Sunday, July 31, 2011
Hona Costello's #FollowMe is the latest in a string of artists submissions that have been getting love over here @ TheJourney. #FollowMe is really good, I'm stoked it was brought to my attention. Too hungover to search for Hona Costello's twitter page? Lets make it easy, follow @HonaCostello. Get @ him on facebook too.
STREAM the entire Mixtape here.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Both parties spend [our] money like they're Teresa Giudice of The Real House Wives of New Jersey. The US Treasury Department recently stated that our country has an operating cash balance of roughly $73.7 billion. And Apple? $76.4 billion.
The United States government governs a rather large geographical area encompassing roughly 300 million people. Apple could be contained to a few giant warehouses and tall office buildings. Does that mean that in the event of catastrophic occurrence, at least in terms of liquid assets, Apple would have greater fiscal resources to allocate than would the United States government? I hope not. Grab the entire article here.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Without further a due, TheJourney's stoked to world premiere b.FUNK's highly anticipated Mixtape Playoff Mode. b.FUNK first made noise earlier this year opening for Ice Cube. Since then, b.FUNK's been gaining recognition from New Jersey [their hometown] to the west coast and everywhere in between. Last week b.FUNK particpated in 52 Fest; An Eric LeGrande Benefit Concert. Pretty cool. Stream Playoff Mode via DatPiff and then download in it's entirety via DatPiff or Hulkshare.
We Just Don't Give Da FUNK, track 15, is "a banger like a Blake Griffin dunk".. can't believe b.FUNK took on [and absolutely killed] Em's classic I Just Don't Give A F*ck.
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My top three goes like this; 1) Reggie Miller [there's pictures of me as young as 7 rockin' an Indiana Pacers #31 jersey], 2) Arvydis Sabonis, and 3) Ray Allen [Jesus Shuttlesworth]. Sabonis was one of the greatest passing big man to ever pick up the rock. If he would have made it to the league before both of his knees blew out [entered the nba at the age of 31], I truly believe Sabonis would have been a legend [as evident by his postering against David Robinson in the 1988 Summer Olympics]. Read the whole article on Sabas here.
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|| G-Eazy created this artwork & produced the beat. Pretty dope||
G-Eazy took to the net today with Make-Up Sex, the latest offering off his upcoming album Endless Summer. For good measure I included G-Eazy's third latest leak, Run, which originally world premiered here on TheJourney a few weeks back.
Purple Ribbon emcee Kyle Lucas and beatsmith Captain Midnite link up with DJBooth.net for their latest collaborative project The Sky Is Falling and I’m Fine, which can be streamed here.
b.FUNK's highly anticipated Mixtape Playoff Mode willl be exclusively world premiering right here on TheJourney later today. Until then, check out Purp & Yello. Wiz Khalifa's going to co-sign the sh*t outta b.FUNK when he hears this. Catch the lyrics? b.FUNK's the future of hip hop.
b.FUNK - Purp & Yello
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Aloe Blacc's backed by Mihalj “MIKI” Kekenj’s string quarter for his hit single I Need A Dollar. The soulful sounds of Aloe Blacc are something special. I'd love to see more artists in hip hop test the waters of performing live alongside string sets. The sound is incredibly dope.
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Have been listening to this album while studying for the better half of the last 15 hours. Love the law school shoutout on Every Time You Go and the James Franco samples at the end of the aptly titled James Franco track. Leap Year's quite the quality mixtape considering Hoodie Allen has been on tour constantly in 2011.
I'll keep this post shorter than Chewy from Chelsea Lately as law school finals are throwing salt in my game, but check out a legit album review from our friends over at Pigeons & Planes.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
||"When the beat crack I make love to it and that's why they say I'm f*ckin dope"||
Phil Ade - Coming Home
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Dylan Owen dropped Where I'm Supposed To Be to the net today and was kind enough to sit down for an interview recently. Check it out below.
Dylan Owen - Where I'm Supposed To Be Feat. Devin Arne
What up Dylan!
Q: Where are you from originally? How'd you end up at Cornell?
Originally I'm from Orange County, New York. A sweet little place called Goshen. Cornell was the right college choice for me in a couple different ways, even though it might not seem like your typical hip-hop artist's path. Look at Kinetics and One Love!
Q: At what point in your life did you seriously start pursuing your music career?
I started taking things seriously around the end of my junior year of high school, when I released How To Stay Young EP and started performing. Admittedly, though, I was always secretly just as serious as I am now.
Q: You've just finished your freshman year at Cornell, ya? How do you manage doing the student thing and simultaneously thriving as an artist who's doing shows with the likes of Sam Adams and Mac Miller?
Being a student and an artist is awesome and really tough at the same time. Somebody once told me that there are three things you need in college, and you're going to have to choose two of them: schoolwork, sleep, and social life. Coping with adding music into that equation has some interesting results sometimes. I guess it's all a matter of perspective whether or not somebody has their priorities straight.. I'm dedicated to my music just as much as anything else on that list.
Q: Would Dwight Schrute pass your Cornell entry exam [as seen in The Office]? Does Andy correctly persona the average Cornell graduate?
The Office rules, and Dwight could pass any challenge life throws at him. Andy is ridiculous.
Q: Your lyrics aren't all over-saturated punchlines and fabrications -- like what is so often found in mainstream hip hop -- you really seem to tell stories. Do you draw from personal experience?
I draw basically all of my lyrics from personal experiences. You could say it's nonfiction writing, that rhymes.
Q: Why is Postcards not on the radio? Seriously. Any plans to be working with Jesse Denaro in the near future?
Me and Jesse have actually been doing a little music together over the net while he's on tour with his band Von Wolfe up and down the east coast. I'm looking forward to getting an official track together with him in the near future.
Q: People really dig your instrumentals, do you produce your own tracks?
I don't produce my own tracks, although I've written a couple of the melodies here and there. I work closely with a few producers and on my upcoming project am going to have some new names featured. I especially work with Nico Marchese, largely responsible for Senioritis' sound, who is my music sidekick when I'm home. Check out Nico Marchese here, he kills it.
Q: Is there any new solo material that your currently working on that you can speak on? Any collaborative work?
Yes, although none of it has been officially announced, I've got a ton of good stuff in the works that's guaranteed to blow your brains out. Just kidding.... but for real. Some very original solo and collaborative work is coming soon, soon, soon.
Q: Appreciate you taking the time to get at us Dylon! Any parting words you'd like to say to your fans?
Thank you SO much for continuing support. Check me out on
Updates on the brand new material and everything I'm up to will be frequently posted on these sites. Until then, check out my debut full-length album Senioritis on iTunes! and rock on.
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J. Nolan shot More To Come over my way this morning, was very impressed with what I heard. Great beat, catchy chorus and lyrically J. Nolan holds it down, 2nd verse is nuts. J. Nolan's upcoming album Chaos Theory Project is set to drop August 16th. Support
J. Nolan - More To Come (Prod. Blizz Cartel)
Monday, July 25, 2011
The Good people over at CampusBookRentals.com are teaming up with TheJourney to make a difference in the lives of children born with cleft lips & cleft palates. Since their inception, CampusBookRentals.com's has raised enough funds to facilitate more than 1000 life changing surgeries. That's a thousand kids that can now be proud to smile. A thousand transformed lives. Very cool.
TheJourney's amped to announce that we are extending out advertisement space to CampusBookRentals.com in exchange for charitable donations made on behalf of you awesome viewers to Operation Smile. Check out CampusBookRentals.com for all your college textbook needs.
TheJourney is incredibly stoked to announce that we'll be world premiering b.FUNK's upcoming mixtape Playoff Mode. Comparisons are drawn to the Legendary Roots Crew and Gym Class Heroes, which makes sense, but it's the originality and uniqueness behind b.FUNK's sound that make their style so appealing. I can't wait to bump Playoff Mode.
b.FUNK - Groupies
b.FUNK - The Underdogs
Curtiss King will be performing at The Glass House in Ponoma, California, September 9th. Have I told you how much I love southern California? I've never been to The Glass House, can't wait to check it out. Get @ me if you're planning on attending King's performance September 9th. That's How My Day Goes is off Curtiss King's DIY (ep).
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Easy Does It, a dope group out of Atlantic City, New Jersey, takes on The Red Hot Chili Peppers latest single The Adventures of Raindance Maggie. This is a cover of sorts, as Easy Does It's lead singer Jacob Picorale adds in an original verse midway through The Adventures of Raindance Maggie. I was stoked to see Easy Does It's take on RHCP's recent release sitting in my inbox this afternoon. Check out Easy Does It's official website here, and download Easy Does It's The Adventures of Raindance Maggie (cover) here.
Who better to perform last night at The House of Blues in San Diego than the dude that made it cool to be a geek? Childish partook in the star-studded event that has come to be known as Comic-Con. The House of Blues in downtown San Diego is only a coupke blocks from Comic-Con. You can tell from the crowd interaction that this place was poppin. Gambino's performance is rumored to be a new track off Childish Gambino's upcoming album. Did you hear that Casey Anthony line?
San Diego, the city I'm quickly coming to call home is a west coast paradise. I love it here.
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College Football fans are familiar with Rutger's favorite Scarlet Knight; Eric LeGrand. LeGrand suffered a severe spinal injury against Army Black Knights on October 16, 2010 while attempting to tackle a player from the opposing team. Doctors soon determined LeGrand to be paralyzed from the neck down.
It's been a slow process, but hard work pays off. Legrand took to twitter last week to post two new pictures of him standing during physical therapy. Very cool.
b.FUNK, one of the dopest hip hop groups in existence, performed alongside Funk Master Flex at 52 Fest yesterday. If you were fortunate enough to be a part of the festivities, I'm sure you were in for a pretty cool show.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
||Eerie photo of bodies scattered in massacre||
||Arrow is the shooter walking around killing teens. Kid in bottom right hand corner is begging for his life||
|I have no place to really even speak about this situation. Horrible. It's acts like these by our species that make me question the existence of God. Watch the entire story here.|
Friday, July 22, 2011
Some people pigeon-hole OnCue into solely the frat rap scene. Fine, but don't diminish dudes legitimacy. OnCue makes good music and Feel Tall adds to my suspicion that it's only a matter of time until OnCue blows up. Kinda got a sound similar to Chiddy Bang. If I was an artist manager w/ extra capital to spare, I'd definitely be recruiting OnCue.
OnCue kills every verse. On top of that his chorus has had me stuck on this track for a few days now. The subtle drum pattern in the background [particularly the hi-hat] is really dope.
OnCue - Feel Tall
Here's some new e-dubble that's hotter than your local thermometer. Wanna know how I know if a rapper makes good music? When my father [who disdains most aspects of hip hop] quotes a rappers lyrics. "And of course I want the loot, but everyone deserves the freedom first, trying to find a balance between callous and liberal bleeding jerk." - Tired, off e-dubble's Written Thursday Mixtape.
Hit the previous below and scoop all of e-dubble's music, you won't be dissapointed. If you're in New York in late July, check out e-dubble live @ The Public Assembly Friday, July 29th at 9:00PM, as spotted over at Pigeons & Planes.
e-dubble - Rebuild
Watch The Throne documentary features among other things scenes from Jay-Z’s birthday party, Ye and Hova discussing hip hop at a Beyoncé photo shoot, and the recording of Watch The Throne itself. Also seen is a random cameo from Russell Crowe, as well as a few samples of the rhymes and beats from Watch the Throne, which to me was by far the coolest part of the documentary.
Considering every other YouTube link of the Watch The Throne documentary has been removed by UMG, it's likely this one will follow suit shortly. Ready. Set. Go.
Mac kickin a few bars as a small kid at the beginning of Best Day Ever was pretty cool. Malcom McCormick's Best Day Ever gets some much needed visual treatment. We need to get Mac on TheJourney, he's got a lot of fans around these parts. Blue Slide Park is on its way..
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Hoodie Allen went viral with his latest track The Chase Is On a few minutes ago. Hoodie's upcoming album Leap Year will be out in 5 days. The Chase Is On's Very catchy, perfect for summer. On an unrelated matter, think Wiz, Curre$y & Big Sean will make it four days in a row today?
Hoodie Allen - The Chase Is On
Local San Diego law student and a personal friend of mine, Mike Diamond is solving crime mysteries from his backyard deck. Definitely add this to the resume. lol @ that crane service company moving public benches from public property because some random guy paid them to..
Take a good look at Turko. Dude's like the most popular TV news anchor in San Diego. My fellow San Diegan's must really respect a good stash..
Chi Duly and PropaneLV take The Weeknd's The Party & The After Party on a spin for Weeknd Romance. By far my favorite rendition of The Party & The After Party that's surfaced to the net. Both these guys reside in the oh-so-rainy but always-beloved state that I grew up in; Oregon. Attending Oregon State University while simultaneously making dope music for your peers must be a pretty surreal experience. Look for the music video that accompanies Weeknd Romance to drop tomorrow here on TheJourney.
PropaneLV - Weeknd Romance (Prod. by Chi Duly)
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PropaneLV - Weeknd Romance (Prod. by Chi Duly)
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Macklemore fans have been waiting on the Wings music video for sometime. One of those tracks that makes me re-examine my role in the consumer culture that is the 21st century. Fans helped to contribute towards the funding for the this video, which initially only needed $10,000 to create, but Macklemore's filthy fans were supportive enough to raise over $20,000 so that Zia Mohajerjasbi could more accurately recreate Mackmemore’s vision. Damn, I miss the Supersonics..
It wasn't until about the 1 minute mark of this video that Th@ Kid's lyrics really started to resonate with me. Th@ Kid's 17 yrs old and spitting better than half the rappers out there. I was awkwardly trying to find myself at 17. Props.
TheJourney posted Th@ Kid's Victoria's Secret about two weeks ago and you folks gave it overwhelming support -- placing Victoria's Secret on TheJourney's Most Popular Posts for over a week straight. Check out the Most Popular Posts section on the right hand side of TheJourney, it's comprised mainly of big name artists (Wiz, Mac, Curren$y), yet, Th@ Kid was able to hold his own for over a week straight. Pretty dope.
Th@ Kid will be releasing his new Mixtape once his Facebook fan base reaches 1,500 (only a couple hundred away), so if you dig his music go ahead and like his facebook page. As an extra, check out Th@ Kid's Geronimo Remix Feat. The LockWest Monster.
Th@ Kid - Geronimo
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Phil Ade's A Different World (Mixtape) just leaked in it's entirety. The whole album's top notch production. Phil Ade is kinda a mix of Wale and J. Cole (in my opinion). He makes great music. Below are the 5 tracks that really stuck out on A Different World. Download A Different World and support Phil Ade's movement.
Monday, July 18, 2011
A few years ago I felt that hip hop was in a state of stagnation. Too many acts and not enough originality. Fast forward a couple dozen months and it's as if hip hop's proverbial lung's have been filled with a breathe of fresh air. So many good up-and-coming acts out there. Regular viewers of TheJourney are likely already familiar with Outasight, but if your new to him, be sure to hit previous down below to check out all of Outasight's music.
As as extra, check out Phil Ade's You're The One, just leaked a few minutes ago. Phil's album A Different World drops tomorrow. Now, back to this San Diego sunshine.
Outasight - Setting Sun
Phil Ade - You're The One
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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Gorilla Warfare Tactics bring a refreshingly unique sound to hip hop. Temptations, which popped up on TheJourney a few months back was a classic. Gorilla Warface Tactics is back with RewindRhyme, a piano heavy track that has a really likeable sound to it. As an extra, check out Temptations too.
Gorilla Warfare Tactics – RewindRhyme
Gorilla Warfare Tactics - Temptations
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Friday, July 15, 2011
Apple Of My Eye came out before TheJourney was in existence, but it's so good it was only a matter of time until it was liberated off bandcamp for your ears to hear.
Are you broke like me?
The internet's brought artists, signed or unsigned, into the homes of fans like never seen before. No bueno for record labels. The name your price option is one more nail in the coffin.
|| Michele Bachmann; making moderate-minded religious folks cringe since at least 2004 ||
There's too many young gay teems that have taken their own life because of people like Bachmann. Our generation can do so much better than this. Read the entire article here.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Agustin Peña, a fellow classmate of mine at California Western School of Law will stand in a San Diego Superior court room as victim tomorrow. Peña's 14-year-old brother was murdered by a local gang member who mistakenly took the 14-year-old for a rival. Read the entire article here.
Peña will read from a prepared statement prior to the judge's sentence, "Your siblings, parents and the rest of your family will have to continue their lives while you spend yours in prison," Peña's statements reads. "You may think to yourself that resorting to minimal contact with your family sounds horrible.... But at least you get to see your family. At least they're still breathing and you know that they're OK."
Peña said expressing the pain he feels into words is nearly impossible, "Mainly because nothing truly reflects the emptiness in our house and in our hearts. It's a difficult task to manifest such a strong emotions into words because there aren't any that fully explain what we feel, especially the feeling on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. I feel worse for my sister because she was still young when this happened and at times needs to be reminded of who her older brother was. Though I take that upon myself, I shouldn't have to; Javy should be here to remind her himself."
Really puts all the day-to-day petty and trivial things I wine about in perspective.
"With Every Dream there's a Journey that's attached to it". How dope would it be to get a blog and the artist to promote, market & distribute tickets online to fans for various shows around the country? It'd be dope to get an unsigned band like b.FUNK, from New Jersey out to Southern California to do a string of medium-sized venue shows.... ah shit, maybe I'm just a dreamer. I don't think it's impossible though....Until then, get ready to hear a lot of b.FUNK on the blog once Playoff Mode is released.
b.FUNK - Groupies
b.FUNK - Cole Rockin' It
b.FUNK - Real Emcees
One of the first blogs in the world to premiere this. Dope. Incense is off Phil Adé’s latest project, A Different World, dropping on Monday. As an extra, check out Second Chance, one of my favorite Phil Adé tracks.
Phil Ade - Incense Feat. Mac Miller
Phil Adé - Second Chance
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I respect so highly artists that use their position of influence positively. Atmosphere's latest single The Last To Say, off their new album Family Sign, finally gets some well deserved visual treatment. Everyone loves Atmosphere. If there was a hip hop hall of fame, Atmosphere would be inducted in on the first ballot.
"The iconic independent rap group Atmosphere releases a new video for their song “The Last To Say” off their latest album,The Family Sign. The video deals with the very serious and all too common subject of domestic violence. Victims of abuse include women, men and children, but all are affected by it’s wrath. Nearly three out of four of Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence. On average more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country everyday. A refreshing departure from the typical rap video, “The Last To Say” advocates positive treatment of women and focuses on the struggle many victims face – how to escape the abuse in their home so it doesn’t continue to be passed down."
Weezy just killed this mixtape. Lil Wayne started this whole jackin 4 beats movement, only makes sense he dedicate his latest mixtape to continuing the effort. Below are Rollin, Racks remix, Sure Thing and Marvin's Room, four standout tracks off Sorry For The Wait, which is also available for download below.
As an extra, checkout Drake's Marvin's Room remix featuring Lil Wayne, it's slightly different from the version found on Sorry For The Wait.
Lil Wayne - Sorry For The Wait Feat. Adele
Lil Wayne - Racks Remix Lil Wayne - Marvin's Room Lil Wayne - Sure Thing Freestyle Lil Wayne - Sorry For The Wait (Mixtape) Drake - Marvin's Room rmx Feat. Lil Wayne [KREW edit]