Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman - Lice

"I speak in alien argot, New York and Mass in this tongue/ The vibe is basically martian. They smell the jack in his blood/ I ain't the kind to use New York as a crutch. I use the force of the funk/ Enjoy the work and earn my portion of mush/ On a tour of the wild frontier, lying awake/ I tell myself it's all to broaden my societal take/ And while I sort of still believe it, I'd be lying if I/ Didn't admit I'd like to curl up on Long Island and die."

Download above or here via Stones Throw.


Hus Kingpin - "Leila" ft. El Ay (prod. by DJ Premier)

Hus opens up on this one; the result: maybe his best track to date. Oh, and it's produced by some guy named DJ Premier. Actually, Hus has done a few tracks over Preem beats. See:


DJ Prince - "Everywhere" (Video Premiere)

DJ Pr!nce takes his blend of organic, no-nonsense, riddim-driven hip-hop abroad, with "Everywhere," the latest visual off his debut, Test My Sound LP. The video, shot on location in Johannesburg, South Africa, tracks DJ Pr!nce's movements to and throughout the city while on tour with Skyzoo, concluding with a live performance of their song "False Alarm," which also appears on Test My Sound. DJ Pr!nce is currently putting the finishing touches on his next project, the Chop Fui Tape, while developing his Mobile Kitchen brand and pushing Test My Sound merch, including a t-shirt and 7-inch featuring the late, great Sean Price.


Hus Kingpin & SmooVth - "Cocaine Diaries" prod. by Ra

Baldwin's own Ra the Beat Archaeologist, who until recently worked primarily in Freeport but is now based out of Vegas, links up with SmooVth and Hus Kingpin, who's also known to bounce between East and West. Long Island's killing it on both coasts.


Prince Paul Presents Horror City

A Prince Among Thieves likely still holds the title as hip-hop's greatest album-form narrative, even 16 years after its release. And as undeniable of a force as that album's lead MC Breez Brewin was and is, equal credit is due his foil, Big Sha, whose rhymes on a shelved Prince Paul-produced Horror City album laid some of the groundwork upon which APAT was built. That Prince Paul himself freely admits, "to be honest, I always liked these originals better" says more about this lost album than any review ever could. If you already have this, you know what time it is. If not, you're missing from your library a critical piece of the Long Island hip-hop canon and thus, a true LIRB essential. For the love of God, download Prince Paul Presents Horror City now.

1) war party Intro
2) Play it close
3) Pain 
4) you got flow 
5) Take it how you want it
6) Big Sha
7) Tattles Tale 
8) Horror City Terrorists ( freestyle ) 
9) MC Hustler ( original ) 
10) Headbounty 
11) War party Outro 

"I carry the weight of a whole Island while you reppin just one section of one borough."


DJ Shor - Best of Grandmilly Mix

This mix comes to us courtesy of Grandmilly's DJ, Hempstead's own DJ Shor. Thank him on Twitter and maybe he'll throw a tracklist this way.


Hus Kingpin & Rozewood - "War Moon"

Sick beat change on this one. Hus stays sharp as always. Can't wait for the next Rozewood solo album though.


Cryptic One - "LIRR Life"

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Cryp Uno brings it home for the 69th installment of Beat a Day Season 2.

Siege Spitfire - Triangle Overnight

Hailing from Brentwood, Siege Spitfire is an alum of NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. This EP, which he calls "the culmination of years of studying the greats," dropped back in August on Siege's label, Laureate Records. Much more than mere academic exercise, Triangle Overnight delivers angsty punchline-driven MCing over lush production by ADOTHEGOD and Big Cat. Stream below; download via iTunes.

Public Enemy - "Mine Again"

Chorus provided by S1W James Bomb, also of Roosevelt, originally from Pahokee, Fla.