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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.

Tha Voice: Anyone (feat James Jackson & Lil’ One The Champ) [Music Video]

Let’s take a trip to my home of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you’re heard of Dead Game Records, it’s probably due to the label being the former home of Kevin Gates. As you might expect, his departure led to a lot of their buzz quieting down and the split was far from amicable. Recently though, Dead Game made the very smart decision of signing Lil’ One The Champ (who we’ve featured on KN many times before). CEO Travis Johnson, who will NEVER be mistaken for a studio gangster, has also entered his hat into the game under the moniker Tha Voice. I guess you could call “Anyone” Dead Game’s reintroduction to the rap world as it’s essentially a response to Gates’ “Get Up On My Level.” The single, which originally appeared on Lil’ One’s Late Nights Early Mornings tape, also features another great talent from BR in James Jackson. While Tha Voice is far from technically sound, he’s got the orating style of a J. Prince to make up for it. James Jackson and Lil’ One The Champ, two of the most gifted emcees in Baton Rouge, do to the heavy lifting here and make this song a memorable anthem. Look out for more from Lil’ One The Champ and Dead Game as he prepares to release his debut album Loyalty: We All We Got. Read More »

Skipp Coon: Assata Taught Me (pg 181)


Skipp Coon has never been one to flood the market with music, which is why it’s so impactful when he does drop a new track or project. The Jackson emcee’s latest offering is a powerful song titled “Assata Taught Me (pg 181)” produced Taj Seifu. If this is your introduction to Skipp, you won’t be disappointed. Read More »

STS: Why Can’t I Say It [Music Video]

STS aka Sugar Tongue Slim examines an issue Hip Hop rarely addresses – white fans and their use of the n-word. The discussion is particularly appropriate as Chuck D referenced this occurrence recently on The Combat Jack Show when discussing his issues with Hot 97′s Summer Jam. “Why Can’t I Say It’ sees STS employ an anecdote from a white fan to discuss the reasoning behind why some white listeners feel comfortable using the word and whether it’s ever appropriate to do so. It’s a poignant and creative track (with an equally ingenious music video) that appears on Slim’s recently released We Can Talk Politics & World Affairs, which you can grab for just $1 on Bandcamp. Read More »

Locksmith: Imperfect (feat Jarell Perry) [Music Video]

Locksmith may have crafted a music video for just about every track on his latest album A Thousand Cuts by now. This time around the Bay Area emcee gives the visual treatment to his tale about relationship struggles, “Imperfect” featuring Jarell Perry. If you haven’t already, cop Lock’s excellent album A Thousand Cuts right now on iTunes. Read More »

A3C Announces First Artists For 2014 Festival


A3C has announced the first round of artists for the 2014 edition of the festival and it’s quite impressive. The 10th anniversary of the A3C Hip Hop Festival will take place October 8-12 and features some heavy hitters including: Black Thought w/ J. Period The LOX (Jadakiss, Styles P & Sheek Louch) Scarface Mystikal & Juvenile Sean Price Buckshot Smif-N-Wessun Jarren Benton Cyhi The Prynce Project Pat Prince Paul Masta Ace Cormega Da Beatminerz The festival has also confirmed the 2nd annual Best Block Party Ever presented by Okayplayer to close out the festivities on October 12th. The Duck Down BBQ will also makes its way from Brooklyn down to Atlanta. A3C truly is one of the best experiences for a Hip Hop fan, so be there if you can! Passes can be purchased now at the official A3C site. Read More »

Dilated Peoples: Show Me The Way (feat Aloe Blacc) [prod by Jake One]


We’re just a month away from the release of Dilated Peoples’ long awaited album Directors Of Photography and the anticipation is rising. Evidence, Rakaa & DJ Babu offer up a second single from the upcoming LP in the form of “Show Me The Way” premiered by Noisey. The Jake One produced track featuring Aloe Blacc should only add to the excitement surrounding the impending release of Directors Of Photography. Dilated’s new album arrives August 12th on Rhymesayers and can be pre-ordered now via Fifth Element, iTunes & Amazon. Read More »

Gene The Southern Child & Parallel Thought: Southern Meridian


Gene The Southern Child & Parallel Thought are no strangers to KN readers, but it appears they’ve caught the attention of the folks over at Adult Swim. The late night TV favorite has been longtime supporters of Hip Hop and released projects under the Williams Streets Records banner with the likes of Run The Jewels and Witchdoctor of the Dungeon Family. We can now add Gene The Southern Child & Parallel Thought as the Alabama emcee and production crew from New Jersey linked up Adult Swim for the release of their new album Southern Meridian.  The second full-length project Parallel Thought has produced for Gene The Southern Child can be downloaded for free, but a limited edition vinyl is available now for pre-order as well. Tracklist & link/stream are below. Southern Meridian by Gene The Southern Child Read More »

Diamond D: The Diam Piece (Tracklist & Release Date)


Legendary producer & D.I.T.C. member Diamond D has unveiled the release date and official tracklisting for his much anticipated album Diam Piece. The LP will be released on August 26th and features an all-star lineup of Hip Hop’s finest. Diamond D put together an impressive list of guests which includes such names as Pharoahe Monch, Pete Rock, The Pharcyde, Elzhi, Masta Ace, Evidence, The Alchemist & Kurupt. Check out the full tracklist & credits below to see all the great artists involved on this project. Read More »

Scarface: The Exit Plan (feat Akon)


Scarface asked fans via Twitter if they’d like to hear a new song from his upcoming album and was met with a resounding “YES!” The Geto Boys legend delivers just that with “The Exit Plan” featuring Akon (Remember him?) and it’s damn good. Look out for Scarface’s much anticipated Deeply Rooted LP to drop later this year. Read More »

Don Flamingo (aka The Show): Bloody Roses (Presented by Mannie Fresh)


Lately I’ve been circling back to some releases from earlier in the year that I haven’t got a proper chance to listen and one of those is Don Flamingo’s Bloody Roses. That name might not sound familiar, but it’s actually the new alias of Mannie Fresh protégé and Rap Pack member The Show. Bloody Roses is the New Orleans emcee’s latest project and it may very well be his best yet. I’m still not sold on the new moniker, but I’m all for it if this is the level of high quality music Show will be dropping under this new name. Don’t just take my word for it though, check it out ASAP. Tracklist & link/stream are below. Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Powered by Read More »