Books of Ahktober [Strictly Salutes Mark Katz]



“Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ” is a book that covers the history of the DJ. The reader is introduced to the history of Hip-Hop culture and the early models of the record turntable. With how DJ’s are perceived today in Hip-Hop, Mark Katz shows how the role of the DJ evolved in the culture. The book also highlights the extensive musical knowledge DJ’s have and how record equipment companies modified their designs of their products because of DJ’s. Reading this I gained the knowledge that the DJ culture has strong roots in Hip-Hop and that the DJ is just as important as the MC. For anyone that wants to get a in depth look at the DJ culture, I suggest you check this out.


#R.I.P. Praverb


On September 17, 2014, the hip-hop community lost one of its most enthusiastic, devoted soldiers, Earl Patrick McNease. Known to all of us as Praverb, he was a rapper, DIY marketing expert, blogger, but more importantly, a sincere human being whose mission seemed to involve helping everyone who came across his path.

Those are words from the Go Fund Me site…and they don’t even begin to express what a loss the hip hop community has experienced in his passing. I didn’t know him personally, but social media raised a whole new generation of connections. You can be friends with hip hop heads across the world, from your smart phone. Praverb was a supporter of hip hop, so he is family to SHH. Support the legacy, r.i.p. Praverb.

Donate here and keep his family in prayer

Bilderburgh feat. Crooked I- Written Agreement (prod. C-Lance)

New music fresh out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Bilderburgh is a five man collective consisting of blue collar workers and war vets, aka real people. You definitely have to respect the grind when it’s relate-able. Their debut album, Speak Easy, is due in early November; if you’re a fan of real hip hop, you’ll keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming release. #ItsStrictly

crooked i

HIP-HOP NOW Podcast! Ep. 006

Hip-Hop Now Logo

Weekly update on all things Hip-Hop and my opinion on it. Word! NOW ON Stitcher Radio.  iTunes coming soon…

This week…Ghostface Killah sheds light on his next album “Supreme Clientele 2:Blue & Cream”, Big K.R.I.T. speaks on responding to Kendrick’s “Control” verse and Southern Rappers, and more. Subscribe via Stitcher Radio.


Hiphopolitic WORDS ONLY

WEAA Fall Membership Drive

Shouts out to Dj Koz!

It’s that time of year that we all know and love! WEAA 88.9fm is having the fall membership drive and you can play a big part! WEAA is known for bringing you educational and quality programming with shows like Strictly Hip Hop. For 24 years, SHH remains Baltimore’s hip hop Mecca, and can continue to bring you hip hop in its truest form with your support. Follow this link to make your pledge and become a WEAA member today CLICK ON ME BRUH.

Check us out this Friday at midnight, with Thomas J and the gang, and you can call in live to make your pledge! We thank you in advance.

Termanology feat. Inspectah Deck, Chris Rivers & H Blanco- The War Begins (prod. Billy Loman)


What up good family! This is the first single off Termanology’s new album, Shut Up And Rap, which will be released on 12-9-14. Also, you can catch Termanology at A3C for the “Beantown Bullies” showcase on Friday 10/10 at Space2 (6-8:30pm) alongside Edo G, REKS and more. Show your twitter love @TermanologyST

E.M.S.(En Masse Sodality)- Primary Fabrics

E.M.S. (En Masse Sodality) is comprised of P$A (Primetime Silver Age), MAI and LG and their bond dates back to elementary school. The Jersey crew has been making moves as a unit since 2008, earning stripes, cultivating their following and steadily climbing the ranks the old-fashioned way—rocking shows! Keep your eyes peeled for their debut LP A.O.D. Vol. 1, (‘Age Of Discontent’), which will be released on 11-13-2014.

Show your twitter love @Yesitsems and keep it Strictly

[New Album Alert] Bullet Brak- Brocky Balboa

Bullet Brak - Brocky Balboa (FC)

Good Morning SHH family! We know you’ve been patiently waiting on the release of Bullet Brak’s new project Brocky Balboa. The wait is over!! From first listen, this joint is Strictly certified..a head banger from start to finish. I love a good conceptual project, and Bullet Brak delivers. Show your twitter love @BulletBrak and tell him Dropajewel sent you. #itsstrictly

#TuneIn 10-8-14

What up good people and happy hump day (woot woot). It’s time for another edition of Tune In, where the SHH team puts you d’ as to what we are currently listening to. Let us know what you think via twitter @HipHopStrictly



Artist: Logic

Track: Walk On By (prod. C-Sick)

Album: Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever

This is a throwback but C’mon son! The quickest way to get my head bopping is to sample some of my favorite ish’. Dionne Warwick’s Walk on By is classic. Logic ripped this joint! So glad he’s ‘reppin’ the great state of Maryland.



Artist: Pronoun

Track: Society (prod. A. Daase)

Album: Steve

I vibed with this song immediately.


Gordon Gartrell

Artist: Big Sean

Track: 4th Quarter (prod. Key Wane)

Ever since he stepped on the scene, Big Sean has a work in progress. On this track though, it sounds like the work is almost complete. On beat that seems too dark for Sean, it feels like he found his stride. I don’t know if it’s his old girl or new girl fueling him, but I hope the album follows in the same steps.


[Bonus Cut]


Artist: Rickie Jacobs

Track: My Generation (prod. Street Scott)

Album: Die Brilliant

I make no bones about Die Brilliant being one of my favorite Rickie Jacobs’ albums. Back in my days hosting Strictly Hip Hop, we used play this joint faithfully! If you know me, you know I love my local artist, and my local producers. Street Scott sampled one of my favorite joints of all time, Luchini, to create My Generation. I have so many great memories with this song and now it is truly a testament to my generation. R.I.P. to the Test Bin.

Wisdom- Grand Canyon

Whoa! My man Wisdom blessed the email with news of his upcoming instrumental/ beat album titled Man vs. Maschine. I’m not much of a spitter these days, but I still get excited when I hear dope beats! I heard this joint and felt the need to instantly rock a rhyme. Skimming through, my personal fav off the break is “Say A Prayer”. In any event, show your twitter love @WisdomSince70, peep the site and tell him DropaJewel sent you. #itsstrictly

Books of Ahktober [Strictly Salutes ?uestlove]


Greetings and salutations! As you may or may not know, October is National Book Month. The Strictly Hip Hop team and I decided to give you some thoughts on some of our favorite hip hop books. Keep in mind, we rock the campus of Morgan State University weekly! Most of us are current students or Morgan alum, so it’s only fair we kick some collegiate knowledge. For today’s post, I wanted to briefly highlight the last hip hop related book that I read…Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove.

                If you are a hip hop junkie (clearly you are or you wouldn’t be reading this) you are aware of the super talented, ?uestlove. Questlove is most known for his role as the drummer in legendary hip hop band The Roots; however, after reading his book, I respect the brother as: somewhat of a historian, dj, writer, and an advocate for percussion. The book, Mo’ Meta Blues goes into depth about how his love of music began from just a small child and progressed citing where he is today. If you’re a fan of hip hop, you may want to dive into this piece of literature. It’ll take you back through the streets of Philadelphia, the hours on the road, the record labels, the late night jam sessions, late night tv and the art of sound. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and finished it in no time flat. Check it out for yourself, and let me know your thoughts on twitter @DropaJewel. #ItsStrictly

New Mixtape: Curren$y x Jet Life Releases “Audio D” Project.

Spitta refreshes all of our minds and let us know it’s not just a one man show over at JetLife. Setting the scene up for his squad with their latest project “Audio D” front and center. With cats like Young Roddy, Le$ & Cornerboy P this work makes good for relaxing and listening track by track. (no skipping) Listen below.