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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.

Vandalyzm: For @ChiLanta_180

Vandalyzm keeps the momentum going on his Thank You Tuesdays series with a track for @ChiLanta_180. Here’s a little backstory from the St. Louis emcee on how this one came together: Whaddup yo! This joint this week is for my Chicago/Atlanta homie @ChiLanta_180. Someone who Ive grown to know over the years. A very dope human, and a huge supporter ... Read More »

Slimm Calhoun (of Dungeon Family): No Problem [KN Exclusive]


Today, we here at KN are proud to premiere the new single and music video from Slimm Calhoun of the legendary Dungeon Family. The Pro-Ked produced “No Problem” sees the 2nd generation Dungeon Fam member in a boastful mood, looking down at those posing no threat to him in the game. You can check out the dope visuals, directed by Jae Synth, ... Read More »

Open Thought Surgery: Shyne, Game and a Kendrick Lamar LP

As you are well aware of, Kendrick Lamar’s album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City dropped last week and it has dominated the conversations in the “rap internet” world. This comes as no shock since it was one of the most highly anticipated LP’s of the year. As we have become accustomed to, the opinions were rampant before the album even hit stores. ... Read More »

Reverbnation Artist of the Week: Mike Ro – Swish

As we close out the first edition of our Reverbnation Artist of the Week feature, I thought it would be best to highlight a particularly slept on track by Mike Ro. “Swish” is a song the Houston emcee released a few months ago that wasn’t meant for any specific project and unfortunately got overlooked. This one certainly wasn’t passed up because ... Read More »

Dee-1: You Stupid Fool [Music Video]

The homie Dee-1 unveils some visuals for his single “You Stupid Fool” which takes some of the various things plaguing our Hip Hop culture to task. The DJ Scrim produced cut appears on the New Orleans emcee’s The Focus Tape, which dropped earlier this month and is hosted by the legendary Mannie Fresh. You can catch Dee-1 in a city near you ... Read More »

DaVinci: Nothin’ Finna Stop Me [prod by Block Beattaz]

DaVinci teaming up with the Block Beattaz on a track is a winning combination. The Bay Area emcee enlists the help of the architects of Slow Motion Soundz for his latest single “Nothin’ Finna Stop Me” off the upcoming MOEna Lisa LP. DaVinci’s much anticipated project is scheduled to drop on November 6th and will feature guest appearances by artists such ... Read More »

Reverbnation Artist of the Week: Mike Ro – Wings [prod by Mr. Inkredible]

We’ve showcased a variety of music from Mike Ro’s discography as part of our Reverbnation Artist of the Week feature, but this time we revisit his debut album Dirty Jobs. The Mr. Inkredible produced “Wings” is a personal favorite of mine off the Houston emcee’s 2011 LP, which you can purchase now on iTunes. Read More »

ST 2 Lettaz: Molotov Cocktail [prod by Tommy Kruise]

ST 2 Lettaz is staying busy on his solo grind, this time rhyming over a hard-hitting instrumental on “Molotov Cocktail” produced by Montreal beatmaker Tommy Kruise. If for some reason you haven’t already, make sure you download the Huntsville emcee’s R.E.B.E.L. EP which dropped last month. Read More »

Vandalyzm: For Amir

Vandalyzm lights up some lyrical fireworks on his new track “For Amir” as delayed second edition of his Thank You Tuesdays series. Here’s what Van had to say about this joint: This joint I did for my homie Amir. One of the first cats to ever just believe in what I do. Flat out. We’ve never met a day in our ... Read More »

Playdough: Writer Dye – Deux or Die

Playdough of the Deepspace5 collective drops his brand new album Writer Dye: Deux Or Die and it’s absolutely free. The Dallas emcee’s project is a reimagination of iconic songs from various genres with the help of artists such as Oh No, Von Pea, Theory Hazit & Copywrite. Here’s some more info on the album from Playdough: Writer Dye is a ... Read More »

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