Los Angeles’ brutal two- or three-day-long winter is set to start tomorrow. Then things should return to normal – you know; sunshine, palm trees, convertibles, etc. Surveys have shown that winter is the peak time for blasting some good jazz at home. Graphic designer and illustrator RHEK has recently released another great zip folder full of jazz gems and you need these jams in your life. Get ’em at Rapzips.


This 10min freestyle by Black Thought of the mighty mighty Roots crew is tearing up the Internet. Not bad for a 46-year-old, to say the very least. Tariq has arguably been a legendary lyricist since The Roots dropped Square in ’92. How much more CB4 can we afford?


7:18 is a new mixtape by DJs MICK and Chi Duly, which pairs lyrics/verses by rapper Jay-Z with beats by DJ/Producer DJ Premier. The album we’ve all wanted to hear forever, basically. It’s good. Stream or download it here.

The Redux

It’s no secret that I’m a giant, giant fan of hip-hop producer Prince Paul. His work with De La, Gravediggaz, Dan the Automator, etal, is all incredible to me. Check out The Redux, an hour-long mix, rich with vocal samples, funky soul loops, and some of the best lyricists around: MC Breeze, Jean Grae, Planet Asia, Beatnuts, the RZA, Chubb Rock (!), Kardinal Official, MF Doom, J Zone, and more. Available as a free download for a limited time.

You Know What Time Is It

The sophomore album from West Coast rap group Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, turns 22 today. Most people seem to prefer their debut release but this is definitely my favorite Pharcyde album. Songs like “Drop” and “Runnin'” have been some of my favorite hip-hop tracks since the mid-’90s, and they still sound amazing to me.


I was sad to hear that the incredible soul singer Charles Bradley passed away about a week ago. Here’s a video of his cover of “Changes” by Ozzy Osbourne, of Black Sabbath fame. Check out all of his great music over at Daptone Records.


Talented Vancouver-based creative Rhek has been sharing new selections of hip-hop and dancehall music in his Rapzips Tumblr project, for years now. Each edition includes a .zip folder download of new mp3s selected by Rhek. Recently, he’s added a series of Jazzzips too and they’re really great. Check out JAZZZIP.001 and JAZZZIP.002.