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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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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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EXCLUSIVE: SLIMKID3 interview by Tim Einenkel

TIM EINENKEL: You have been in the music industry for quite a while, what keeps you going? Why do you still rap? Are the reasons you rap today, the same as when you first started out?

SLIMKID3: The reason I still rap is because (aside from the fact that it's what I do for a living) things like creative writing, music, film, photography -- these are still my core passions. And they are the same passions I had when I first started out.

TIM EINENKEL: LA Weekly recently named Bizarre Ride II on their list of Top 20 Greatest L.A. Rap Albums of All Time, writing:

"If gangsta rap looked at life in L.A. through a grime-caked, cracked rear window, The Pharcyde took a bird's-eye view. Filled with jazzy horns, pianos and live drums instead of gunshots and squealing police sirens, their pla

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Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology

On January 31, Legacy Recordings will release Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology, an incredible 2 CD set.

The collection, which spans from 1981 to 1996, features Profile catalogue hits from HIPHOPGODS such as Run-DMC, Dana Dane, Rammelzee vs. K-Rob and DJ Quik, as well as mid-'90s cuts from Camp Lo, Smoothe Da Hustler, Onyx and Nine.

Profile, founded by Cory Robbins and Steven Plotnicki, birthed the careers of Hip Hop icons Run-DMC, along with artists such as DJ Quik, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Poor Righteous Teachers and Special Ed.

In 1997, Profile merged with Arista Records. The label's catalog today is now managed by Legacy/Sony Records.

Official track listing is below:

Disc 1

1. Genius Rap by DR. JECKYLL & MR. HYDE

2. Whip Rap by DISCO FOUR

3. Beat Bo

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Mobb Deep speak on their history & creative process

Mobb Deep recently spoke with Muve Music about their recent Black Cocaine EP and creative process. During the interview, Havoc reflected on how their long history together allows them to comfortably work with one another.

“The creative process between me and P, it varies. Sometimes, he’ll be in the studio by himself or I’ll be in the studio by myself,” said Havoc. “But the good thing is that we come together with it. We’ve known each other for so many years that it’s second nature for us. We don’t even have to be in the same place at the same time. But most of the time, we in the same place and we’ll sit down and he might write a verse and he’ll ask me what I think about this verse and I’ll write one. It’s real collaborative.”

The duo also spoke on independe

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Magic Johnson joining forces with Hip Hop artists

NBA legend Magic Johnson is planning to tackle the issue of homophobia and HIV/AIDS within the Hip-Hop community.

Magic recently marked the 20th anniversary of his announcement that he was HIV positive, along with his retirement from the NBA, which occurred in 1991.

Magic is planning on creating a coalition that will engage rappers to speak out against homophobia and discrimination against gays.

But the main focus of the coalition will be to raise the level of awareness and to break down the stereotypes about HIV/AIDS.

“What we’re trying to do is reach out to the Hip-Hop community because they have power — power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand and power with the lyrics that they sing,” Magic Johnson told The Huffington Post.

Magic said that he was

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