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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.

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... Read More »

7evenThirty: The Problem [Album Stream]


7evenThirty’s new album The Problem arrives today via Mello Music Group and you’ve got a chance to listen to the LP in its entirety. The album is produced entirely by Gensu Dean and features a guest spot by Sean Price on the standout single “Hook Heavy.” You can purchase the album via Bandcamp, iTunes or grab the vinyl from Mello’s store. The ... Read More »

Get To Know: Rittz

Our KN readers know that we’re big fans of Rittz, so we had to share this excellent interview he did with HotNewHipHop’s Damon Campbell.  The two really delve into the Georgia emcee’s story as Rittz discusses some of the rough times he had trying to breakthrough in the rap game. They also hit on some lighter notes like doing laundry on tour ... Read More »