Keepin it Cali with Pacific Division.
March 2, 2009

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We’ve introduced to Jay Rock, as the revitalization of West Coast gangsta rap, chilled to the laid back tunes of Blu and Exile, and most recently jammed to TiRon’s Ketchup mixtape.

Pacific Division is another group primed to make an impact on the hip-hop world.  While the group, consisting of BeYoung and brothers Mibbs and Like, have been around since 2001, their upcoming mixtape and debut album are highly anticipated.

The Palmdale natives describe their influences as “everything fly” and their sound as “microwave burritos and dirty carpet.”  Needless to say this trio is anything but the norm.

There is no doubt that hip-hop is in a transition phase, and Pacific Division is out to make music that:

Delightfully forgets the tangents rap music has taken in the mainstream, and simply affirms that good music is timeless.

While working hard on their debut album F.A.T, the group also takes great pride in making their live shows, well, live and full of energy.

Check out the two songs below, off their hopefully soon to be released Church League Champions mixtape and get a feel for another fresh sound busting out of Cali.

Pacific Division – Pac Div. Download HERE.

Pacific Division- Mayor. Download HERE.

If you like what you hear, hit the jump to peep some live performances and other noteworthy video for your further enjoyment.

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Blame One feat. Blu & Exile- Wonder Why.
March 1, 2009

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Blame One feat. Blu & Exile – Wonder Why. Download HERE.

Three of the best that Cali has to offer hook up on this track off Blame One’s upcoming album, produced by Exile, Days Chasing Days coming out on March 31st.

You should know about Blu and Exile by now.  One has 4 suburb albums/mixtapes and is one of the XXL Freshman 10 and the other is absurdly talented producer, and both gotten plenty of play on this site.

Blame One is another California artist to get familiar with, and if he’s working with Exile you can expect great things on the upcoming album.

You should know this by now.

Blu- Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Mixtape).
February 15, 2009

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While thousands of people (including us) were tirelessly staring at blog updates for the delayed release of Drake’s mixtape, here we have Blu, probably the most underrated of the XXL Freshman, slip a fresh mixtape right under our noses.

There was little to know promotion or press for this mixtape, entitled Her Favorite Colo(u)r, which after giving it a listen deserves equal attention to Drizzy or Charles Hamilton.

We have covered the West Coast wonder on several occasions, so if this is the first you heard his name or music, shame on you.

Download the mixtape HERE, and enjoy one of our favorite tracks below.

Blu- Amnesia.

Hit the jump for cover art and tracklist.

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J. Period feat. Consequence and KiD CuDi- Buggin Out 2009.
February 9, 2009

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Fellow G.O.O.D music label artists, Consequence and Cudders, hook up on this remake of the classic A Tribe Called Quest song.

After a short-lived fued between the two rappers, which was peacefully and maturely resolved, unlike most beef these days (see: Rick Ross and 50 Cent), it’s good to see the two talented lyricists together on a track.

The song is part of the J. Period’s upcoming release of his tribute to Q-Tip mixtape, The [Abstract] Vol. 1, which will be made available for a limited-time free download on http://www.jperiod.com, starting tomorrow.

In addition to Cons and CuDi, it will feature appearances from De La Soul, Zion I, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch,and Blu among others.

No mixtape has ever boasted such a lineup, and no DJ has ever ventured to bring so many artists together for a single mixtape release. Hip hop’s unbridled creativity once thrived in these kinds of collaborations, and J.Period is determined to re-ignite that spirit.

Be sure to catch the mixtape when it drops, and in the meantime take a listen to the first released track.  Click HERE to watch the making of “Buggin Out 2009” on ConsTV.

J. Period feat. Consequence and KiD CuDi – Buggin Out 2009. Download HERE.

You should know this by now.

Fashawn, Blu & Exile Live @ Mezzanine.
February 5, 2009

Faswhwn, Blu and Exile performed at San Francisco’s Mezzanine lats night.

You kind of wish that you were there?

Us too.

You should know this by now.

Deep Rooted – Billie Jean Theme (Video)
January 28, 2009

Deep Rooted – Billie Jean Theme. Download HERE.

It’s always a pleasure to find indie artists that are absolutely killing it … completely on their own.

Even without a record label, Deep Rooted (made up of Mr. Brady, Johaz, Brea, and DJ Artistic) has been making a name for itself on the west coast since 2004.

If you’re still not convinced that we’re a good judge of talent (really?), DR has performed with the likes of  Lupe Fiasco, Common and Wu-Tang Clan. Not bad, right?

The group’s originality, as is evident in the video above, comes in part from their musical influences:

All good music that moves us. Anything that you go through or see makes you what you are. Our influence comes from the mid 80’s and 90’s – that’s when hip hop was still pure and in its organic form…when Tribe Called Quest dropped, when Nas first album dropped…basically when hip hop felt good, you know?!

Yesterday the group released its third album, D.E.E.P R.O.O.T.E.D, which is available on iTunes if you dig the group’s sound.

Check out a the track below and if you like what you hear, Support these guys!

Deep Rooted feat. Blu – From the Heat. (off of D.E.E.P.R.O.O.T.E.D). Download HERE.

Album cover and tracklist for the new album, as well as the music video for “Crazy” after the jump.

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Out of the Blu.
January 9, 2009

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Blu is actually the only west coast artist that made it onto XXL’s Freshman Class for 2009.

With so many power hitters in his class, Blu definitely admits that it can be a bit intimidating.

You got cats that were like, ‘man I put out a mixtape a month for the last year.’ I was like, ‘What?’ Yeah, everybody’s on they shit though.

Unfortunately, Blu hasn’t been receiving as much publicity. But that will most definitely change as he has dropped a mixtape entitled (So)ul Amazing 2 today. The 19 tracks up for download offer dynamic lyrics accompanied by beats that make you want to drop everything you’re doing and …  just … chill.

It would simply dumb to try and compare his style to that of another. However, Blu has named a number of his influences and their individual impacts show.

I went from DMX to Redman to Cannibus. “4, 3, 2, 1” was my shit. Then I got into Common. I actually heard “I Used to Love H.E.R.” after missing the first album.

Download his album HERE. Cover artwork and tracklist after the jump. Give “The Classy Man” (fourth song off (So)ul Amazing 2) a listen below.

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