Jan 2015 21

More than two decades after their classic collaboration “Every Record Label Sucks Dick,” legendary emcee R.A. The Rugged Man and iconic producer Buckwild are back with another powerful statement: the new video “Media Midgets”. This time around, R.A. takes aim at everyone from TV producers to radio stations to government programming and brainwashing. Legends Never Die in stores now.

Jan 2015 15

In recent years, fans have celebrated the legacy of the late, great producer J Dilla with the annual Dilla Day tribute concert in Jay Dee‘s hometown of Detroit. In 2015, the festivities will be officially moving to the warmer climates of Miami, FL for a full weekend of Dilla events. Presented by Nature Sounds and Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes, this year’s Dilla Day Weekend is set to take place in Miami from Feb 5th – Feb 8th. Confirmed performers include Joey Bada$$, Pete Rock, Mobb Deep, Madlib, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Dead Prez, Black Milk, Camp Lo, and more TBA. In addition to performances, there will be producer panels, BBQs, artist meet and greets, and other Dilla-related events. Tickets available now. Full details at jdillaweekend.com.

Jan 2015 15

Legendary Brownsville duo M.O.P. are back with Street Certified, a new 9-tack EP now available everywhere. To celebrate the release, Lil Fame and Billy Danze are unveiling the official music video for the leadoff track “Welcome 2 Brooklyn,” featuring guest vocals from fellow BK native Maino and production from ChuckHeat. Order now on iTunes, or get the deluxe box set direct from Nature Sounds.

Dec 2014 15

While touring overseas recently, R.A. The Rugged Man caught up with another legendary wordsmith, Black Thought of The Roots. In the clip, the Rugged Man and Black Thought discuss their mutual admiration, the dumbed-down nature of so many of today’s rhymes, and a possible future collaboration.

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