The Denver Boot: Whygee and Sunkenstate with Big Wheel Electro Soul at the Walnut Room - 08.29.09

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On August 29, Whygee and Sunkenstate celebrated the release of Suicide Watch 2: Sambodextrust with a show at the Walnut Room that also featured performances from Food Chain and members of the Starting Five, Naeem Oba, charleyBRAND and Gyp Da Hip. But the highlight of the evening, of course, was the performance of Sambodextrust backed by live band Big Wheel Electro Soul. For those of you who couldn't make it out to the show, Whygee hooked us up with an excellent quality recording of the set, which we're now passing on to you. Download the set after the jump!

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Frank E constructs another hit: Chamillionaire's "Good Morning"

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Just last week, the one and only Madonna announced that she was working with Colorado hip-hop producer Frank E on her upcoming greatest hits package. Before the ink is even dry on that post we've received word that Frank E has dropped another bomb hit for the masses. This time, he connected with Houston rapper Chamillionaire for what could be the rapper's first single from his untitled forthcoming album. The song, "Good Morning," samples the Tom Petty hit "Free Fallin,'"and is dedicated to the haters, of course. The beat has actually been sitting around at Denver's Side 3 studios, Frank E's homebase, for sometime. He played the beat for up and coming rapper Nispey Hussle when he came through Denver earlier this year as well as other nationally known artists. Seems like Cham was the one who saw the potential. Take a listen to the cut after the jump.

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Moi Yo Yoi Boiz getting a bit 'Popular' with the kids

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Hip-hop purists may hate what the kids are liking these days, but you can't deny the power of the youth. And in our city the youth seem to be gravitating toward the Moi Yo Yoi Boiz out of Aurora. The trio, who formed in 2007, recently dropped a new mixtape with DJ Strangah called Dress Code, with appearances from Hypeman P and LG. While the project is gaining a bit of traction, the song that seems to be getting the most attention is "Popular," a track that basically deals with the primary thing kids are trying to achieve -- popularity. That's what high school is all about, right? The group's album, Fashionably Late, is due sometime in the next few months. But in the meantime check out "Popular" and download the mixtape after the jump.

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O.N.E. (of Infinite Mindz) is an 'Inglorious Basterd'

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Infinite Mindz is currently hard at work on the followup to last year's Monkey Rebellion Musik, but in the meantime, crooning member O.N.E. is branching out on his own. He recently connected with DJ Quote for his new mixtape Inglorious Basterd, which showcases his rapping skills as well as his singing. The mixtape features appearances from Spoke-In-Wordz, Mr. Midas, Britney Williams, Infinite Mindz, as well as production from Gyp Da Hip, Late Nite Inc., DJ Quote and Mass Prod. Here's the catch, though: The mixtape is only available for free download until this coming Saturday or the first hundred downloads. Hurry up and get a taste of the mix along with the download link after the jump.

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What is the Twin Geminorum Complex?

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Those who carry the Gemini sign celebrate their birthdays between May 21 and June 21, and apparently there's a lot of them who rap in Denver: Mane Rok, InkLine, and Ichiban are coming together with a bunch of other Gemini rappers to form the Twin Geminorum Complex. The project, tentatively titled Astrological, will more than likely be a compilation that will also feature Spoke-In-Wordz, Air Dubai, and Shmeeze the Imperial (of Parkhill Shortbus), who are all Geminis. Although not confirmed to participate on the project, DJs Chonz, Thought, Lowkey and rappers Catch Lungs, Upgrade, Opt Won, along with a bunch of others are also Geminis. Even though the project is in its infancy right now, check out the sneak peek of what to expect after the jump. More >>

Black Eyed Peas' credibility killed in spinning class

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The Black Eyed Peas' credibility, a mainstay in the genre since 1998's Behind the Front, died on Sunday, in a spinning class at the 24-Hour Fitness by my house. It was eleven-years-old.

The credibility, once as strong as any hip-hop group's, has been in poor health since 2003, when Fergie showed up. It had suffered a number of setbacks since then, including injuries caused by the release of 2004's "Where is the Love" and 2005's "Let's Get it Started." It was hospitalized earlier this year after Will.I.Am's showed up in an overwrought Pepsi campaign.

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Black Pegasus shares his funny tour stories

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Black Pegasus is one of the few Colorado rappers that has made hip-hop his full time job. Currently he's working on the release of his co-hort Liquid Assassin's new album, Apocalypse, with his own album, Brass Knuckle King, slated to drop sometime later this year. But in between recording sessions and his relentless touring scheduling, Black P found the time to share some of his funny stories from the road. One involves Immortal Technique and how he scared the hell out of fan, and the other about a member of the Ying Yang Twins having to handle some business in the Rocky Mountains. Check the videos after the jump.

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MP3 Freeloader: "The Drastic" by Whygee feat. DJ Brikabak

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We know that Whygee recently released Suicide Watch 2: Sambodextrust with Sunkenstate and that he's currently working on projects with F.O.E., the Starting Five and others he's yet to announce. So what's with this track "The Drastic," that kind of popped up out of nowhere with DJ Brikabak? Produced by Yallzee, we're not sure where the song will end up, and we think Whygee doesn't either. Wherever it ends up, we got our hands on the cut and have posted if you to listen to and download after the jump.

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A sneak peek 3 the Hardway's new video

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Update: Just received word that the new 3 the Hardway video will be screened for the very first time in its entirety on Friday, September 11, at Tooey's on Colfax and Marion. The premier party, which kicks off at 9 p.m. is free and will feature performances from 3 the Hardway, ManeLine, Diamond Boiz and Boombox Saints.

Hoo boy! The 3 the Hardway crew just blessed us with a sneak peek of their new video for "Truth," which was shot in L.A. during their recent trip to the City of Angels and directed by Eric Heights, the ace director who worked on Deca's "Movement" and the Pirate Signal's "Hood Hop" videos. Featuring a cameo by Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, the abbreviated clip looks all kinds of pro. Can't wait to see the full production. Check it out for yourself after the jump.

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Buying fake jewelry in the mall? Uh-uh. Young Doe don't do that

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Earlier this year, Young Doe (aka Charles Truth) took the new year by storm with his single, "I Can Do It Too," followed by an accompanying video. But now he wants you to know what he doesn't do: To get the buzz started for his upcoming album, The Secret, Doe hooked up with Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak for the first single, "We Don't Do That," an ode to basically what real cats don't do. The new album drops on on Monday, September 28, in remembrance of Doe's partner in rhyme, Colfax Cac, who was killed in a driveby on that day in 2005. Take a listen to the new song after jump and leave your feedback.

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