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STREAM NOW: Which Way Iz West by MC Eiht (Executive Prod. by DJ Premier)

Before the first bicoastal dart was ever fired in the much-hyped East/West rivalry of the late-90s, two of hip-hop’s finest had already bridged that proverbial gap. MC Eiht of Compton’s Most Wanted and DJ Premier were still cementing their respective status as legends when they collaborated on wax back in 1992. The resulting remix of “Def Wish II,” from CMW’s classic Music To Driveby manifesto, paired the best of both coasts: gangsta rap’s reigning menace and boom-bap’s principal architect.

Twenty-five years later, the cross-country homies have finally made good on their promise to expand that collaboration into a full-length album. The long-awaited Which Way Iz West — out June 30 and jointly released by Eiht’s Blue Stamp label and Preemo’s Year Round Records — reunites the emcee who put the “GEAH” in Cali gangsta-ism and the producer synonymous with New York’s sonic boom.

Executive produced by DJ Premier, the 15-track release finds Eiht back in the driver’s seat after a decade-long break since his last solo LP. Far from sacrificing West Coast riding music for the East’s boom-bap, Premier oversees a solid mashup by sharing the bulk of production duties with Eiht’s longtime collaborator Brenk Sinatra.

In an era defined by bluster, Eiht always steeped his stories in something more akin to the blues — literally and figuratively. The narratives told by the Tragniew Park Compton Crip reflected a cold-hearted reality where the anti-hero always met a tragic end. That’s what made his Menace II Society theme song (“Streiht Up Menace”) a perfect synopsis of the 1993 hood classic in which he co-starred.

On Which Way Iz West, the plot is driven, in part, by his own survival as an OG. The sinister sneer that defined Eiht’s voice once upon a rhyme has aged into a throaty groan, the better to hear his world-weary observations. On standout track “Last Ones Left,” he reunites with Compton’s Most Wanted cronies Chill and Boom Bam for an ill eulogy: “And rest in peace to the dearly departed / shots rang through, my homeboys caught it (damn) / That’s why I stick to the format / it’s killers right here cuz, you know where the war’s at.”

The hood ain’t the only thing bound to take him under. Album closer “You Nia’z” finds Eiht lamenting how the game has changed since the era when emcees paid the cost to be the boss: “And these Internet sites, with their forums and fights / another day, another new n**** that they like.”

As the title suggests, Which Way Iz West stars a cast of left-coast heavies from Eiht’s era: Kurupt, WC, Lady of Rage, B-Real, Xzibit, MayLAy and The Outlawz. Even New York underground legend Bumpy Knuckles makes a guest appearance, as does New Orleans’ own Big Mike.

But this is Eiht’s murder show, with Preemo executive producing, all the way down to the very last GEAHHH.

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Out 30th of June on Year Round Records! Support!!

MC Eiht – Compton Zoo (Prod. by Brenk Sinatra) (Scratches by DJ Premier) CDQ

New MC Eitht droppin’ end of this month on Blue Stamp/YRR yo! Enjoy:

Related: MC EIHT – REPRESENT LIKE THIS (FEAT. WC) (PRODUCED BY BRENK SINATRA) (SCRATCHES BY DJ PREMIER) (MUSIC VIDEO)

MC Eiht – Represent Like This (Feat. WC) (Produced by Brenk Sinatra) (Scratches by DJ Premier) CDQ


Today, Eiht shares the first single from Which Way Iz West, “Represent Like This” featuring WC and DJ Premier.

“I decided to release the Dub C track first as an ode to true west coast music and because Dub is a true west coast originator” Eiht stated. “I wanted to give fans a familiar taste of what were about and due to Crazy Toones passing away, it just seemed like the appropriate way to honor my cuzzins as they were one of the first artists I had the honor of rocking with early in my career. This is for the west coast and our heritage and it was only right to Represent Like This.”

Spotify: flyt.it/RepresentLikeThisSpotify
Amazon: flyt.it/RepresentLikeThisAmazon

Ahm and DeeVee Perform Together Live (The Breaks)

Compton’s Most Wanted – Last Ones Left (Snippet)

Gang Starr Foundation member Afu-Ra comes with a new Mixtape

Check it out! New mixtape by Afu-Ra… CLICK HERE.

1.Intro
2.Made U Look listen download
3.Dead Wrong feat.Koll & Powerful
4.Who Shot Ya
5.Kick In Da Door feat. Powerful
6.Big Boys (X-clusive)
7.Kill Shit feat.Thirstin’ Howl III
8.Rainy Days feat. Aqua Monk (P-Monks)
9.Scarfaces
10.Contact feat. Alas : H-Staxx : Cheif
11.Da Gods feat.Masta Killa (of Wu-Tang Clan)
12.Whole World feat. Respect Tha God (P-Monks)
13.Blam Blam
14.Fuck Ya’ll Niggas feat. Koll & Blackadon
15.Black Gang (X-clusive)
16.Pussy Clot Sound Boy (X-clusive)
17.99 Problems
18.Move Ya Self (X-clusive)
19.Gutta Music feat. Vain & Reck
20.Mercy
21.Never Dieing feat. Big Blackysteez & Startel
22.Bonus Track (X-clusive)
23.Bonus track – Nic Nie Spad?o Z Nieba – Sigma : Afu-Ra : Antone : DJ WLB
24.Bonus track – Wiesz Co Si? Kr?ci – Ganja Mafia featuring Afu-Ra
25.Bonus Track – Big Shug feat. Avirex Prod.Reel Drama – The Streets
26.Three Evil Masters – Gangstarr Foundation (Afu-Ra : Big Shug : Jeru the Damaja) Cuts by Dj Niko Yu
27.Pussy Clott Sound Boy featuring Sean P (BCC) & Sadat X (Brand Nubian)
28.On A Roll – UTC ft. Afu-Ra : Cryogenik : Auxaudio : Benny Browncoat
29.Group Home Joey Kickass Cuts by DJ Dap prod.by Daniel El Campen / S90F Rec – Smile

Related: GANG STARR FOUNDATION – THREE EVIL MASTERS (PROD. BY ESZU)

Miguel – 2 Lovin’ U (Prod. by DJ Premier) CDQ

Aaah finally!! There’s some history behind this track, back in 2k14 Premo worked with Miguel on some tracks for his new album. The song they’ve created was called “Damned”… When the next album of Miguel dropped in 2k15 we were looking for that track… But nowhere to be found, until the song appeared on the Deluxe Version of the album. Alright alright… but when I bought it… no… it wasn’t a Premier beat. Very sad, almost depressed, I thought I would never hear the song. Well people, 3 years later, it’s here! Going to be released on February 21, 2k17 under the title “2 Lovin’ U” but basically it’s just the original version of “Damned” as you will hear. Already leaked a week ago but now it can go officially:

Still lovin’ this:

Related: DJ PREMIER WORKING WITH SINGER MIGUEL

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. – NYC (Feat. Jadakiss) (Prod. by DJ Premier) CDQ

BANGER, TRACK OF THE YEAR ALREADY??

Related: NICK JAVAS PAYING HOMAGE TO THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

Busta Rhymes – Grinch 2000 (Original Version) (Feat. Jim Carey) (Prod. by DJ Premier) (Radio Rip)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!

Here’s some unreleased Busta Rhymes x DJ Premier collabo featuring the Christmas spirit, recorded around 2000 with the Mr. Grinch soundtrack in a genius way sampled like only Premo can do it!
This was the original version but they used the one produced by Teddy Riley for the official soundtrack. The reason why this version never got released is unknown, but the beat was later given to the Coca Cola Company. Enjoy:

Ripped from DJ Eclipse ‘Rap Is Outta Control’. Also played by Statik Selektah radio show. Voila.

Related: LIL FAME & TERMANOLOGY – PLAY DIRTY (FEAT. BUSTA RHYMES & STYLES P) CDQ

The Lox – Move Forward (Produced by DJ Premier)


The Lox announced that they were signing with Roc Nation only two weeks ago, and their new album Filthy America… It’s Beautiful is already here. The 12-track project includes features from Gucci Mane, Fetty Wap, Mobb Deep, Dyce Payne, and Infa-Red. Filthy America… It’s Beautiful is The Lox’s first proper album in sixteen years. They last dropped We Are the Streets way back in 2000, although they’ve continued to record and release music since then. Most recently, they dropped a trilogy of EPs called The Trinity.

And now it’s here! After the classic LOX x DJ Premier track “Recognize” back in 2000 they reunited for a new banger called “Move Forward”.
Listen to DJ Premier mixing it last week on his radio show Live from Headqcourterz below:

And the full album stream on Spotify:

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Props to Complex




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