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Editor-In-Chief - Justin Ivey is the Editor-In-Chief at KevinNottingham.com 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, DJBooth.net, SoulCulture and The Well Versed and is currently a contributor at TheBoombox.com, Knockout Nation and DIG Baton Rouge.

Willie Green: A Suite For Souled People EP

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Brooklyn producer Willie Green teamed up with emcees Billy Woods, Curly Castro and Elucid to create this three track EP titled A Suite For Souled People. I feel like Willie did a great job explaining the inspiration and story behind this project, so I’ll let him speak for himself. The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri (as well as Staten Island, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Los Angeles)  have lifted a veil of comfortable ignorance across this country.  The murder of Michael Brown, resultant cover  up and egregious treatment of protesters has shown that the perception of Black people in America has  changed little since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s.  Americans live in a country where the  oppressed are dehumanized and told to be quiet and gracious about their anger; and where the oppressors  are harbored by our government and rewarded by our peers.  Where the media warps facts to prove agendas  against citizens and digital voices rush to play devil’s advocate to conceal their own bias.  These are  terrifying statements and not exaggerations.  I’m no revolutionary.  But I am someone who wants to look his  children in the eyes and say when his country showed its worst, he did something. Trackist & link/stream are below. A Suite For Souled People by Willie Green Read More »

CientifiQ: The Science [Music Video]

The homie MOS of Crew54 sent over a new music video he directed, this one for Texas emcee CientifiQ’s single “The Science” produced by Tony Emeraldz. The track appears on Tony Emeraldz’s recently released Gem Brown album, which you can cop now via Bandcamp. Read More »

Rasheed Chappell: Franchise [prod by Kenny Dope]

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Rasheed Chappell and Kenny Dope are back! It’s been 3 years since we last heard these two together with the release of their outstanding Future Before Nostalgia album, but the duo is ready to make an impact once again. Rasheed & Kenny have unveiled “Franchise” as the first single off their upcoming album Brick & Mortar and it’s sure to raise your anticipation for the new LP. Read More »

Your Old Droog: Secondhand Gunsmoke [prod by J-Zone & Sacha Jenkins]

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It took a live show at Webster Hall in New York for the final conspiracy theorists to realize Your Old Droog is not Nas. Now that all doubt has been removed though, Droog is faced with the new question of whether that level of attention can continue without the intrigue. There’s no denying his hype skyrocketed simply due to the “Is this Nas?” talk. For what it’s worth, Droog is still dropping heat as he does on this new cut called “Secondhand Gunsmoke” produced by J-Zone & Sacha Jenkins. He even addresses the accusations of biting here too. Check it out. Read More »

Rest In Peace Praverb The Wyse

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This is incredibly sad and difficult news to inform our readers of today (September 17th) as Patrick McNease aka Praverb The Wyse has passed away. Patrick’s wife Vanessa announced the news via Facebook this afternoon, but there’s no word of the cause of death at this time. Patrick was not only an artist, but a true ambassador for Hip Hop. He was extremely dedicated to helping independent artists and willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked. He routinely shared incredible advice for anyone using the DIY approach. We here at KN were blessed to know Patrick for essentially as long as this website has existed. He was a longtime supporter and recently a contributor with his Ask Praverb series. This news has rocked the KN staff and so many in the Hip Hop community who knew Patrick. Simply put, he was a great man and a friend to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Vanessa and his son Matthew during this extremely difficult time. A Go Fund Me page has been set up by Hip Hop DX’s Mike Trampe to helped Patrick’s family with the funeral costs. Please donate if you can. Rest In Peace Praverb The Wyse. Read More »

Dude With No Name: Other

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As I continue my Baton Rouge kick, I’ve got to spotlight another quality release from my city courtesy of emcee Dude With No Name. His album titled Other is available for free via Bandcamp and is produced entirely by A.D.D. Beats, who we’ve featured here on KN before. Both Dude and A.D.D. really stepped their game up on this LP and I feel it’s their best work to date. If these two artists are unknown to you, Other is a perfect place to start as it’s a very unique yet cohesive record. Tracklist and link/stream are below. Other. by Dude with No Name Read More »

James Jackson: Baton Rouge – Another Side

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James Jackson is one of the most talented emcees in Baton Rouge right now. I’ve praised Jackson’s skill before when I named his Work In Progress as one of the top EP’s of 2013. Jackson recently dropped his first full length album titled Baton Rouge: Another Side and you can grab it for free right now via Bandcamp. This project is not as well-rounded as Work In Progress (which I highly recommend you track down), yet it’s another sign that big things are ahead for James Jackson. There’s some misfires early on, but things really pick up midway through the album and finish strong. Tracklist & link/stream are below. Baton Rouge: Another Side by James Jackson Read More »

IL Duce: Ten Success Commandments [Music Video]

IL Duce puts a new spin on Biggie’s classic track “Ten Crack Commandments” with his version “Ten Success Commandments.” The Baton Rouge emcee breaks down his ten keys to success in this creative twist on the Notorious B.I.G. song along with an accompanying video. Read More »

The Wave (fka K. Gates): Million Dollar Day [Album Stream]

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New Orleans emcee The Wave (formerly known as K. Gates) recently released his new album Million Dollar Day and has made the entire LP available to stream for your listening pleasure. The project features 14 tracks with guest appearances by the likes of Max B, Donkey of Bad Azz Ent and Keith Jacobs. Stream the album below and if you like what you hear, cop the full LP on iTunes for just $6.99. Read More »

2014 A3C Festival: Official Lineup (A-Z) and Venues

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If you’re a Hip Hop head, you’ve got to be excited for the upcoming A3C Hip Hop Festival. The Atlanta-based event is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has put together quite the lineup for this year’s edition. In the above graphic, you can see all the venues in ATL that’ll be hosting A3C-related shows and festivities. Below, you can check out the massive lineup for A3C in alphabetical order (and more artists are still expected to be announced). October 8th to 12th will be Hip Hop paradise, so make sure you’re in Atlanta and don’t miss it! Read More »

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#AskPraverb Volume 3: Advice For Independent Artists
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Willie Green: A Suite For Souled People EP
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Rasheed Chappell: Franchise [prod by Kenny Dope]
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Your Old Droog: Secondhand Gunsmoke [prod by J-Zone & Sacha Jenkins]
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Statik Selektah: What Goes Around [Album Review]
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Has-Lo & Castle: Live Like You’re Dead [Album Review]
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CientifiQ: The Science [Music Video]
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Rest In Peace Praverb The Wyse
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2014 A3C Festival: Official Lineup (A-Z) and Venues
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The Combat Jack Show With John Forte
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