Friday Night Lights

I can't stop listening to this song. If you like it, you should check out more of Ancient Astronauts' upcoming sophomore album, Bass and Time. No label necessary, with the help of guest MCs, vocalists and DJs the German duo swiftly hops from one musical lilypad to another: spacey, dancehall reggae, hip hop, down-tempo, funk, afro, asian, vintage, futuristic, happy and dark.


Swedish Dreamers

Swedish hip hop group, Looptroop Rockers, dishes out a single to get inspired to, the type of track you want to listen in the morning to get you pumped to chase your dreams. Just press play, don't let the day get away. In their own words:

"Dedicated to everybody who's set their mind to living their dream. We knew pretty early on that we wanted the new album to be called 'Professional Dreamers'. A few pieces to this album's Looptroop puzzle magically fell in to place on a beautiful day in the fall of 2009. Supreme had just had a meeting with our good friend and documentary film maker Simon Klose, where they had discussed Simon's uncle and his research on dreams at the Lund university back in the seventies. Apparently his uncle had been the first in the world to take photos of the brain using different colors to indicate the brain's activity during sleep - and that way actually seeing when the person was dreaming. So he was literally photographing dreams.
Promoe on his hand had just been inspired by a comment in Werner Herzog's movie 'Encounters at the End of the World', to the new Looptroop album's title - Professional Dreamers. Him and Supreme spoke on the phone the same day, and it was just so obvious - the title and the album cover was already there! Now all we needed were the songs...
Fast forward to a little more than a year later - Barcelona, December 2010. We teamed up with 19 year old pro skater Josef Scott Jatta - who is the very essence of a professional dreamer - to shoot the video in his hometown for the moment."

Life is a Gift

Last week we celebrated one of my friend's bachelor party. Old friends, basketball, good tunes, pranks and laughter were omnipresent. It was one of those weeks that made everyone realize how blessed we are. We also got reminded the importance of a good detox period.

Certain songs will always bring us back to that awesome week, especially this one. Sean Paul's Life is a Gift fits cruising around sunny Florida perfectly. Music's nostalgic power is extraordinary. Another gift is that Mello now has some flow for Colombia


Biggie and The XX

Ha! Yes mashes up Notorious BIG and the XX.


Childish Gambino: Freaks and Geeks

Childish Gambino is on the hip hop radar. One can expect witty intelligent verses and a delivery that resembles Lupe Fiasco's. His voice is unique and should grow on you.


RIP Biggie Smalls

His legacy lives on. If he was alive today Notorious Big would still stand out lyrically. One can only wonder where his subject matter would have taken us.


Gorilla Warfare Tactics

The emerging NY trio brings a smooth summer jam.


Democracy Now: Arab Hip Hop and Revolution

Democracy Now! interviews rapper The Narcicyst, a member of Montreal's Arab hip hop community. Make your way over to Iraq is the Bomb for more on the movement, show dates and downloads.


Nice & Smooth

A gem from 1992. My cousin is getting married tonight. Good times ahead. Haha, my aunt just asked if Nice & Smooth was Michael Jackson!! That's all for now.


People Under The Stairs' Secret Song

A vinyl only bonus track off People Under the Stairs' "Carried Away." The dreamy track samples Radiohead's Reckoner. The creator's take on "All Good Things":

“This was the final track recorded for Carried Away, and it was recorded as the dust settled and the feelings of unease approached as the talks turned from ‘how’s the album coming along’ to ‘how are we going to be able to market this?’ With the whole structure in shambles,I just wanted to capture how i felt, both musically and spiritually about where i was in my career; in my life. In a not so ironic twist, because of label worry over sample issues, the song got pulled from the record at the last minute. I am happy to have both a vocal and an instrumental here to give away, as this song means a lot to me. ” - Thes One

PUTS have decided to leave their record label, citing creative independence, and have formed an online based co-op artist union Piecelock 70 (PL70). Thes One originally founded PL70 in 2004 as a business framework for PUTS. As the group's recognition grew it took on new roles ranging from touring and logistics to production and manufacturing. PL70's concept stems from the idea that the artist should have a direct relationship with his/her fans. The absence of a label and other middlemen, the framework assures creative control and guarantees that money spent on music, concerts and merchandise benefits the artist. Enjoy the free downloads and check out the other artists that make up the PL70 team. Oh yeah, watch this video in which Thes One explains the origins and purpose of Piecelock 70.


Viva Mexico

I got into Mexico tonight. This morning I was on my way to Panama's airport and Cypress Hill's "Tequila Sunrise" fittingly came on the radio. It took me by surprise considering most stations are blasting reggaeton and pop.


Happy Friday: Gabriel The Thinker

Brazilian rap sounds so smooth and groovy, it's ideal for a Friday. Stay tuned for more Gabriel O Pensador.


Outkast Vs. Smashing Pumpkins

DJ Wick It chills out Outkast's Bombs Over Baghdad by mashing it up with Smashing Pumpkins' Drown. The unexpected soundbite at the end is hilarious too.


Lunar Hip Hop

Max Tannone has done it again! Inspired by the sci-fi movie Moon, the beatmaker teams up with Brooklyn rapper Richard Rich. His lyrics explore themes ranging from isolation to cloning.

From K-OS comes Clarity

Two K-Os posts in a row!! This time it is a remix of "Fun" by FunJunkie. The beat production is sick. Spotted at the World of Underground Hip Hop.

Move Your Happy Feet

If this song doesn't get one up and going... there's no hope.


Everlasting Shine Blockaz

Ten days ago I posted the Wick It mixtape mashing up The Black Keys and Big Boi. Now we got a video to go along with "Everlasting Shine Blockaz." Big Boi is currently touring with The Black Keys. A collaboration seems inevitable.

Santogold & Diplo: Guns of Brooklyn

It's time to get lovey dubby with "Guns of Brooklyn" from the highly recommended Diplo and Santogold Top Ranking mixtape. I also suggest checking out Diplo's Mad Decent Worlwide Radio via Itunes. It's free and good for your ears.


The Pharcyde- Runnin' RMX

Tight remix by the Phillipians. Elements from the original are present from start to finish and the spacey electro programming fits in perfectly with the pensive lyrics.


Happy Friday: PUTS- Hang Loose

J. Dilla: The MC

J. Dilla drops the best verse on his own beats in which he samples the drums off "Prince's She's in My Hair."

J. Dilla: Still Shining

The exceptional documentary film "Still Shining" directed by Brian Atkins celebrates J. Dilla's legacy. The footage, filmed at the time of the funeral, reveals Dilla's dedication to his craft and loved ones and collaborators' appreciation and awe. I particurlarly enjoyed ?uestLove's take on Dilla's musical phases and the portion comparing J.Dilla as a producer and as a MC.

Dilla's mother sets the tone with these words:

This was his wish during his illness, that he be able to give his gift to the world. He was able to live long enough to give the gift back and it will last a lifetime.
Below is J. Dilla's Love(A thing of the past) which samples Patrice Rushen's Before the Dawn. A song that Dilla probably heard for the first time as a kid in the company of his mom.


Storytellers: Murs and Slug

It's hard to believe this is the first time I do an Atmosphere/Felt post. Fun facts: Murs' real name is Nick Carter and his rap name is an acronym with multiple meanings such as "Making Underground Raw Shit."

Murs and Slug are underrated story tellers. They rap about daily struggles, loved ones and their respective hometowns of LA(Murs) and Minneapolis(Slug). Just listen to these tracks.


Swollen Members: In For the Kill

Vancouver natives, Swollen Members, remix La Roux's In for the Kill. I've read that it will be the first track on their upcoming album "Daggermouth." I've also read that it won't be featured on the album.

This remix is stellar and brings me back to college days of listening to Swollen Member's "Balance" and "Bad Dreams."

Two Dope Boyz, Two Dope Remixes

The Polish Ambassador brings us two dope remixes of Outkast's Wheels of Steel. They're both catchy, one has the bass thumping and the other is 7 minutes long and trancey. Neither sound like the original. The man responsible for these remixes puts it best:
It's only natural that outkast get up in the remix action. These are some of the more innovative cats in the spotlight today, but you already know that. Always impressed with what they bring to the table, which is why they get "the royal treatment." That sounded sexual. Here's the remix of Wheels of Steel. Completely different from the original, cut, diced, electrofied. with some boomin' bass. Hells. Yes.
Stay tuned for more electro inspired remixes.


The Pharcyde: She Said

An appropriate track and timeless classic for Valentine's Day.

202 Beatdrops: DC Nostalgia

Summertime in Panama is great but I miss DC. I am watching the 2001 NBA All Star game which was held in DC. And the Wizards finally got that road win in Cleveland after going 0-25. It's time to reminisce over some Wale. Amazing lyricist. Haha they just had Kobe do the play by play in Italian.

Hold Yuh (Remix)



Crate Diggin': Styles of Beyond

Back in 2003, Styles of Beyond released the slept on Megadef. Hailing from Los Angeles, SOB consists of rappers Tak and Ryu, DJ Cheapshot and producer Vin SKully. This album brings you on point verses and versatile beatwork: distorted guitar riffs, retro electro sound and even a Bob Marley sample. Enjoy.

Mr. Brown

You Lose

Be Your Dog



The Black Keys and Big Boi Blender

DJ Wick-it's mixtape The Brothers of Chico Dusty mashes up two of 2010's best albums: The Black Keys' Brothers and Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Wick-It undoubtfully drew inspiration from the Damon Dash orchestrated hip hop project Blakroc starring The Black Keys and featuring rappers such as Mos Def, Raekwon and Q-Tip. The Black Keys are currently working on the sequel, this time teaming up with the likes of Jay Electronica, Wiz Khalifa and The Cool Kids. The Brothers of Chico Dusty (Big Boi vs. The Black Keys) by wick-it


Mos Dub: Endless Summer

In the past, HiphoPolitico has highlighted Max Tannone remix projects such as Dub Kweli and Jaydiohead. It's Mos Dub's turn! Mos Def and Reggae were meant to be. This is a great mix to play on a sunshiney day.Or if you want to escape the wintertime. Enjoy and happy Friday!

The Pharcyde: Drop

It's time to rewind and bring The Pharcyde back for another 90's classic.
RIP J. Dilla.


MikeWr: SoundCloud Mash Up Hero

Mike Wr's hip hop mashup collection is impressive.

Jazzy Atmosphere mash up.

A chill guitar remix of Nas's Made You Look.

Dr. Dre ft. Eminem - Forgot About Ratatat by mikeWr

This mash up features Dr. Dre over Ratatat. Hopefully, Ratatat will listen to this and get to work on their hip hop remixes volume 3 album.

To check out more of Mike Wr's remixes click here. It's a worthwhile click. I'm sure will spotlight his work again on here.


Ugandan Reggae Hip Hop

My Ugandan friend Chris, also known as Salsa King in Panama, shared this track with me. Perfect for the tropics and to evade "chismosos" (gossipy people). So yeah, mind your business and live and let live!

Buena Vista + Kanye West+ Mos Def

Mash up the likes of Cuba's legendary Buena Vista Social Club, Kanye West and Mos Def and you have yourself one stellar track. Check out the original version of Cha Cha below. Viva Cuba, la buena musica y los remixes!


El Negocio Socio (J. Balvin)

Biggest Thing out of Colombia

Copywrite: Flying Under the Radar

My favorite track off of Copywrite's slept on "Life and Times of Peter Nelson." Surock's production on this one is impressive.

4:17 PM Richmond, VA

Candid lyrics from Clipse, a meaningful message and Neptunes production. Enough said.


Lupe Over Jimi Hendrix

Lupe drops verses over Jimi Hendrix's "Fire."


Black Milk: Turn up the Bass

Black Milk's self proclaimed "Album of the Year" delivers quality from start to finish. Even with crazy drums as heard on "Keep Going", he finds himself hovering under the radar. The drums are on point and perhaps the album title was as well.


The Five One: Mandatory

Such a chill song. It sounds a bit like old 311 and Vampire Weekend. Love the Morning View shout out too!

It's Friday

De La Soul - Keepin The Faith (Just A Touchsoul Edit) by touchsoul

Too Cold to Go out? Grab a Red Stripe press play and man up.

In the words of RK "I feel like I should get high now, again."


Lupe Gets Political


Graffiti and Beyond