Video: Baltimore Artist GreenSpan Continues ”Stairway Sundays” Series. (Ep. 7)

Decoding his concepts & though process throughout creating his “Stairwell to Heaven” project. Ok-tho.com and Brandnew-hiphop.com (France)
team up with Greenspan to present Stairway Sundays. An in-depth look into Greenspan’s music and the inspiration for each song on album, “Stairway To Heaven.” If you’re not too familiar with this guy, get there incredible artist, with a great story & captivating way of telling it. Painting lyrical pictures. Watch above.

Stairway To Heaven available now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sta…

For the Love of Hip Hop: Thoughts on “The Underground Scene”

Whats good hip hop lovers? It’s your girl DropaJewel, checking in to discuss the love for the underground hip hop circuit, if such a thing exist. I read an article yesterday on hip hop artist being signed to major labels, but portraying the “unsigned/underground” persona. Amazing read! Shouts out to djbooth.net for that one! In any event, it had me thinking…Do some of us really embrace the underground community just because it isn’t mainstream?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of the commercial music being played on most churban radio stations, but to play devil’s advocate I’m not a huge fan of what a lot of these blogs are pushing out either. So where does one go from there?

To know me is to understand that I am an underground music junkie, hints my involvement with Strictly Hip Hop since 2008 (pops collar). This institution holds the responsibility of putting you down with the GOOD hip hop..the b sides…the underground..the mainstream, for the past 24 years. Boom! With that being said, know that we try our best to give you just that..The Real.

In any event, do check out the djBooth article and listen to us every Friday night at midnight on WEAA 88.9fm, The Voice of the Community.

http://www.djbooth.net/index/news/entry/indie-rapper-secretly-signed-major-label

{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.

Sterlingduns.com

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: