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Editor-In-Chief - Justin Ivey is the Editor-In-Chief at and has been with the site since 2009, when he began working as a summer intern. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Justin is a graduate of Louisiana State University. He has previously written for such outlets as Complex,, SoulCulture and The Well Versed and is currently a contributor at, Knockout Nation and DIG Baton Rouge.

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass Announce Blasphemy Collaboration Album


Mello Music Group just unveiled some huge news in the wee hours of the morning as Apollo Brown will be teaming up with veteran West Coast emcee Ras Kass for a collaboration album titled Blasphemy. This continues Apollo’s trend of emcee/producer collaborations as he’s done in the past with the likes of Guilty Simpson, O.C. & Boog Brown. It will surely be interesting to see how Ras Kass’ intense rhymes and vicious flow mesh with Apollo’s soulful beats. Blasphemy, which is scheduled to drop October 28th, can be pre-ordered now on iTunes and Mello Music Group’s store. And make sure you check out the full tracklist below as an impressive lineup of guests will be appearing on the project too. Tracklist: 01. Next Caller 02. How To Kill God 03. H2O (feat. Pharoahe Monch & Rakaa Iriscience) 04. Please Don’t Let Me 05. Strawberry 06. Giraffe Pussy (feat. Royce The 5’9″, Xzibit & Bishop Lamont) 07. Roses (feat. 4Rax) 08. Deliver Us From Evil 09. Too Much of a Good Thing (feat. Larina) 10. Animal Sacrifice 11. Humble Pi 12. 48 Laws Pt. 1 13. Francine 14. Drink Irish (feat. Slaine, Sick Jacken & Sean Price) 15. Bon Voyage Read More »

Kid Vishis Discusses Debut Album, Sibling Bond with Royce Da 5’9″ and Detroit’s Scene

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Coming into the game as the younger sibling of a successful rapper can often be tricky. Just ask Jungle or 9th Prince. Constantly being faced with comparisons and repetitive questions about your brother’s work and your current relationship can be frustrating. It requires somebody with a lot of confidence to prevent the seeds of doubt from being planted by naysaying onlookers. Kid Vishis, younger brother of Royce Da 5’9”, has been prepared for the critics for a long time. The Detroit native recently released his debut album Timing is Everything and we caught up Kid Vishis to find out whether he worries about being in his brother’s shadow and what he see’s for the future of Detroit Hip Hop.  So your album dropped today; congratulations! How does it feel? Oh man, I feel on top of the world right now man. It’s amazing because I’m get a lot of different looks. Looks from pretty big websites and names and things like that so everything is just like on the up right now. Some people say it takes your whole life to make your first album. What were you trying to say on this project? It is what it is man. It takes the time that it takes for people to feel like they’re ready to do an album. My whole focus wasn’t even making albums or songs, my focus at first was just kicking people’s ass on verses. If I do a feature with them or stuff like that. I ... Read More »

Devine Carama: Nicest MC You Never Heard About [prod by Starks]


Devine Carama is here to let you know he’s the “Nicest MC You Never Heard About” on this new single produced by Starks. This track is will appear on the Kentucky native’s new album Believing In Forever, which is coming soon. Read More »

Jasiri X: 212° + Thoughts on Ferguson


I hope our KN readers have been following the situation going on in Ferguson, Missouri this past week following the tragic death of Michael Brown. As a music site/blog/whatever you may call us, it’s not really our “line of work” to cover this type of story and Confusion of Pigeons & Planes recently wrote a great article about what exactly our role is. One of the small things we can do is share a song like this with you, from an artist like Jasiri X that we respect so much. Jasiri has always been outspoken against injustice and it’s no different this time. Here’s what he had to say about “212°” and he felt compelled to make this record. I never really wanted the role of Hip-Hop artist that speaks when something tragic happens in our community, but I guess it is what it is. I got so many calls, tweets, and texts from folks asking me to say something, so here it is. It’s raw and angry because that’s how I feel about more Black death unjustly at the hands of the police. For Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Ezell Ford, I hope your lives are not in vain, and God brings your families peace. For my community, this won’t stop until we stop it, and the first step is unity. I called this song 212 degrees because that’s the boiling point. The lid is about to blow off this whole masquerade. And to add to that, I want to help in whatever small ... Read More »

Railroad Underground Hip Hop Podcast (Presented by KN & BR Hip Hop Project)

railroad_underground and the BR Hip Hop Project are entering the podcast game. It’s a crowded world, but we felt our point of view would be a valuable addition the conversation. Baton Rouge rapper Marcel P. Black, radio host Matt Bruce and myself are proud to bring to you the Railroad Underground Hip Hop Podcast. In our debut, two-part episode we get into a lot of pressing issues surrounding Hip Hop today. Among the topics discussed are how independent artists deal with monetizing their work in the digital age, the Chuck D/Peter Rosenberg debate, Iggy Azalea and the possible whitewashing of Hip Hop, the current state of rap journalism, being a “Hip Hop head” today and much more. You can stream part one and two below or subscribe right now via iTunes. And if you would like to see your music featured on future episodes, send your submissions to Thanks for listening! Read More »

Thee Tom Hardy: The Reason Y [prod by Brad Brown]


Now here’s a pleasant surprise. After not releasing much material the past few years, Thee Tom Hardy is back with dope new track called “The Reason Y” produced by Brad Brown. The first verse in particular addresses some of the reasons why we haven’t heard much from Tom as well as announcing that he’s officially back.  This song will be featured on the Durham emcee’s project Another Guerrilla Broadcast which has no set release date at this time Read More »

Blu & MED’s Bad Neighbor Tour [New Orleans Ticket Giveaway]

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Blu & MED’s Bad Neighbor Tour kicked off last week and we’ve got a special opportunity for those able to attend the upcoming show in New Orleans, LA on August 10th. has teamed up with The Soundclash to offer our readers a free pair of tickets to the event taking place this Sunday at the Hi-Ho Lounge. This show will be Blu’s first ever in New Orleans and KN is offering you the chance to see this great event for free! All you have to do is send an email to with the subject line “Blu in New Orleans” and let us know what your favorite Blu song is. The winner will be chosen at random following the deadline, this Friday (August 8th) at 3pm CST. Good luck! Read More »

Chuck D: Give We The Pride (feat Mavis Staples) [Music Video]

The one and only Chuck D has teamed up with legendary singer Mavis Staples for a powerful single called “Give We The Pride” produced by our friends at Divided Souls Ent and DJ Pain 1. The accompanying video is pretty straightforward, emphasizing the gravity of the Public Enemy emcee’s words and Ms. Staples’ thunderous vocals. This single is featured on the Chuck D’s brand new album The Black In Man, which you can cop right now on iTunes. Read More »

THURZ: Perfect Words


THURZ recently dropped his new single “Perfect Woods” featuring an atmospheric vibe enhanced by Kelsey Bulkin’s vocals and the production of Rahki. The song will appear on the Los Angeles emcee’s an EP version of his long awaited Blood On The Canvas, which now has a confirmed release date of September 9th. Read More »

T.H.E.M: The Calm Before The Storm EPK

T.H.E.M. aka The Houston Elite MC’s have been a collective for a years now, but now they’re preparing to release their first official album as a group. The Calm Before The Storm EPK gives a preview of what’s to come from the collective comprised of Hollywood FLOSS, hasHBrown aka Jett I Masstyr, Rob Jay, Dustin-Prestige, John Dew, Kidd The Great, E. Wood The K.I.D, Thurogood Wordsmith, Nya & Phonix. T.H.E.M’s debut album, titled Nonpareli, is due out this fall/winter. Read More »

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