Tha Joker ft Future - Blow It All


Young southern rapper Tha Joker has been rapping since he was 14 years old. He's since gained fans and followings through YouTube, Twitter, and Myspace and has created a trill sound all his own. His 2009 mixtape "We Do It For Fun" is one of the most downloaded on He released this single, "Blow It All", last year and I think it's a testament to his sound. The video is reminiscent of The Hangover, baby included.

Childish Gambino - Heartbeat


Honestly it's taken me way too long to post Childish Gambino. My bad. This dude does it all..he's an awesome MC, he was a writer for The Daily Show and 30 Rock, and he plays Troy Barnes on Community.  He's talented, intelligent, and most of all he's got swag. This song is off his latest album, Camp, and describes his complicated relationship with his ex.

Game ft. Tyler the Creator - Martians vs. Goblins


Two west coast powerhouses, Game and Tyler the Creator, get together for this dark track. Oh, and Lil Wayne is on it too, but honestly he doesn't bring much to the table so who cares. They both take shots at various celebrities and artists, such as Chris Brown, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, LeBron James, Tyler Perry, and Bruno Mars. The video is set in a dim, decrepit mental institution which just adds to the song's already dismal feel (which is Tyler's specialty in my opinion). I really like's artistic and goes hand in hand with the flow of the song..certainly not the average rap video.

Drake ft Lloyd - A Night Off (Chopped & Screwed)


Drizzy teamed up with R&B artist Lloyd for this intimate slow jam, which I wanted to share just in time for Valentine's Day :) It's easy to neglect your significant other, especially when you're working your ass off to make ends meet. In this song, Drake takes a night off from it all and gives his girl the night she deserves. The original version is cool, but this version is awesome. It's chopped and screwed by Pollie Pop, a Texan DJ who's been in the game for a while and has a lot of talent. If you like this song, check him out!

Da Shootaz - Gangster Friday


If you're a Grand Theft Auto fan like I am, then you'll recognize this song. It first appeared in GTA 1, then again in GTA III on Lips 106 and as the ringtone for your pager. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, an 8-bit version of the song can be heard in the game's intro screen. It makes a reappearance in GTA IV, as a ringtone available for your cell phone.

Soul Starr - Nujabes/J Dilla Tribute


I'm pretty sure this tribute is by Soul Starr, an experimental/hip-hop producer. In any case, I think it's a beautiful tribute to two of hip-hop's greatest, J Dilla and Nujabes. Rest In Beats! <3

Eve - Love Is Blind


Eve is a Philly rapper/actress that was big in the late 90s/early 2000s as a part of the Ruff Ryders. This song was on her debut album Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady. Looking back, I really miss songs like this..uplifting and motivational songs from strong women in hip-hop. Now we have Nicki Minaj talking about her ass...

"Love is Blind" tells the story of a friend who was murdered by her abusive boyfriend, a fate that befalls far too many women. Physical and emotional abuse is a serious situation and can turn deadly at any time. There are many warning signs and if you or anyone you know may be in an abusive relationship, please seek help immediately before it's too late!

Queen Latifah - U.N.I.T.Y.


I still remember my mom playing Queen Latifah in the car when I was growing up. I liked it but the songs didn't have much meaning to me back then. Listening to it now, I can understand why my mother loved Queen Latifah so much; she's a force to be reckoned with and her music carries a powerful message.

"U.N.I.T.Y." was Queen Latifah's biggest hit and is off her third album Black Reign, released in 1993. In the first verse, she addresses the issue of women being harassed/fondled on the street. She highlights how degrading and disgusting it is, and how she resolved the issue. She goes on to talk about domestic abuse by telling the story of a past abusive relationship. The hook confronts what the chorus resounds, the message that verbal degradation on the street, in relationships, and in hip-hop is not okay. Ladies, you are not a "bitch" or a "ho" and don't let anyone tell you any different!

Nicki Minaj: Reversing the status of women in hip-hop, one verse at a time,