Monday, November 16, 2015

Return of The Teacher | KRS-One - "Sound Man"

Friday, November 6, 2015

Surprise! Diddy, D12, and Lloyd Banks Just Dropped Relatively Dope Mixtapes




I know, I know! Trust me, we were as shocked as you are. Now, let's get this straight, we are declaring this as three of the top mixtapes of the year or anything. 

However, they are pretty dope. If you only have time to listen to one, then listen to that D12... then Banks... then Diddy. 

The strength of Diddy's album is that it features MCs like Jada Kiss, King Los, Styles P, and Big Sean.

Hit the jump to stream.

Milwaukee Hip Hop | Vonny Del Fresco - Memoirs (Free Download)


We randomly stumbled upon Vonny Del Fresco's new album Memoirs while streaming suggested tracks on DJBooth.net's Soundcloud page today at the WUW? office. We don't know much about the Milwaukee spitter, but fans of D.R.A.M. and Chance the Rapper will definitely enjoy this album.  



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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chopped & Screwed in Virginia | D.R.A.M. X OHSO - #1EPICSLOWDOWN (Free Download)


Check out the video for the new single "$" with Donnie Trumpet:



The original album is available to stream on Soundcloud:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Classic Boom Bap Rap | Semi Hendrix - Breakfast at Banksy's


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Boom Bap Soul Hop | Georgia Anne Muldrow - A Thoughtiverse Unmarred




Dallas Hip Hop | Two New Tracks from A.Dd+


It has been a minute since we have heard anything from Paris P and Slim Gravy of A.Dd+. Thus, you can imagine our excitement when we saw they had posted two new tracks to their Soundcloud page. 



In case you are a little late to the game, make sure you hit up their Soundcloud & Bandcamp pages and grab these albums:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cincinnati Hip Hop | Mood (Donte & Main Flow) - "The Maschine"


The legendary Cinci hip hop innovators, Main Flow and Donte, return with a new Mood album courtesy of the always dependable homies at EFFISCIENZ. Into the Mood comes just ahead of their highly anticipate release of Doom 2 with with hometown legend and beatsmith extraordinaire, Hi-Tek.

Although a release date for Doom 2 has not officially been set, Into the Mood stands on its own and will satisfy all your Moody cravings.

Stream the lead track below and head over to Bandcamp to pre-order the CD or the limited edition white vinyl - set to ship on September 18th.



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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wu Tang is for Your Children | Method Man - The Meth Lab (Album Preview)


Mr. Mef has liberated a few track from his first full length solo album in 9 years. Wu Tang brethren Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Masta Killa and the How High homie Redman join Meth to transport you back to the grimey days of the early 90s.

The Meth Lab is scheduled to drop August 21st but you and your children can enter the lab below. 


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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Chicago Soul Hop | BJ the Chicago Kid x Chance the Rapper - Church


New track from two of Chicago's most wanted young MCs. BJ the Chicago Kid and Chance the Rapper connect on a new soul hop track "Church."


Spotted @ Okayplayer

Album Stream | Talib Kweli - Fuck the Money (Free Download)


Head over to Kweli Club for the free download

1. GRATITUDE - Produced by Thanks Joey for Colours Of The Culture. 

2. LESLIE NOPE - Produced by Amadeus for Platinum Boy Music. 

3. NICE THINGS - Produced by Amadeus for Platinum Boy Music. 

4. ECHOES - featuring Miguel & Patrick Stump - Produced by Farhot for Hitspot Music. 

5. FUCK THE MONEY - featuring Casper Nyovest - Produced by Farhot for Hitspot Music. 

6. FALL BACK - featuring Styles P & Nire - Produced by Amadeus for Platinum Boy Music. 

7. HE SAID SHE SAID - Produced by Farhot for Hitspot Music. 

8. BUTTERFLY - featuring Steffanie Christi'an - Produced by Kaytranada. 

9. BABY GIRL - featuring Kendra Ross - Produced by Abhi//Dijon. 

10. THE VENETIAN - featuring NIKO IS & Ab-Soul - Produced by The Alchemist. 

11. MONEY GOOD - Produced by Amadeus for Platinum Boy Music.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Introducing Dr. Dre's New Compton Crew | The Funked Up Experimental Soul Sounds of Anderson .Paak


Anderson .Paak - Venice (2014)
Purchase at Itunes 

  
We aren't going out on much of a limb stating the Dr. Dre's new album Compton: A Soundtrack is dope as AF. Two things strike us as interesting about the album though. 

First, although traces of the Dre signature west coast G Funk sound can be found, this album is strikingly experimental in the production and song writing. We are forced to speculate whether the boundary pushing Kendrick Lamar has something to do with this. Needless to say, the album is sonically and thematically pleasing.

Second, other than the three KDot joints, Compton is stunningly absent the blockbuster names and usual suspects. Sure, Snoop, Cube, Em, and X to tha Z get some shine on a few tracks but nothing like the the power contributions on the Chronic 1 & 2. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Thoughts on Being White | Ferguson A Year Later: A Look Back and a Hope Forward

Picture credit: Okayplayer.com

One year ago, the murder of Michael Brown set off a wave of political, social, and racial consciousness and protest that our generation has never witnessed. 




Despite the overwhelming state-sponsored violence against black, latino, and native Americans that has has been captured via social media, white Americans are still hiding behind the rhetorics of color-blindness, post-racial America, victim blaming, and self-willed ignorance.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

San Diego Street Conscious Hip Hop | Reclaim The Community Mixtape (Ft. Tiny Doo)


"This CD is really just a reflection of movements that are currently happening all over the U.S.," Edison says. "The street rappers and hip-hop artists are the voice of those people. It's the natural outcome of that larger desire for self-determination that you'll see all through southeast San Diego." 

Most of the artists featured on the album are native to southeast San Diego, and those that aren't still have close ties to the southeast community. But regardless of ZIP code, Edison says that the message of the compilation is bigger than the district. - SD CityBeat


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Christian's Confusion | Idolatry and White Privilege: The White Evangelical Church in America


"Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder." James 2:18-19


Facebook post made after announcement
Ferguson grand jury verdict

The responsibility to end racial oppression resides in white hearts, minds, actions, language, and institutions. 

The American institution with the most power to oppress that also has the most power to reshape white hearts, minds, actions, language, and institutions is the white Christian church. 

I am always encouraged by those white American evangelicals that, showing their faith by their deeds, call attention to the reality of white privilege and the continuing significance of and damage caused by racism.




Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

That Real Hip Hop | STS x RJD2


Check out the new project from hip hop super producer RJD2 and Philly's money making jam boy STS.

Purchase Here


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Music Musts | Rapper Big Pooh x Apollo Brown - Words Paint Pictures

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cincinnati Hip Hop | The Innovative Sounds of Buggs tha Rocka & Cincinnati's Black Music Legacy


Last December, Buggs tha Rocka released Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet. After spinning the album for a good three months, the WUW? crew is convinced that Buggs is the next to blow. With mainstream accessibility and underground creativity, Buggs is driving in the same lane as K Dot, Lupe, and J. Cole. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Resurgence of Politically Driven Hip Hop | Raz Simone - Macklemore Privilege & Chief On Keef Violence Mixtape

We had no clue what to expect when Big Joe The Typist (the WhatUpWally? west coast music scout) sent a link to Raz Simone's new mixtape Macklemore Privilege & Chief On Keef Violence. This new project by Raz Simone represents the resurgence of politically driven hip hop.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rappers You Need to Know | Fashawn - The Ecology


Fashawn, one of the WUW? crew's favorite new school MCs, is back with his sophomore album The Ecology, executive produced by Nasir Jones. 

The Ecology features Aloe Blacc, Nas, Busta Rhymes, and BJ the Chicago Kid and production from Exile, DJ Khalil, and Alchemist.

Album drops February 24th but you can preview the some of the dopeness here or head over to DJBooth to stream the full album.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Atlanta Post-Rap ElectroDanceFunk | Go Dreamer - Friend Zone LP


A strange cross between Andre3K, Prince, and Pharell mixed with some new waveyness. Needless to say, the shit is dope and you should listen. 




If you like what you hear, be sure to check out Go Dreamer's hip hop group Hollyweerd (Go Dreamer, The Love Crusader, Stago Lee, and a pre-Taylor Gang Tuki Carter).



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WhatUpWally?

Download Now | Cyhi The Prince - BHP2: N.A.A.C.P. Mixtape

Aloe Blaccstreet - No Diggity (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)



Aloe Blaccstreet - “No Diggity” by ticoss

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cincinnati Hip Hop | Scribbling Idiots - Move Out

For the Hip Hop Heads | Jay-Z - Pre-Reasonable Doubt Demo Tape (Circa 1994)



You may want to download this one sooner than later since it appears the major labels are still afraid of the internets - it has already been taken down from a number of sites. 


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Supposedly (obtaining our truth from the internet), this tape showcases young Jigga spitting hot fire (Dylan Voice) in 1994, a few years before the release of his seminal Reasonable Doubt debut album. 


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Friday, January 9, 2015

Alternative Rhythm & Jazz | Coultrain - Side Effex Of Make​-​Believe; divided for love's sake


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cincinnati Hip Hop | Tanya Morgan - 12 Minutes At Karriem's (Free Download)