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HIPHOPGODS presents: 2011: THE YEAR IN REVIEW

No one cares about your Best of 2011 list. It's all opinion, with the reader left unhappy when their favorite album is left off or when they don't agree with the selections the writer comes up with.

That being said, this is not a Best of 2011 list. This is a list of new albums, EP's and singles that classic artists released in the last 365 days. With over 40+ releases this past year, the HIPHOPGODS were definitely putting in work.

The projects below are in alphabetical order and each comes with a link to purchase the music. After all the classic work these artists have put in, it's only right to get out there and support!

Armageddon http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-journal-vol.-1-rebirth/id435743340 "The Journal, Vol. 1: Rebirth"

Arrested Development http://itunes.app

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Raekwon releases Unexpected Victory mixtape

Raekwon has started off 2012 by dropping his Unexpected Victory mixtape.

Originally slated for release on Christmas Day, the 17-track project features appearances from Mobb Deep, CL Smooth, Busta Rhymes, plus production from the likes of 9th Wonder, Scram Jones and Statik Selektah.

In promotion for the project, Raekwon collaborated with New York-based company Mighty Healthy to release a collection of limited edition shirts bearing his name and the name of the mixtape, all positioned behind a gold microphone. Only 100 shirts were printed and made available to those who purchased a hard copy of 'Unexpected Victory.'

Download the Unexpected Victory mixture here: http://www.datpiff.com/Raekwon-Unexpected-Victory-mixtape.295793.html and check out the official track list below:

1. Un

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EXCLUSIVE: Vin Rock of Naughty By Nature interview

TIM EINENKEL: First off, how does it feel to have Kay Gee back in the group?

VIN ROCK: Yeah, it’s good, man. You know, we all started this group in high school basically. So, you know, we assemble ourselves, no one put us together and we’ve always been in control of what we did. So, when we lost Kay as a producer and DJ and you know, not only did we lose him from the studio perspective, we lost him from the stage perspective, as well as personally. When Kay got back in the mix it was a great thing to have an old friend back plus all of that talent.

TIM EINENKEL: This is your 7th album, Anthem Inc., and you guys have been together and in the game for so long. Has the process of making the album changed?

VIN ROCK: Nah, nah. Not really. Pretty much the same, you know. Kay is at

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The Sugar Hill Gang file lawsuit against Universal Music

Legendary Hip-Hop group The Sugar Hill Gang, R&B veterans The Moments and the executors of the Estate of Sylvia Robinson have filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, claiming the major label owes unpaid royalties.

The lawsuit, which was filed in The Supreme Court of the State of New York, claims that Universal has been withholding royalties from the legendary label, as well as the group members of The Sugar Hill Gang and The Moments.

The lawsuit states that Universal has ignored agreements with the Sugar Hill label, some which date back as far as 1969, when the company Sylvia Robinson was running was known as All Platinum Inc.

All Platinum was Sylvia Robinson’s label and counted artists The Moments, The Whatnauts and Robinson herself, as featured talent on the label.

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Occupy Skid Row Music Festival - January 15th

Dubbed as both the Operation Skid Row Music Festival and the Occupy Skid Row Music Festival, on January 15th Chuck D and Public Enemy, along with a dozen or more (mostly old school Los Angeles) hip-hop acts will put on a free concert for the down-on-their-luck residents of Los Angeles' desolate Skid Row district.

The list of other performers for this incredible all afternoon event, that will also be open for free to anyone from anywhere who wishes to attend, includes Cypress Hill, Kurupt from The Dogg Pound, Mellow Man Ace and The ZZYZZX, King T, Rapper's Rapp Group, Sir Jinx and General Population, OG Kid Frost, L.A. Posse, and the Egyptian Lover.

What makes this concert significant is that all of these artists have agreed to perform for free as a an unselfish token in this new year

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Jay-Z samples his newborn daughter & releases new song

Blue Ivy Carter is only two days old and already she is featured on her proud father's latest record.

Jay-Z posted the latest track, "Glory feat. B.I.C.," on his Life + Times website Monday morning. The song concludes with sounds of a newborn crying.

Elsewhere during the cut, Jay makes some heartbreaking, as well as some sweet, revelations. "Last time, the miscarriage was so tragic," he raps. "We was afraid you disappeared, but nah, dear, you magic."

You can hear the joy all throughout the song: "The most amazing feeling I feel," he raps. "Words can't describe what I'm feeling for real / Baby, I paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you."

Check out the song at the following link and congratulations to Jay-Z and Beyonce. http://lifeandtimes.com/glory-feat-b-i-c

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