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[DOWNLOAD] Sheisty Khrist & LoFidel - Cold Winter [LP]

Posted 2 days, 18 hours, 12 minutes ago

FINALLY! After a series of slight delays, NWL’s Sheisty Khrist releases his debut album, Cold Winter, produced by fellow Kentuckian (and Bourbon aficionado) LoFidel. It’s fucking awesome and you should download it now, because it will enrich your life. We’re not gonna gush anymore though, we’ll let the fellas themselves tell you about it:

COLD WINTER was never about the temperature outside. It is about the temperature of mankind; the temperature of one’s mind, body and spirit. We have worked hard to bring you an album that is thoughtful, difficult, engaging, pure, painful, tragic, sad, and hopeful. This was a difficult undertaking. One that took years to procure and sculpt. A question I’m always asked is “when is Cold Winter coming?”. My reply is always “it’s coming”. Maybe what I should have said is that it was ALWAYS here. Or that it was here BEFORE Lofidel and I recorded our first song together.

Cold Winter is a VISUAL album. Written and recorded to be absorbed through the picture on the cover. As you listen to the record it is vital that you filter it through that child on the cover. Be clear though THIS IS NOT A CHILDREN’S ALBUM. This record doesn’t play nice. It wants your lunch money. It rolls in a pack on the playground. It doesn’t ask for anything – it takes it.

Lastly, this record is an analog piece of art. Designed to sound grimy, gritty, tough, and lofi. Believe it or not it was designed for cassette. It was recorded traditionally through analog machinery. We believe that that adds to its charm. It makes it feel more close to the range of human emotions. It wasn’t designed to be pretty. It was designed to be…cold.

Cold Winter is here. It was always here.
Sheisty Khrist x Lofidel


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[VIDEO] Kokayi - “The Lick” (NPR Tiny Desk Concert Entry)

Posted 5 days, 10 hours, 45 minutes ago


As if Kokayi couldn’t be anymore goddamn productive, he’s decided to toss his hat into NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert competition. For his entry, Koke does a stationary desk performance of an exclusive new track “The Lick”, which features chilled rhodes style lounge lizard rhodes keys, whompy-ass bass, quick verbal chopping and Koke’s trademarked soulful wailing. As if the gigantic turtle glasses weren’t enough, it’s worth a watch for the chair-dance alone.



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[VIDEO] Substantial Interview @ OUR Show (WPRK 91.5FM)

Posted 5 days, 10 hours, 58 minutes ago

Substantial recently visited WPRK 91.5FM in Orlando, FL to chat with about about a lot of things. During this SUPER in-depth interview, listen to plenty of topics including his come up, first rap name, working with Nujabes, the origin of Bop Alloy (Marcus D calls in!), touring, upcoming projects and A LOT MORE! PLUS, we get some LIVE in studio performances of new joints!!!

About OUR show:

OUR show is a radio show in Orlando, Fl that broadcasts from Rollins College on WPRK 91.5FM Saturdays from 5-7pm playing all types of music with a focus on HIP HOP. Whether HOMEGROWN or Global, Unheard or Well known, if it is DOPE, it gets play on OUR show! | | | | |


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[AUDIO] Kokayi - “Part of It” - DAY 365

Posted 3 weeks, 20 hours, 8 minutes ago by Tonedeff

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Cheers to a clean slate, lofty goals and a fresh batch of upcoming QN5 music on the way for our 16th year (can you believe it?). Looking forward to a ton of great stuff this 2015, but first – can we just take a moment to go “HOLY FUCK KOKAYI JUST MADE 365 TRACKS IN 365 DAYS!!!!??!?” Like… whoa, people. Whoa. It’s hard to fathom what an accomplishment and achievement that is, considering most people set resolutions for the year and barely make it to the end of the week. No, no, no… this dude made 365 fucking tracks in as many days. For that, I tip my hat and offer a rousing round of applause for this insanely talented and (rifuckingdiculously prolific) artists.

Because there’s SO MUCH to sift through to even focus on singular cuts here (but if you listened to every single cut every single day – god bless your soul), we’d rather off up a new cut from the final celebratory day – “Part of It”. The chorus on this song really sinks into your heart after the first listen, and we found ourselves singing along to this on repeat since it was sent to us. We hope you’ll feel the same way too.

As for Koke’s Track-A-Day undertaking, we’re finalizing plans for a collector’s edition that you’ll be able to own. More details on that later. For now, enjoy this fantastic new track and be sure to hit Kokayi up and congratulate him on his achievement!



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[VIDEO] “Funniest Movies Of All Time” with CunninLynguists, Grouch + Eligh, DJ.Fresh & DJ Flip Flop

Posted 1 month, 1 week, 1 day, 23 hours, 23 minutes ago

CunninLynguists are currently on tour with Grouch & Eligh and DJ Abilities for the 7th annual “How The Grouch Stole Christmas” tour. Ever the editor, Deacon took to some behind the scenes footage snagging to catch all the backstage banter. Here, they discuss the topic, “What’s Your Favorite Comedy of All Time?”. Be sure to catch their remaining dates if you’re on the west coast.

12/16/14 – Seattle @ The Showbox
12/17/14 – Portland @ Wonder Ballroom
12/18/14 – Sacramento @ Ace of Spades
12/19/14 – San Francisco @ The Fillmore
12/20/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
12/21/14 – Santa Ana @ The Observatory




[VIDEO] Fjer - “Children (Live @ SoFar Sounds)”

Posted 1 month, 1 week, 3 days, 8 hours, 41 minutes ago

Fjer – Beautiful Home – | [AVAILABLE NOW]

If Fjer’s fantastic second EP, Beautiful Home isn’t on any year-end lists, there is no justice in the world. Here she is performing an intimate rendition of “Children” for Sofar Sounds Aarhus. Looking for a stocking stuffer? You can still get a physical CD digipak of Beautiful Home + exclusive sticker @





[DOWNLOAD] Bop Alloy - Winter Breaks [EP]

Posted 1 month, 2 weeks, 2 days, 10 hours, 22 minutes ago

Today marks the release of Winter Breaks, the first holiday project by independent Hip Hop duo Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D).

In February 2014, Bop Alloy was able to fund their 2nd LP, ‘Another Day in the Life of…’ using Kickstarter. The initial goal of the project was $7,000. They more than doubled that amount in under one month and issued stretch goals, one of which included a holiday EP which would become Winter Breaks. ‘Winter Breaks’ compiles 6 sonically vintage Hip Hop tracks. Producer, Marcus D handles the live instrumentation mixes masterfully while infusing jazz, soul and a pinch of Afro beat samples. Lyrically, Substantial touches on the personal, social, and economical effects of the Holiday season, using thoughtful lyricism, wit, and a variety of flows to paint a different portrait of Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s.

“I wanted to do something that wasn’t a traditional Christmas/Holiday album. I celebrate Kwanzaa as well and I set out to make songs that give you a peek into this underexposed, wonderful world”, says Substantial. “Regardless of how you celebrate, what you celebrate, and/or who you celebrate it with, this is the best time of year, and I think ‘Winter Breaks’ embodies that sentiment without the cliche “holiday raps factor”, says Marcus D. The Winter Breaks EP is sure to be the only holiday music you’ll be playing from now through February.

Track Listing
1. Let The Flakes Fall Where They May
2. Hottest Christmas On Record
3. Resolutions Per Minute
4. Spent
5. Longing for Nia
6. A Celebration

*All songs written, produced by Substantial & Marcus D



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[PODCAST] Tacos & Chocolate Milk #65: “Session”

Posted 1 month, 2 weeks, 3 days, 4 hours, 4 minutes ago

This one’s been a long time coming, but FINALLY we have a new episode and an awesome guest for y’all this week. For episode 65, Face Time Agency Co-Founder (And former QN5 artist) Session stops by to reminisce and answer “What happened to Session?” (Recorded 12.07.14).

Por favor, send your questions and comments (audio or written) to tacos[at], tweet us @tacmpodcast and be sure to rate/comment us on iTunes!



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Posted 1 month, 3 weeks, 3 days, 16 hours, 41 minutes ago

TonedeffPolymer | PRE-ORDER NOW @:


Since the project’s announcement back in February 2013, with the release of Glutton, and the subsequent reveals of each following EP (ie. Demon & Hunter) anticipation has been building as fans have tracked the progress of the album throughout it’s creation. Now with the last EP on the horizon and the release of the collected version of the album slated for Q1 of 2015 (along with a slew of music videos), Polymer is finally forming into it’s final form shape.

With 3 pre-order only editions available today, this is your last chance to get one of these ultra-rare pressings. Each edition contains the final Polymer album, a DVD documentary, and a sticker, yet each contains something unique & special – these aren’t trinkets or dollar-store swag. The fan-demanded POLYDISC editions contain singular pressings of each individual EP INCLUDING a self-contained version of the secret final EP which will not be made available anywhere else. The POLYMORPH edition perks include 2X VINYL, an Art book and for the first time ever – instrumentals & acapellas of the album. QN5 is only pressing what is pre-ordered – after that, all Polydisc/Polymorph collector’s editions will be discontinued. This is NOT to be missed.

ABOUT POLYMER The order of the releases are denoted by the Polymer icon located on each cover, with a new molecule filled-in for each release.

Putting a new thematic slant on the format, Tonedeff’s Polymer consists of 4 separate EPs – each stylistically different from the next and focused on a different facet of his personality. Each EP represents a different “molecule” of Tonedeff, which when collected, form a larger more cohesive unit. EP’s 1 through 3 will be released digitally, with the fourth exclusively available on the final assembled version of Polymer. All music on the project has been produced synthetically to mimic an actual polymer’s synthetic structure.



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[DOWNLOAD] The Grouch & Eligh x CunninLynguists - The Winterfire EP

Posted 2 months, 6 days, 10 hours, 33 minutes ago

SURPRISE! CunninLynguists haved teamed up with fellow indie hip-hop mainstays The Grouch & Eligh (G&E) to bring you The Winterfire EP. The release is now available via the usual outlets digital outlets as well being available for free via Bandcamp.

After a banner year for both outfits, G&E and CunninLynguists wanted to thank fans with new music and a potent side-project. This surprise EP is sure to set the underground on fire with contrasting styles over 5 tracks of classic Kno production. The Winterfire burns brightly, with organic sounds such as the syncopated flows and driving storytelling on “The Gas Station Attendant.” With many cult-championed songs about intimacy in each group’s catalog, EP opener “Fire In Her Eyes” builds upon that repertoire, while time is analyzed in “100 Years” to name a few.

Winterfire literally sets the stage for the annual How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour beginning December 4 in Santa Cruz, California. This year’s series of West Coast dates will feature Grouch & Eligh along with CunninLynguists & DJ Abilities as well as some very special guests in each city. CD copies of the new EP will be available on tour in exchange for canned goods intended to be donated to food kitchens in time for the holidays. Winterfire will also released on limited edition vinyl, with pre-orders beginning November 18. Brothers in arms, G & E + CunninLynguists have come together in 2014 with an EP, a tour and a common cause.

01. Ignite (Intro)
02. Fire In Her Eyes
03. Only The Past
04. 100 Years
05. Gas Station Attendant
06. Too Many Winters
07. Extinguish (Outro)

Produced by Kno
Executive Producers: Eligh & Kno
Photography: Sol Exposure

7th Annual How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour

12/4/14 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
12/5/14 – Reno, NV @ Cargo (with Zion I)
12/6/14 – San Luis Obispo @ SLO Brew
12/7/14 – San Diego, CA @ Porter’s Pub
12/9/14 – Durango, CO @ Animas City Theatre
12/10/14 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
12/11/14 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
12/12/14 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
12/13/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
12/14/14 – Boise, ID @ Reef (G&E & Abilities only)
12/16/14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
12/17/14 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
12/18/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
12/19/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/20/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
12/21/14 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory


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