{New Ish} Jay Wyse- Youngin’ (prod. The Architeks)

New visuals from your boy Jay Wyse! The Baltimore emcee has been bringing you heat with his “Wyse Wednesdays” segments throughout the past few months. Youngin is the second single from his Choose Wysely EP released earlier this year. Every time he drops something, I can always see his range and his growth. Check this joint out, a story we all know too well in these mean streets. Shout outs to Anthony Kelly for shooting and directing the video. As always, show your twitter love @Jay_Wyse and @MoeMarllyTV. #itsStrictly

{New Ish} C. Shreve The Professor feat. III Will- Be True (prod. Handbook)

“Violence don’t stop violence and ballots don’t bring balance / they got strong arms steady and they ready for your silence”.

True words for some hump day inspiration from C. Shreve and Ill Will. With injustice everywhere, everyday, its gets harder and harder to ignore some of life’s realities. Be True is produced by Handbook and a good listen for hip hop heads around the world. If you aren’t familiar with C. Shreve, GET FAMILIAR, and show that twitter love @seeshreve #itsstrictly

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Watch Nas Discover His Ancestry On Full Episode Of “Finding Your Roots” (VIDEO)

Originally posted on AllHipHop:

(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop legend Nas was one of the featured guests this week on the PBS show Finding Your Roots. The Illmatic album creator connected with Harvard University’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to take a look back through Nas’ lineage.

[ALSO READ: Smarten Up, Nas: Harvard Begins Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship]

Famed actress Angela Bassett and Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett were also part of the episode. One of the most poignant moments of the program came when Nas was shown an $830 slave sale receipt for his great great great-grandmother.

“First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale,” said Nas at a panel discussion in July. “I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk.”

[ALSO READ: Nas Speaks On Discovering His Ancestry Via PBS Series “Finding Your Roots”]


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[New Album Alert] Royal Clutch-Welcome Back to BKLYN

I told you to keep your eyes peeled. Brooklyn trio, Royal Clutch, has spent the last 2 years recording a project highlighting Brooklyn life for the African American male. You’ve seen em on this site before, and now they bring you the full project for the satisfaction of your eardrums on this here hump day. You’re welcome. Show your twitter love @RoyalClutchBK. Go!

Sterling Duns- Do The Talking

New hip hop from West Philly! Sterling Duns is a well rounded musician and emcee who is not new to the Strictly Hip Hop audience. It’s always a pleasure to get new sounds from the brother. This joint ventures through some growing pains that we all can relate to. Shout outs to Aidan Un! Check out the new new, Do The Talking, and show your twitter love @SterlingDuns. Tell him DropaJewel sent you.


Run The Jewels “Run the Jewels 2″

Run the Jewels has released “Run the Jewels 2″; the internet has been on fire… literally, according to twitter those who have downloaded the album on their cell or computer has an experience with spontaneous combustion. A total of eleven tracks this album is what Hip-Hop fans have been waiting for.  Check out the album and let us know what your favorite tracks are:



New LP: KonTrah Releases “The Kontrahdiction LP”.

Baltimore’s own Kontrah delivers something with substance to the table, getting tired of the “everyday” money,sex & drugs lyrics. Kontrah is here to diversify your music playlist giving you more than music, handing out facts & real life lyrics. Allegedly beating a 33 year life sentence Kontrah follows up “the digital success of Higher Learning: My Lower Self” looking for music to be his outlet. Hear below.

Books of Ahktober [Strictly Salutes Prodigy]


What’s happening good people? We are still celebrating “National Book Month” here in the SHH family. To honor such an event, we continue the discussion on some of our favorite hip hop books. This week, I chose to highlight a legend within the 90’s hip hop realm, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. I read his book My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy a year or so ago. When attempting to discuss the book with a mob (pun intended) of Mobb Deep heads, it amazed me…a lot of people hadn’t read the book! C’mon son, this joint dropped in 2011! In any event, Prodigy gave the reader a look into his infamous, hectic, crazy life pre Mobb Deep  and so on. In reading, I learned how he overcame many struggles, including the sickle cell, to become the legend he is today. In my humble opinion, My Infamous Life… is a testament to all the 90’s hip hop heads and the influence of that era on the culture today. Wooo! If you are a fan of hip hop, I suggest you take the time and check it out. #itsstrictly


[New Album Alert] Thaddeus David & Stewart Villain “Untitled EP”


Welp, I can’t stunt…The recent hip hop I’m hearing out of the West Coast is mind blowing. Today Thaddeus David and Stewart Villain decided to bless us with their newest work of art, Untitled EP. As the hip hop scenes in Seattle & Portland continue to attract new eyes & ears, these two show a undeniable display of why the attention is sure to stay. As Strictly tradition would have it, show your twitter love @ThaddeusDavid & @StewartVillain and tell em’ DropaJewel sent you.

Dilligaf- Up In The Morning (prod. CLP Nation)


WAKE UP! New music from your boy Dilligaf. Fresh from his A3C trip, the  St. Petersburg, FL wordsmith drops off some new new, produced by the good folks over at CLP Nation. Over the flipped Chuck Berry sample, Dilligaf reps his city and expresses his gratitude for being able to turn up, turn out and still wake Up In The Morning. Check it out and let us know your thoughts. Show some twitter love @Dilligafclp & @ClpNation