He wasn’t kidding with the name. I love Christmas. I love hip hop. I love Jonwayne. So when I found out Jonwayne had made an album of Christmas beats, who do you think I reacted? The rap game St Nick has blessed us with his latest gift, Yuletide Bangerz and the title is free of hyperbole. Every song is packed with nostalgic wonder and Jonwayne’s trademark rhythms….

A novel concept – a video album stream of Evidence’s Weather or Not on a car ride. I can’t drive but if I could, I would be king of the aux cord. Albums like Weather or Not by Evidence would definitely feature. The multi-award winning emcee-producer kicked it with the likes of Jonwayne, Alchemist, Nottz, and DJ Premier on beats and rhymes. The cruising aesthetic…

Jonwayne returns with his latest album, Rap Album Two. We’re so happy to see Jonwayne back on the beats and the rhymes with Rap Album Two. The LA rapper is on point from start to finish, with thought provoking lyricism and the quintessential Jonwayne beat aesthetic to carry their meaning. No topical stone goes unturned, from douchey audience members to lamenting the rap game and…

Stones Throw’s Jonwayne adds extra seasoning to DOOM’s legendary Special Herbs beat series. Rapping over DOOM beats (officially or otherwise) is far from a rarity in underground hip hop but there’s something extra special – excuse the pun – about this example. Jonwayne rifled through the Supervillain’s Special Herbs series and put together this “medley” of twenty beats in just under five minutes. Fast work….

This is what happens when Jonwayne spends a weekend in Houston crate digging and playing Smash Bros on the N64. We’d love to spend our weekends gaming and jamming with other producers but alas we’re stuck doing other things. Jonwayne joined soundfounder and others as part of a weekend organised by Exploded Drawing, a Texas-based collective with a goal to enrich the electronic music community…

Phillip Morris, the guys behind tobacco giants Marlboro, handed Stones Throw a cease and desist letter over Jonwayne’s Cassette cover. The concept behind sampling needn’t be about music. Yesterday, Stones Throw published an article on their website about the lawyers from Philip Morris (in charge of brands like Marlboro, Benson & Hedges, Cambridge, Chesterfield, Players and others) serving the label with a cease & desist…

Another day, another Jonwayne track uploaded to Soundcloud. This one’s was put up on Sunday and it’s called Need Eye MPC3000 and as he claims, “too troublesome a sampling source to do anything with it” which probably means it won’t be making any official releases anytime soon. But I’m sure that won’t stop underground rappers throwing their bars over the top, illegitimately or otherwise. Nevertheless,…

This is the video for Homeboy Sandman’s “Not Really” from his debut album First of a Living Breed. The cut was produced by Jonwayne and the NYC street-oriented video was directed by Pace Riviers. It reminds me a lot of Jill Scott’s A Long Walk but from a male perspective and with that dope Jonwayne beat, it just sets off the imagery perfectly. If you…