COVER ART: SNOOP DOGG - BUSH


Throw Snoop and Pharrell together, and you are guaranteed a hit. That's at least the case with BEAUTIFUL and DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT, both of which topped charts and are still firm favourites. Therefore, it is with interest that we received the news of a Snoop and Pharrell album in the works. As far as the info goes, the album, whose pimpin cover has been released, has not received a release date yet.

The first single, which will drop in a few weeks is called PEACHES N CREAM. I for one am mad excited about this project. Let us know how you feel on our Facebook page.

EP: MAZZI & S.O.U.L. PURPOSE, DIGITAL DIGGIN' 3MINUS1


New Jersey rapper Mazzi & S.O.U.L. (Sense Of Understanding Life's) Purpose presents Digital Diggin' 3Minus1, his new EP where he rhymes over beats composed of samples all found online. 3Minus1 is the followup to Digital Diggin''s first installment as well as "Weight" featuring Nore, Smoke DZA and Harry Fraud and his previous album The Inspection which was hosted by Statik Selektah and featured Jadakiss, Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Homeboy Sandman and Breezly Brewin. Mazzi has shared stages with Eminem, Big Pun, G-Unit, Ghostface, M.O.P., Slick Rick, Erykah Badu and many more. A portion of proceeds from all S.O.U.L. Purpose albums go to charity, and Mazzi regularly travels to Palestine and Israel for humanitarian work, bringing medical supplies and conducting workshops, talent shows and live performances for youth in refugee camps.



THROWBLACK THURSDAY: THE GAME feat. RICK ROSS, 2 CHAINZ, DIDDY, FABOLOUS, WALE & OTHERS - DONT SHOOT ME


For #ThrowblackThursday this week, we got a track by The Game featuring some of you favourite musicians speaking out against the consistent police violence against unarmed black men.

R.I.P. to all the ones whose lives were cut short by the over eager law enforcement agencies across the world.


NEW SINGLE: CHRIS BROWN & TYGA feat. SCHOOLBOY Q - BITCHES N MARIJUANA


First off, that album cover is just too damn ill, suhn!

T-Raww & Chris Breezy have just let loose the latest single from their upcoming project, FAN OF A FAN. This is one of the most anticipated cuts off the project, largely due to the feature by Schoolboy Q.

Enjoy the visuals below, album drops on the 24th of Feb!h



NEW VIDEO: CHUCKY WORKCLOTHES feat. KXNG CROOKED - TAX SEASON (Produced by Daz Dillinger)


After years of regional success, Naptown’s own Chucky Workclothes is ready to make his national debut with powerhouse RBC Records.  Chucky’s debut, Tax Season, is set for a 2-24-15 release as Chucky joins the elite roster at RBC whose affiliations include Techn9ne, E-40, Too Short, Canibus, DJ Quik and more. 

Tax Season comes right off the heels of Chucky’s collaborative LP, Country Boy Livin, with former No Limit/Strange Music signee Young Bleed and features an array of guest appearances including E-40, Crooked I aka KXNG Crooked, Kurupt and Daz Dillinger of the Dogg Pound, Pusha T, Young Buck and more alongside several of Chuck’s Indianapolis cohorts. 

After releasing the track earlier this week, Chucky returns with the visual for his title track and debut single Tax Season featuring KXNG Crooked and produced by Daz Dillinger


NEW VIDEO: JOHN ROBINSON & PVD feat. SHABAM SAHDEEQ & EL DA SENSEI - VINYL IS FOREVER


Vinyl Is Forever pays homage to the greatest music physical format of all time: Vinyl, Wax, Crates—AKA Records!

We truly are living the reality of working towards allowing our musical legacies to go beyond our years; and vinyl will be the physical version that stands the test of time and continue to tell these great stories of our present time 50 + years from now. Vinyl really is forever—we salute you!”--John Robinson



Vinyl Is Forever is taken from the full length release by John Robinson & PVD - Modern Vintage on Brick Records.

Listen to Modern Vintage in its entirety:
https://soundcloud.com/brickrecords/sets/john-robinson-pvd-modern-vintage

You can purchase Modern Vintage at: 
iTunes- https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/modern-vintage/id880797224

BIRDMAN CANT GET INTO NICKI MINAJ's PRE GRAMMY PARTY


The Lil Wayne vs. Birdman beef has been fraught with drama, emotions and threats right from the beginning. One of the most eyebrow raising threats that came out of this was Wayne saying when he leaves Cash Money he's taking Young Money stars Nicki Minaj and Drake.

Up until this point, neither Drake nor Nicki have publicly taken sides on this beef, leaving fans to speculate.

This previous weekend might shed some light on the situation though. Reports are coming in that Birdman had trouble getting into Nicki's Pre Grammy party.

What's your thoughts on this? Are we seeing a messy divorce with Drake and Nicki as the children at the center of a custody battle? Let us know on our Facebook page.





VIDEO: THE HIP HOP FELLOW TRAILER


Hip-Hop as a tool for education? That’s exactly what the documentary focusing on producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University explores.
The Hip-Hop Fellow is a 78-minute documentary following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University as he teaches ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’ course, conducts research for his thesis and explores hip-hop’s history, culture and role in academia.
The film centers on the emerging significance of incorporating hip-hop studies into academic curriculum and spotlights the scholars and musicians at the forefront of preserving 40 years of hip-hop culture.
Interviewees include Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Phonte, Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ab-Soul, Rapper Big Pooh and DJ Premier.




Word to Dj Premier for the heads up

NEW MUSIC: SLUM VILLAGE feat. ROSEWOOD 2055 - E(I)GO


Be on the lookout for SV’s upcoming album which is slated to drop in the first half of this year, with guest appearances from Chance The Rapper, Jon Connor, De La Soul, Phife and Dilla among others.





For More Information:

twitter.com/slumvillage
www.slumvillage.com/
www.facebook.com/slumvillageofficial
www.youtube.com/user/OfficialSlumVillage
@official-slumvillage



ILLY AMIN: THE INNERVIEW - #Scrambles4Money #PointOfNoReturn




Q: Who you is and who you reppin?
A: Niggas know me, its Illy Amin, reppin that Revivo clique!

Q: Most people doubted you when you stumbled against Lexx Luthor, does this battle represent a chance at redemption?
A: Nah son, people doubted me way before Lexx and they’ll continue to do so even if I rap from here to the moon. In all honesty I don’t care what people think anymore Im just out here doing me, I’m not doing this to please people.

Q: How you feeling about this title matchup? What does it mean to you?
A: It’s just another rap battle fam, another chance to prove to myself that I’m better than dudes. The fact that there’s a title up for grabs doesn’t really mean anything extra for me, my track record is unparalleled in this country fam, that’s something I know. A title isn’t validation of that


ILLY AMIN & LEXX LUTHOR

Q: Both you and the Cheesecake have grown exponentially as battle rappers mainly because of the unmatched talent and creativity that you possess. What do you think is your/his biggest flaw going into this battle?
A:  That’s a hard one. He’s really come on strong from his FTS days… (pause)... Im not really analysing dude like that though, Imma just come through as dope as I can and see from there 

Q:  The game keeps growing and evolving, where do you see battle rap in five years?
A: It’s growing, but I’m not so sure about evolving. When I check out these battle events in all honesty I get bored sometimes, I feel like these rappers are all recycling the same shit and nobody is trying to be different. Kats been kicking the same battle verse for years now hahaha! I really do feel that if the scene is gonna grow further from here, we as the entertainers need to start being different. The platform has been provided for kats but if we wanna get bigger crowds without having to invite overseas MCs all the time then we gotta start innovating. We can’t just keep looking to Gin Grimes to spoon feed us, the other battle leagues have to step up too, the MCs have to start thinking differently and we have to get different crowds to have interest, if we wanna actually make something of this we gotta stop treating it like some backyard cypher.



Q: You represented South Africa in Canada and pulverised your opponent at World Domination 4 last year. Ever since then though you have focused on your flourishing music career and only battled twice, with one amazing performance. Which Illy are we gonna see at Event Horizon?
A:  I’ve actually battled like 4 times since then, the thing is, for me the pool has gotten really small because I’ve battled almost everyone on the Scrambles roster so in all fairness, its right that I step back and let other MCs flourish so I can come back and knock their heads off their shoulders when they start feeling themselves too much (I see you, Blight).  Real talk though I don’t know which Illy you gonna get, just know my aim is to be different cos I don’t wanna be like the rest of these guys.


BLIGHT

Q: I am sure you have studied Jake in detail by now, what’s the one moment that impressed you the most about him?
A: I haven’t actually, haha! But I know the guy, so it’s all good. He’s an all-round dope MC and I respect that, his battles are always dope so I’m expecting the same and even more from him when he faces me.

Q: Excluding you, who’s your top three Scrambles rappers right now?
A: The same kats who have been the best since day one. Cerebro, Jake and Pava would probably be my top 3. Slyme is up there too

Q: Describe Cheesecake’s style in a bar
A:  Hahaha! The fuck kinda question is this, hahahaha!



Q: If Scrambles had a two on two battle, who would you trust to be on your team?
A: I had a two on two with Gin Grimes that was dope. No homo, but Jake would be a dope partner, Pava too. But I’d have to ride with any of my Revivo niggas, but only if Gin Grimes promised their safety, hahaha…

Q: Ultramel vs. Kepi. Which is the better brand to rep and why?
A: You ever tried licking a Kepi snap back off some titties...? Exactly.  But shout out to Kepi though I fuck with their brand, they should holla at the boy I got videos coming up, we should work

Q: You’ve racked up some really impressive battles so far, whats been your favourite battle to date?
A:  My favourite has to be Kinaze, purely cos of the journey I made for it. My battle with Inferno was top class, and the first Cerebro one I guess.


LEXX LUTHOR, NESS LEE & THE DEADMAN with fans at the TALK IS CHEAP 2 event

Q: Pick a Scrambles rapper and give them one piece of advice
A: I pick the whole roster. You muhfukkas gotta evolve man, stop looking to Gini for hand outs and stand on your own two cos homie isn’t gonna carry you forever, he cant keep funding a league where the MCs can call the crowd members by their names. Think differently fam, get new content and expand your brains niggas. Let go of the Gorgotron and develop an aura around you. If we do that then we can go far

Q: Rate the three international visitors in descending order
A: Daylyt, Lexx and Ness. Ness is probably the illest outta all 3 in terms of what he brings to the table but in my humble opinion I think his focus is elsewhere, his music is sounding dope and I feel like that’s where he’s at. Daylyts stock is the highest but Lexx is the hungriest 


Q: You have maintained your composure in an exceptional way in all your battles, has there ever been a battler that has made you almost lose it on stage?
A: Nah. It’s not that serious, even the Lexx battle I was cool haha. It’s just entertainment, people that lose their cool over a battle are corny

Q: Deadliest kid in the draft league?
A: Chro… if he’s still draft league, I don’t know. But he’s definitely the nicest of the new guys 


CHRO

Q: King Keyla vs. Snow, whats your thoughts?
A: Smh, King Keyla is probably gonna be rocking fewer clothes than Snow so that battles not really for me haha!


SNOW

Q: There’s always been a big debate around the topic but which battle do you think was the biggest body in Scrambles’ history?
A: Real talk, Lexx bodied me pretty bad, so I’ll go for that one… cause I don’t remember other peoples battles hahaha!

ILLY VS. BLIGHT

CHEESECAKE THE GOD: THE INNERVIEW - #Scrambles4Money #PointOfNoReturn





Q: Who you is and who you reppin?
A: aweeee I'm Jake Baker repping the mother city CPT n all that, Ape tooown! What's dairy? 

Q: Even though you are a relative newcomer, you have not choked yet on a Scrambles stage. Do you ever fear a repeat of your battle with Fungus?
A: I didn't choke against Fungus… the battle was a lil off and I was on some bullshit haha but I didn't choke. as far as choking on Scrambles I'm not that worried, if it happens it happens but I'm confident in my freestyle ability and Illy’s inability to have me that shook. Lol, nah playing… If there's anybody on Scrambles whose smart enough to use the many angles on me well enough to shake me up its Illy, real talk. It’s just a matter of how personal he feels he gotta get for the win... because as far as bars... I don't think he's good enough to win without touching on my past

Q: How you feeling about this title matchup? What does it mean to you?
A: It means a lot, G, I've always had mad respect for Gin so to be given a title match by him is really awesome. On top of all that, to have cats like Day, Nes n Lexx watching it, is huge! This event is prolly the biggest Scrambles has had, and me n Illy have been chosen to rep as Africa's best. Anybody watching the event is gonna be like “word, so that's Africa's champ? that's where the bar is set?”. Cool. So yeah no pressure haha!


CHEESECAKE THE GOD & ILLY AMIN

Q: Both you and the Illmatic have grown exponentially as battle rappers mainly because of the unmatched talent and creativity that you possess. What do you think is your/his biggest flaw going into this battle?
A: Aaah my biggest flaw? Prolly my really good looks, G. A lot of the time people tend to overlook my bars coz I'm so good looking n handsome. I spoke to Illy about that coz of all the angles out there on me I asked him if he was gonna talk about how good looking I was. He said “prolly naw” but I don't trust homie. He'll prolly bring it up. Compare me to Channing Tatum or summin like that. As far as his biggest flaw I really can't point summin out like that, I think maybe his head got a lil big after Canada. Dunno why else he woulda done that shit vs Lexx, but I heard he had a good battle after Lexx so I'm hoping he back on his bullshit n ready to put on a classic

Q:  The game keeps growing and evolving, where do you see battle rap in five years?
A: Aaaaah ionno, G, look how far it's already come. Like just in SA I went from giving my friends petrol money to drive me to some far away land, battling 6 cats a night, now we getting our flights to Jozi paid for u know? Like Scrambles really takes care of me when I'm up there and it's always such a dope experience so I can't begin to imagine what Gin has planned for the future. Overseas though, things are moving so fast. I really hope all the over saturation n money they got now doesn't fuck it all up but it looks like in 5 years things could be insane, I'm really excited to see where it goes but don't know enough to assume anything.



Q: You’re the golden kid with the Flip The Script chain and have racked up a ton of bodies in your wake and now you got a shot at the title, but this is Illy the kid. You’re going up against the unrivaled freestyle champion of Scrambles. Do you think you ready for this?
A: Hahahaha, honestly ionno. When I had just won the FTS chain I was wyling online talkin bout how I wanna battle Gin and how I'd beat him n shit. Now I look back like “fuuuuck that!” Gin woulda bodied me 3-0 ya know? Like I got more experience now but I've learnt from my mistakes, I'm not gonna say ima body Illy on that easy tip when I know dam well he could beat me on the right day... Under the right conditions... When the sun is shining at exactly the right temperature n the moon has aligned with Mars and Orion's Belt is at a perpendicular angle directly across from the Milky Way cosmic sphere... I mean ... U know what I'm talmbout. Anything could happen, G!

Q: I am sure you have studied Tshiamo in detail by now, what’s the one moment that impressed you the most about him?
A: I liked his 1st 2 rounds in Canada. He was dope there and that Ultramel scheme vs lex. Shit was dairyeqsue, his flow against Cerebro was dope too!


Q: Excluding you, who’s your top three Scrambles rappers right now?
A: Pava, Illy and Cerebro. Even though Gin hasnt battled recently i think he deserves a special mention. Illy better put me in his top 3 or he a fuggin turkey

Q: Describe Illy Amin’s style in a bar
A: Everything I came up with for this answer ended up being good enough to use in the battle, thanks G! Why u mad B?




Q: If Scrambles had a two on two battle, who would you trust to be on your team?
A: The homie Pava. He a legend n always such a straight up guy.

Q: Ultramel vs. Kepi. Which is the better brand to rep and why?
A: www.kepi.co.za peep the new summer range! Why u mad b?


JAKE BAKER & KADENCE

Q: Your third round against Kadence will be discussed for years to come. Some have even called it a classic. How easily will it be to improve on that?
A: Honestly I had some mad personal info on Kadence that made up my whole 3rd round, he's a mad cool guy though and like 2 days before the battle I decided that that wasn't the typa battle rapper I wanted to be. Like how can I look down on cats that bring up my adoption shit for a cheap laugh if Imma do similar ya know? So I came up with my 3rd like 2 days before the event n luckily the crowd loved it and it popped off. But yeah that's what I want to do. Keep comin up with innovative shit for the battle stage n I think I'll out do myself vs Illy.... dunno how yet though.

Q: Pick a Scrambles rapper and give them one piece of advice
A: Pava, lemmi breath homie. Just gimme some space, we friends but daym u gotta stay out my inbox for a day or two or u gonna push me away like u did boity. I know it was u outside my house too!


PAVA GUNZ

Q: Rate the three international visitors in descending order
A: 1)Ness 2)Day 3)Lexx 

Q: You have maintained your composure in an exceptional way in all your battles, has there ever been a battler that has made you almost lose it on stage?
A: Nah. If anything being said to you in a battle can affect ur life that drastically u shouldn't battle rap, haha!... or u just have a really sad life. Everything out there about me I put out myself, knowing it would be used against me eventually, but yeah when Pava called me Ashton Kutcher that shit was mad hurtful and when Kadence dissed my bird bars.... He’s a dick for that! 

Q: Deadliest kid in the draft league?
A: Inferno


INFERNO
Q: King Keyla vs. Snow, whats your thoughts?
A: pshhhhhh The King… duuuh!


KING KEYLAH FROM KIMBERLEY

Q: There’s always been a big debate around the topic but which battle do you think was the biggest body in Scrambles’ history?
A: Chef Toast bodies every1 he goes up against...no debating.