IRON SOLOMON fEAT TALIB KWELI - THE EMPIRE



"There are 9 million stories in New York City. This is one of mine." Iron Solomon presents the first track leak off his debut album Monster, out March 27th on Royal/3D. "The Empire" is produced by Iron Solomon & Isaiah & features Talib Kweli.


[VIDEO] ROYCE DA 5'9 LIVE IN BOSTON

This past Thursday night, Royce Da 5'9 performed at The Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA. Leedz Edutainment was there to catch it all. Check out the exclusive footage!  Click the read more tab for the video stream.

[MIXTAPE]YOUNG AND RECKLESS PRESENTS RECKLESS WOBBLES


Sheit bangs.. Shout out to Young and Reckless for putting together a hip -hop /dubstep smashtape. Click the read more tab for the mixtape stream and download.  Mixed by DJ E-V and DJ Benzi.
Bonus track




[MIXTAPE] BASSNECTAR 'DIVERGENT SPECTRUM REMIXES'


To diversify our assets here at brandnblaze.com we will be opening up a new section for dubstep and club mixtapes. So any DJ's out there with post worthy mixes send to dubstep/club mixes. To start things off here is a dubstep mixtape with smashups mixes including Bassnectar, Steve Aoki, The Glitch Mob etc,etc , click the read more tab for the download.

[MIXTAPE] SAIGON 'WARNING SHOTS 3'


With such homophobia in hip-hop today it makes you wonder why any artist would post up on his mixtape cover with his shirt off?? Just thinking out loud.. But the main issue is the music and Saigon comes correct with the third installment of Warning Shots. Watch for Joe Budden on track 6.






[MIXTAPE] YOUNG BUCK x DRUMMA BOY "LIVE LOYAL, DIE RICH"


Bucks back and he bringing Drumma Boy on his lasted mixtape laced up with southern beats. Buck gets features from The Outlawz and CTN. Click the link for the download and stream.

[VIDEO] DJ DEADEYE - GET OUT OUR WAY

DJ Deadeye ft. Ea$y Money, Ghetto, REKS & Superstah Snuk-"Get Out Our Way" (track produced by J Cardim). Video directed by Myster DL.. Click the read more tab for the video stream.

[MIXTAPE] CHIP THA RIPPER 'TELL YA FRIENDS'





Chip releases his latest mixtape called Tell Ya Friends, so my question to you is have you? Have you told ya friends about this mixtape featuring Kid Cudi, Bun B, Cyhi The Prynce, Wale and others. Click the read more tab for the mixtape stream and download. 22 tracks.


[MIXTAPE] GILBERE FORTE "YEAR OF THE DRAGON"





"Philadelphia fast-riser Gilbere Forte’ has joined forces with The DJBooth to bring listeners his latest street release, the YOTD: Year of the Dragon mixtape. Hosted by Terry Urban, the project features 18 tracks’ worth of previously-released material, unreleased cuts, original records and freestyles, including the Booth-approved “Lord Knows (Freestyle),” “Weighting” and “Hot in This B*tch (Remix).” Joining Forte’ on the guest tip throughout YOTD are Lloyd Banks, Don Trip, Freeway, Sean Rose, Selina Carrera, Rocky Diamonds, Sean Falyon, Jim Jones, Pusha T, Buddy James, Young L, Damani and Raak"

BLACASTAN fEAT EMILIO LOPEZ x OUTSPACE x V-ZILLA - SAND STORMS

First leak from Blacastan’s forthcoming LP "The Master Builder Part II"2 X CD (disc 1-full length album; disc 2-mixtape version of full album plus bonus cuts) dropping on 3/13/12, hosted & mixed by Doo Wop & Mr. Peter Parker. Blacastan’s "The Master Builder Part II" features appearances from Slaine, Celph Titled, Moe Pope, OuterSpace, Mr. Green, Reef The Lost Cauze & more.

FOKIS fEAT SADAT X - #JUSTSAYIN



#Justsayin' Ft. Sadat X (of the Legendary Brand Nubian Crew) is the second single off Fokis' upcoming "A Vintage State Of Mind" Mix Tape (Hosted By Sadat X & Mixed By DJ Chonz) which will be available 2/21/12. Scratches performed by DJ Chonz.

Download "Fokis feat Sadat X - #Justsayin.mp3

K. SPARKS fEAT JAYVINE - THE COTTON CLUB




"Here's K. Spark's first song for 2012 entitled The Cotton Club...Produced By the homie Kurser and features JAYVINE.

The Cotton Club Feat JAYVINE by K. Sparks

CARBIN DIBIASI - ADDICTION


After making noise with his debut EP, The Gold Standard, the young and rising Sacramento, CA spitter Carbin Dibiasi is back with a new leak, “Addiction,” which is taken from a still yet to be titled project.

CURTISS KING - CAN I VENT



"Can I Vent (Pt. 2)" produced by Villain, a follow up to his popular 2010 "Can I Vent" ventilation session. In this song we get a view into some of the many thoughts, frustrations, losses, & triumphant times he's endured the pass year.

PropaneLV fEAT SIAH S - TWO WAYS

Something new from PropaneLV called Two Ways featuring Siah S, this is the first time hearing about this guy but this track is really easy to listen too. Production is well done and vocals compliment the track.

[VIDEO] KIDZ IN THE HALL - I SWEAR

Watch the music video for Kidz In The Hall “I Swear” feat. Vic Spencer off their new album “Occasion". Directed by Tony Shane. Click the read more tab for the video stream.

J. NOLAN 'THE ARCHETYPE' EP

The Philly native J. Nolan has finally completed his EP project consisting of 5 tracks. J. Nolan puts his snappy lyrics to tried and true hip hop sounds. So  take a moment a get a little taste of this hip hop sampler.

[MIXTAPE] RED CAFE "HELL'S KITCHEN"


New mixtape from Red Cafe called Hell's Kitchen has dropped today, watch for hosting duties from DJ Whoo Kid and special guest includes the likes of Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, French Montana and more. Click the read more tab for the mixtape stream or download.

SCHOOLBOY Q fEAT DOM KENNEDY x CURRENSY - GROOVELINE PRT1




Habits and Contradictions drops tonight. Be sure to check it out at your favorite digital outlet.

ScHoolboy Q - Groovline Pt. 1 Feat. Dom Kennedy & Curren$y Prod Lex Lex Luger #HnC 1-14 by TopDawgENT

JOSH SALLEE - RIDE OUT







Been awhile since we posted something new from a local Oklahoma City artist?? YHTN just posted this new track from Josh called Ride Out production by Blev.

BILLY DANZE 'RAP UNITED NATION' (RUN)

"RUN" (Raps United Nation) is the brainchild of M.O.P.’s Billy Danze who throughout the course of his illustrious career and years of extensive international touring could not help but notice and acknowledge how many talented artists he met during his travels who simply lacked a platform to be heard. Who better then a fellow artist to spearhead the charge and give them that platform, as Billy explains “As an artist I understand the frustration. There are so many artists out there that possess the talent of being able to produce and record good music. They are determined; they have the drive and dedication, but feel as if no one notices. I’ve seen and heard what’s out there from an artistic level. These artists need to be heard and have a united voice. I am very passionate about giving them that opportunity and will do anything in my power to help those that really want to win.”




The Music industry has undeniably changed and evolved and artists have been forced to either adapt with it, or go the way of the dinosaur. While the Internet and the proliferation of social media platforms are viable assets for new artists desperately looking for exposure, using those mediums alone is still equivalent to trying to “catch lighting in a bottle.” Billy Danze’s ambitious plans for “RUN” are to create an army of incredible artists from all corners of the globe and to unify and raise awareness for them by creating projects which are loud enough to be heard by the masses; as Billy details “my aim is to get every talented artist a deal. Support on a globalized scale is all an artist really needs or could ask for. I have contacted all my resources and they in return have done the same. A vital key to success in this business is alliance; and I personally have a team in every corner of the world. We can build a team of thousands and support each other.”



There is no disputing the artistic contributions Billy Danze has contributed to the culture as a member of M.O.P., yet, while still in its early infancy, his greatest contribution may still lay in front of him as the founder of “RUN,” as he eloquently states “as a fellow artist, these projects will enable me to be a vital cog in a family of worthy artists that simply need a platform and a voice and to oversee that lends the potential to be the biggest accomplishment of my career. From a business perspective, I believe “RUN” (Raps United Nation”) is a vehicle the industry is desperately lacking. The way to find new talent is to go get it. Industry executives no longer believe in the artist, or artist development, how can the industry grow if we don’t allow new artists to showcase their talent?”

TAYYIB ALI fEAT ROCKIE FRESH - SH*T I KNOW



The young Philadelphia native Tayyib teams up with Chicago's very own Rockie Fresh for this record. They jump on production from the new Roc Nation signee Jahlil Beats. Track is called Shit I Know.

PLANET ASIA - GOLDEN STATE

Planet Asia helped jump-start the West Coast independent hip-hop movement, releasing a slew of popular 12-inch singles on upstarts like Stones Throw and ABB Records in the late 90s that established him as one of the leaders of a crop of talent that included the likes of Dilated Peoples, Madlib, Murs, and Jurassic 5. Now a 15-year veteran, the Cali-based MC (born in Fresno, he's spent most of his career living in Los Angeles and San Francisco) shows no signs of slowing down. The first decade of the new millennium saw Asia briefly sign with major label Interscope, go independent again for his debut album The Grand Opening, release full-length collaborative projects with both Evidence of Dilated Peoples (The Medicine) and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill (Pain Language), form his own label (Gold Chain Music), and work with everyone from Linkin Park to Bun B to Ghostface Killah. Now, Planet Asia is back with his first retail album in four years, the star-studded Black Belt Theatre, which hits stores everywhere via Gold Chain/Wandering Worx/Greenstreets on February 28th, 2012.

Named after a 1980s Saturday-afternoon TV show and inspired by Planet Asia's favorite films, Black Belt Theatre combines the violent precision of classic kung-fu flicks with the calculated cool of classic blaxploitation movies. "I wanted to make the album like a movie, something you would see in a theater," says Asia. "That's why it has so many features. All the guests feel like different characters in the movie." These guests include veterans like Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, and Strong Arm Steady, as well as newcomers like Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, and Nio Tha Gift. "They're basically just all people I thought were dope," says Asia. "Both young cats I'm feeling and veterans I've always admired." Unlike on his albums with Evidence and DJ Muggs, Asia also got to determine the sonic direction on Black Belt Theatre, resulting in a soul-heavy, blaxploitation-influenced sound. "It was fun because I got to reach out to guys like Oh No and Khrysis for beats, find the best tracks and put together a masterpiece," explains Asia. "It's some esoteric gangster shit…a full plate for the listener."

Mp3 Stream : Planet Asia - Golden State.mp3

YOUNG BUCK fEAT JUICY J - BRAND NEW


New mixtape “Live Loyal Die Rich” drops January 24th. But until then check out this track featuring Juicy J called Brand New.

[RMX] COMMON - STAY SCHEMIN


A wadda dang, A wadda dadda, dang, dang. Thats the sound of beef and the Drake/Common beef heats up with Common quickly returning shots over ‘Stay Schemin’.

CHAUNDON - CONVICTION



And the series continues as Chaundon releases another track for his #GoldenEraMonday movement. The lastest track is called Conviction.

 

[MIXTAPE] ONETWOKNO 'RED LIGHT SPECIAL'

This mixtape is a compilation of ten tracks, among those many ranging from e.g. contemporary R&B/Indie Pop (Check out his Remix of Drake’s “Doin’ it wrong” and Foster the People’s “Pumped up Kicks” to alt-rock, e.g. (No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak) and classic indie rock (Radiohead’s “Reckoner”)
OneTwoKno is definitely one to watch out for. Not one to be known for being easily labeled, this arranger brings back an emotive, touching, seductive, sexy and pure element to the music that so many producers nowadays seem to have lost touch with. This sound wizard has already been sharing the stage with Uberband The Roots, Lupe Fiasco, British Singer Estelle and rapper B.O.B., as well as working with the wonderful Scarlet Monk on her album “AnnaBella” producing both “De-Stress” & “Permission”

With his “real” and clean approach to every track he works his magic on, “OneTwoKno” “Let’s the music play” like no other. Time to hit the Red Light!

Available for Free Download, Click Here

[FREESTYLE] DUNSON AKA KENTON DUNSON - LORD KNOWS


Here is Dunson's first single off his upcoming project in the next few weeks. To tide fans over until then, he just released a freestyle over Drake's "Lord Knows". The freestyle details his frustrations as an artist as well as his goals ahead.

Regarding the name change Dunson had this to say:
"As matters progress, I have made the creative decision to continue my artistic journey under the name Dunson. This simply means that I will be dropping Kenton from the artist name. While it doesn’t change very much, we believe it represents a more defined character while allowing for a greater overall reach and impact. At this stage, I find it important to take the necessary steps to touch as many people as possible with what I offer as an artist. This allows me to accomplish that with more precision and less confusion." - Dunson

Dunson - Lord Knows Freestyle by Kenton Dunson

[VIDEO] RICK ROSS fEAT DRAKE x FRENCH MONTANA - STAY SCHEMIN


Rick Ross throws another log on the fire with the release of this new video featuring Drake and French Montana off the Rich Forever mixtape, track is called Stay Schemin click the read more tab for the video stream.

[MIXTAPE] RICK ROSS 'RICH FOREVER'


So it's finally here the mixtape/album era is in full force potna! The beginning of the year is starting out booming with the release of T.I's Fuck The City Up and Raekwon dropping some substance with Unexpected Victory. Up next is Rick Ross and his latest mixtape/album dropping called Rich Forever hosted by DJ Sream x Shaheem Reid which features and all star line up with Diddy, Pharrell, John Legend, Drake and many more. Hit the jump for the mixtape stream and download.

SMOKE fEAT CHALIE BOY x GORILLA ZOE - GOIN HAMMER



Underground artist Smoke teams up with Chalie Boy and Gorilla Zoe for a bass heavy club banga to get the females poppin for the weekend. Check out the stream below.

  Smoke - Goin Hammer (Feat. Charlie Boy and Gorilla Zoe) by ASquaredpro

[VIDEO] COMMON - RAW

Common continues to flood us with new music and visuals off his latest project The Dreamer,The Believer album. The latest video is to the track Raw. Hit the jump for the video stream.




COPYWRITE fEAT JAKKI DA MOTA MOUTH - SWAGGOT KILLAZ



Heavy is the head that wears the crown! Over the course of his now decade long-career, Copywrite has been a lightning rod of controversy, engaged in numerous beefs (some of which have lived out in real time and not just on the microphone). Yet, in life, lessons are learned, you grow and mature; and above all else life has a way of imparting upon you what’s truly important.

For Copywrite, the devastation he felt from the loss of close friends and family members has heavily impacted his view of the world and his place in it. Leaders are bestowed a great deal of responsibility and they can influence those around them to do the right things, or they can lead them astray; Copywrite has chosen the former as his path. Following the successes of his debut LP (“The High Exhaulted”) and his most recent sophomore album (“The Life and Times of Peter Nelson”), Copywrite found himself at a crossroad. He had first become popular in the underground scene for his battle raps and witty punch lines. With the release of “Life and Times of Peter Nelson” Copywrite found critical success (XXL Magazine, Hiphopdx.com, Thewellversed.com, URB.com etc) by being more honest and candid about his life. Some fans yearned for the Copywrite who ripped other rappers to shreds; while critics and newer fans appreciated the deeper more introspective side of Copywrite. Mix all of that in along with the deaths of a few close friends and family members that have taken place since “The Life and Times of Peter Nelson” was released a year ago emboldened Copywrite to strengthen himself in his faith to change his content moving forward.

What this offers the listener is a true look into the artist, who like many of us, starts something one way, but finishes it in a different manner. With “God Save the King” Copywrite delivers another brutally honest record that reaches for new creative heights. “God Save The King” will be released on February 28th, 2012. Hit the jump for the album playist.


[MIXTAPE] DJ SMALLZ x BIG HUD '211 IN PROGRESS'



Up & coming artist "Big Hud" is back with his 4th mixtape release "211 In Progress" hosted by Mr. Southern Smoke "DJ Smallz". His first release since the critically acclaimed "The Benchmark" dropped in April of 2011. This new mixtape features 22 tracks & 4 Bonus. Some original & some jackin for beats. It has features from Rittz, Dorrough Music, Gerald Walker, Slim Gravy of A.D.d+ & more. Make sure you follow @BIG_HUD on twitter & like his fan page  & we thank you for all the support. DOWNLOAD NOW &ENJOY!!!

KJ HINES - PRAY

"I would like to present my latest track "Pray", I go in over Common's "Celebrate" instrumental. When I get down, mad, happy, or sad I am not usually one to express myself through words but rather through song. This track is meant to be a conversation between me and the lord above. The album artwork is actually my own original artwork I came up with for the track, making this one a little more personal than all the rest."

KJ Hines - Pray (Prod. by A of Launchpad) by KJHinesOfficial

CHAUNDON - @OHDIMELINZEY



For the next seven Monday's, Golden Era Music and Chaundon, will be dropping a never released track for your listening pleasure! This track features Kayviar & Mike Verse an called @OhDimeLin​zey hip hop bish.

J. NOLAN - EXHIBIT REESE


This record Exhibit Reese is from J.Nolan's 5 song EP that will be dropping on January 16, entitled The Archetype EP. Production highlighted by Reese Jones, an 18 year old producer from VA.

J.Nolan- Exhibit Reese (prod. Reese Jones) by manifestmovement

[VIDEO] NINA B - OUT THERE ON MY OWN

The sequel to her 2008 debut mixtape, up-and-coming femcee Nina B has stepped into the Booth with her latest street album, “The Bo$$tress 2 (B*tch I’m Back)”(click the link for mixtape)which features 14 original cuts from the Bronx-born, Brooklyn-raised spitter. Included on the project are reader-approved leaks “Picture This” and “Sky So Gray.” Click the read more tab for the video stream.

PAT G - GET LIKE ME

Pat G, who was recently crowned the winner at the Boston region Redbull EmSee battle (judged by a panel of hip-hop heavyweights including Rakim, Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae), dropped his 'New Kid On The Block' album in Sept and has been grinding non-stop with a ton of shows, guest appearances, production deals etc...he moves on to the championship round in ATL soon! This track Get Like Me gives you a feel of Pat G's sound and has been out the past 8 months.

Pat G "Get Like Me" prod by: Pat G by BridgeLifeEnt

[MIXTAPE] T.I. 'F#CK THE CITY UP'


Bringing in the new year with a Bomb T.I drops the rap games virtual ball on New Year's Day with the release of Fuck The City Up (click link for mixtape) Mixtape. Second guessing himself from last year stance with the release of FuckAMixtape with DJ Drama. The overall sound of FuckAMixtape came off as a declaration to end all mixtape releases and instead drop real genuine albums. Well the trend continues and mixtape after mixtape continues to get released, don't get me wrong this mixtape will be another T.I. classic with features from Young Jeezy, and an unreleased verse from Pimp C, RIP. See for yourself by clicking the read more tab for the mixtape download and stream.
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