SNEAK PEAK: Amerigo Gazaway’s New Common x Stevie Wonder Project

Mashup maestro Amerigo Gazaway previews his latest project, melding the raps of Common and iconic music of Stevie Wonder. This is A Common Wonder. Fela Soul. Yasiin Gaye. Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde. The Trill Is Gone. There’s no debating Amerigo Gazaway’s emphatic talent when it comes to combining artists of different eras and now he has a new project up his sleeve….

LISTEN: Exile’s Soul Circle Radio Mix

The LA beatking dropped a dope mix for Soul Circle Radio including tracks from Nas, Snoop Dogg and ATCQ. Anything Exile puts together is worth listening to and this mix is no exception. The MPC maestro threaded together some fine selections and even had time to give Soul Circle Radio an interview. Get ready for some Biggie, Common, Nas, and Kendrick amongst others. Stream it…

Interview: Deadpoole

We interviewed Deadpoole about his latest album and his thoughts on last year’s music. Luke: Congratulations on the new album. Would you say this is your best to date? Deadpoole: Thanks so much. I think so, even right from when first I started out I was always working towards an album. The three EP’s that preceded NIGHT/LIFE were me cutting my teeth musically, figuring out…

RKZ’s Round Up #3

RKZ’s Round Up returns for the third time starring Common, Iamsu and James Fauntleroy. Guess who’s back in the motherfu’in hooouse! I was gone for a while but I’m back with a double-barrelled instalment of my Round Up! Combining June and July, I’m giving you some incredible shouts for the summer season. As always, the records are in alphabetical order, and I’ve kept the descriptions…

INTERVIEW: Latyrx

We interviewed hip hop duo Latyrx. A sixteen year gap between albums isn’t that common within the realms of hip hop but for Latyrx, the timing was perfect to drop their sophomore offering, The Second Album. We caught up with Lateef and discussed what the reasons for the “hiatus” and what we should expect from the album. Sampleface: Some of our readers might not have…

Common x Kaytranada – I Want You (Remix)

Common gets the remix treatment from Kaytranada as “I Want You” is turned into a bouncing electronic dance track. Can this guy do no wrong? I was first alerted to Kaytranada’s immense talent when I heard his remix of Janet Jackson’s If (I loved it so much, I played it as the opener to my first ever live gig) and since then, he has gone…

When Facebook Does Hip Hop Snobbery: An Opinion

Sampleface’s very own Delta Ellisor expresses her thoughts on hip hop snobbery, complaining less and discovering better music. During one of my recent and ill-advised forays into my Facebook timeline, I was faced with this fairly rudimentary image (above), posted by my long suffering partner. The picture was posted in reference to me, only to say that I was different to this perceived image of…

Yancey Boys – Quicksand Feat. Common & Dezi Paige (Prod. J Dilla)

As we inch ever closer to autumn, Yancey Boys drop another Dilla-produced gem in Quicksand, featuring Common and Dezi Paige. Autumn is nearly upon us and that means Sunset Blvd is close to release. The date was originally 17th September but that has since been pushed back to 1st October (conveniently our 1st birthday!). While we wait a little longer, Yancey Boys have dropped the…

Cocaine 80s – Fine Ass Pisces (feat. Jhené Aiko & Common)

Fauntleroy of Cocaine 80s comes with a superb R&B jam called Fine Ass Pisces, featuring Jhené Aiko and Common. Ever since Chain Glow with Nas last year, I’ve really enjoyed Cocaine 80s and what they’ve come out with. If you’ve never heard of them before, they’re a collective of musicians, singers, and one rapper (Common) from Chicago, put together by frequent Common collaborator No I.D….

New Common Album Due In January 2013

That’s the announcement we’ve heard from the man himself. The successor to The Dreamer, The Believer is set to be released at the start of next year. During an interview with MTV News promoting G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer, the rapper revealed that he’s currently writing and plans to hit the studio with his old pal No I.D., and also hopes Kanye can join the project. “I am writing a new album. It…