Spelling Caine


So, you downloaded the latest product from G.O.O.D Music and you’re overly surprised at how into this mixtape you are. Here’s the thing, considering the project has production from Yeezy, Harry Fraud, !llMind and Jake-One, you should be impressed. Pusha T has successfully catapulted himself out of the pigeon hole that The Neptunes (oh, they produce a track on this too) had placed him in. Now, many haters out there, including justifable Kanye haters are going to say that this is much ado about nothing, that the Twitter hype (which is extensive) surrounding this ‘mixtape’ is nothing more than a by -product of Kanyeshian fever. No doubt a Kanye co-sign will do much for your career (see Cyphi Da Prince). Alas, said hate would be premature and misinformed, this album bumps extremely hard, and is surely appreciated by both Main, Wall, and The Street. This Jake-One joint is my fave, though that !llMind one is also bath salts.

Pusha T – Take My Life feat. Andrea Martin [Produced by Jake-One]

One logistical point slash thought. What is up with the multiple versions of spelling for “caine”? I’ve seen both Cain and Caine, including on Pusha T’s own tweets/social networking push. Seems minor yet amateur hour. Speaking of different ways to spell “caine”, it would be a misstep on your behalf not to acquaint yourself with Singapore Kane’s mixtape “Wrath of Kane”, a ZIF sponsored project from a ZIF HOFer. Here be the links.

Download: Pusha T – Wrath of Cain(e)

Download :Singapore Kane – Wrath of Kane

Smoke & Mirrors

It looks like Cruel Summer brought some eclectic cats together. I always believed that when Clipse had their content on point, it was hard to find a better rap tandem. Taking on this conscious message over a classic !llMind track is certainly not the typcial way to the top in 2013, give them some credit for that. After producing “The Morning” off the compilation and now this track with Re-Up, it’s apparent !llmind is going to continue to make G.O.O.D. music.

Pigs Fly? Dodo Bird Omelets? Jamaican Hip Hop?

Quick note, we’re not posting anything #CruelSummer related, I’ve decided to maintain my dignity, Kanye will invade your life via other means. Now how about this kid Nomad Carlos? I was intrigued when I read the subject line in my inbox: “Jamaican hip hop”. Now, for the most part artists coming out of Kingston have been of the dancehall/reggae/ variety.  The few that have tried to claim hip hop status are often in disguise and usually spit some drivel over dancehall beats in a desperate effort to obtain new market coverage in the States (see Sizzla’s disastrous attempt at rapping, thanks Dame Dash). Nomad clearly is of the hip hop mold, almost too familiar, it was hard to tell he wasn’t just another emcee out of New York. However, his content is throwback material, reminds me of a time when we were satiated by simple rhymes and stripped down boom bap beats. In an off the cuff way, he reminds me of one of my favorite acts from childhood, Born Jamericans. His claim aka his track title is a bold one, but at least there’s no denying this is Jamaican hip hop. Bashy!

Follow the happenings of this artist @NomadCarlos

Friday Free Joints

Big Sean, Jay-Z, And Kanye West- Clique

Freddie Gibbs –  The Hard feat. Dana Williams

Mistah F.A.B. – All Slavery

G.O.O.D Friday

The most posted track on the internet today by us bloggers. I needed a reason to upload the pic, so there.

Kanye West – Mercy featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz

Friday Free Joint: TakStar Sets Fire to Adele

While most of you probably cannot get “Theraflu” off repeat on your Ipod, this is what I have steady banging on my workout mix. A new remix from TakStar of the every growing Adele (not a fat reference). TakStar’s ability to cut a savage remix is by no means new territory, the LA based, soon to be NYC bound producer has a few of note up on his SoundCloud page. Notice how all these remixes keep artists relevant in a wide array of markets? This time it’s Adele being put on ZIF,  a worthy accomplishment, thanks Tak, I owe you some lost calories.

If you are interested in getting your track remixed or have other music inquries with the Nippon Kid, let me know. The possiblities are infinite.

Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (TakStar Remix)

Aloe Blacc Has 99 Problems, Jay-Z And Kanye Aren’t One

99 Problems/Cant Tell Me Nothing JayZ x Kanye West (Aloe Blacc Cover)

These types of remixes/ covers, what have you, usually do not do the trick for me. But Mr. Blacc has been on a remix tear of late, he truly possesses a complex musical mind. I’m not going to lie, I first heard the mix on KCRW, and when I heard the DJ shoutout the track, I proverbially SMH, and wondered why it was that the industry, even cats like Aloe Blacc can’t get off the Yeezy/Hova penis. I apologize Aloe, job well done, ZIF approved.

The New Kanye West Album Is Doper Than Your Coked Out Moms! [Listen-A-Long]

Album got leaked. Same thing as Cudi, no free downloads here. Cop it on Itunes/Amoeba or don’t, fuck it, he gets all his money from peripheral marketing anyways.

Dark Fantasy

Epic track, personal favorite. You ain’t got no Yeezy in your Serrato?

Gorgeous (feat. Kid Cudi & Raekwon)

Another dope track. This is the only track with useful features. Raekwon and Kanye should happen more often.

All of the Lights (Interlude)

I prefer the ‘lude to the track.

All of the Lights

I really though Kanye was above Rihanna at this point, her vocals make this track sound of this world, not planet yeezy.

Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)

Nicki is the only verse that matters. Fuck Hov is getting lazy. smh.

So Appalled (feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz & The RZA)

This track was leaked early, Pusha T impresses me the most here. Another lazy ass Hov verse.

Devil in a New Dress (feat. Rick Ross)

The Taylor Swift apology track! One of Yeezy’s best verses.

Runaway (feat. Pusha T)

Kanye’s vocals are agitating periodically on this track, overall track is fiyah. Pusha T, really pushing his personal envelope. I heard people now consider him a Top 5 rapper. Smh.

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‘Yo, this your n*gg*, Kanye,’ [NEWS]

Rapper Kanye West hooked up fellow passengers on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to New York City when he came over the loudspeakers and started rapping two G Rated versions of “The Good Life” and “Gold Digger”. I guess he figured that the older crowd would only appreciate some older jams.  One passenger was somewhat freaked out by Yeezy’s introduction over the PA system, where he purportedly greeted passengers with ‘Yo, this your n*gg*, Kanye,’ before delving into the mini-performance. Does this mean he got into the cockpit? I though we axed that a while ago, I’m thinking October, 2001 ish.

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Kanye West – The Good Life

Kanye West – Gold Digger

Kanye’s Power is Crazy

Kanye’s new album is finishing up, yay for you. Apparently he was having some trouble wrapping up the “Power” remix with Kobe Bryant, Kobe rolled thru a session that included Mos Def and Swizz Beats. Earlier in the day, Kanye mentioned that his impression of Swizz was simple: Swizz Beats is the greatest producer of all time!

Kanye’s also coming out with a new car that he engineered! Its design includes a flux capacitor capable of fueling the vehicle on hot air and bullshit!

How to Rob 2

Nothing short of a revolution in diss track history. Not only is Aziz going after rappers, he takes shots at their endorsements, their clothing lines and even their blogs. This is the first drop off of Aziz’s RAAAAAAAANDY mixtape, which is going to be produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio-fame.


The Redemption of Chicago

My first-round draft pick in fantasy football this year was Matt Forte. Several rounds later, I drafted my first tight-end, Greg Olsen: both dudes have been bust-a-ronis. Then Kanye West acted like an asshole. Later, the windy city’s own Lupe Fiasco promised us a Christmas Day mixtape…and he bailed. Chicago’s image was all but tarnished in my mind. Luckily, a pair of heroes from the Chi have stepped up and dropped their own mixtape on this Winter day. Big ups to Nahright (for hosting) and the Cool Kids for dropping. Nab it here.

Cool Kids – BBQ Wings ft. Boldy James (produced by Don Cannon)

Cool Kids – Catch of the Day (produced by Chuck Inglish)

Cool Kids – Free Throws (produced by First Team All State)

Cool Kids – Tires ft. Boldy James (produced by Chuck Inglish)

Big Sean Is Brought To You By…

This dude Big Sean is a rapper you’re going to hear plenty about in 2010. No, I’m not vouching for him, I know not if he’s the next ill rapper to hit the plains. But I know this, Kanye West is backing him, and that means plenty of limelight. Personally, I think he’s coming across as a watered down version of Wiz Khalifa on this promotional music video. Then again, I equate Wiz Khalifa to his new stuff, specifically his love affair with auto tune extension on all of his rhymes. So maybe watered down Wiz is pretty harsh words for Big Sean, but hell, he’s got Uncle Yeezy, he’s a big boy, he can handle the early critique, right? Prove us wrong Big Sean, we’re dying for the next big thing, Sean or not!

MPFREE: Big Sean – Finally Famous Mixtape