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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.

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

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 »

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