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Media Editor - Carsten, a self-proclaimed music snob, has been riding with KN since 2007. When the German based editor is not going through the jungle of our inbox to present you nothing but the hottest shit in Hip Hop, he is studying Marketing and Communications. Show some love!

Phonetic: Church In Session (feat. Madchild) [prod. by Alkota]

Producer Alkota teamed up with Swollen Members front man Madchild and Alaska’s insanely talented Phonetic to release the first single from the album Crude Awakening a supplement to the 3rd issue of Alaska’s very own Crude Magazine. Think of Crude Magazine, as the VICE of the North. The 3rd issue ‘Arrogant Minds’ documents the grimy and often unknown Hip-Hop movement out of Alaska. Read More »

The Black Opera: Black Nirvana [Music Video]

Here goes the newest set of visuals from The Black Opera for their song “Black Nirvana”. Mello Music director Jay Brown and special FX man Paul Mihailoff bring the militant mystics to life in this the final MMG video of 2014. Read More »

JSWISS: Just Living [Prod. by AltAir]

JSWISS is back with this new laid back cut, produced by No9to5 Music producer AltAir. The cut will appear on his upcoming EP ALLCAPSNOSPACES, dropping January 13 via Soulspazm Records. Fans can get an instant download of the track when they pre-order the project on iTunes. Read More »

Latrell James: The Button [Music Video]

About to press the button… Let’s welcome Latrell James and his video release for “The Button” to KNdotcom. The self-produced track is a reflective record as Latrell paints a picture of the environment he grew up in and the accompanying music video (directed by Jose Rodriguez) sets the scene for the narrative that takes place. The black-and-white visuals for “The Button” are just a glimpse of what to expect from Twelve, which is set to come out in the early half of 2015. Read More »

JR & PH7 x Chuuwee: Meanwhile off Mack [Music Video]

As much as we primarily focus on Hip-Hop’s East and West Coasts, and the prime locations in-between, 2014 has broken down its geographical barriers arguably more than any year prior. The global reach of the culture continues to expand and strengthen. Connecting the bustling streets of Sacremento’s own, Chuuwee, with the soulful sounds of German producers JR & PH7, “Meanwhile Off Mack” is sure to satisfy the palate of HIp-Hop connoisseur’s worldwide. Knowing JR & PH7’s extensive catalogue and collaborations that include everyone from Sean Price and Skyzoo, to Saigon and Ras Kass, they’re out to prove themselves to new listeners. “Meanwhile off Mack” is the debut single taken from JR & PH7 x Chuuwee’s collaborative full length release, The South Sac Mack, which is set to drop sometime early next year, via Below System Records. Read More »

Tokyo Cigar: Private Revolution [Music Video]

It’s about to go down. Tokyo Cigar hit me up with his latest video release “Private Revolution”. The track is now available on iTunes. Tokyo Cigar’s The Megaman Theory Part 3: Private Revolution is dropping soon. For now, check the set of visuals above. Read More »

Pusha T: Lunch Money [Music Video]

Eghck… Pusha T drops the video for his Kanye West-produced single “Lunch Money”. Be on the lookout for King Push dropping next year. Read More »

Audio Push: Quick Fast (feat. Wale) [Lyric Video]

The Audio Push duo comes through to promote their latest single “Quick Fast” with the matching lyric video. Read More »

Topiq The Smooth Prophet: Holy Are Your Names (feat. Will Wildfire) [prod. by AltAir]

Topiq The Smooth Prophet drops a free loosie titled “Holy Are Your Names”. Official description and stream below. This track fits the mood of civil unrest in America. On this track I wanted to bring a full circle to the way a war works. Holy Are Your Names is titled to give power all through divine purpose and good will. The artwork is uses the title to speak through the voice of Rodney King while he sees the images. Read More »

D’Angelo x The Vanguard: “Sugah Daddy” + Album Out Now!

Welcome back… Not only did D’Angelo set the internet on fire when he announced Black Messiah, his first album in 14 years, he is also giving us a stream of the studio version of “Sugah Daddy”, a track he played live for quite some time now. Black Messiah which is pretty much R&B’s Detox, is expected to drop next tuesday. For now, enjoy the funky tune below. UPDATE: The album has dropped at midnight and can be purchased via iTunes now. Read More »

Top 10 Albums of 2014
Top 10 Mixtapes/Free Albums of 2014
Top 10 Slept-On Albums of 2014
Top 10 EPs of 2014
Albums / Mixtapes Instrumentals New Singles Sponsored Releases
Ben Boogz (of 2 Hungry Bros): Soleil (feat. DJ M-Tri)
MarQ Spekt & Blockhead: Devil’s Island Storyteller (feat. Sadat X)
RIZSELFMADE: Dat Made Life
Hassaan Mackey & Kev Brown: That Grit [EP Review]
Big K.R.I.T: Cadillactica [Album Review]
Black Milk: If There’s A Hell Below [Album Review]
Stalley: Ohio [Album Review]
Ras Kass Talks Blasphemy LP, Working with Apollo Brown and Longevity in Rap
D.S. Interview At 90.5 FM [Video]
Artist Spotlight: RF3RD
Otis Brown III Talks The Thought of You, Jazz & Hip Hop’s Symbiosis and Donald Byrd
RIZSELFMADE: Dat Made Life
Lazarus: Open Heart Surgery (feat. Bizarre of D12)
Clay James: Kool Water Intro (Music Video)
Git x 1Mt: Lifestyle of an Artist
Microphone Check 1-2, 1-2
Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 8: 2014 Wrap Up (feat Von Pea)
Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 7: The Fun of Feminism (ft. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh)
Donwill: Bad With Names Episode 6: The Honor Roll (ft. Mike Baker & Tap 10)