DJBooth & RefinedHype Present the Weekly Rap Up - Vol. 1

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takes everything that's new in urban music and culture and refines it for a discriminating audience (that would be you). In the first of a regular series we're calling the

Weekly Rap Up

we take a look back at some of the music and stories that made this week so memorable. Enjoy.


Big Fat Block o'Wu-Tang

: This week RefinedHype took a detour to Staten Island and delivered a big fat block of new


goodness. In addition to a new track from

GZA, Masta Killa


Inspectah Deck


Steppin 2


Method Man





leaked a new track off their upcoming

Wu Massacre

album called

Our Dreams

that features the killer bee trio at their most romantic (which really isn't that romantic). Throw in a dope

Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles

blend mixtape and an in-depth breakdown of their classic video


and you've got enough new Wu to fill all 36 chambers.

KRS-ONE & Buckshot Tribute Mixtape Survival Kit

: The word "classic" gets thrown around far too lightly these days, but I can say without hesitation that

KRS-ONE and Buckshot

are too classic emcees in every sense of the word, and as their recent collabo album

Survival Skills

proves. With that in mind,

Mick Boogie




Duck Down Records

have joined forces to pay tribute to the two legendary mic killers with the new

Survival Kit

mixtape, a collection of remixes to some of KRS and Buck's most well known songs by the likes of





Sha Stimuli


Tanya Morgan



and more. All praise due. Click


to download.

Mike Dreams Hop-Hope Anthem (Hello World)

: Minneapolis stand up! This week one of DJBooth's up-and-coming favorites

Mike Dreams

premiered his new track

Hip-Hope Anthem (Hello World)

on our pages, where it garnered an impressive four star rating (so far) and some readers like HoamBoy calling it "the best song I've heard from Mike." To download Hip-Hope click


, and to for an exclusive sneak peek at the art work and tracklisting from his upcoming album

Dreamer's Poetry

, dropping on DJBooth February 8, click




Meet Jay Electonica, Hip-Hop’s Jesus Christ

: Sure

Jay Electronica

's a dope emcee, but is he really the new hip-hop messiah? Our very own

Jacques Morel

thinks so: "I start with this statement, which I believe is 100% true: If Hip Hop was Christianity, Jay Electronica would be Jesus Christ. Slow down people. Before you start taking up torches and appealing for my excommunication, listen to what I have to say. Everywhere I go Jay Electronica has become the bench mark for what is dope, real, and lyrical Hip Hop." To read the entire article, click



Hip-Hop's Best (and Worst) Names

: Almost nothing matters more to a rapper’s career than their moniker, and yet there’s definitely a huge divide between hip-hop’s best, and worst, names. For every Ghostface Killah out there we've got a Diddy, for every Busta Rhymes there's an Ice-T waiting in the wings. While this is by no means a definitive list - I expect to update it regularly, here’s a few names to get us started. To read more click



The New Source: Why Record Sales Don’t Mean Sh*t

: After posting


’s fiercely creative new track

iB4the1 Chapter 1

I began talking to group member

Adriel Drizzletronius

about some of his future-oriented views on where the music industry is headed and invited him to share his vision with RefinedHype nation. These are the results. Warning: If you work for a major record label, you might want to make sure you’ve got a defibrillator nearby. To read more, click