Sunday, April 29, 2012

Barack Obama Shouts Out Young Jeezy At White House Correspondents Dinner

Our United States President Mr. Obama S/O Young Jeezy in his speech at White House Correspondents Dinner. Reffering to Jeezy's My Presidents Black. Check it out after the jump.......


Nas x The Don Video

After dropping his new single ‘Daughters’ yesterday, Nas gives us The Don video. Life Is Good in stores July 17th. Check out the video after the jump........

Kanye West x Chief Keef x Jadakiss x Pusha T x Big Sean - I Dont Like (Remix) Artwork

Kanye West introduces us to "I Don't Like" the track is set to feature Jadakiss, Pusha T, Big Sean and Chi-Town rising star, Chief Keef. The song is originally Keef's but is getting the G.O.O.D Music production on it. The track was suppose to be out yesterday but may come out today. yall know how Ye' Be!


Micahfonecheck x Kendrick Lamar – Girls In America

RnB artist Micahfonecheck from Cali grabs next door neighbor Kendrick Lamar for his new record ‘Girls In America’. Check it out after the jump.........

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Big K.R.I.T. - King Remembered In Time (Best of 2011)

Nas - Half Hood/Half Class (Best of 2011)

A$AP Rocky & ScHoolboy Q - Purple Reign

The next best thing to Rakim Allah and Quincy Jones.

In 2011, eighties babies A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q set the internets ablaze with the release of their respective solo mixtapes LiveLoveA$AP and Setbacks. Despite coming from opposite ends of the country, A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q both seem to have tapped into a new energy in hip hop that's both fresh and appealing. Just a few weeks into the new year, Q has already dropped a follow-up to Setbacks (though he's referred to it as a prequel) with Habits & Contradictions - an impressively thorough project which further establishes his trademark as a solo artist. And we can only imagine what Rocky's got in store for us in 2012. Together Rocky & Q share a kush fueled vibe that's youthful and effervescent while at the same time being anchored by elements I'd describe as grim-yet-clean existential aesthetics. I like it; so much so that I thought to myself "A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q should make an album together." And then I just went ahead and put this compilation together. You're welcome. Purple Reign features eighteen songs which serve as a primer (of sorts) on A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q's respective track records. Mixed for seamless playback, I'm very proud of the final product. Listen and let me know what you think. But most importantly... Turn it up!!

DOOMSTARKS - 'Swift & Changeable: The Prequel'

NIKEiD Jordan Spiz’ike iD – Design Samples

Let me says that Nike has some of the best shoes out #HD. Now looking at the their NIKEiD site they have come up with yet another pair for us to tag ourselves.NIKEiD themselves created 3 virtual samples based on some of Jordan Brand‘s most popular color combinations. Aside from the primary colors of navy, black, and white, options like full-grain leather and Nubuck are also available. Check out what they cooked up after the jump..........


Raven Sorvino (of Language Artz) x Picaso - V.I.N.O.

Over Lil Kim’s classics “Drugs” the Language Artz first lady Raven goes in and smashes the beat! Check it out after the jump.......

Glasses Malone x #Rihanna

Glasses Malone releases the first single off his upcoming “GlassHouse” mixtape. Now the hook........Ima just let yall hear it. Check it out after the jump......

Knocka x Keeping It Real (Letter To A$AP Rocky)

After reading countless forums, hip hop websites, and strictly word of mouth stuff, Knocka and A$AP Rocky used to be cool but something happened between them and they had a falling out.

"While making his way in the rap world, he started a group called Million Dollar Babies and one of the members of that group was A$AP Rocky, hip hop’s newest star on the rise. The two he says grew up together and he describes their relationship as a brother type of bond. He says of A$AP Rocky"

So Knocka decides to release this record to address the situation and get some things off his chest. Def some validity to what he says. His raps are a direct comparison to what A$AP says in his lyrics check it out after the jump........


Miguel x Art Dealer Chic Vol 3 FreEP

Miguel returns with the 3rd volume of his Art Dealer Chic EP series. Tracklist, stream and download link after the jump........



"The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation"


After more than 20 years, I've finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I've simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren't ready for.

Between the late 80's and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.

The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future. Among the attendees was a small group of unfamiliar faces who stayed to themselves and made no attempt to socialize beyond their circle. Based on their behavior and formal appearances, they didn't seem to be in our industry. Our casual chatter was interrupted when we were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing us from publicly discussing the information presented during the meeting. Needless to say, this intrigued and in some cases disturbed many of us. The agreement was only a page long but very clear on the matter and consequences which stated that violating the terms would result in job termination. We asked several people what this meeting was about and the reason for such secrecy but couldn't find anyone who had answers for us. A few people refused to sign and walked out. No one stopped them. I was tempted to follow but curiosity got the best of me. A man who was part of the “unfamiliar” group collected the agreements from us.

Quickly after the meeting began, one of my industry colleagues (who shall remain nameless like everyone else) thanked us for attending. He then gave the floor to a man who only introduced himself by first name and gave no further details about his personal background. I think he was the owner of the residence but it was never confirmed. He briefly praised all of us for the success we had achieved in our industry and congratulated us for being selected as part of this small group of “decision makers”. At this point I begin to feel slightly uncomfortable at the strangeness of this gathering. The subject quickly changed as the speaker went on to tell us that the respective companies we represented had invested in a very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with our active involvement. He explained that the companies we work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments. I remember many of us in the group immediately looking at each other in confusion. At the time, I didn’t know what a private prison was but I wasn't the only one. Sure enough, someone asked what these prisons were and what any of this had to do with us. We were told that these prisons were built by privately owned companies who received funding from the government based on the number of inmates. The more inmates, the more money the government would pay these prisons. It was also made clear to us that since these prisons are privately owned, as they become publicly traded, we’d be able to buy shares. Most of us were taken back by this. Again, a couple of people asked what this had to do with us. At this point, my industry colleague who had first opened the meeting took the floor again and answered our questions. He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember looking around to make sure I wasn't dreaming and saw half of the people with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, “Is this a f****** joke?” At this point things became chaotic. Two of the men who were part of the “unfamiliar” group grabbed the man who shouted out and attempted to remove him from the house. A few of us, myself included, tried to intervene. One of them pulled out a gun and we all backed off. They separated us from the crowd and all four of us were escorted outside. My industry colleague who had opened the meeting earlier hurried out to meet us and reminded us that we had signed agreement and would suffer the consequences of speaking about this publicly or even with those who attended the meeting. I asked him why he was involved with something this corrupt and he replied that it was bigger than the music business and nothing we’d want to challenge without risking consequences. We all protested and as he walked back into the house I remember word for word the last thing he said, “It’s out of my hands now. Remember you signed an agreement.” He then closed the door behind him. The men rushed us to our cars and actually watched until we drove off.

A million things were going through my mind as I drove away and I eventually decided to pull over and park on a side street in order to collect my thoughts. I replayed everything in my mind repeatedly and it all seemed very surreal to me. I was angry with myself for not having taken a more active role in questioning what had been presented to us. I'd like to believe the shock of it all is what suspended my better nature. After what seemed like an eternity, I was able to calm myself enough to make it home. I didn't talk or call anyone that night. The next day back at the office, I was visibly out of it but blamed it on being under the weather. No one else in my department had been invited to the meeting and I felt a sense of guilt for not being able to share what I had witnessed. I thought about contacting the 3 others who wear kicked out of the house but I didn't remember their names and thought that tracking them down would probably bring unwanted attention. I considered speaking out publicly at the risk of losing my job but I realized I’d probably be jeopardizing more than my job and I wasn't willing to risk anything happening to my family. I thought about those men with guns and wondered who they were? I had been told that this was bigger than the music business and all I could do was let my imagination run free. There were no answers and no one to talk to. I tried to do a little bit of research on private prisons but didn’t uncover anything about the music business’ involvement. However, the information I did find confirmed how dangerous this prison business really was. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months. Eventually, it was as if the meeting had never taken place. It all seemed surreal. I became more reclusive and stopped going to any industry events unless professionally obligated to do so. On two occasions, I found myself attending the same function as my former colleague. Both times, our eyes met but nothing more was exchanged.

As the months passed, rap music had definitely changed direction. I was never a fan of it but even I could tell the difference. Rap acts that talked about politics or harmless fun were quickly fading away as gangster rap started dominating the airwaves. Only a few months had passed since the meeting but I suspect that the ideas presented that day had been successfully implemented. It was as if the order has been given to all major label executives. The music was climbing the charts and most companies when more than happy to capitalize on it. Each one was churning out their very own gangster rap acts on an assembly line. Everyone bought into it, consumers included. Violence and drug use became a central theme in most rap music. I spoke to a few of my peers in the industry to get their opinions on the new trend but was told repeatedly that it was all about supply and demand. Sadly many of them even expressed that the music reinforced their prejudice of minorities.

I officially quit the music business in 1993 but my heart had already left months before. I broke ties with the majority of my peers and removed myself from this thing I had once loved. I took some time off, returned to Europe for a few years, settled out of state, and lived a “quiet” life away from the world of entertainment. As the years passed, I managed to keep my secret, fearful of sharing it with the wrong person but also a little ashamed of not having had the balls to blow the whistle. But as rap got worse, my guilt grew. Fortunately, in the late 90’s, having the internet as a resource which wasn't at my disposal in the early days made it easier for me to investigate what is now labeled the prison industrial complex. Now that I have a greater understanding of how private prisons operate, things make much more sense than they ever have. I see how the criminalization of rap music played a big part in promoting racial stereotypes and misguided so many impressionable young minds into adopting these glorified criminal behaviors which often lead to incarceration. Twenty years of guilt is a heavy load to carry but the least I can do now is to share my story, hoping that fans of rap music realize how they’ve been used for the past 2 decades. Although I plan on remaining anonymous for obvious reasons, my goal now is to get this information out to as many people as possible. Please help me spread the word. Hopefully, others who attended the meeting back in 1991 will be inspired by this and tell their own stories. Most importantly, if only one life has been touched by my story, I pray it makes the weight of my guilt a little more tolerable.

Thank you.


@SlimBoyBlue X Im All That

So Ive been in the studio on my grind and I got to work with a great artist Slim Boy Blue...Dude got a good work ethic in the studio...also this is the first song I engineered on pro tools


Friday, April 27, 2012

Nico The Beast x Deja Vu


Following the release of his highly personal 'The Beast Within' album, a dedication to his family inspired by the adjacent losses of a close friend and his newborn son, the South Philadelphia-raised Nico the Beast shifts gears for the upcoming 'True To Form' EP. Appropriately produced by Vanderslice, a force in beat battles, Army of the Pharaohs records and more.

The project is inspired by the street corner cyphers and grassroots style of hip-hip he came up with. The engaging, wide-open soundscape for the lead single,"Deja Vu", serves as a canvas for Nico to sport his vast repertoire of flows and set the tone for the approaching EP.

Mishka NYC Newsletter

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Spring ’12 Lookbook by Rae Threat & Kimberly Kane

Spring 2012 Lookbook by Rae Threat & Kimberly Kane (Click Here)
Nudie magazine day! Nudie magazine day! Well, not quite, but y’know what I mean. After teasing you with the video on Tuesday, it’s finally time to drop the Spring ’12 Lookbook shot by Rae Threat and Kimberly Kane. See, we didn’t make you wait that long. We started this hopefully longstanding tradition last year, recruiting Rae to shoot Andy San Dimas & Jessie Andrews in our Fall 2011 gear. We love to see all the creative ways these ladies wear (I use the loose definition) our gear, and we hope you do too.
This year Rae and Kimberly recruited four lovely and totally kick ass girls for the shoot, outfitting them with guns and cut up Мишка. Sounds good to me! From the freshly shaved (not like that you pervo!) Belladonna to the blonde bombshell Charlotte Stokely, the alluring Aiden Ashley and the gorgeous Gracie Glam, this lookbook has it all. With the help of stylist Giuliana Mayo and hair & makeup artist Corena Gibson, Rae, Kimberly and the magnificent models put together a true winner. And if this isn't enough for you check out the teaser video we produced as well. Enjoy!
And while you're enjoying this, why not also enjoy 20% OFF ON OUR ONLINE STORE!? Simply type in code MOPSTER when checking out and you'll get 20% off anything we make from your cart.

Das Racist’s Kool A.D. Has a New Album & It's FREE!

Download Kool A.D. - 51 (Click Here)

The Greedhead/Мишка Records/Veehead world takeover continues, this time with another salvo from the bodaciously bearded baron of brainy braggadocio and one half of Das Racist, Victor Vazquez AKA Kool A.D. The Kool one is back with a new mixtape called 51, and it’s here for your eager consumption fresh on the heels of January’s The Palm Wine Drinkard.
For a change of pace, Victor recorded all of these tracks in Oakland – way on the other side of the country from DR’s NYC home base. Landing on the left coast after visiting family in Cuba, Kool A.D. was inspired to make a set of tracks featuring production from almost exclusively California artists, and numerous guest spots from some of the Bay’s best up and comers.
The main producer is Amaze 88, who played with Victor in a hardcore punk band in high school, and also happened to take his sister to prom. They’ve obviously buried the hatchet on that one though, as Amaze is behind eight tracks on 51, and is joined by other producers like Young L, Trackademicks and Kechphrase.
There’s also frequent guest spots from some of our favorites, like MondreM.A.N. and Squadda B from Main Attrakionz. They link up on four of 51‘s tracks, two of which you can check out videos for. And if that wasn’t enough, Himasnhu, Meyhem Lauren, Trackademicks and even Boots Riley of the legendary Coup all lend guest verses. But, as expected, the star of the whole thing is Kool A.D., whose gloriously laid back flows consistently impress with their humor and wit, languishing in greenery depicted on the cover. Download 51 now!

Follow the Мишка Tumblr!
I hope you’ve all been enjoying Мишка’s brand new Tumblr! What's that? You didn't even know we had a Tumblr? Well we do and we just gave it a fresh coat of paint and it looks great! But it looks even better with all the awesome photos you’re submitting. Keep checking it out daily to see posts from us about old designs, things we like, stuff relating to Мишка and more. Plus we’ll continue to reblog all our favorite Мишка featuring photos that you guys post (make sure you tag ‘em yo).
Got a cool flick of your in our gear? Well make sure you add mishka or mopster to the tag field so we can find 'em and reblog 'em up on there.

Lana Del Rey x Azealia Banks – Blue Jeans (Smims&Belle Remix)

Smims&Belle remix Lana Del Rey’s track ‘Blue Jeans’ and enlist Azealia Banks to add a verse to the record. Check it out after the jump........

@ZelooperZ x CartiAIDS Video

ZelooperZ "The Giant" drops his video CartiAIDS Prod by Nolan The Ninja off the the mixtape Coon In The Room. Check it out after the jump......

ZelooperZ - CartiAIDS from REASpectTheShooter on Vimeo.

Twerk Team #ThrowBackEdition

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@SheefyMcFly Presents Leaders Of The New Skool!

#LeadersOfTheNewSkool Tonight @TheShelter on 431 E. Congress. Show starts @ 8-12a. Performances by Richy Marciano, Crack Killz, Chavis Chandler, And my boi Sheefy McFly. Come rock wit us we gon be there all night!!!

Hollywood Talent Search in Detroit, April 28

Nas x Daughters (Prod. by No I.D.)

Nas is back with his latest single ‘Daughters’ which hits iTunes May 1st. The track is produced by No I.D. and will be featured on his “Life Is Good” album dropping July 17th. The video for ‘The Don’ drops tomorrow. Check it out after the jump.........


Precious Paris x 50 Cent – Everything OK Video

A random Curtis sighting, this time on female MC Precious Paris’ From Paris With Love mixtape single. Check it out after the jump......


Kendrick Lamar Interview w/ Miss Info Video

In the VIP section at Coachella, Miss Info talks to Kendrick Lamar about the Black Hippy movement, working with ASAP Rocky and the craziest thing he has seen at Coachella. Check i tout after the jump..........

Casey Veggies Live At SOBs

Before Rita Ora hit the stage at SOBs, West Coast artist Casey Veggies did a few records for the crowd. DownerTV brings us the footage of his performance. Check it out after the jump..............

L.e.$ x L.e.$ Is More

Ya boi L.e.$ just dropped a new mixtape called L.e.$ Is More over at S/O @BHOTeam, @DJMrRogers & @Settle4Les!Check out the Stream/Download link after the jump.......


Usher x Scream

Climax is the prequel and Scream is the sequel. Looking For Myself drops on June 12th. Check out the track after the jump.........

MGK x 2 Chainz x Meek Mill x Steve-O x Mystikal x French Montana x Yo Gotti – Wild Boy (rmx) Video

The mega remix to MGK’s breakout hit gets a video all captured during SXSW. Check it out after the jump........