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New Music: Slum Village - "Scheming" (F/ J Dilla, Posdnuos & Phife)

Slum Dawg Millionaires: Slum Village

Slum Village -- "Scheming" (Featuring J Dilla, Posdnuos & Phife)

Beats and Tumblr: Beats 'N' Rants

Check out this dope track from Slum Village called "Scheming" featuring posthumous rhymes from the late J Dilla and Baatin, as well as hooks from rappers Posdnuos (De La Soul) and Phife Dog (A Tribe A Called Quest). The song is from SV's fantastic LP Villa Manifesto, which is a perfect rap album. I give the collection four out of five beats (excellent) for its lyrical content and beat selection. Sadly, it's Slum Village's final album as a group.

R.I.P. to J Dilla and Baatin.


New Music: Bun B - "Put It Down" (F/ Drake)

A TRILL-er: BunB

Bun B -- "Put It Down" (featuring Drake)

Bun B released another banger from his forthcoming disc Trill OG (due Aug. 3).

The track was produced by in-demand hitmaker Boi-1da and features the hottest rapper-crooner in the game right now -- Drake. I'm not feeling Drizzy's lyrics, but the song should do well on radio.



There's No Substitute: RIP Melvin Bliss

"Substitute" Teacher: Melvin Bliss (R.I.P.)

Can we please have a moment of silence for . . .

Singer Melvin Bliss who passed away on Monday (July 26), according to various hip-hop blogs. No additional information was provided.

The Chicago native is widely recognized for his 1973 tune "Synthetic Substitution," which, undoubtedly, is the most sampled song in hip-hop. The list of rappers who utilized the breakbeat to create classic rap songs is extensive.

Every "golden-era" rapper and producer owes a debt to this man and maybe even some back royalties (quiet as it's kept).

Melvin Bliss -- "Synthetic Substitution

Some of my favorite songs that used the "Substitution" beat

Public Enemy -- "Brothers Gonna Work it Out"

The Goats -- "Do The Digs Dug"

The Roots -- "Don't Feel Right"

Biz Markie -- Cool V's Scratching

Ultramagnetic MC's -- "Ego Trippin'"

R.I.P. Melvin Bliss . . . and thank you.


New Video: MTV2's Sucker Free Summit

MTV2: Sucker Free Panel

MTV's first-ever Sucker Free Summit with panelists Fat Joe, Bun B, Miss Info, Elliott Wilson, DJ Drama, Ron Artest, and Vibe Editor-In-Chief 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.

Video: Mr. World Premiere | Text: Nah Right