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18 2014 Dec
By Zach
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Kevin Abstract – Bubblegum (feat. Dom McLennon) [prod. Bear//Face & Romil] / IWB (feat. Matt Champion) [prod. Romil & Kiko Merley]

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On Tuesday night, Kevin Abstract dropped some new music. So what? A lot of artists drop new music everyday. What makes Abstract’s new release so special? Well, for starters, the music from Abstract and his AliveSinceForever family has been on a level above most other artists over the course of the last couple years (but especially in 2014). And the double release of “Bubblegum” and “IWB” (a.k.a. “Internet Weird Boy”) continues to showcase the talent that exists within ASF, from the emcees to the producers to the people in charge of artwork and creative direction.

Once again, we get something different, something original, and something that, in my opinion, really demonstrates the constant artistic growth of the ASF collective. They’re always trying something new – even after they find a sound that works (see MTV1987) they continue to push their own boundaries and limits. As a result, each and every release from ASF reveals a more finely tuned and, simply put, better product than their previous efforts. MTV1987 should be on everyone’s “End of the Year” lists but the artists responsible for that project have already moved on to something new and something even more exciting. The apparent inability to ever be completely satisfied with their work, and a desire to continue to be innovative and original, has resulted in some of the year’s best releases. “Bubblegum / IWB” exemplifies the creative genius that flows throughout the entire ASF collective.

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18 2014 Dec
By Zach
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Kyle Rapps & Hefna Gwap – Searchin’ (feat. Aaron Cohen) [prod. Fudge] (Video)

Kyle Rapps & Hefna Gwap – Searchin’ (feat. Aaron Cohen) [prod. Fudge] (Video)

Very cool visuals from Kyle Rapps and Hefna Gwap for the Aaron Cohen-featured “Searchin'”. Viewers get a personal narrative from each emcee – about their upbringing, fears, and individuality – before the beat comes back in and they lace the Fudge-produced instrumental with their respective verse. The track lives on Rapps’ and Gwap’s European Tic Tacs collab project that dropped in October.

“Searchin'” shows us that in a time when the Internet has become the stomping ground for artists to exhibit their talent, your own community is still important.

Don’t forget that Aaron Cohen and ABGOHARD will be in Hartford, CT this Saturday, December 20th to headline the 2014 StraightFresh.net Showcase. For more information on Saturday’s #SFDotNet Showcase, including the full lineup, head here.

Check out the video below.

  

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18 2014 Dec
By Zach
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Sam Lachow – 80 Bars (Part 5) (Video)

Sam Lachow – 80 Bars (Part 5) (Video)

Last month, Sam Lachow dropped off the “80 Bars (Part 3)” visuals and days later followed up that with the release of the 80 Bars EPwhich featured the first three installments and the previously unheard “Part 4″ and “Part 5″. Now we get the official visuals for “80 Bars (Part 5)”, shot by Connor Jalbert. Don’t expect to see any video for “Part 4″, as Lachow has gone on record stating he doesn’t like that one enough to shoot a video for it. Huckleberry is available now.

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18 2014 Dec
By Peter
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Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Tiesto Remix)

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I’m not sure why but I really despise Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” single to the point where I can’t even listen to more than 30 seconds at a time. Lucky for me (and us really), this excellent sounding mix by Tiesto makes the track much more enjoyable. Tijs has been playing this track live for a couple months now and has now dropped off the official audio to celebrate his 19 million Facebook fans.

Listen to the track below.

  

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18 2014 Dec
By Peter
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Rick Ross on Good Morning America (Video)

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Rick Ross brought his candid charm to the Good Morning America show where he spoke on his recent weight loss, the #RossFit regimen, what motivated him to change his lifestyle & more.

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18 2014 Dec
By Peter
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N.O.R.E. – King Pins (feat. Sanogram)

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Noreaga will be joining in on the holiday festivities this Christmas with the release of his new album DRINKS, which is inspired by Boardwalk Empire and will be put out by Thugged Out Militainment.

Listen to the track below.

  

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