Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A$AP Rocky Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, Action Brason, Big K.R.I.T. - 1 Train

This is a banger and has some of the hottest names in hip hop right now getting down on one track! Lyricist lineup of heavy home run hitters on A$AP Rocky's 1 Train single as the bars roll off left and right. There are not to many times where the combination of different styles of hip hop all on one track.

You have the east coast influence in Action Bronson, A$AP Rocky and Joey Bada$$ they have the street crack hustle addict to their craft of music and making a name for themselves.

Kendrick Lamar brings his west coast flare from the blocks of Compton, as Kendrick snaps off the head some intelligent lyrics of being undercover gangster to survive the jungle of the LA streets.

Big K.R.I.T. and Yelawolf both bring a smoother southern style, with a jaw japper pimp lingo that has a quick tempo but harmonizes well with the track. Danny Brown is typical Danny, as his comedic style takes over the seriousness of the entire track.

Download link for 1 Train - A$AP Rocky Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, Yelawolf, Action Bronson, and Big K.R.I.T.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Joey Cool - Onslaught

The choppa game coming out of KC MO with Joey Cool only solidified what means to be a true emcee. With his passionate delivery as his talents are truly exposed when Joey goes choppa on the beats. Joey also has the ability to say a lot in his 16 bars and its nothing to sleep all of his lyrics have logical knowledge.

Joey Cool's new album Onslaught LP has been on our radar screen and should be on your playlist today! As for a quality, the production of Onslaught is clearly and professionally done as listeners are more than capable to hear every quick word out of Joey's mouth. A few tracks on the album has interesting hook imagery, with screwed up voices in the back grounds of Joey's hooks gives the album a war like stance and darker side of what Joey Cool music has to slam. Be ready to get on a higher energy level when you bump the Onslaught LP album has the overall sound gives a riot feel, so the title of the album suits Joey Cool.

Make sure to listen to the entire album, but we have a few singles that might be your favorites. Onslaught (Intro) starts the album up with a bang like D-Day as it catches your ear and gets you on the edge of your seat, but there is more in store! Wanted is another joint that is full of energy and has intensity throughout the entire track, Joey's hook is catchy for all to rock too and flow from Joey absolutely stamps his skills in the hip hop game. Check out Militant, and Basically as it features some Kansas City heavy hitters like Steddy P, JL of B.Hood, Yung Prez, Infogates, and Godemis of Ces Cru. The Bombs Interlude is a calming instrumental and Colossal shows Joey Cool's versatility as an artist. There is plenty more so don't miss out!

Go support the homie Joey Cool and check out the entire Onlsaught LP album on BandCamp now!

Joey Cool - Onslaught LP

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) - I Don't Like 2.0

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, is at it again, delivering another clutch socially conscious remix of an otherwise ignorant-ass original track - in this case, Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" is the lucky chosen one.

"The Bank of America, I don't like!"

Yasiin gives the listener a rundown of the contemporary issues of society he usually has grievances with and so eloquently laces into his rhymes. Topics that he doesn't like include racism, corporatism, wealth inequality, commercial rap, and the entire rest of the social gamut.

Listen to "I Don't Like 2.0" on soundcloud below or download the track here: I Don't Like Main 2.0.mp3

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mod Sun - Health, Wealth, Success & Happiness

With the Mod Sun show coming up in Lawrence KS, might as well get some music up for you guys to enjoy! Mod Sun brings his wild style to the hip hop table with graceful technical emcee skills. Mod Sun's lighter personality allows for his music to bring positive vibes as listeners heads automatically start to nod as the beat slams. Lyrical Mod Sun is diverse and clearly describes a more optimistic message in his music.

Mod Sun just released a 13 track Ep on soundcloud called Health, Wealth, Success & Happiness. With some of self produced tracks having dope alternative sampling it seems like Mod Sun brings a quality sound as songs like  Where Were You samples Champagne Supernova, also Australia New Zealand Mod Sun raps over a Incubus beat. Got To Be There ft. Meta is another song that proves Mod Sun is seriously a rhyme slayer.  Time To Celebrate was strictly made for his fans as it was suppose to be a single for purchase instead Mod Sun wanted to give it to his fans for free and included it on this Ep!

The overall feel of Mod Sun's album Wealth, Health, and Success is refreshing as the light heart beats also the intuitive lyrical content is needed in the hip hop game.

Sun. Nov. 18th doors open @7pm show starts @8pm
Advance: $10 / Day of show: $12

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Country Cuzzin, Big K.R.I.T. Vlog 5 Live From The Underground Tour

Krizzle continued to sell out shows on his Live From The Underground Tour and on his latest Vlog Chapter 5 Big K.R.I.T. kicks in the stu with the Boss Hogg Slim Thug on his final edition of the documentary. The huge success of K.R.I.T.'s album Live From The Underground is partly due to his high energy concerts meanwhile upholding a humbling demeanor. That the end of the Vlog Big K.R.I.T. made a trip to OKC and the homie Kevin Durant from the Thunder paid a visit and got the show crunk.

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Asher Roth In The Backroom at 106 & Park

With Asher coming to Lawrence KS tonight why not post something that signifies his skills. The Backroom at 106 & Park is where serious bars get laid down by heavy hitters in the hip hop game. Asher Roth comes with his strong lyrical poetry which is a strength of Asher's. Remember The Backroom is usually a freestyle and Asher is no rookie at spitting off the top of the dome. Asher Roth is able to combine multiple styles and have tons of verbiage when he jumps on the mic.

If you are in Lawrence KS tonight make sure you come out to the Granada! Doors open at 7pm so don't be late, the place is going to be packed!


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Omarion Ft. Wale - M.I.A. (Official Video)

Omarion rocking with MMG lately as he frequently jumps on tracks with Rick Ross, Wale, and Meek Mill. Not a bad crew to roll with right now as the MMG takeover is heavily influential in the hip hop industry. As for Omarion he steadily has proven to bring the ladies out of the covers and have them dancing or maybe even keeping them their for an overnight stay, either way Omarion's new video M.I.A. ft. Wale is a scripture of Omarion's leading lady is missing and no where to be found. The track can be found on the highly anticipated album Self Made 2, so be on the lookout for that!

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Asher Roth In Lawrence = Dope Sh*t!!!

So Asher Roth brings along with him an All Star line up for his Fall Clashic Tour this year. Accompanying Asher is his main dude Chuck Inglish and the Kids These Days and will be hitting up the Granada stage in Lawrence KS! So be tuned in for a night of straight hardcore hip hop with nothing but legit bars, and good vibes.

Asher Roth brings a element of smooth intensity, insane lyrical metaphors, and a knack for producing a quality sounds. For most of Asher's fan, they have a sense of passion for his music as he expresses his deepest thoughts with poetic complexity.

Asher Roth coming to The Granada:
Ages: All Ages

After the show head on down to a hot spot in Lawrence, Tonic Bar & Lounge for the after party and have some nice cold drinks and enjoy the great atmosphere. Who knows you might run into Asher for a shot!

Details for the after party here!

In the festivities of Asher Roth coming to Lawrence, we are going bump some team Roth.  Enjoy Asher Roth's video Dope Sh*t, have some fun and enjoy the incredible master mind at work.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

JL B.Hood - Brain Scatter

JL B.Hood has a new album out for the Strangeland fans. JL has ventured in the Strange World of Tech N9ne and came out an up and coming star in Kansas City. When Tech has your back, best and believe the City will listen up, they are bumping that new JL B.Hood Brain Scatter.

Some tracks to pay close attention to include Say You Love Me Ft. Tech N9ne, a strong mind set of love JL's music and the betrayal of foes that say they love his music but are all talk. Diamonds ft. Codak Carter track goes straight hip hop with a classic hook, and heavy west coast beat combos JL lyrical double time choppa style. Paying tribute to his new team  Do It Big Keep It Strange aka DIBKIS is a self explained track that takes listeners through the feeling of going hard on a beat and keeping it strange when living it large.

Visit JL B.Hood webiste and support the KS/KC hip hop movement

Download the entire album - Brain Scatter

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Dom Chronicles - Midwestside

Our KC homie Dom Chronicles sent us his latest video Midwestside, and being from KS Dom plays the home turf with ease. Staying smooth with his delivery, Dom knows how to represent the middle of the map. Presented by Black Belt Society and 19/90 Never the visuals directed/edited by Kendu, some dope stuff from the good ole Midwest.

As for Dom and his music, Dom's lyrical substance has more to offer than the average emcees by having more depth in verbal usage and having a wide range in description. Dom also has a sense of humble arrogance that will slap haters in the face if they have an issue with his music. 

Midwestside is a track that shows diversity in our hip hop culture in the Midwest, we get all types of music to cross the Great Plains. Dom Chronicles displays some serious hip hop skills on his latest video, check out some legit KC hip hop music!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Pt. 3 (Ft. Ab-Soul & Jay Rock)

The Compton "good kid" is poised to release his second album on tuesday, though he felt it necessary to provide his fans and listeners with the third installment of 'The Heart." In his typical narrative style, Kendrick delivers a smooth, string-laden tune that has immediate appeal. Accompanied by Black Hippy family members Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, the three build out a heartfelt picture of where they come from.  Kendrick's asks the listener "If [they'll] let hip-hop die October 22nd" in an assuredly underpinned request for people to buy his new album on October 23rd--which you should! Checkout all three of the songs in "The Heart" series below. 

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

XV, Freddy High, Sez Batters, The Awesome Sound - Squarians Volume 1

Released yesterday the latest mixtape from the Squarian nation is on steady repeat here at Midwest Sounds. Squarians Volume 1 is the mixtape and it finally signify what it means to be a square. Not only are listeners lucky enough to get XV on the tape, they also get Freddy High, Sez Batters, and beats produced by The Awesome Sound. Establishing their image as squares and making it relevant has been the mission for XV, Freddy, Sez, and Awesome by making music that has a little aggressiveness towards those who overlooked the #L7's.

One of the tracks on the mixtape pays tribute to the Jayhawks of KU, Now Let's Go In  was the master mind of The Awesome Sound who produced one of the illest beats with the Rock Chalk Chant sampled into the track. XV and Freddy feel like they have something to prove and they sure did! #Blue&Red cop car lights.

That's not all, there is more with this album, other highlights to listen for is Be There Be Square produced by the homie Xaphoon Jones. L7 Party is a freestyle that Freddy, Sez, XV straight go hammer with the bars. For the smokers out there check out That Bowl it speaks volumes to so many of those who hang out with Mary Jane.

Overall the mixtape has the ability to bring all elements of hip hop music, edginess, heavy bars, catchy lingo, and Squarian references to make the album come back full circle, ironically!

Check the entire album out on;
Squarian Volume 1

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack (Streaming Free)

A great treat to us all was released for live streaming today. The star-studded soundtrack for The Man With The Iron Fists was officially released for our listening pleasure, and it surely does not disappoint. You really get a variety of past and present heavy hitters of the hip-hop industry, both mainstream and the more underground types. Among the notables are: Kanye West, Pusha T, Idle Warship (Talib Kweli and RES), Flatbush Zombies, Kool G Rap, Freddie Gibbs, Wiz Khalifa, Danny Brown, Pharoahe Monch, seemingly every member of the prolific Wu-Tang Clan, and as added treats, there are a couple representations of other genres, such as with The Black Keys and Corrine Bailey Rae. Listen and enjoy the soundtrack with the player below!

From the website:

"Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner- takes-all battle for a fortune in gold. 

Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop's most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date. Joining Crowe, RZA and Liu in the cast are Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu and Pam Grier."

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Matt Easton - RockChalk (Official Video)

Jayhawks across America should applaud Mr. Matt Easton for making his new video RockChalk video. He Paid Heed to the Phog and represents the crimson and blue remarkably. Running through the historic Allen Fieldhouse and kicking Tailgate status, Matt Easton surely did the KU Jayhawk nation musical justice. KSU and MIZZOU take some notes on how to make your University actually cool.

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Jet Moran - Midas

Spazing out and sending verbal shots to weak emcees Jet Moran releases a new track called Midas an interlude to his fully loaded SuperBad album.

Jetty Prime has a little chip on his shoulder with this single sending the message of sick bars are expected when he steps to the mic. Jet's ability to deliver an edgy double time and lyrical metaphors sets him aside most aspiring emcees in the Kansas area.

Fresh into the game, Jet's depth in musical fundamentals are technically sound and his punch lines are more than enough to knock listeners socks off. Jet's 'Midas flow' only further supports that it takes a little bit of intelligent thought to put a legit hip hop single out.

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XV ft. Freddy High - L7 Party

Team #Squarian is back in action again with another hot track and mixtape to soon be out this Friday Oct. 19th Squarians Volume 1. XV, Freddy High, Sez Batters, and The Awesome Sound all play a major part in the movement of the #L7 lifestyle.

XV and Freddy start it off right with their take of Dom Kennedy's "My Type Of Party" and freestyle the new single off of the mixtape. Not new to the gamer within them, XV and Freddy High use some great gamer tags and lingo to set it off right. XV released the track on his  #XBOXwithXV  the live stream which goes down monthly on the 15th is latest from the Squarian all stars.

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MWS Interview With Big K.R.I.T.

It is a small world after all, we bet Big K.R.I.T. never would have guessed that he had some huge country cuzzin' fans from Kansas. We also bet that K.R.I.T. wouldn't have guess that he would be doing an interview with some Kansas boys that have deep roots in Meridian MS.

The night started with a jump off show at The Granada July 16th and The Live From The Underground Tour. Jon Connor, Tito Lopez, Casey Veggies, and Big Sant all held it down for the opening of the night. Then the return of Big K.R.I.T. comes to be as he performed his songs from his newly released album Live From The Underground. Next, we found ourselves with our homie Matt Steele of Matt Steele Media setting up for the interview with K.R.I.T.!

Big K.R.I.T. gave us some incredible insight about his collab with his partner Yelawolf, and also filled us in with some unlikely features he's working with Death Cab For A Cutie, and Cold Play. Both features would be a treat for all fans of music. We also stumped the King of Meridian with a question that took Krizzle "way way back" to the days of when he played baseball at Highland Park and chilled by Mr. Rogers burger joint. The connection between blogger and artist came full circle when we pulled out our old school licenses plate from Meridian MS circa 79', and blew Big K.R.I.T.'s mind away. He really understood that we had mad respect for his musical talents meanwhile displaying and representing our hometowns in eloquent fashion.

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Hopsin BET Cypher / Granada Preview

With the crazy contacts in his eyes, Hopsin is lyrical beast that has a unique delivery and style that separates himself from the game. Thanks to our friends over at Rap Genius, they broke down the lyrics on Hopsin's BET Cypher. Stacked up with some heavy hip hop hitters like ScHoolBoy Q, Mac Miller, and Mystikal, Hopsin had to bring some bars and sucessfully did so!

Courtesy of RapGenius.Com
[Verse 2: Hopsin]
Grab your Slurpee and popcorn, I'm bout to make it hot for 'em

They didn't even invite me to this shit, man I just walked on

If I didn't come, then every bit of hope for rap is all gone

I'm ill, in the past you thought I wasn't, but you thought wrong

"Hop I lost respect for you, I'm pissed and you just lost a fan
All you do is diss, I'll never bump your album "Raw" again"

If what I say gets on your last nerve, then holla man

But truth is, y'all can't touch me like Pac's hologram

Don't dare to try it if you scared of dyin'

I'm terrifyin', the real Boogie Man, who even got your parents hidin'

When you're sleeping, I'll find your window, and just stare inside it

I'm a animal, momma raised me inside a lair with lions

Prepare for violence
, Funk Volume's an unfair alliance
We embarrass giants
, and rip mic's till we get laryngitis
My wave's sitting like a sandstorm, and I know what you mad for
Cause I'm living my dream, and yours

Hopsin Funk Volume Show

The creative mind of Hopsin is gracing us with his presence's on stage in Lawrence KS at The Granada tomorrow night Oct. 17th. Hopsin is going to bring a high energy show jammed packed with great music and intense lyrical content. The homies Irv Da Phenom and Bizzy from our home KS/KC area will be opening up the night with some great local hip hop music.

Dizzy Wright, SwiZz, and Jarren Benton all will be filling the stage with more entertainment then a one person can with stand. The show will wrap up the night with Hopsin and his innovative style of live hip hop. Come out and have a great night full of music, good boozes, and Hopsin entertainment!

Hopsin Funk Volume @The Granada
Oct. 17th, 2012
Ages: All Ages

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rick Ross - Black Bar Mitzvah (Mixtape)

Rick Ross releases this mixtape, Black Bar Mitzvah, in preparation for his upcoming album. Mitzvah is gritty, tough and bulky, just like Rozay is himself. Definitely a quality tape from MMG and company, will solid features to please your ears. Give it a listen!

Get the download: Black Bar Mitzvah - Rick Ross

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Lace Up - Machine Gun Kelly (Album)

Cleveland and Bad Boy's own Machine Gun Kelly is growing on us all. MGK releases his first album today. After much anticipation over his last 2 mixtapes, Lace Up is finally here. Many singles, LP's, EP's, and tracks have led up to this for Kels, so LACE UP. Make sure you give this album a listen and go buy it, support a Wild Boy!

iTunes Download: Lace Up - Machine Gun Kelly

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Curren$y & Harry Fraud - Biscayne Bay (Official Video)

Curren$y and Harry Fraud have made some hot joints off of their Ep mixtape Cigarette Boats. Here is the latest video off that mixtape Biscayne Bay. Harry Fraud certainly is experienced behind the production and he knows what beats sound the best with the artist. Curren$y has been steady grinding with The Stoned Immculate selling like hot cakes off the shelves, shows across the states, and working on new music with Harry Fraud, it looks like we have a lot of Jet Life music to listen too!

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Yelawolf - Slumerican Tour Pt. 4

Here is a little update video of Yelawolf on his Slumerican tour. The cameras come along with Yelawolf and the his homie Rittz behind the scenes in Austin, Houston, New Orleans, and San Antonio. Yelawolf did mentioned a couple times about having surgery, on what goes unknown but from the looks of the show footage the energy of a Yelawolf concert is unbelievable. Don't sleep on Rittz, he brings some incredible flow and known for his wild look Rittz brings some serious bars.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Macklemore - Ryan Lewis - The Heist (Album)

UPDATE: Album has been released! Go buy it! iTunes Download. This is a little treat for hip hop heads. A sneak peak listen to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis new music. Thanks to NPR, The Heist in it's entirety is on a live stream and its crackin'! If you haven't treated yourself to the album yet, be on the look out for epic build ups and sudden drops between Macklemore's lyrics and Ryan Lewis production. These guys rock plan and simple!

There is plenty to offer on this album as the energy explodes on every track. By the end of the album listeners will feel like they have been through a two hour show at RedRocks. As for tracks to look out for Can't Hold Us Down ft. Ray Dalton, and Thrift Shop, were both posted recently on Midwest Sounds.

Other tracks that are on The Heist that are on high alert is Neon Cathedral ft. Allen Stone, a song that is beautifully sung by Allen Stone, if chills don't run down your spine then you probably don't have a soul. It doesn't stop there, The Heist album also features ScHoolBoy Q on the White Walls track, the deeper side of metaphoric drug usages stems from close first hand experiences from ScHoolBoy and Macklemore.

Overall the album is a game changer in hip hop. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have crafted a well made album that might just become an instant classic.

For your listening pleasures, The Heist on NPR

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Wale - Arrival (prod. by Ceezy)

Just for hell of it, Wale dropped a new track on twitter for his fan today. Wale is poet on the mic and he doesn't just bring lyrics to his there is also a certain identity to Wale's delivery that is music unlike anyone else in the game. Down to the idea of putting an element of creativity, is key to Wale's Arrival track, and his vision of Ceezy's produced beat.

If Wale wants to separate himself from the image wash out of MMG, Wale has to able to out smart the game, with a little edgy flow and in depth lyrical content might be the right combination to keep Wale in the debated top 10 in hip hop artists out right now.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hopsin - Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5

The idea of having character while rapping isn't common amongst most emcees today. Everyone today feels like they have to stick to their guns to express what they have to say, but not Hopsin! Hopsin steps on the scene with a new edginess to his style of music. With different vocal pitches and the use of lyrical story content is unusually good. Hopsin throws his crazy contacts in a goes hammer off his latest official video Ill Mind Of Hopsin 5. The insane mind of Hopsin takes listeners through a whirlwind of lyrics that puts perspective on the fast life of a lame ass Romeo.

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Tech N9ne - Don't Tweet This / Concert Preview

Tech N9ne might not mind us tweeting this post on his LIVE concert at The Granada Oct. 10th! Tech N9ne makes his almost annual return back to Lawrence KS to rock out with the Strange Music crew. The Strange Music take over in the Midwest has made a shock wave nationally in the hip hop community, it was about time for K.C. hip hop got some legit recognition.

Don't sleep on this show, as it will be slammed packed full of Strange Music artists coming with Tech N9ne. Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, and Ces Cru all will be in The Granada building bringing some great entertainment. If you haven't been to a Tech N9ne show then you're missing out on incredible night, Tech paints his face, smoke and lights everywhere, and quality music is whats in store for Tech fans.

Doors open at 7pm and show starts 8pm
For more info on the night and tickets, click here.

The new Tech N9ne video has made a hot impact and for Tech to use trending social media skills to rhyme about the twitter world putting him and others on blast was tastefully done by Tech N9ne. Tech probably could careless about the haters on twitter and shows it in his latest video Don't Tweet This off the E.B.A.H. album. It takes some legit penmanship to write about social media and Tech does it in his own fashion as he rips it up about 151 Malibu Rum and women dancing with women on his tour bus. In the hip hop game the spells  out an equation for hip hop success.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Matt Easton - Jet LIfe

After dropping his latest mix tape, Matt Easton's M.E. Musique has plenty to offer with tracks like Jet Life, Smokin MC's, Krytonite, and Rockchalk just to name a few bangers off of the album.

The thing about Matt Easton is this the young emcee has musical talents by playing the piano and producing the entire mixtape. His music shows quality craftsmanship by the dedication and energy spent composing his own material.

The Jet Life single has everything a hip hop head needs, good lyrical content, catchy beat, and beast mode delivery. The self produced track, Jet Life signifies the concept of the M.E. Musique and stamps a classic hip hop sound.

Download the entire Matter Easton mixtape here on Datpiff

Also show the man some love and visit his website at and check out the promo right here on Midwest Sounds for Matt Easton's mixtape

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Monday, October 1, 2012

T- Pain ft. Mista F.A.B. Krizz Kaliko, Tech N9ne - Blapper

T-Pain's latest album is out and Stoic is bumpin' in the hip hop streets right now. There are plenty of tracks off of the album to enjoy but Blapper features two Strange Music members from Kansas City and samples classic E-40 Ebonics. So naturally it stuck out from the entire album.

Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko jump on Tha Bizness produced beat with T-Pain and Mista F.A.B. and Blapper straight slaps 'yo mamma' face with legit hip hop music.

The west coast sound combined with respected lyrical content from Tech and the others made this a song to rock out to.

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Barack Obama - 99 Problems (But Mitts Not One)

With the Presidential race on its way, let the low blows and characteristic political jabs begin. This little video of Barack Obama spittin' on Jay-Z's 99 Problems beat popped up in the hip hop community and by far President Obama went straight gangsta by laying the smack down on Mitt. Say what you want about how dirty political races are but this video is for comedic purposes so watch with a light heart. 

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Macklemore X Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop Ft. Wanz (Official Video)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis do it again! This time it is in the Thrift Shop and Macklemore just slams it home with his lyrics!!! Man, this guy can rap, and it stems from a creative style that Macklemore brings to the table. In the era of materialistic one liners and brand labels being a popular choice in rap muisc, it's nice to get a change with Macklemore talking about being fresh in a 10 dollar tee or asking for "your grandpa's hand-me downs". Check out the video, it speaks for itself.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DJ Drama Ft. Rick Ross, Miguel, Curren$y and Pusha T - Clouds (Radio Rip)

Premiered on DJ Lantern's radio station, DJ Drama's latest single Clouds off of his newest project Quality Street Music features some heavy hip hop hitters. Rick Ross, Curren$y, Migeul, and Pusha T all jump on this track.

The much awaited project from DJ Drama is gonna be jammed packed full of hip hop stars. Even though it was a radio rip, Clouds is a song that has a well rounded sound for all the emcees to showcase some skills.

The twist to this joint is Miguel's ability to bring listeners to the clouds with his smother voice, while Curren$y the Jet setter lays down some mean bars. Rick Ross' baller status only perpetuates the idea of being in the clouds and Pusha T drops some heavy heat on the track with a smooth delivery. The entire track jams and only furthers supports the hype around DJ Drama's new album, so stay tuned in!

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Kendrick Lamar - The Art of Peer Pressure

K Dot is hot right now! Kendrick Lamar is hitting the hip hop game by storm and there isn't anything slowing him down. Kendrick's new joint The Art of Peer Pressure was leaked and it is spreading like wild fire. Rightfully so, the song jams!

The Art of Peer Pressure darker under tone makes the song have more feeling and character. The song plays as a conscious acting upon peer pressure. The slower beat and clearly pronounced words help listeners envision Kendrick's body of work in the game.

K Dot's delivery is classic and the beat is trippy manye, but overall the message is what listeners should be on the lookout for as Kendrick's music can take twists and turns to present his message.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Granda's New and Improved Web Look!

photo previously taken
Our friends over at The Granada has updated their website, with more features and information on events coming to Lawrence KS. The first thing to point out on the website is the fun marquee with up coming show dates, as if you were right in front of the venue. Access to ticket info and online purchasing is right at your fingers tips, so grabbing a pair of tickets for a date is simple and easy to do!

There is a new blog page on the site that gives a little bit more to the fans. This page is slammed pack with previews and reviews of shows, also includes write ups on artists and bands for more reading fun about music coming to town. 

Curious about a show, but don't know much about the artists/bands? Well, The Granada's new website allows for fans to view background information about artists/bands and also some links to access music on the site as well. There is plenty to do on The Granada's new and much improved website at and we are glad to support our local friends here in Lawrence KS!

Check it out for yourself!!! 

Notable HIP HOP Shows:

Sept. 19th - Odd Future' Camp Flog GNAW Tour 8pm
Oct. 8th - Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz 9pm
Oct. 10th - Tech N9NE w/ Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru 8pm
Oct. 17th - Hopsin w/ Dizzy Wright, SwizZz, Jarren Benton, DJ Hoppa, Irv Da Phenom & Bizzy 9pm
Nov. 15th - Asher Roth w/ Kids These Days and Chuck Inglish 8pm

Stay Tuned in for more with us about The Granada with more information about future shows, reviews, and news.  

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Curren$y - Jet Life (feat. Big K.R.I.T and Wiz Khalifa)

The idea of Curren$y getting on another track with two of his peers Wiz Khalifa and Big K.R.I.T. happened again on Spitta's The Stoned Immaculate. Jet Life is a spin off of Curren$y's customary day of being a first class rider with Wiz his partner in crime. 'Jet Life to the Next Life' is the motto with Spitta, K.R.I.T., and Wiz doing work on the hip hop game. Humble and true to their calling the three emcees dropped the video to  Jet Life, as the classic form of Curren$y shows with him speeding at the wheel of a Ferrari and Wiz rollin' up a jet for the both of them.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

J. Cole - I'm A Fool

Self produced and lyrically acclaimed, J. Cole does it all on I'm A Fool on track! The idea of artists actually making their own music is far fetched nowadays, and thanks to this new track from J. Cole, the hip hop community can still recognize legit music still exist.

The heavy sample in the hook brings some heavy soul to the track. The Carolina roots are definitely showcased in J. Cole's music, highlights of 9th Wonder can be comparable. Lyrically J. Cole outshines his generation of hip hop right now, few are as well thought, have as confident delivery, and possess a marketable style then Cole. The guy has talent and the I'm A Fool track proves the point.

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DJ Drama ft. Cee-Lo, Jadakiss, Young Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle - Never Die

Paying tribute to the good that die young, DJ Drama steps on the scene with Never Die featuring some hip hop talents that bring fire to the track.

Cee-Lo Green lays down a harmonic hook, not to forget the monster bars that come from Jadakiss, Nipsy Hussle and Young Jeezy.

The Cardiak produced beat is smooth and plays to the melody of the three emcees. The thought process throughout the entire track shines as each emcee writes about the loves ones lost but never forgotten. They also foreshadow their own questionable future, as each artists feels the threat of the potential uncertainty so their grind is always 100%.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

24 Hours with CurrenSy (Video from Curren$y)

Follow Curren$y Spitta around in this new 'vlog' post. He highlights hitting up Rock the Bells New Jersey, chillin with the KushedGod himself Smoke DZA, and also talking sneakers. I thought it was dope that his tweets were shown on the video as the day went on. Showing once again how true and real Spitta is. Jet Life..

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Talib Kweli & Mac Miller - Earning Potential (Track)

After several months of hearing that legend Talib Kweli was wanting to work with Mac Miller, we finally get to hear the product of this collab. And "Earning Potential" has definitely been worth the short wait.

Definitely worth downloading. Do it.

Earning Potential - Talib Kweli feat. Mac Miller

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Wiz Khalifa - Goin' Places feat. Mac Miller (Track)

A new track uncovered by a Pittsburgh DJ, called "Goin' Places" from Pittsburgh's own Wiz Khalifa and featuring Mac Miller. 

Sounds like a mix of tracks from Best Day Ever and Kush & O.J. (basically a must track for all those that wish for days of yesterday). Give it a listen!

Goin' Places - Wiz Khalifa feat. Mac Miller

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Lupe Fiasco - American Terrorist Pt. 2 (Track)

Lupe Fiasco gives us this unfinished track "American Terrorist Part 2" off his upcoming album. He stated on Twitter earlier in the day that this album will probably be his last. Give it a listen, a pretty solid track.

American Terrorist Pt 2 - Lupe Fiasco

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Kendrick Lamar Ft. Young Jeezy - Westside, Right On Time

Kendrick Lamar and Young Jeezy jump on a track together during TDE fan Appreciation week. Kendrick and Jeezy complement one another on the Westside, Right On Time track, as Kendrick stepped his hook delivery and Jeezy pushed himself lyrically. 

The ability of Kendrick Lamar to combine his vernacular flow with his west coast style has allowed for the kid from Cali to get respect from major players in the game like Dr. Dre and Scarface, and now Kendrick has done it again by impressing Young Jeezy.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jet Moran - Seth (Music Video) feat. Busty the Drumma

Attention world. This video is hot! Make sure you check it out.

Jet Moran (aka Jetty Prime) has been working his ass off on his latest project, "Superbad." This song Seth is his newest drop, it features local Lawrencian Busty The Drumma for some extra beats. Jam out to this, rock out to this, whatever you like. Just know that it's fire and that you should be seeing/hearing more from Jet soon.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

DJ Khaled - Hip Hop Ft. Nas, Scarface & DJ Premier (prod. By Justice League)

With major hype turned to DJ Khaled and his album Kiss The Ring, the latest single to drop from the album has impressively started out strong with Nas, Scarface and DJ Premier getting down on the single Hip Hop proper title for the given emcees on this track. DJ Khaled has the ability to hosts some incredible talents under one umbrella especially with Kiss The Ring dropping Aug. 21st.

This track speaks volumes on the good quality music as all the elements came together smoothly with mastered production, raw DJ mixing, and lyrical genius fulfilling the imagery of Hip Hop being a life long love for the artists.

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Ab Soul - Black Lip Bastard (Remix) Ft. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock

Rocksmith Presents Ab Soul's newest Black Hippy visual to Black Lip Bastard (Remix). Ab Soul teams up with by far one of the most lyrical trio Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock. This isn't for the light at heart, only serious emcees could withstand these bars on the Willie B production. Black Lip Bastard single is off of Ab Soul's Lp Control System, which can be found on iTunes.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

XV - Rise (New Single) & Granada Aug. 16th Preview

XV is steady in the stu kicking out some more #Squarian music, and his latest one is called Rise produced by The Awesome Sound. XV is coming off a tour, successful mixtape, and even got married in July.

XV's new single Rise intensely gives listeners a track that shows a darker side of XV. There is a little chip on the shoulder of Vizzy, as the #L7 kid from Kansas has something to prove to the hip hop community.

Back here in the land of OZ, XV has done plenty for the Kansas hip hop game and continues to represent the state well in the hip hop industry. With a strong lyrical content that is innovative and creative as XV's bars are consistent to his intelligent penmanship. This has allowed XV to withstand critics and haters that might have over looked him in the past. XV has the ability to stay true to his craft by staying current with metaphoric popular culture events that we can relate to as listeners. XV also makes sure that the swagger within his delivery of his words are fierce and has some sting to the cutter lines.

Vizzy is surely a busy guy this summer and he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down with a homecoming show in Lawrence KS at The Granada August 16th. It's an all ages shows that has plenty of live music. XV has a full live band accompanying him and will most likely play some new music from his Popular Culture mixtape.

Make sure to not miss out on the XV show in Lawrence KS at the Granada Thursday August 16th!!! We have tickets so feel free to hit us up on Twitter or email us at for the early bird tickets.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Big K.R.I.T. - What U Mean Ft. Ludacris (Video)

Our Country Cuzzin' Big K.R.I.T. has been killing it on his summer tour across the states and his latest label released video What U Mean featuring Ludacris keeps the Krizzle music flowing.

Off of the Live From The Underground album, What U Mean is a classic dirty south jam that fits K.R.I.T.'s form of delivery and having an icon like Luda on the track only heightens the hip hop credibility for K.R.I.T.

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J. Cole - The Cure

J. Cole is wanting to make new music, and that he did with a new track that shows a more artistic style from Cole.  

The Cure shows the development that J. Cole has adapted to his game. The Cure is a lighter form of J. Cole and lyrically has depth, it seems like Cole has a new direction in his musical career.

J. Cole coming from the Carolina area where hip hop genius is deeply rooted with the 9th Wonder camp down there running things. Cole has the resume to back up his game, so the continued success will only maintain.

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ScHoolboy Q - THere He Go

ScHoolboy Q is bringing some new visuals that expands the horizon of hip hop videos. THere He Go is off of ScHoolboy Q's latest project Habits & Contradiction. ScHoolboy Q is creatively different but brings a consistent hip hop flow and style. The video was shot by Trevor Wineman, visuals by RuffMercy and the duo does a great job illustration work and the cinematography work was visually intriguing.

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Rick Ross x Gunplay - Same Damn Time Remix (Music Video)

Coming off of a hot new album, Rick Ross has been a made man since he started his journey in the hip hop game. The Day County native and bringing the hustle game with him, Rick Ross plans to use his street knowledge to move MMG into in heights and has done that with Meek Mill, and Wale making hits plus the added history of Risk Ross. Let's not forget that Ross has at least 5 years under his belt and three albums that made a name for himself in the game.

With God Forgives, I Don't being the talk of hip hop community, Rick Ross and Gunplay throw a little video together called Same Damn Time Remix.

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Mac Miller Annouces Fall 'Macadelic' Tour

Mac Miller has given his fans full of entertaining live performances, and Mac's high production tours aren't dying out anytime soon. The 2012 Fall Macadelic Tour is coming to a city near you and be on the look out for Travis Porter and YG to roll with Mac and the Most Dope Crew.

September 13 – Louisville, KY – Broadbent Arena
September 14 – Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion
September 15 – Dekalb, IL – NIU Convocation Center
September 16 – Cedar Falls, IA – McLeod Center
September 18 – Lincoln, NE – Pershing Center
September 19 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
September 20 – Springfield, MO – Shrine Mosque
September 25 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 26 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
September 27 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
September 28 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Avila Beach Resort
September 29 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
October 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theater
October 3 – San Diego, CA – SDSU Open Air Theater
October 4 – Tucson, AZ – AVA Amphitheater
October 5 – Flagstaff, AZ – Northern AZ University
October 6 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
October 7 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
October 9 – Rio Rancho, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
October 10 – Lubbock, TX – Fairpark Coliseum
October 12 – Frisco, TX (Dallas) – Dr. Pepper Arena
October 13 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
October 14 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront

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Monday, July 23, 2012

FLY LY x I'm Doing It

Our NY homie FLY LY is out with another joint called I'm Doing It. Coming out from the east coast FLY LY has a tough road to get to the top in the game with power houses names not to mention the Mecca of hip hop starting in New York City.

This single pays tribute to the success that comes from grind work as FLY LY stays humble to his craft through ways of creative lyrical content and a grimy NYC sound.


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Bieber Fever On 2012 Teen Choice Awards with Big Sean

It cracks us up here at MwS when Justin Bieber gets all thugged out and tries to go hip hop. The youngin' is talented singer and can get away with posing as a emcee especially when Big Sean jumping on stage with teen pop idol. This years Teen Choice Awards had the two artists on this year and basically had the two stand on stage while thousands of screaming girls go insane. Don' know if the kid did any actual singing, but can't knock the Biebster as he racks up the doe and the fame.

The high production performance is typical Justin Bieber entertainment but really all you can hear is the Bieber hysteria in the background.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Nas - Life Is Good

Nas is taking hip hop back to its roots, with his new album Life is Good. Front to back the entire album is the pinnacle of hip hop by 'taking them back when hip hop made sense' and how the love for music all started for Nas. The appreciation of life is Nas' message in this album, moreover the sounds and lyrical content is by far some of Nas' best stuff as the raw grittiness of NYC streets live through his music.

Nas is on his 'A' game, and no one can possess the musical talents that Nas has. He mastered the craft of hip hop music and songs off the album like Back When, Reach Out feat Mary J Blige, plus more incredible tracks prove that Nas still is the quintessential hip hop king.

With heavy hip hop induced flavor in the entire album, Nas still takes the necessary steps in adding a few features that bring a twist that all hip hop albums need. Just to name a few, Swizz Beatz, Anthony Hamilton, Rozay (Rick Ross), the queen Mary J. Blige, and Miguel; Life Is Good brings all the elements of hip hop together, but Nas takes his music to poetic heights with this instant classic.

Enjoy the entire Nas album is streamed - Life Is Good

Recently Nas was on the Colbert Report to perform a single off of Life Is Good The Don.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"I GOT SOLE" - Sneaker Art Show Presented By K-Push Entertainment

K-Push Entertainment presents

The 2nd annual " I GOT SOLE - Sneaker Arts show"

Hosted by Power 93.9's Rolls Royce

The Sneaker Art Shrine by The Barefeat and various artists. Collection Competition ft some of the finest sneaker collections in Wichita, KS Exclusive clothing showcase by Not Human Clothing, SkyView Apparel, Kush Life Clothing, Bad News Clothing, 2 urban Apparel, Sensxtxze Clothing & The

Exclusive sneaker sale by various collectors and vendors. There will be an Art Auction, and Tons of free giveaways by 42 below, Monster Energy, plus more.

Live Music by DJ Marcobiotics, DJ Magnum, Myle High Society, CutterJ the Absurdist & Audio Cloud 51


I Got Sole: A Sneaker Show @ Naked City Gallery from Peaceful on Vimeo.

Venue: The Scene-Ary 600 S.Tyler (Kellogg & Tyler)

Time: 6pm

Adults: $10 in advance $12 at the door
Kids 12 & Under : $5

Tickets available at 42 Below(1203 S. Douglas), The scene-ary &

For more info visit or contact 316-300-1451, 316 264-4200 or email

I GOT SOLE is sponsored by Monster Energy, House of Schwan(Budweiser), Bite Me BBQ, Debets Automotive, The Barefeat, &