To 20 Years of Hip-Hop: We Salute Nasir “NaS” Jones, The Emcee From Queens With Stories Worthy of Young Kings

Artist now are completely different from when hip-hop was really first beginning. So many different styles and sounds coming from different regions from all over the country. iLLmatic is my favorite album of all time. There are so many little nuances that makes this project a bred of its own. From the timelessness of the lyrics, to the authenticity of the content, or the exceptional production, iLLmatic is so hard to break down into one reason why it’s a classic album.
Illmatic XX by beef_rap I find it interesting how many people who this album doesn’t speak directly to still feel a connection to the music. It’s kind of like when a suburban kid truly becomes friends with a kid from the projects and is exposed to the ghetto first hand. Nas takes your hand and walks you through Queens Bridge and his lifestyle in New York. Not many people are able to narrate with clarity, without over exaggerating, and without trying to make the content so complex that Nobody understands it. When you drop your first official project, this is how every artist should approach the situation. Leave nothing behind, and put everything you have into you first tape. New experiences and growth will happen naturally, so new songs, concepts, and ideas will begin to formulate. When the sophomore album rolls around if there is one, make the proper adjustments to tell new stories just as compelling. "Before a blunt, I take out my fronts Then I start to front, matter of fact, I be on a manhunt You couldn’t catch me in the streets without a ton of reefer That’s like Malcolm X, catchin the Jungle Fever King poetic, too much flavor, I’m major Atlanta ain’t Brave-r, I’ll pull a number like a pager. Cause I’m am ace when I face the bass 40-side is the place that is giving me grace Now wait, another dose and you might be dead And I’m a Nike head, I wear chains that excite the feds And ain’t a damn thing gonna change I’ma performer (?) show the mic warmer was born to gain Nas, why did you do it? You know you got the mad fat fluid when you rhyme, it’s halftime" To 20 years of hip-hop: we salute Nasir “NaS” Jones, the emcee from Queens with stories worthy of young Kings. Words by: Wes Jones Exposing The Unexposed

Meet Us There: Counterpoint 2014 Festival

With an insane line-up, Counterpoint 2014 is set to be one of the best music festivals of the year. We hope to see you all there. #followthefeed

CounterPoint Music Festival is an outdoor music festival held at the beautiful property of Kingston Downs in Rome, Georgia. CounterPoint is a 3-day rain-or-shine event with camping. CounterPoint 2014 will feature more than 4 stages and a multitude of performers from all over the world.

THIS EVENT IS 18+ ADMISSION ONLY WITH I.D. CHECKED AT GATE. NO VALID I.D. = NO ENTRANCE. Please remember that all vehicles entering the festival site must have a Vehicle Pass.

"Tree Of Life" - by Ab Soul #NewMusic

Hands down one of my favorite new artist in the game, and for multiple reasons he is built to last in this industry. Soul is one of the few artist I’ve seen recently that has gone through the growth process, and truly been developed as an artist. Aside from all that, lyrically the man is on another planet. Even inside of his own TDE camp, which is known as a lyrical power house Soul is still looked at as the most versatile. Check out this new record “Tree Of Life” its just an early shot letting you know he’s coming with something. Probably second quarter would be my guess. Soul seems like the 2nd Qtr, “Scottie Pippen” type.

Words by: Wes Jones
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"Bullet" (Mixtape) - by Zuse #Review

So the Kingston Jamaica artist named Zuse is making some major noise in the underground circuit. Currently residing in Atlanta, GA on the Southside, he’s built a quiet rumbling within the city. Zuse is far from one dimensional rapper, and doesn’t rely on his Jamaican accent to stand-out. Strangely enough he has a familiar sound only because you think you’ve heard it before, but his content & delivery brings a completely new package. Reggae, hip-hop, and trap all mixed into one is a dynamic recipe. The ATL transplant is successfully demonstrating his ability to execute all three styles with the ability to create a cohesive project. I feel like I’m talking about some character from Dragon Ball-Z or something. The boy is nice! Understand what I’m saying because you all know I don’t hand out praise easily.

Last month when the project dropped I had it the day it was available. I listened to it in its entirety a couple times. Quickly I added it to my phone, so I could really get a feel for the project and hear the mix in my car. I was definitely impressed with the way the album was tracked out. The sound is cut up into individual segments that segue into each other. “Frank White” is one of my favorite tracks on the tape, and is usually the first record I play for new listeners. Zuse pays homage to the legendary Frank White, and Jay-Z in the same song. This isn’t unusual behavior for a typical Northern artist, but for a Jamaican from Atlanta, this is very unusual. I noticed Zuse is a hip-hop head because he points out notable influences on his sound, like he mentions Master P. on “Way It Work.”

The slight use of auto-tune compliments the natural bravado of Zuse’s voice and is surprisingly pleasing to hear on certain records. Whether in-house or not, the executive producer on the project did a great job of tracking & beat selection. I’ve only heard one complaint regarding clarity in terms of understanding what Zuse is saying. I’m not seeing this as an issue at all. To those that are having a hard time understating, you probably still wouldn’t understand with an interpreter. Overall this is a solid project. (Steak Knife)

Words by: Wes Jones
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The popular Made In America Festival is expanding this year and taking place in Los Angeles as well as the origin city of Philadelphia.
We’re proud to announce Budweiser Made In America 2014 – Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia & Los Angeles! Early bird tickets for both cities, are on sale right now at www.madeinamericafest.com

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The popular Made In America Festival is expanding this year and taking place in Los Angeles as well as the origin city of Philadelphia.

We’re proud to announce Budweiser Made In America 2014 – Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia & Los Angeles! Early bird tickets for both cities, are on sale right now at www.madeinamericafest.com

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"Murder By Numbers" - by Rapsody #NewAudio

Rapsody snaps on Pusha T “Numbers On The Board” instrumental with precision. The North Carolina emcee is consistently proving why she deserves the stage. Not a lot of other artist in the game can go bar for bar with her, but she’s also able to produce full projects. We haven’t had many artist in the last few year capable of doing both. Most of the time, really strong freestyle emcee’s can’t make good records and vice versa.

Words by: Wes Jones
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Jesse Boykins III & The Beauty Created live May 3rd in NYC at Irving Plaza for the release celebration of #LoveApparatus | also performing Body Language & Kris Bowers Group | Tickets HERE | All Ages !!!

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Jesse Boykins III & The Beauty Created live May 3rd in NYC at Irving Plaza for the release celebration of #LoveApparatus | also performing Body Language & Kris Bowers Group | Tickets HERE | All Ages !!!

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Smoke DZA is Holding Harlem Up With The Help of a Few Friends: “Bamma Weed” (feat. Flatbush Zombies)

"Bamma Weed" is one of those instant elevation records. To all those who have an old school vehicle, no matter the make or model as long as it doesn’t have power steering you understand the vibe this record puts out. The track is just long enough for you and you best friend to make it to the 7Eleven around the corner, grab some snacks, supplies, and get a slurpee. This is a dope collaboration to help reunify NYC and connecting time gaps within the culture. Flatbush Zombies kicks some dope lyrics and kush god came through with the Harlem heat like always.

Words by: Wes Jones
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#ADIDAS Is Taking No Chances Defining Who The Elite Sportswear Brand is This Summer 14

Adidas gets geared up for an extremely big spring/summer 2014 push with new pieces dropping across various lines of the company. Check out the video below with DESIGN DIRECTOR JOSEFINE ABERG & TOPSHOP CREATIVE DIRECTOR KATE PHELAN.

These new looks, textures, and color pallets are definitely going to turn some heads. With a high fashion quality being added to the already popular apparel, I think chances of seeing some of these items dressed up and worn to less sporty events is very high. Don’t be surprised when you’re the only one not in #Adidas at the next day party in your city. If you’re a regular at thekitchenfeed.com don’t say we didn’t warn you.

http://www.adidas.com/us/

Words by: Wes Jones
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