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New Music: Jay-Z x Kanye West - "Otis" (Watch the Throne)


Soul American: Jay-Z x Kanye West "Otis"


Jay-Z is chillin', Kanye West is chillin' . . . what more can I say, Top Billin'.

It's finally here! The new song from the dynamic rap duo called "Otis." The track is from their highly-anticipated LP Watch the Throne.

"Otis" is a definite banger and I love the sampling of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness." The back-and-forth lyricism between Jigga and Yeezy is endearing and boasts plenty of great one-liners.

If you don't know already, Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative album Watch the Throne will hit digital stores on Aug. 1 with the physical copy (the CD) arriving on Aug. 5.


Jay-Z and Kanye West -- "Otis"

props: life+times | download


New Video: Q-Tip, Kanye West, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes Rocked the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


Q-Tip at BK Hip-Hop Fest/ Photos: Joe Conzo




The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival went off without a hitch on Saturday, July 16, and from the variety of videos that were posted on the web, the BK Hip-Hop Fest was a complete success.

If you don't know by now, Q-Tip was the headliner for this year's event and he rocked the stage alongside some very special guests. In the house were Kanye West, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes and Monie Love.

The event's organizer Wes Jackson, President of the Brooklyn Bodega, released this open letter to all that attended the festival:

Friends and colleagues,

I want to personally thank you for coming out [Saturday, July 16]. The thought that struck me as Q-Tip hit the stage was how something like BHF Week is only possible because of all us. Fans, photographers, managers, engineers, artists, drivers, the whole lot.

Not only because of your talents and skills but because of your commitment to the art. And even as Kanye pulled up in the Maybach I realized deep down him, Tip, Busta or Black Thought are no different than that kid in the front row when the rubber hits the road. We do it for that feeling that you all photograph or editorialize.

Personally, this week has been one of my greatest accomplishments and I thank you all for helping before, during or after.

We should all be proud.


Wes Jackson

Executive Director of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

President, Brooklyn Bodega


Happy 50th Birthday, Keith "Guru" Elam


Keith "Guru" Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010)


It's still hard to believe that Guru (real name Keith Elam) is no longer with us.

Today marks the Gang Starr frontman's 50th birthday. The late rapper's legacy in hip-hop was remembered today on several rap blogs. I posted a few that caught my eye.

DJ Premier posted a list of his 50 Favorite Songs by Guru

Big Shug gives props to his mentor on the tribute song "We Miss You"

Video: Morehouse College Tribute to Keith "Guru" Elam

On April 20, 2011 the Morehouse Office of Housing and Residential Life, Residence Hall Association, and Society Mag presented the 2nd Annual Renaissance Arts Festival. During the Arts Festival there was a live painting tribute to an esteemed Morehouse alum and hip-hop legend Keith "Guru" Elam '83 who passed away on April 19, 2010.


Moment of Truth: Guru Succumbs to Cancer

DJ Premier, Marsalis Remembers Guru

Who Are You & What Have You Done With Guru?

Full Clip: 1999 Gang Starr Review

Rest In Power, Guru. We Love You!


New Music: Vast Aire - "The Verdict (Remix)" [F/ Guilty Simpson & Haze]


Not Guilty: Vast Aire


Check out this remix of Vast Aire's "The Verdict," which features Guilty Simpson and a U.K. rhyme-spitter Haze. This sounds way better than the Ayatollah-produced original version with its grungy beat, fumbling bass groove and tricked-out sample.

Now don't get it twisted, 'Tollah is that dude when it comes to beats, I just like the U.K. version a little bit more.

Vast Aire's new album Ox 2010 : A Street Odyssey is in stores now.


Vast Aire -- "The Verdict (Remix)" [Featuring Guilty Simpson and Haze)

props: hhc x urbanlitepr


This Weekend: The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


Shouts out to everyone attending the 7th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival today. Q-Tip is the headliner of the event. Other acts on the bill include: M.O.P., Random Axe, Kendrick Lamar, Camp Lo, Stalley, Nitty Scott MC and so many others.

Beats, Rhymes and Life!


Abbreviated Line-Up for BHF '11

  • Q-Tip
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammed
  • M.O.P.
  • Random Axe
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Camp Lo
  • Homeboy Sandman
  • J-Live
  • Mista Sinista (X-ecutioners)
  • DJ Boogie Blind
  • Eternia
  • Diamond District
  • Nitty Scott MC
  • Shad
  • Stalley
  • K. Sparks
  • Uncle Ralph McDaniels (BHF Host)