorial Day Weekend preparations.

Rock The Bells 2011 Lineup Announced!

I had the pleasure of attending Rock The Bells in New York three summers ago and I can honestly say not only was it one of the most memorable days of my life but it was truly one of the greater days in hip hop history. Everyone was there, Talib came out with Mos, EPMD came out with Method and Redman, Busta came out with Tribe. But most of all I still remember like it was yesterday when someone with a low Yankees hat covering his eyes emerged on stage during Nas' set only to reveal himself as Jay-Z. At that moment people went ballistic I most likely will never hear or see a crowd go apeshit like that again as this was maybe one of two or three times they've ever graced a stage together in New York. Beers were chugged, blunts were lit and I found myself embracing complete strangers all celebrating the same thing, hip hop. The lineups from the past few summers have been a bit disappointing in my eyes but this one is crack. From top to bottom this bill is filled with artists I would pay to see so you can bet your ass The Winner's Circle will be at the New York stop of this tour.


Youtube Alert: 3 Videos You Need To See

I came across a couple awesome youtube videos today and I thought I needed to share these three with The Circle. Up top is perfect security cam footage of a Tokyo drifting attempt which is nearly executed to perfection until the end.

This second one is the band of B-boys known as Ill Abilities. After watching it you'll realize their name is a double entendre because each of them is handicapped in some way. Breakdancing is one of the essential elements of hip hop and they put on quite a show.

And last but not least predator of child predators Chris Hanson is now apparently in the business of framing owners of bike-shops and when he tries to confront the owner things didn't go quite as Hansen planned.

Slim Thug - Coming Home f. Big K.R.I.T. & J-Dawg

This is that Texas/Mississippi connection Thugga and Krit need to put out a collab mixtape or EP. 

Define Jones - I Believe f. Tiz

Mr Lyrics & Liquor is back with the first leak off his upcoming collab project with Tiz called, Cassete Music. Stay tuned for more jams from Define coming soon.

Skyzoo - Test Drive (prod. !LLmind)

Skyzoo's pen game is damn near unmatchable. I was gonna find a quotable from the track but I would have had to quote the entire song and I don't have the time right now to listen and copy every word. This should hold you over till The Great Debater drops June 7th.

Sean Price & Cold World - How The Gods Chill (Video)

Cold World, one of the top American hardcore bands of all time, happens to come from my hometown and what you see in this video doesn't compare to how crazy their actual shows get. Despite being a hardcore band, if you listen to their music its clear that these kids are all hip hop heads at the core and it was only a matter of time before they collabed with a rapper. Of all rappers to work with, the legend Sean P might be the perfect match as this just sounds natural. If you like what you hear go support by copping the audio on iTunes.

Curren$y - Paper Mission f. Ka$hFlow

This one features a really smooth backdrop and a vintage-style Spitta verse as well as some awesome artwork. Jets fool...

Update: Trademark, Roddy, and Spitta's "Jet Set/Jet Life" video after the jump.

Boldy James - Trapper's Alley: Pro's & Con's (Mixtape)

The new Boldy James mixtape is finally upon us, don't think just download.

Boldy James - Trapper's Alley: Pro's & Con's (Mixtape) via ILLROOTS


Righchus - Frederick Douglas

Charleston, SC's pride and joy Righchus just dropped this freestyle over the "I'm On One" joint and truly makes it his own. Righchus is someone you need to know about as he's already been featured on hip hop blogosphere staple, The Smoking Section , and had the legendary DJ Ill Will host his latest, acclaimed mixtape, Sweetgras & Supras. Any rapper coming out of SC really has their work cut for them and Righchus has more than paid his dues at this point so get caught up, follow him and start spreading the word before he blows up and its no longer cool to do so.

Righchus - Frederick Douglas

Chiddy Bang - When You've Got Music f. The Knocks

With Peanut Butter & Swelly fast approaching, everyone's favorite rapper/producer duo has elected to drop a new track every day until the tape's release on Friday. This one's definitely a jam and will have fans eagerly awaiting the full project.

Stalley - Chevys & Space Ships

I'm still not sure what Stalley's relationship is with Officer Ricky's Maybach Music Group but this should only fuel the rumors of him inking a deal with the Bawse. I actually think Stalley has the most to gain from joining MMG cause he's got the talent he just needs a platform for a wider audience outside of the blogosphere to hear his music. But where Ross shines when elaborately fabricating every detail of his life, Stalley's bread and butter is that down to Earth, intelligent trunk music so we'll see what happens there.

Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci

I've seen this video popping up on facebooks left and right the past few days and after one listen I knew I had to share it with The Circle. Bay Area's Kreayshawn first made her name directing music videos for local artists including the one and only BasedGod himself but its clear after seeing this that she's got more skill than all of them. The crazy thing about this song is that although she's a girl, some of these bars would sound normal coming out of your favorite rappers mouth. The rhymes are on point, the flow is unique and catchy, and the swag richter scale is off the charts. I have no idea whats next for Kreayshawn but I will give whatever she puts out a chance because this is pure, unfiltered dope. In the meantime follow her on twitter and check out her site.

Ski Beatz Interviews Wiz Khalifa

Legendary producer Ski Beatz sat down to chop it up with Young Khalifa about various topic including how they met, dealing with internet haters, favorite artists, and obviously weed.

J. Cole - Return of Simba

Cole World continues with the recurring simba theme which has in many ways chronicled his come up as an artist to where he's at now. Cole let this loose himself with no word where it will end up but this could very well appear on his debut album.


Wiz Khalifa - Reefer Party f. Chevy Woods & Neako

Now this is the Wiz Khalifa I wanna hear. If he drops a mixtape with songs like this it will prove the argument that rappers' mixtapes are better than their albums nowadays. Once again Wiz shares the spotlight with fellow weed-rapper specialist Neako and the highest ranking Taylor Chevy Woods and once again this shit goes. Oh yea Taylor Gang or try getting Russel Westbrook to pass the ball.

Jadakiss - I Love You (A Dedication To My Fans) (Mixtape)

Jadakiss might not be in my top 5 dead or alive, but when it comes to a rappers rapper Al Quaeda Jada is one of the best to ever do it hands down. His punchlines hit you like Pacquiao hitting Daniel Tosh and it seems that like fine wine he only gets better with time. Jada decided to deliver his newest offering to us a couple days so enjoy and if you like it make sure to go cop it in iTunes. 


Cassidy - Cosmic Kev Freestyle

Cassidy blacks out and spits a vicious freestyle in his first appearance since his arrest leaving Cosmic Kev and I'm sure many listeners blown away. I usually make note of how obnoxious Tony Touch is while rappers are trying to freestyle but I think he's been outdone by Cosmic Kev this guys outta control.

Trae Tha Truth - So Far To Go f. Meek Mill & Pusha T

Meek Mill kills this shit, PA stand up! Off Trae's upcoming Undisputed mixtape which drops on Monday.

YC - Racks (Remix) f. B.o.B., Young Jeezy, Bun B, Big Sean, Wale, Twista, etc.

Seeing as the worlds coming to an end, I guess none of these rappers could die without getting a chance to spit some bars on YC's smash hit. Whose verse was the best? worst?


Big Sean - What Goes Around

Looks like Big Sean is finally famous. His first single with Chris Brown turned out to be a hit which means his debut album will actually see the light of day. This one's the latest single from Sean's, Finally Famous: The Album which drops June 21st.

Bumpy Knuckles (Freddie Foxxx) - Lyrical Workout f. N.O.R.E. (prod. Statik Selektah)

Freddie Foxxx and N.O.R.E. are two OG's that I respect but admittingly need to listen to more of. I'm no expert on either of their careers but I do know that these two were beefing at one point. In the name of hip hop I'm glad they got over their issues and recorded this track cuz its fire. Off Bumpy's upcoming Lyrical Workout LP produced entirely by one of my favorite producers these days Statik Selektah.

Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy - Pilot Seat (Video)

Jets fool...

Drake - Dreams Money Can Buy

"A song that I felt the need to share. Not my single. Just a piece of my story. Hear me out though…"


Wiz Khalifa - Racks (Remix) f. YC

Taylor Gang or guard Dirk Nowitzki.

Skeme - The Statement (Mixtape)

Inglewood, CA representative Skeme just released the highly anticipated follow up to his extremely dope Pistols & Palmtrees mixtape. This project was only available on Skeme's website, but shortly after its release the site crashed, which nowadays is the equivalent of your album going platinum. This one comes highly recommended so stream, dl, and enjoy!
Skeme - The Statement (Mixtape)

Machine Gun Kelly - Half Naked & Almost Famous

Cleveland's pride and joy Machine Gun Kelly has been on a tear lately and apparently feels like he's almost famous. The producer flipped a sample of some hipster band and the result is a feel good, summer vibe of a track which Kelly does an impressive job spitting over further proving to why he's in the position he's in. If he keeps this momentum going through the rest of the year lets just say I don't think he'll be almost famous for long.

STS - Pimpin and Preachin f. GLC

STS is a mainstay around these parts because he is easily one of if not the best rapper you may not know about. He has flow thats all his own and gives anyone in the game a run for their money in the wordplay department. If you don't know him now, you sure as hell will when he drops The Illustrious this summer.

Celeb Forever - Cook f. Styles P

I still have no idea what a Celeb Forever is but he has an epic list of cameo's on his upcoming mixtape with Mr Thanksgiving and like the previous leak with Curren$y this song is pretty damn good. I know he probably gets paid more this way but I kind of wish Styles would take all these feature verses and put out a damn album or something.

Sir Michael Rocks (of The Cool Kids) - Livin' It Up f. Trademark Da Skydiver (Video)

One of my favorite songs off Mikey's solo mixtape gets the visual treatment...Jets fool.

Cam'ron & Vado - Talk My N*gga

"Every verse artwork I'm a portrait spitta, 
squeeze first heart burst in your coffin quicker, 
breathe purp not dirt got me coughin quicker."

This one is a certified banger off the now highly anticipated Boss of all Bosses v.3 coming soon. Just like the picture above there's only one word to really describe this track, swag.

Playboy To Rank The Top 23 Jordans Of All Time

On May 31st Playboy ranks their top 23 Air Jordans ever. As a means of promotion Miss August 2010 Francesca Frigo puts a Playboy spin on the classic Nike commercial starring Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee) and Michael Jordan. I like this version better.

Read the Odd Future/Earl Sweatshirt Piece in the New Yorker

In case you've been living under a rock, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All is blown the fuck up. They are selling out shows everywhere they go and in a short period of time have garnered one of the largest, most loyal fanbases hip hop has seen in some time. While Tyler, The Creator is the front-man and visionary behind it all, the mysterious Earl Sweatshirt is easily the best rapper in the group. Earl has been "missing" for quite some time aka in a school for troubled youth in Samoa and prior to this article the world had not heard from Earl since long before the group became famous so this is really a big deal. This piece is a great read, probably the best one on the shocking rise, success and appeal of Odd Future, but it is not a full Earl interview. Also his mom was the intermediary so we are hearing from a still very restricted and censored Earl Sweatshirt but nevertheless its good to know he's alive and well.

Earl Sweatshirt New Yorker Article by Kelefa Sanneh


"West Coast Wednesday" with Phillmatic

Whaddup everybody, its your neighborhood P back again for West Coast Wednesdays. Had to put "LA Noire" down for a few minutes to fill you guys in with some new Diz Gibran, DOM Kennedy, Skeme, & El Prez.

First up is this leak from the big homie Diz Gibran's (Twitter: @DizGibran) follow-up to the AMAZING "Soon You'll Understand" album (will be produced entirely by Moonshine again) simply titled "Slick". Look for the new album to drop within the next few weeks, just in time to ride around town on a warm summer night...like Mr. Gibran & Moon intended.

Next up is Dom's 2nd video from "The Original Dom Kennedy" project for "Designer Sh*t" produced by The Futuristiks

Check the tape out if you haven't already here: The Original Dom Kennedy.

Next is 2 snippet/video teasers for songs ("I Can't Lose" & "Let It Breathe") off Skeme's "The Statement" project dropping tomorrow. We'll have you covered with a link right here as soon as it drops, check out the artwork & tracklist in the meantime...

Last but not least is El Prez's new single "I'm Gone", produced by Ro Blvd. He had a snippet of this on the "Animal Style" mixtape and has finally let the homies get the full version. Check back with us next week, same time and same place. 1hunnid

Chiddy Bang - Peanut Butter & Swelly Mixtape (Preview)

The homies at ILLROOTS filmed a dope little trailer for Chiddy Bang's upcoming mixtape, Peanut Butter & Swelly. The song in the background is sick and who doesn't wanna watch Xaphoon and Chiddy smoke and make sandwiches?

Epic Meal Time Alert: Candy BBQ

The Epic Meal Time boys are back and this time they take on desert which makes for one of the best episodes yet. This stuff looks amazing to say the least and I'm no desert/candy fanatic. This is a must watch as the guys, "give your sweet tooth a sexual root canal" lol.

Cobe Obeah - Changing Times

I had never heard of Cobe Obeah before, but after hearing this I will definitely be looking for his upcoming mixtape, Song of the Starz 2: Dark Night. This is hip hop.

"There have been many changes in my life, and I am thankful for those changes. Change is good, Change is Necessary, and they say changing you thoughts inevitably changes the world, since that’s the way the universe works. However, though Change is important one thing I will not change is the quality of music I create for the pleasure of others who do not know me personally or only desire one element of music while abandoning all other aspects of music. I love sharing my music to the world, but I also do this for my pleasure and self healing as well. Thoughts of Change inspired the creation of the song." – Cobe Obeah

Mickey Factz - The Finer Things

Its nice to see Mickey dropping some music these days he kinda fell off for a minute. This one was recorded a while back with Detroit producer KeY Wane but hadn't been released until now.

Dude Rushes Stage While Sean Price is Performing...Gets Punched

The legendary Boot Camp Clik, Heltah Skeltah and now Random Axe member Sean Price's alter egos aren't Kimbo Price and Mic Tyson for nothing. He is probably the last rapper I would ever dare to piss off and some dude does just that during a show somewhere overseas. This guy rushes the stage and tries to grab P which results in a swift punch to the head before his security escorts him off stage aka shoves him right off the front of the stage against his will. Justice is served.

Freeway - Rain Dance f. J. Nicholas

Here's a new Freeway joint that I'm really feeling off his upcoming project, Diamond In The Ruff. The beat on this is crazy and the bass is real low so make sure you test it out in the whip before making your final judgment.

N.O.R.E. - N Luv Thug f. Maze & Prodigy

An old, previously unreleased Noreaga/Prodigy track gets liberated for out enjoyment.


Termanology - Say It Remix f. Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway

This just might be the underground dream team right here. Off Term's Cameo King II, which drops May 24th digitally with physical copies releasing June 7th.