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Just as soft as a baby ass, but harder than concrete at 3am in January is what best describes Fabolous’s new single Ready featuring Chris Brown. The beat, courtesy of The Runners, is that hardcore southern shit while Breezy’s R&B touch makes Ready easy on the ear. After being the vocal and local presence for the NBA’s Association:Brooklyn Nets TV show, Fabolous, Brooklyn’s 4th favorite hip hop heavyweight (B.I.G., Jay, Big Daddy Kane…) is set to make 2013 one to remember. With new MC’s on the come up everyday in NYC most populous Burroughs, Fab has his work cut out. Stay tuned…

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The North Philly rap scene is as rugged as Brownsville, The South Side, BankHead or Compton. It has been home to many famous MC’s and basketball players alike. Perhaps the most slept on of these is the MC known as is Gillie Da Kid. Since the early-mid 2000’s, when first appearing on Cosmic Kev’s Come Up Radio Show, this kid has been lacing underground hip hop heads with fresh shit. This new joint Tryna Get Me One is good way to get acquainted if you aren’t familar. He feature’s VA own rhymesmith Pusha T. 

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What’s a strip club without booty, bass and pain..T Pain that is. After hits like Bartender and By You A Drank, Mr Theodore Pain is back with another strip club smash Come And Get It. I can’t front, this is a little more melodic than I usually prefer my booty club beats. It’s almost an R&B record, But then all of the sudden half way thru the song a nasty ass 16 bar raunchified verse from Ace Hood gives Come And Get Its strip club character. Busta Rhymes adds in a 16 bar jab, but for what? Who knows, but it’s definitely worth the listen.

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2012 was the year of takeover ratchedness in music and that’s word to Trinidad James and cats like Chief Keef and his GBE squad. But hold up! Here is a new track to summarize this whole anti-genre slowly infecting hip hop’s popularity, a track appropriately titled Rachet. Rachet Shit features Future, Rich Kidz and Mr Sosa Baby himself Chief Keef. As the weather begins to heat up expect to hear this coming out of  car stereo speakers in a hood near you.

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Hip Hop has long since been international. When I first peeped this new track by Brazilian rapper Boy Wonda AKA Eddie Souza and saw that it featured 2 Chainz, one could only imagine what to expect. If you’ve hung out in the Tampa Bay music scene though you would understand why Boy Wonda’s latest offering 2 Of Everything works. It features, 2 new rappers, 2 producers (Rieces Pieces & QWond3r) with a hot club track, but most importantly 2 Chainz. It’s a different sound for Chainz but a definite good look Souza and the other featured newbie Ree$e.

Brandon ‘TNT’ West

Music Exec / Industry Insider/ The Andy Rooney of Hip Hop Culture

Holla at him @tnt718