De La Soul – For Your Pain & Suffering EP

Interesting surprise EP release from Strong Island’s finest.


The Diary due tomorrow

Dilla_Diary_700J. Dilla‘s formerly shelved MCA album is finally going to see the light of day with an official release via Mass Appeal.

Originally slated for a 2002 release, The Diary is James Yancey’s first full solo release.

Welcome to Detroit, which dropped in 2001 on BBE, was more of a production showcase featuring regular collaborators like Frank-N-Dank, Phatkhat and Dwele.

Frank-N-Dank also appear on The Diary on a previously released joint, The Anthem, which differs sonically from the original, offering another perspective on a classic Dilla banger.

There are two guests on The Diary who you have never heard on an official Dilla record: Snoop Dogg and Nas, the latter whom also happens to have launched Mass Appeal’s music division.


The Diary (Mass Appeal) will be officially released tomorrow on MP3, CD and vinyl formats via iTunes, Rappcats, Mass Appeal.


Mental Notes, 10/22/14

RBMA launches online comics


The first digital issue features the “bone-chilling” origin of MF Doom.

Artwork by Dean Haspiel (Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men, Deadpool) and a story co-written with Gabe Soria (Batman Adventures, Batman ’66).

The comic pays homage to the manga style of animation as part of the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo. (via
Okayplayer explains Indie 500

Over the summer, Talib Kweli (@talibkweli), Pharoahe Monch (@warmonkey) and 9th Wonder (@9thwondermusic) liberally threw around the #indie500 hashtag on Twitter.

The trio are finally explaining what it means – and it’s exciting news for rap aficionados. (via

Vadim drops Tribe mix

DJ Vadim recently posted a tribute mix featuring A Tribe Called Quest’s 90s output on his Soundcloud and it is exactly what you’ve come to expect from the UK DJ/producer.

Pure vibes on this one & a definite must-favourite. (via

Preemo & Nickle drop another advance


Hot on the heels of their first single as PRhyme (@prhyme_official), DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9 drop a clip for their new single, U Looz.

Their collaboration, due December 9, will also feature Jay Electronica, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Slaughterhouse, Common, Mac Miller and Dwele. (via
– Boogz