Karizma is on some other shit.

A couple of years back, after years making a name for himself on the house and club scenes, the Baltimore native unleashed his heavy debut album, A Mind of Its Own, onto the world. Top to bottom, that shit hit hard.

Now, he’s getting ready to put out his follow up, A Mind Of Its Own Pt. 2, and he put together a sampler to showcase some of the tunes on the record:


===> DOWNLOAD IT HERE (RE-UPPED) <=== There's so much ill shit on here, I don't even know what to say about it. Peep the way he flips “Apache” on the tune he drops right around the 10-minute mark. You won’t hear the “Apache” right away, but give it a couple minutes to build up, and then BAM.

He’s showing no mercy in this sampler. He twists up Dilla real nice. He takes Bugz In the Attic’s monster remix of Vikter Duplaix’s “Looking for Love” and creates a whole new beast. Uptempo. Downtempo. Hip-Hop. House. Bruk. Dude kills on all levels. DO NOT SLEEP.

I saw Karizma spin at Ian Friday’s Libations party (one of my favorite parties in NY) a while back, and I promise you, dude is just as major live as he is on the boards. If he comes to your town to spin, you best to be there to check it out.

Holler at dude on Twitter to keep up with what he’s working on, and check out the video below to get a glimpse of where dude is coming from musically. It’s an older clip promoing his previously mentioned debut album, so it’s a good introduction to where he’s at now as he gets ready to hit us all with Pt. 2:

New Ish … Jadakiss – Magic City

In: Downloads, Music

Jadakiss "Magic City"

Sickness and snow kept me homebound today, so I’ve been catching up on some downloads from the past week. At the top of the heap is this masterpiece tribute mix by J.Period paying homage to the man Q-Tip, who’s instant classic The Renaissance album topped my list of favorites from last year.

My fondness for the Abstract Poetic’s music goes back to People’s Instinctive Travels, and it’s safe to say dude is one of the most influential artists in my humble little life. J.Period’s mix pulls together classic Tribe breaks, Tip verses, cameos, remixes and all kinds of other good shit to create one of the dopest mixes I’ve heard in a long, long time. And as a long-time Tribe fan, this shit really made my day.

If you haven’t already checked this out, GET. ON. IT. NOW. (Hint: those are all various download links, so try whichever suits your fancy).

BuhbOmp‘s own Cashless has this to say about it in a review he wrote for Hater Magazine:

There’s an old saying about how we should give someone their flowers while they’re still alive or something like that. I’m paraphrasing, but it seems like I haven’t heard this good a send-up of a living artist since … well, never. J-Period pulls out all the stops in paying tribute to one of the most transformative figures in hip-hop — and that’s a conservative statement. Matching the game-changing nature of the subject matter, Q-Tip and his legacy, the mixtape’s incredible composition, structure and production aesthetics are heretofore unparalleled. There isn’t enough space here for me to express how much you’re fucking up by not having this in heavy rotation right now!

Bonus (from Cashless): Earlier today on Twitter, Q-Tip and I shared a mild-mannered exchange of opinions. It seems however, that we both had the same point of view and I was employing out of pocket, non sequitur logic per usual. Let’s enjoy, shall we?

Q-Tip: ok ! this is easy for me.. radiohead? [link to YouTube video of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android] coldplay! [link to YouTube video of Coldplay’s The Scientist] easy!

Me: Did @QtipTheAbstract just imply that Coldplay is better than Radiohead?! Crazy talk revealed! Just stick with the hip-hop for now bruh.

Q-Tip: @cashless are u nutso??? what a creep u r! [link to Youtube video of Radiohead’s Creep]

Me: @QtipTheAbstract I’ll be a creep, I won’t listen to Coldplay though. Advantage: @Cashless

Me: @QtipTheAbstract I’ll fall back if this is somehow related to an inside joke. Play on playas. However, will not retract Radiohead > Coldplay

Q-Tip: @cashless ummmm… we all vote for head homie….c’mon

(Oddly enough, I had an almost indistinguishable Twitter exchange with Amanda Diva on Grammy night for her bigging up Coldplay and calling Radiohead’s live performance of 15 Step, “cacophonous”. Sorry, but in that situation, invoking “crazy talk” was well beyond warranted.)

In the middle of my exchange with Q-Tip, he sent this message to all of his followers: “cant do the inside joke things with the community u are the only one who fucks with me.” Could this all have been an inside tweet that I intercepted and got all Perez Hilton -vs- Noreaga with it? Could Tip’s Coldplay-versus-Radiohead posts have been intended for Amanda Diva, who is featured on Q-Tip’s song, “Manwomanboogie”? Regardless, I still greatly respect Q-Tip for the music he’s made in addition to being one of the most valuable contributors to the hip hop community and Black music at large.

Final note: I don’t want it to appear as if there was an actual beef or that Q-Tip is a bad guy. In fact, he sent me a direct message saying that everything was all in fun and that he would correctly pick Radiohead over Coldplay.

— Cashless

wbunch Recorded on New Year’s Eve 1987.

If you want to hear to the sound of West London on NYE in ‘87 then it probably doesn’t get much better than this for capturing the vibe (it’s rough though). If anyone has the DJ Milo Wild Bunch compilation this is where the live segments came from. Nice to hear the Wild Bunch and Soul II Soul in full flow in a club setting, especially when Daddy G of Wild Bunch/Massive Attack fame can’t remember the name of their new record (’it’s so fresh I can’t remember’) and that record is their seminal cover of ‘The Look of Love’. Top man.

Download here.

Via Test Pressing.

Bonus: More of The Wild Bunch.

So Dope!

In: Downloads, Music, Video

I might be disconnected from the international dancehall experience, but I’m feeling the hell outta this new Mr. Vegas cut, So Dope. Is Lil Jon making up for his utter theft of Mr. Vegas’, Pull up on Pitbull’s Culo? Are those elements of Baile Funk that I hear? Strange thing are happening (no Papa San).Download here.

The Death Birth of Autotune?

In: Downloads, Misc., Music, Tricknology

This must be the Alpha to Roger Riley and Teddy Troutman’s Omega

Courtesy of Dayta.


Editor’s note:

Leaked from the new Dr. Dre album, Detox. Enjoy.

For our 13th episode, DJ LIL TIGER starts things off with a love-themed Soul set with splashes of classic disco and contemporary R&B. EMPANADAMN holds it down in the second half with a mesh of synthy dance, pop, Hip-Hop and electro.

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Also check out some of our previous episodes:

episode 10: STARSIGN
epsiode 09: DJ LIL TIGER
episode 08: EMPANADAMN
episode 07: EMPANADAMN

More episodes available at our podcast archives.

Dj Protege: Remix Package Vol.2

In: Downloads, Music

Austin’s Dj Protege is back with his 2nd installment of his own kind of remixes.


Five tunes in the pack. Click the link below to download:


The talented homiemo (that’s short for emo homie) DJ Neil Armstrong has a new project in the works entitled Bittersweet, Part 2:

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Continuing with his impeccable ability to pluck at the heartstrings through a selection of tunes & perfectly placed sound bites, Neil relates the complexities of love in song form. Based on the snippet above, his story plays out like an 80s romantic comedy from the perspective of the unsung hero, you know, the type that is often overlooked and side-stepped because they’re a bald-headed nerd with glasses who pose with huge, crazy-expensive bottles of champagne. Yeah, that guy.



DJ LIL TIGER starts things off with a love-themed Soul set with splashes of classic disco and contemporary R&B. EMPANADAMN holds it down in the second half with a mesh of synthy dance, pop, Hip-Hop and electro.

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