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Broke Beats: Isaiah Toothtaker – ‘Your Majesty’
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This week, Mass Appeal premiered Tucson rapper Isaiah Toothtaker’s latest free EP “Your Majesty.” Anyone who’s been a fan of the column since before the migration will remember Toothtaker’s name from his three previous Broke Beats appearances from way back in the day, and “Your Majesty” is yet another turn in the inventive emcee’s widening array of costless material.

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Broke Beats: SeT – ‘AuRA’
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Broke Beats is BDCwire’s open-source hip-hop column. Every Saturday, we showcase the best new albums, EPs, and mixtapes available for free stream or download.

From north of the border comes SeT, a rookie rhymesmith out of Toronto, whose debut “AuRA” was premiered on Noisey earlier this week. SeT, who gets his name from the Ancient Egyptian god of chaos, brings a dark edge to the world of mortals with his eerie blend of trap hip-hats and down-modulated choruses – the title track “AuRA” being the best example of this. More

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Broke Beats: clipping. – ‘CLPPNG’
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Broke Beats is BDCwire’s open-source hip-hop column. Every Saturday, we showcase the best new albums, EPs, and mixtapes available for free stream or download.

The inaugural seven days of June was a banner week for hip-hop. We had this dope Brother Ali freestyle from Soundset, a lengthy new Trap Wiz mixtape, a sneak peek at the Sole x DJ Pain 1 album, and two looks at k.flay’s debut “Life as A Dog.” Beyond that, our boy Lukey the Bird dropped a new song and announced a weekly remix series. More

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Two-9 Lives a Dream With Cross Faded Tour, Plays Boston Monday
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When I was a little kid, there was only one thing I wanted to do more than be a professional basketball player—and that was be a professional basketball player on a team made up of nothing but my friends. It’s what I was doing every winter season anyway, and it was a lot of fun, so I figured, why not keep going with it? I would spend hours in the driveway every day after school putting up jumpers, counting down an imaginary game clock and drawing up nonexistent plays that almost always ended with a championship-winning bucket. I didn’t know exactly how it was going to happen, but I could see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. My friends and I were going to stick together, keep practicing and eventually travel the country and play basketball together for the rest of our lives. More

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Broke Beats: Slaughterhouse – ‘House Rules’
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Broke Beats is BDCwire’s open-source hip-hop column. Every Saturday, we showcase the best new albums, EPs, and mixtapes available for free stream or download.

One of hip-hop’s most undersold collectives, heavy hitters Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Crooked I, and Joell Oritz re-form like Voltron for “House Rules,” a ramp-up mixtape for the supergroup’s next LP “Glasshouse.”

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How does Juicy J continue to reinvent himself and stay relevant?
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Who is Juicy J? Ask a Top 40-loving tween and you’ll be told to turn up, while hearing about Miley Cyrus and last week’s twerking scholarship. Ask a bar mitzvah DJ 10 years ago and you’ll hear about the rapper’s Academy Award, “Poppin’ My Collar,” and “Stay Fly.” Ask a Memphian 20 years ago and you’ll hear about the Kings of Memphis Underground, “Smoked Out Loced Out,” and beef with Bone Thugs. Throughout his three major career changes, Juicy J has mastered his audience and maintained relevancy. While the consumers of Juicy J’s music change every 10 years, he has never relinquished artistic integrity. Since 1990, he has repped South Memphis and stayed high. No other rapper has changed so frequently and achieved such success, while maintaining credibility (Mase tried). More