Sunday, September 12, 2021


 It's been nearly 10 years since this place was active at it's peak.  But the world changed and we changed with it.  This blog could never again be what it once was.  The internet has forever changed.  It has become a much darker place.  I am happy to see familiar handles from the past showing up in the chat box every once in a while.  The fact that anyone still remembers this place is amazing.  It's nice to know that we built something here that became so beloved by many and still brings you back if only for curiousity to know what we are up to.  I can only apologize for not having content to share with this audience anymore.  We pushed around some ideas for some time and not much ever materialized.  Just doing a web search for HQ Hip Hop, it is clear to see we have copycats and others trying to build their own thing off what we built.  And that's okay, I wish anyone and everyone the best of luck in their endeavors.  The decision to shut it down did not come easy but it had to be done.

Only a couple of us stuck around to see the slow demise and death of this once extremely active blog.  It's hard to let go of something that was so special and we all knew it was special.  We had so many visitors, everyone linked to us to connect with the best, and other bloggers left their own blogs to join ours.  We had Los Angeles radio DJ's frequenting our site.  We had a virtually unknown rapper who had literally only sold 45 copies of his own record, and he came to visit our site.  He was asking us to take something of his down (understandable) and yet, he does not realize that we made him famous all over the world after that.  And remember the Russians?  They took everything from us and claimed it as their own, even though it was blatantly obvious they took from us (maybe someday I will share the proof with you).

Anyhow, it's late on a Sunday evening, the record I was listening to just ended and I am tired.  I'll try to find something good to share with you soon.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Back To School JAM


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Dizzy Wright & Demrick - Don't Worry (Video)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Dusty Fingers Vol. 41 [FLAC]


G-Funk Documentary

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dr. Octagon - Bear Witness IV (2018)

New Dr. Octagon entirely produced by Dan The Automator. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Syrup Sandwiches

Friday, April 13, 2018

The all seeing eye

artist: Mydogsighs
Little Eccleston, Lancashire

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hip Hop Radio About The Culture

Yeah it has LL Cool J's name attached to it, but it seems to be the real deal, a Hip Hop station dedicated to the culture... Finally! There's definitely more LL songs getting airplay at the minute,  but there's a whole lot of music I haven't heard on the radio in years.  Might just be my favorite new station, at least for the moment.

Read more about it

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sorry To Bother You

From the mind of Boots Riley of The Coup!

It's good to see Boots doing something.

Monday, October 23, 2017

I Been Fuckin' Hoes and Poppin' Pillies

The state of rapping today.   It's a dark world out there. Is there anything beyond fuckin' hoes and popping pills? BTW, not saying I don't like this.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Beneficial - Curb Your Enthusiasm

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Beneficial - Your Heater Is Late

Anybody out there?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Random Street Art

Found this on Facebook.  I like it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

TOKiMONSTA & Kool Keith - The Force (Video)

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Saturday, September 29, 2012


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Supreme Cuts & Haleek Maul - M00N (Video)

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Review Of Tha Dogg Pound - Doggy Bag - 2012

In the 90's, Dat Nigga Daz and Kurupt aka Tha Dogg Pound were one of the best groups to come out of the west coast gangsta era. Since first hearing Kurupts verse on Puffin' On Blunts and Drankin' Tanqueray, I knew he was something special. Years and several mediocre solo and collaboration albums later, can this duo's early output still be appealing?

With Death Row's aquisition in '09 by Wide Awake Entertainment, they've been releasing several albums of unreleased material from the 90's at Death Row. Most of these albums have been weak and handled poorly, Exampli Gratia: Crooked I, Snoop Dogg, Sam Sneed. Some have been better like their singles collection and a LBC Crew album. The problem with these releases is that there are hundreds of songs in the vaults but they're mostly there for a reason. The few good songs which are in the vaults have to be stretched out through multiple releases to maximize the investment return for wide awake.

That being said, Doggy Bag is my favorite Wide Awake/Death Row solo album release so far, but there's still some issues. I like to think that Tha Dogg Pound sound best when just rappin' about some gangsta shit. So when the music comes to abstract topics or the ladies, it doesn't always work. (I Don't Care What People Say, Gigolo, Like Dis.) Songs like Every Single Day and NY87 have been heard before. NY87 in its leaked form previously had a 2Pac verse included after Daz's. This has been removed on the cd. It makes you wonder what else has been chopped, cut and pasted. Regardless, it is one of the best tracks on the album. Too bad it just won't make sense without 2Pac's verse anchoring it all together. DJ Quik doesn't hurt either.

There's alot of original versions of classic DPG tracks like Let's Play House and Me In Your World. These work well. Some of the songs sound unfinished but these can also be the best song on the album - A kurupt solo track called These Reasons, Kurupt experiments with his flow and goes hard on a simple but effective beat. It gives me hope for what his future could have held if all had remained well at Death Row and he didn't branch out on his own and release the horrid Kuruption. Another stand out track is the other Kurupt solo cut, Life I Lead. The Interlude isn't bad either. Theres even a positive song with Save A life featuring Prince Ital Joe.

In the end, I have to remember that I am a DPG fan and consequently, a little biased. Taking my fandom out of the factor, the suggestion would be to definitely pick this up if you are into Tha Dogg Pound or mid 90's g-funk. If not, then you may be better off passing on it. Tha Dogg Pound have released several newer albums under different various names like Dillinger & Young Gotti. Check out their latest 100 Wayz from 2010.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

FLAC CAST #8 East Vs. West Old School Mix

A great hour long mix by DJ Stones. Check it out!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Just a coincidence.....

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Killer Mike - Big Beast (Video)

Good hiphop in 2012? Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

Cheone / Italy - 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Goapele - Tears On My Pillow (Video)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fraction & Fresh Kils - Extra Science - 2012

Support that real hiphop!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Aero - MCA Tribute, Brighton, UK - 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

FLAC CAST #7 Glitchy & Scratchy

You guys still out there? If so, check out this great mix from XL!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Unknown Artist - Beware Of Hipsters - Cambridge, MA - 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

DJs - Send Us Your Original Mixes

I'm reposting this again since it's been a few months since we requested this. A few DJ's have sent in some AMAZING mixes but we are looking for new content for our FLAC CASTs on our BANDCAMP PAGE. If you would like to be featured on a FLAC CAST then send us an exclusive original mix to

Mixes should be from lossless sources and can be up to 600MB in total. Your webpage or contact info will be posted on the bandcamp page so people can check out your mix. Mixes will be evaluated for quality. We don't just post anything. People respond to quality!


Saturday, March 31, 2012

SLICK x CALE of K2S - Super Mario Graffiti - 2012

Dumbfoundead - Cool And Calm (Video)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

La Robot De Madera & Charquipunk - Valparaiso, Chile - 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

FLAC CAST #6 Give Me A Break Vol. 1

DJ Stones made an impressive breaks mix. Find out where alot of those hiphop samples came from, with style. Don't be afraid to comment, it encourages us.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

4word Presents Nastee - The Resume

Check out our friend Nastee who made all those 4Word productions animated videos over the last couple years. The guy is a producer also and hes got a mixtape featuring all his unreleased and released cuts from the 90's with artists like Big Pun and Mobb Deep. Keep hip-hop alive in '12! One of my favorite songs was produced by him btw - Dream Shatterer by Big Pun.

Download at

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Keep Hip-Hop Alive!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

5 Points Graffiti Wall - Queens - 2012

Thanks to Magnetic Majestic!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

FLAC CAST #5 Daily Operation

This is the uncensored FLAC version of DJ Pumpin Petes latest mix. Thanks to Him and enjoy!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pageiro - Baja California - 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

FLAC CAST #4 Axe To Grind

This is a mix i did of all David Axelrod production. I took a bunch of breaks and extended them. Overlaid some vocals over drums etc. I hope you see it as a big improvement over my last mix.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

FLAC CAST #3 20 Min Classics

Monday, February 6, 2012

FLAC CAST #2 The Correct Technique

Thursday, February 2, 2012

DJ Pumpin Pete - The Foundation Hiphop Educational Mix - 2012

DJ Pumpin Pete is a 2x DMC Champion from Chicago. Check out this mix he did for 89.5 FM

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

To Clarify...

In the past few days submissions have been pouring in and only about 2 DJ's are actually worth posting. I need to be more clear in what we want from you. The site is looking for *original* mixes in FLAC that we can post on our bandcamp page. They have to be FLAC because bandcamp automatically converts it to mp3. These can incorporate different styles but must remain hiphop or oldies oriented. These days dj's incorporate alot of stuff like electronica, glitch, dub, dubstep and can still remain hiphop ie:d-styles. It's a fine line. Please dont send us cut and paste jobs from 128 files. Be good at scratching and or mixing.

The first FLAC CAST was just a quick mix with revenge type songs, future endeavors may incorporate different elements like original production and or mixing styles and scratching. Throwing together a good playlist and mixing it is great but putting together a routine can take some time.Oh and send an example of your skills so we can decide to go ahead  or not with your music.

The reason we started this was because with over ten million hits, people have started to trust our "musical taste." I wish to continue spreading this knowledge with our mixes. We CARE about music and want to get it to you however we can. If you wish to come along for the ride then that'd great. We will NOT be going backwards. That era of the site is DEAD. This place has taken countless hours out of our lives and having it all gone was sad but it's motivating to build something up again from an idea. We hope to keep *real* hiphop alive in anyway we can.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

FLAC CAST #1 Revenge Is Suite

 It's a new day

All of us here want you to hear good music on a regular basis so we've decided to start a new direction for the site. We'll be making mixes of songs we like and also doing live shows with resident DJ's (If you are a dj and wish to make a Mix, You can contact us @ We may also continue to do interviews and editorials. We're excited for the future of High Quality Hip-Hop. I call em FLAC CASTs because I hate ipods and also because theyll be mixed in lossless. The first mix is a subtle message to those who try to stop us. I put up a donation button also which will be going to help us make the most out of the new ideas we have for the future. The mixes/shows are free to download, but there is a name your own price option. If you wish to help, you can donate on or directly here. If you do not wish to make a donation then just put in zero and you will be able to download the mix. My next one will be all Oldies. Let us know what you think in the comments. Also KingSkullie will be trying a HQ HipHop radio on Ustream. Check it out while you're here and don't be afraid to let us know who you are by chatting in the cbox.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Goodbye...For Now

As of today, deleted all my files, as well as Ben's and King Skullie's. I had about 800GB of data stored there. It seems that all the filehosts are running scared because of Megaupload's trial and that there is nothing left to do and no other option but to quit. I made this decision as the creator of the blog along with Ben and King Skullie, that the blog must cease to be. There was too much work and time put into the creation of this place to have it all taken away by some greedy corporate fucks.

It was fun while it lasted, please remember this place as the first that started a wave of good material in outstanding quality. These three years spent with this blog have been a wonderful experience that none of its authors will ever forget. Stay strong, and whatever happens, keep your love for the music. You can leave any messages you have for us here.



BTW--The domain is not going anywhere.  We are transitioning the site and things will change around here, so just be on the lookout for the new HQHipHop coming soon.


I know it seems like a sad day, but guess what...