Track: Praverb ft. AWKWORD, Kev Turner and DJ Grazzhoppa – All A Dream (prod. by LX Beats)

Well known and highly regarded in the online hip hop community, the loss of Praverb was a definite shock. Earl Patrick McNease, also known as P the Wyse, was popular not only for his truth-telling rhymes but for his graciousness, honesty, kindness and humility. Long-time Praverb affiliates AWKWORD, Kev Turner, DJ Grazzhoppa and LX Beats join Praverb for his last song “All A Dream”, a tribute to P featuring the man himself, with all proceeds going to benefit his widow and their young son.

When I first opened up NHWWW to submissions it was difficult to get the word out until I found Praverb’s Ultimate Hip-Hop Blog Directory. After leaving a comment asking if I could be added to the list, Praverb almost instantly added me to the directory; the day that NHWWW took off. This was the first memory that popped into my mind after I heard the news of Praverb’s passing, as I will always be thankful for what he has done for myself, but the hip hop culture in general.

Album: Dashius Clay + The Weeknd: One Night In Amsterdam

Having posted the work of Dashius Clay on NHWWW numerous times, I was not aware that he was a producer as well as an extremely talented artist. Having worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chief Keef, Curren$y, and Rockie Fresh to name a few, The Red Baron now teams up with The Weeknd for the progressive release One Night In Amsterdam. Described as a conceptual passionately-aggressive body of sound, ONIA takes place in the Venice of the North and takes you through a journey of love, lust, and loss.

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Ol’ Dirty Bastard Birthday Freestyle Mix, Courtesy of Str8OutDaDen

Legendary member of The Wu-Tang Clan, the late ODB would have celebrated his 46th birthday today. J. Good of Str8OutDaDen.com has dug up some hidden gems for fans old and new to enjoy on this special day. Those of us familiar with the type of entertainment this charismatic performer provided will be more than happy to hear some freestyles we may not have had access to before.  For the younger hip hop heads who may just now be getting familiar with ODB, get ready for a wild ride.

Track: Amana Melomé – Lock and Key (Contributed by K. Nikki)

My appreciation for jazzy vocals and lofty tones has been growing for the last couple of months due in part to music like this.

Soul/Jazz artist Amana Melome has released her lead single off her dually titled EP called Lock and Key, a track reminiscent of such artists as Corinne Bailey, Norah Jones and a little Estelle. As soon as the beat started, my body caught it, teleporting me to back to the 90′s for 3 minutes as I executed my best “Carlton Dance”. Not proud to admit that, but the point is the beat, wrapped in the sultry harmony of Amana, takes ahold of you, brings you on a funky, soulful ride through the clouds, and drops you back to the ground waiting for the next venture. Can’t wait to go on another voyage, i.e. patiently waiting for the EP.

- Contributed by @KNikkiMB

Video: C.Shreve ft. Mike L!VE, DJ Jet and Jrusalam – Crews’ Corpses

 

A fan favorite from C.Shreve’s latest release Summer Ransom, for good reason, The Free The Optimus team has fashioned film for the hard-hitting “Crews’ Corpses”.  With features from FTO members Mike L!VE and DJ Jet along with Raleigh MC Jrusalam, the Whokairs? produced track was brought to visualization by Double A and ME Videography.