30 May
Original sample sources, album tracks, interviews & rarities

You remember last year when Solid-Steel Radio did a tribute to The Beastie Boys’ timeless Paul’s Boutique album? We posted the Caught In The Middle Of A 3-Way Mix by DJ Food, Cheeba and Moneyshot (with cover illustrated by the great Food One), and it ended up being one of our favorite mixtapes of the year […]


24 May
21 questions with the Brooklyn/London/Berlin MC

You need only catch a couple lines from Thunderbird Gerard‘s debut EP T.R.O.U.B.L.E. (which we posted HERE, as well as below) to get a sense of the Brooklyn-via-London-via-Berlin emcee’s sensibilities. Hailing back from an era where rappers actually communicated, it’s not surprising Gerard has such a cosmopolitan pedigree. The debut EP is in fact allegorical, […]


7 May
New York-via-London-via-Berlin producer drops lyrical debut

I guess when you get some classic hip-hop dropped on you in a day, you should balance it off with some brand new school shit to keep the palate fresh. Here’s Thunderbird Gerard‘s T.R.O.U.B.L.E. EP made available for free download. New on the world stage, Gerard has distinguished himself via his lyrical flows and EDM-leaning […]


7 May
Early Golden Era hip-hop surfaces from God's Son himself

You know it’s a good great day when your morning dabbles through the interwebs results in free music from Nas. But not just any free music, or some throwaway new tracks that God’s Son absent mindedly flowed on to make his Lamborghini Aventador payment. No, today unearthed the discovery of early music from some say […]


4 Apr
DJ Finesse layers Biggie a capellas over Premier beats

In what would be the dream collaboration for anyone who has ever considered themselves a hip-hop head, B.I.G. Over Premier pairs acapellas from one Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, over beats produced by arguably the greatest beatsmith ever, DJ Premier. Fitting for this hypothetical New York vs. New York collaboration, the mixtape was put together by […]


2 Jan
American Gangster re-spun with classic artists from the 1970s

Esteemed hip-hop producer 9th Wonder takes Jay-Z’s 2007 album American Gangster and applies his unique touch — remixing in a bunch of musical inspiration from artists of the 1970s. As 9th Wonder produced tracks off the original album, it’s fitting that he gives it a new spin, adding in a list of great artists including […]


17 Dec
YES presents snow gear for the existentialist hip-hop fan

The chicken or the egg? What is the meaning of life? Tupac or Biggie? These are the unanswerable questions of existence that we all ponder when we have a moment of reflection, a K?an for the hip-hop enthusiast. Lucky for us YES has created their Trouble series of snowboards to help us decide who really is […]


6 Dec
The Beatles' White Album + Jay-Z’s Black Album, reboosted

The only bummer about 2004’s mashup masterpiece The Grey Album was the audio quality. Taking sliced up music from The Beatles’ peerless White Album and layering acapellas from Jay-Z’s legendary farewell (yeah right) LP The Black Album, Danger Mouse unknowingly crafted perhaps the best known oeuvre in the mashup genre. While Danger Mouse was at the time only […]