Happy birthday to Mr Lif

Today is the thirty-ninth birthday of one of hip hop's premiere socially conscious rappers, Jeffrey Haynes, better known as Mr. Lif.

Lif got his start in the late 90's, when his socially conscious, politically active lyrics helped him stand out against the vapid and shallow music that commercial hip hop was churning out. He was soon signed to Definitive Jux, the label started by El-P of Run the Jewels fame, whom Lif teamed up with to deliver some of his most critically acclaimed releases.

In 2005, Lif joined forces with Boston rapper Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One to form the group The Perceptionists. The band's first album, 2005's Black Dialogue, received universal acclaim from critics, who lauded the album as one of the best releases of the year."O

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Rae Sremmurd get "Real Chill" with Kodak Black

Atlanta hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd have released visuals for "Real Chill," a track featuring Kodak Black, from their recent SremmLife 2 album.

The house party themed video for "Real Chill" also features cameos from Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee. You can watch the video here. The band also recently released a video for "Now That I Know," another song off of the same album.

"Real Chill" is the latest single off of SremmLife 2, which was released last August. The third single off of the album, "Black Beatles," has been Rae Sremmurd's biggest success so far, earning the duo and featured artist Gucci Mane their first #1 single on the Billboard chart

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Nex God Drops Year-Ending Single, “The Universe” featuring Blizm & JL

“2016 is coming to an end, but the things we address in this song are no closer to ending,” reads the Nex God's opening statement for his latest magnum opus, “The Universe”.

Featured via K100 Radio's Dope New Music Alert, Atlanta-based hip-hop artist and producer Nex God rallies along fellow artists Blizm and JL to his cause—and the result falls nothing short of a collaborative masterpiece, both minimal and mellow, and yet supercharged with such volatile hooks and verses.

Synonymous to the initial statement, Nex God reminds listeners that although the year is at its end, individuals need maintain a sense of urgency, ever pushing towards eliminating such social maladies, such as the latter year's rise in police brutality as we

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Why Not End 2016 With New EP and Debut Album, says Quentin Miller

Proving that one can endure even the toughest of times, Quentin Miller wraps up 2016 with a new five-track EP, following-up with his much-awaited debut album.

I'm sure many, if not most, of us are simply itching for the new year. If anything, the Atlanta emcee nods in sincere agreement, accounting a recent car accident, health issues, unwarranted assault, not to mention stumbling amidst the crossfire of the notorious Drake versus Meek Mill drama. Nevertheless, Miller chooses to mark the year's end with not simply one, but two new projects.

Released on Christmas Eve, Shredded Metal rallies feature artists, Jeremih, CJ Francis, and TheCoolIsMac, as well as producers Reno, Sky Sense, and 30Roc, in an ensemble rostering a cohesive introductory

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Throw Back to the Classics with Kidd Called Quest's New Mixtape

Looking for new artists with classic hip-hop vibes? If so, then Kidd Called Quest just dropped the perfect mixtape.

Fueled with golden age sounds while coated with modern innoventions, Sampleholic 2 provides eighteen tracks, both throwbacks and newer ones, that offer the best of both worlds; Of course, mostly drifting towards a retrospective ambiance which the Rochester-based producer strives ever so persistently to provide—from the booming beats of “Gangstas And Hustlers” to the minimal “Five In The Mornin” which also features Scotty ATL.

The collective also rallies a multitude of artists ranging from both rising artists and veteran figures, such as Rapper Big Pooh, Averx, Souletric, Scotty ATL, Craig G, Pumpkinhead,

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RAPstation Exclusive Interview: MC Kalyn Heffernan

As the lead MC for the jazz-infused Hip Hop trio, Wheelchair Sports Camp (WSC), Kalyn Heffernan is at the helm of an incredible ride. Recently signed to the Sage Francis-owned label, Strange Famous Records, the Denver-based group has just released its debut album, No Big Deal, which was produced by the late, great Ikey Owens, who had worked with everyone from Jack White and The Mars Volta to Look Daggers and Free Moral Agents. WSC just released one of Heffernan’s most personal singles from the record, “Hard Out Here From A Gimp,” a track that brilliantly illustrates the judgements and stares the 3’6” tall MC experiences on a daily basis. In the RAPstation interview, Heffernan discusses living in Denver, her writing process, Standing Rock,

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