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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.

Punchline Announces He’s No Longer A Member of eMC


In a recent post on Facebook, Punchline announced that he is no longer a member of the eMC. Punchline had this to say, including that it was not his decision to leave the group. Sorry to inform you, but I am no longer a part of eMC. To everyone in Europe expecting to see me on stage next week and next month I will not be there nor will I be on the forthcoming album. The group decided to move forward with out me , totally not my call. Thank you for all your support thus far musically and I hope you keep supporting me moving forward. I do not like to dissapoint the fans but this is out of my control and i wish the rest of the members the best on their journey. I am currently back in the studio working on a new E.P. be on the look out for the Lower East Side Story coming soon. Minor set back for a major comeback. No one can stop me but me. This is an unexpected development as there had been no public signs of friction within eMC, who just released a new album called The Turning Point back in May. The super-group of Masta Ace Wordsworth, Stricklin’ and Punchline released their first official track together in 2006 before dropping their critically acclaimed debut The Show in 2008. By all accounts, Punchline’s longtime collaborator Wordsworth remains with eMC. We’ll keep you posted if more information on Punch’s departure is revealed. Read More »

HANiF (fka Luck-One): The Bar Exam

HANiF, formerly known as Luck-One, dropped some dope bars for Radio Raheem Online during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Check out the results in the above video as the Portland emcee kicks some knowledge. And don’t forget to download HANiF’s latest project K.O.T.N.W. II: The Curse Of The Pharaoh, which dropped back in February. Read More »

BLCTXT: The Roots [prod by King I Divine]


It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since BLCTXT released A Smart Black Boy. I definitely need the ATLien to drop a new project ASAP, but I think we’ll all gladly take a dope single too. BLCTXT gives us just that in the form of “The Roots” produced by frequent collaborator and fellow KN favorite King I Divine. You can find this track on the A3C Volume 4 compilation, which is available now on iTunes. Read More »

Pyramid Quince: The Moon Lookin Fye Tonight

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Pyramid Quince is part of the NRK collective in Atlanta, who you may know for their loose affiliation with Odd Future. Perhaps the best known member of NRK is Pyramid Vritra aka Hal Williams, who we’ve covered on the site before.  The whole crew is quite talented and Quince is a perfect example of that. The homie Kosherbeets of Supreme INK recently sent over Quince’s latest record called The Moon Lookin Fye Tonight. The free release features 10 tracks with production handled by Archibald Slim, LuiDiamonds, Stalin Majesty, Dexter Dukarus & Introspective Minds. Tracklist & link/stream are below. The Moon Lookin Fye Tonight: Live From The Disco by Pyramid Quince Read More »

You Must Learn: Episode 2 Featuring Smif-N-Wessun


The You Must Learn podcast is back and returns with a vengeance as episode 2 features the legendary Smif-N-Wessun! The Brooklyn duo delves deeply into the creation of their classic album Dah Shinin’ and is a must listen for any Hip Hop head. Tek & Steele also talk about their relationship with Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac as well as going to the same high school as Maxwell and fellow Boot Camp Clik member Sean Price. You Must Learn was produced and edited by Peter Oasis, written by Dharmic X and executive produced by Evan Auerbach.   Read More »

KeithCharles Spacebar: KEEP[COUNT] EP


KeithCharles Spacebar, who we last heard from late last year, has released a short new EP called KEEP[COUNT] as a free download. The three track EP features a bit of a shift in style from his HOWTO[COUNT] EP, but is an enjoyable (if brief) listen. Tracklist & link/stream are below. KEEP[COUNT] by KeithCharles Spacebar Read More »

Starlito: Mood Swings & Mrs. [Music Video]

I missed this one when it dropped last month, but I wanted to make sure I shared it with you guys as Starlito’s been on a hot streak for a few years now. I’m heavily anticipating is Black Sheep Don’t Grin album, scheduled to drop later this year, and the Nashville emcee gives listeners a little taste of what to expect with the slow burning “Mood Swings & Mrs.” along with this accompanying video. If you’re digging the track, you can cop it now on iTunes. Read More »

Zavey: No Mercy [Music Video]

Houston emcee Zavey unveils some visuals for the Stunt N Dozier produced cut “No Mercy” off his solo album Survival Of The Wittest. Zavey decided to the re-release the project as a free release, so you can grab it now on Live Mixtapes. Read More »

Marcel P. Black: Black Collar [prod by J Filly]


The homie Marcel P. Black offers up some heat to the world with the new single “Black Collar” produced by J Filly. I had the pleasure of hearing this one months ago and it’s a gem. The Baton Rouge by way of Ardmore emcee says this track “serves as the anthem for the everyday person in the struggle trying to take care of his/her family, at the same time trying to make a difference in the community.” Look out for Marcel’s Black Collar LP, which is scheduled to drop on November 28th. Black Collar (Single) by Marcel P. Black Read More »

Donny Goines: Psalm 51:5


Here’s a name we haven’t heard from in a minute. Donny Goines decided to step away from the industry a few years ago, but the New York emcee is back! Donny’s official return comes via this powerful single called “Psalma 51:5″ produced by & featuring J Cannon. The track will appear on his new album The Guggenrhyme, which is due out later this year. Read More »

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Recapping Statik Selektah’s Listening Session For What Goes Around
A Look Back At The Rock Steady Crew’s 37th Anniversary Celebration
#AskPraverb Volume 3: Advice For Independent Artists
Albums / Mixtapes Instrumentals New Singles Sponsored Releases
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The 1978ers (yU & Slimkat): P.O.T. EP (Acts I,II, III)
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Dilated Peoples: Directors Of Photography [Album Review]
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Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM: NehruvianDOOM [Album Review]
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P.SO The Earthtone King Talks New Album, HiPNOTT Records & Emceeing vs. Producing
Artist Spotlight: Carolina Dirty
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Retro Famous : PWL [Music Video]
Abso The Great: The What (feat D.R.U.G.) [Music Video]
Aaron Cohen: L.E.G. (Lust, Envy, Greed) [Music Video]
Nardwuar Vs. Ab-Soul
Punchline Announces He’s No Longer A Member of eMC
The Combat Jack Show With 9th Wonder [Live From A3C]
You Must Learn: Episode 2 Featuring Smif-N-Wessun