Dee-1 (@Dee1music) | “Against Us” | Produced by: Rico Beats (@RicoBeats)

Dee-1 also known as OMAR (One Man Army) has been steadily on a mission to not only become one of the best rappers to ever live, but also to bring positivity into the world. RCA recording artist, Dee-1 continues to outshine competition. In the past, some would recognize Dee-1 as one of the opening acts of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “The Heist Tour”, his past work with Hip Hop legend Murs, or possibly you’ve heard of Dee-1 as a middle school student when OMAR was a teacher. Regardless of how Dee has been heard, if you haven’t heard of him, you can check out his mission right here on his new joint “Against Us”. If this song doesn’t prove his might, check him on the BET 2014 Cypher with Logic, G-Eazy, Lil Mama, and many more.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

"We need to grow up

Every rapper talkin’ about takin somebody girl

Everything on TV oversexualized

Man I really hate this world

Black people robbing black people

Black people killin more black people

These are facts people

Looking at my own people

Wondering if they plottin

Smile so bright, heart so rotten

Pick you apart like cotton

We new slaves hanging ourselves minus the noose

Oops! I’m signed but still spitting the truth

I got to”.

- James

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  • #Dee-1 #Dee1 #OMAR #Cincinnati #Reds #LA #NewOrleans #NO #LosAngeles #AgainstUs #RCA #RCARecords #Texas #Cali #Mississippi #Florida #LSU #Louisiana #Murs #BET #BETCypher2014 #Cypher #GEazy #Logic #LilMama #Christian #ChristianRap #ChristianRapper
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Jay Eightynine (@JayEightynine) | “WeCanDoThisShitAllNight” | Directed by: QamarahTyVisuals (@QamarahTy)

As a man that is a proud advocate of beautiful women & beautiful beats, I love this video that was thrown together perfectly by

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  • #JayEightynine #HipHop #Beats #Production #Banger #Smooth #QamarahTyVisuals #BeautifulWomen #Babe
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The Faze (@TH3FAZE) | “Hendrix” | Featuring: Receiver

The Faze & Receiver linked up to put together a project titled “EP In A Day”. Yes, an EP IN A SINGLE DAY. To put together something as dope as this project is difficult, it’s even harder when you throw it all together in 24 hours. An even larger challenge than that is to rap over a rock beat but the crossgenre of rock & hip hop surely worked here. Great work y’all.

- James

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  • #TheFaze #Receiver #HipHop #Bars #Beats #Rap #Rock #Rockhop #EPinaDay #NoRules #LA #IE
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Chance The Rapper (@ChanceTheRapper) | “Smoke Again” | Ft. Ab-Soul (@abdashsoul) | Produced By: Blended Babies (@BlendedBabies)

Mannnnnn, this collaboration by Chance The Rapper & Ab-Soul is incredible. In my opinion, these two are some of the most interesting artists currently in the music industry. Chance’s flow, with all of the highs and lows, is one of a kind and it is impossible to be ignored. Soulo absolutely ripped his verse apart which is absolutely no surprise at all. The reason why I say that these two are among the most interesting artists is because they both stick to their own lane, but appeal to the masses. As I stated, Chance’s flow and wordplay are simply fun to listen to, he makes the song entertaining no matter the speed of the beat. Ab-Soul is entertaining because his bars are ALWAYS filled with ambiguity, he is a poet in his own right.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

Chance The Rapper:
"My dick won’t even call her, cause she left all that lipstick

Niggas be on dirt, hat’s why I stay on petty

I know that bangers jam, that’s why my hands stay ready

Flip the candy yum, that’s the fucking bombest

Lean all on the square, that’s a fuckin’ rhombus”.

"Soulo ho ho twerk somethin’, throw it back like you tryna hurt somethin’

I’m so def, I ain’t ever heard nothin’, my name herb, take herb, smoke herb (say word?)

How ‘bout you? No dap, but I’ll take a pound or two

No doubt like Gwen Stefani’s group, let me put my mouth where you potty, boo”.

- James
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  • #ChanceTheRapper #Ab-Soul #AbSoul #SouloHoe #Soul #Chance #SmokeAgain #Weed #IllRoots #Bars #HipHop #AcidRap #Beats #BlendedBabies #Babies #Herb #GwenStefani #Chicago #Chitown #Flow #Banger
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Isaiah Rashad (@IsaiahRashad) | “Heavenly Father” | Prod. By: D. Sanders (@sondaehyun) 

It is justifiable to say that Top Dawg Entertainment is the best suit for the great Isaiah Rashad. I honestly can’t picture him with a different group of artists other than Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Kendrick Lamar. The addition of the young emcee may have been the staple for the label. Isaiah is roughly only 22 years old, so we have plenty of time to watch him perfect his craft that he has closely mastered.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

Isaiah Rashad:
"Now, everybody tellin’ me a lie

Lordy, give me something for my soul

See, I don’t wanna think of suicide

So please don’t take the lock key off my door”

"Now, I’m praying that I make it twenty-five

They be calling doctors for my health

And “no” is kinda hard to say to drugs

Cause I been having problems with myself

And I been asking questions, where the love?

And they don’t give me answers, just a check

And they don’t know my issues as a child

Cause I was busy cutting on myself

And hanging from the playground wasn’t wrong

Until you got a rope around your neck

And I been losing more than just my mind

Gathering what’s left of self-respect…”

I might as well add the entire third verse. That shit is more than gold.

- James

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  • #IsaiahRashad #TDE #TopDawgEntertainment #Bars #Beats #HeavenlyFather #Father #Heaven #Weed #DryPlum #Gold #Snow #D.Sanders #SchoolboyQ #KendrickLamar #JayRock #AbSoul #HipHop
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Trizz (@Tr1zz) | “Sleepless in California Pt. 2” | Ft. Roc$tedy (@KROCSTEDY) | Prod: AC3Beats (@AC3Beats)

While on tour across the country, Trizz decided to drop a dope visual off of his latest project “Leather Face EP” which we can all be thankful for. The clever flow of Roc$tedy compliments the smooth production by Ac3Beats while Trizz lays down powerful bars. Other than the great song that this video encompasses, the video also provides nostalgia to all local Californians. Ahhh, few things are better than In n Out & the beach. Also, congratulations to Trizz for signing to major promotional companies & his new label. Proud of you homie.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

The golden child, handle shit animal style

In and out, drive thru, with a blunt in my mouth…”

"With so much drama in the LBC it’s kinda hard being all OC

From Diego to the Bay, back to the IE

Keep a team full of kings like I play hockey

It’s the new shock g”.

"Man let me tell em how we do this

Express it through this music

Spare a nigga 16 bars on how we do shit…”

"These niggas ain’t fucking playing, they working hard as the reaper

Take your bitch and they keep her, she fucking long as they feed her

They kill her if they don’t need her or get a bitch to go beat her”.

- James

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  • #Trizz #TopNotch #INgrooves #UniversalMusic #UniversalMusicGroup #HipHop #Bars #Beats #Roc$tedy #AC3Beats #Banger #InNOut #Burgers #SleeplessInCalifornia #SleeplessInCaliforniaPart2 #LeatherFaceEp #Weed #Blunts #IE #LA #Compton #OC #Diego #SanDiego #SD #SF #TheBay
  • 2 weeks ago

P.O.S. (@YEAHRIGHTPOS) | “Bumper” | Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment (@Rhymesayers)

Shout out to City of Music for catching this dope live performance of “Bumper” by P.O.S. Recently, at the Sunset Music Festival where our very own Curtiss King performed as Pterodactyl Jones, I was able to pull one of my favorite Rhymesayers, P.O.S. to the side and ask which music video he would like me to post. He requested “Bumper” for our website. I couldn’t agree more to his request. This song carries exactly what P.O.S. is. A rapper that enjoys rock & loves to mix the two genres into his own. I was introduced to P.O.S. by my brother Marquis Grate. He told me to check out “Optimist” & “De La Souls” by the cat. I couldn’t have been happier to spend my time listening to such organic talent. I’m thankful P.O.S. is healthy again too. Exciting to see him killing it again.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

"They front so hard and.. fuck it

They can’t even look in my eyes


They on some nonsense, we on some nonstop!”.

"I came to play, I came to rock

I came to stay, they came so soft

Can’t look away, my rock is off

Out the box, in your iTunes, out your mouth

In with the next shit, out like a getaway car”.

- James

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  • #POS #PieceOfShit #PartOfSociety #Rhymesayers #RhymesayersEnt #RhymesayersEntertainment #WeDontEvenLiveHere #WDELH #HipHop #Bars #Beats #Rock #Punk #PunkRock #Tattoos #iTunes #Minneapolis #Minnesota #SSMF #SunsetMusicFestival #PterodactylJones #CurtissKing
  • 2 weeks ago
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SZA (@SZA) | “Warm Winds” | Ft. Isaiah Rashad (@isaiahrashad) | Prod By: Mac Miller (@MacMiller)

SZA is phenomenal & teaming up with her label mate Isaiah Rashad only made this track better. When I first saw him as the feature, I was scared his bars would oppress SZA’s melodies, but thankfully he joined in on the ballad’s instead.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

SZA & Isaiah Rashad:
"The clouds below your feet

Quit clipping on your wings

Sometimes we hate to leave somebody

Whats happening to we?

Warm winds on a space ride

When I call your phone on a late night

I recall your soul had a taste like…

Gardens, flowers, Warm Winds”.

"Sometimes, I call your name out loud

Just to make sure it’s you

Sometimes, I crack my veins open

Just to see if it’s blue

You clean me up”.

- James

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  • #SZA #IsaiahRashad #TDE #TopDawgEntertainment #IE #Compton #LA #WarmWinds #Art #Flowers #Garden #Clouds #Wings #MacMiller #LarryFisherman
  • 1 month ago
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Dmurk (@Dmurk10) | “Whip Game” | Shot & Edited by: Charles Ali (@Charles_Ali_)

Dmurk from Toledo, Ohio has mad bars!

- James

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  • #Dmurk #WhipGame #Whip #Cars #CandyPaint #CharlesAli #Ali #Toledo #Ohio #ToledoOhio #419
  • 1 month ago

Lreal (@itsLreal) | “Memorabilia” | Filmed by: The Cypher Effect (@TheCypherEffect)

Ayyyyy, I swim with Lreal & his music, and I couldn’t be happier seeing The Cypher Effect & the UK artist link up to shoot this video. It came out dope.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

"And all I watch is cartoons.

My body clock, only ever wakes me up for cartoons.

Knowing that they start soon,

we overcame our fear of dark rooms”.

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  • #Lreal #memorabilia #Nostalgia #nostalgiaholic #flattop #TheCypherEffect #CypherEffect #Bars #Beat #beats #homealone #alone #lottery #dream #rich #cartoons #famous #lake #rap #hiphop #IE #InlandEmpire #UK #UnitedKingdom
  • 1 month ago

Dwynell Roland (@DwynellRoland) | “98’ Regal” | Produced by: Travis Gorman (@Travis__Gorman)

I’ve been a fan of Dwynell Roland’s for roughly a year now & I must say, the kid has progressed smoothly. I heard of Roland’s music in a very modern day manner, I hashtagged “#Minnesota” on twitter & out pops the future star. What I mean by Roland “progressed” is it seemed as if he didn’t find out what kind of artist  he truly was. He possessed loads of talent, had a good flow, and on top of those he had a legitimate message behind his words, but he didn’t find his “niche” per say yet. I feel as if Travis Gorman brought out Roland’s niche on this “98’ Regal” beat. What I like about this song is Roland doesn’t use the hook to support the song like most artist’s typically do. His verses absolutely run this song from beginning to end, the hook is simply extra muscle tissue to make it better.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

Dwynell Roland:
"Bad bitch, lustin’ for sex. But I’m lustin’ for money.
Triple Threat: chicks, sex, money. All a sin.
You can’t have one without the other.
Damn, sorta a shame.
But fuck that, real rap”.

- James

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  • #DwynellRoland #ROLAND #Bars #Beats #Minneapolis #Minnesota #21 #Midwest #HipHop #Twitter #Sin #Chicks #Sex #Money #RealRap #Rap #TravisGorman #98Regal
  • 1 month ago

Rick Ross (@RickyRozay) | “The Devil Is A Lie” | Ft. Jay Z (@S_C_)

Although I’m fairly positive this music video has zero connection to Rick Ross, Jay Z, MMG, or any affiliate of this song, I can’t resist other than to post this video. It’s far too hilarious to pass up posting. Enjoy the laughs that this video will bring your way.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

Rick Ross:
"Two kings on the big screen

Niggas seen a 36 at 16”.

"6 cribs for the cars in the car lot

Dope boys on the goal nigga

Went gold 6 times for a gold digger

Black bottle and a bad bitch

Club Armani where the cash is

Dubai I can do it like a sheikh

Top floor nigga, Burj Khalifa!”.

Jay Z:
"Is it truth or it’s fiction, is it truth or it’s fiction?

Is Hova atheist? I never fuck with True Religion

Am I down with the devil cuz my roof come up missin’?

Is that Lucifer juice in that two cup he sippin’?

That’s D’usse baby welcome to the dark side”.

- James

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  • #RickRoss #JayZ #Beyonce #OnTheRunTour #MMG #RickyRozay #Rozay #Jigga #Jay #MaybachMusic #Carter #HipHop #Rap #Bars #Beats #Lambo #Lamborghini #Diablo #DevilIsALie #TrueReligion #Religion #Illuminati
  • 1 month ago
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Tech N9ne (@TechN9ne) | “Fragile” | Ft. Kendrick Lamar (@KendrickLamar) Kendall Morgan (@K3ndallmorgan) ¡MAYDAY! (@maydaymusic)

Two of the most notorious underground artists, Tech N9ne and Kendrick Lamar completely murdered this beat alongside a gorgeous hook by Kendall Morgan &  ¡MAYDAY!
On another note, this visual is very bittersweet. It puts bullying under a microscope. I don’t know why society is so quick to pull out their phone to record someone getting their ass beat or bullied, but so slow to intervene the bullying. I hope this video will open eyes to bullying, and it will slow it down if not stop the bullying.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

Tech N9ne:
"Critics are really the enemy and I

Can’t stand the way they slam today’s gifted

Effin’ incredible, get fanned away with grands to pay

This jam will lay scripted

Deaf and impeccable

Write a rhyme and I put everything in a flow

I’m the N9ne I’mma look very mean

When a foe scribe a line but he has never been at a show”.

Kendrick Lamar:
"Tell me that I’m famous

Tell me that my name is

Big as Venus Jupiter and then Uranus

Tell me that your anus got your head in it

I can smell the articles and know you’re heinous

Tell me that you love me, always thinkin’ of me

Unconditional, I’m hoping I’m your favourite

Grab a fishing pole and throw me with the sharks

That’s the feelin’ I get when you’re concentratin’

On this pen, on this pad

Tell me you’re willin’ to diss on my craft

Tell me the feelin’ of pickin’ apart this track


Puttin’ my heart and my soul in these lines

Tellin’ me platinum and gold all the time

Lookin’ to bury, a deep hole for mine


- James

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  • #TechN9ne #KendrickLamar #MAYDAY #KendallMorgan #TDE #StrangeMusic #Strange #TopDawgEntertainment #Bars #Beats #HipHop #Banger #Music #Art #Rap #Jupiter #Shark #Sharks #Flow #Bully #Bullying #StopBullying #Artist #Venus #Uranus #Fragile
  • 1 month ago
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2Pac | “Keep Ya Head Up” | Produced by: Dj Daryl

I still can’t believe it has been eighteen years since your passing. Thank the lord for you Pac. This love that I withhold for hip hop wouldn’t be the same without you. You & your soul were stolen from us far too young. It killed me trying to post this video. I’ll sip some Hennessy tonight in your name, Pac.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):


"You know what makes me unhappy

When brothers make babies, and leave a young mother to be a pappy

And since we all came from a woman

Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman

I wonder why we take from our women

Why we rape our women, do we hate our women

I think it’s time to kill for our women

Time to heal our women, be real to our women

And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies

That will hate the ladies that make the babies

And since a man can’t make one

He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one

So will the real men get up

I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up”

"And I realize Momma really paid the price

She nearly gave her life to raise me right

And all I had to give her was my pipe dream

Of how I’d rock the mic and make it to the bright screen

I’m tryin’ to make a dollar out of fifteen cents

It’s hard to be legit and still pay the rent

And in the end it seems I’m headin’ for the pen

I try to find my friends but they’re blowin’ in the wind

Last night my buddy lost his whole family

It’s gonna take the man in me to conquer this insanity

It seems the rain’ll never let up

I try to keep my head up and still keep from gettin’ wet up

You know it’s funny when it rains it pours

They got money for wars but can’t feed the poor

Say there ain’t no hope for the youth and the truth is

It ain’t no hope for the future

And then they wonder why we crazy”.

R.I.P Tupac Shakur

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  • #TupacShakur #2Pac #LifeGoesOn #KeepYaHeadUp #Interscope #Pac #Rip #RestInPeace #Bars #Beats #HipHop #Rap #Gangstarap #IE #LA #Compton #ThugLife #TheKing #King #Women
  • 1 month ago
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Kanye West (@KanyeWest) | “Good Morning” | Produced by: Kanye West

My favorite attribute of Kanye West isn’t his incredible flow, bars, or talent, it’s the fact that every album that he has is entirely different, but they all connect one way or another. For example, “The College Dropout”, “Late Registration”, and “Graduation” all have the same theme of college (school) and all have in one way or another a bear in the main theme. The three albums listed can be perceived as a trilogy. The reason why I love this song is because it’s truly nostalgic to me. When this dropped, I was in 9th grade. I didn’t have a care in the world and hated school. I would listen to this once a day hating that I had to go to classes, but I knew that I would never be Kanye, so I had to straighten up my act. This video is dope because he completely elaborates on his cover art, which at least for me, I’ve never seen an artist do before.

My Personal Favorite Bar(s):

Kanye West:
"Wake up Mr. West, Mr. West

Mr. Fresh, Mister, by himelf he’s so impressed

I mean damn, did you even see the test?

You got D’s, muthafucka D’s, Rosie Perez

And yer ass barely passed any and every class

Looking at every ass, cheated on every test”.

- James

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  • #KanyeWest #Goodmorning #Graduation #CollegeDropout #LateRegistration #Yeezy #Yeezus #KimKardashian #Kardashian #Kimye #rap #HipHop #Bars #Beats #Kanye #Bear #College #School #RosiePerez #Ds
  • 1 month ago
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