Strength of a Gesture

DJ Kay Slay Feat. JR Writer, Jon Connor, Reek Da Villian & Jae Millz – “Wanna Be Right”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=180167"> True to form, DJ Kay Slay brought three New York rhymers together to flex a little skill on "Wanna Be Right," the most recent release from his upcoming tape Strength Of A Gesture. J.R. Writer, Reek Da Villian and Jae Millz all sharpened their respective pens, ready to take part in the time-honored tradition of posse cuts. But despite their best efforts, the lone rapper in the cipher hailing from outside the Empire State stole the show. Jon Connor, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/02/jon-connor-american-psycho-music-video">TSS's resident American Psycho</a>, effortlessly separates himself from the competition with a dexterous, agile flow, cutting rhymes, and his characteristic wide-eyed fury.

We Got Now

The Smoking Section & Hall Of Fame Present Gilbere Forte’ – EYES of VERITAS (Hosted by Don Cannon)

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/02/new-music-gilbere-forte%e2%80%93train-lights"> Over the last few months, chunks of virtue have been the staple of Gilbere Forte'. Since the release of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/12/the-20-best-mixtapes-of-2010">his critically acclaimed</a> 87 Dreams, he’s only progressed further.

Statik Selektah

Freeway & Statik Selektah Feat. Reek Da Villain – “I’m In The Hood”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/01/new-music-freeway-and-statik-selektah-feat-lil-fame-and-termanology-from-the-street"> Above all the behind-the-scenes nonsense the industry so faithfully practices, good music always reigns supreme. <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/freeway">Freeway</a> is a testament to that logic.

waka flocka flame

Reek Da Villian – The Gift Mixtape

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/reek-da-villian-feat-busta-rhymes-swizz-beatz-mechanics-video"> If you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em and that's how <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/reek-da-villian">Reek Da Villian</a> is presenting you with his new effort.

Swizz Beatz

Reek Da Villian Feat. Busta Rhymes & Swizz Beatz – “Mechanics” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/download-reek-da-villian-feat-swizz-beatz-busta-rhymes-camron-vado-method-man-nelly-and-dj-khaled-mechanics-remix"> It sure does feel like Busta & Swizz spent most of 2010 <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/download-busta-rhymes-feat-cam%e2%80%99ron-dmx-ghostface-killah-swizz-beatz-and-t-i-stop-the-party-remix">drunkenly crashing</a> studio sessions <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/download-swizz-beatz-and-busta-rhymes-bad-one">together</a>, yelling "where the party at.

Vado

Reek Da Villian Feat. Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Cam’ron, Vado, Method Man, Nelly & DJ Khaled – “Mechanics (Remix)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/the-2010-bet-hip-hop-awards-cyphers"> What do you get when you mix hardcore Hip-Hoppers with Pop rockstarz and a couple of annoying soundmen? A Reek Da Villian remix. Yep, you heard correctly but homie just blazed <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/the-2010-bet-hip-hop-awards-cyphers">the BET cyphers</a> so, the lane for his fast break is open like convenience stores.

#Kanye West

The 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/the-2010-bet-hip-hop-awards-cyphers"> It's the annual event we all love to hate to on. Rap stars of new and old all convene under the house of Black lampoonery to dispel our attention from something more conducive to human existence. But as arguably the biggest nucleus that promotes most of the happenings of our beloved culture, the love side of the relationship with BET shoots to the forefront as they do give those that deserve it a bit of shine, even if comes courtesy of a generic environment. Contrived freestyles are NOT Hip-Hop as we'd like to represent it but still giving an avenue for artists to ride through the mainstream is worth overlooking such petty gripes. Premier on the 1's & 2's. Let's go! Cypher #1: a.k.a. The True Heads (Feat. Wiz Khalifa, Bones Brigante, Yelawolf & Raekwon) While the placement of the lesser known Bones Brigante screams of a good manager/label relationship that will inconspicuously breed a new contract in the near future, homie had the most to prove and he followed through with a memorable performance that should garner new fans. Wiz and Yela both displayed why they're amongst the hottest in the game and Rae showed utmost class by cutting his vocals short to eulogize Inspectah Deck's dearly departed mother. Wu-Tang forever, baby. Cypher #2: a.k.a. The Regional Outcasts (Feat. Tyga, Kuniva, Diamond & Royce Da 5’9") When's the last time you seen a rapper from Detroit other than Eminem on BET? No, I won't wait. Even when he blows, Royce will always be one-hit away for the back credit he's undeservedly owed and he makes the most of his time as moderator/champ MC. Tyga been had bars and Kuniva reps for D-12. Sadly, Diamond's flow could use a bit of Massengill®. Performance was a little dry. Cypher #3: a.k.a. The Family Affair (Feat. OMG, Doughboy, Ice Cube, Diggy, JoJo & Rev Run) It was a battle of East & West, the Jacksons & Simmons but hometraining as well. The Cube Clan's verses had more censors than a screening of House Party on primetime TV while the occupants at Run's house knew they'd get a spanking in the dressing room if a four-letter word slipped out. Quiet as kept, on the lowskey-woahskey, Jojo had the smoothest performance. *drops mic* <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/the-2010-bet-hip-hop-awards-cyphers"> "Rosewood! We can see out with our eyes closed..." Cypher #4: a.k.a. The Rhyme Without A Reason (Feat. Reek Da Villian, Zawcain, Mickey Factz & Busta Rhymes) For the record, everybody ripped it with tenacity and precision. However, none of the performances could move a feather in a wind storm. It highlights the perils East Coast Hip-Hop faces in present day. Rappers rely on appearance and (ugh!) swag to entertain instead of letting their lyrics do just that. And when have you ever known Busta Rhymes to pass on an alley-oop of a simple kick-n-snare to get busy? <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK7juZHLqLM">Yep</a>.

the game

Sizzlin…Busta Rhymes – “Don’t Touch Me” Remix

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Busta must have some long arms, 'cause dude reached out on this one.


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