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Kid Cudi Intv: Why He Got Down With Universal Motown?

Writer: Tracy Garraud

Kid Cudi is living the indie dream. A name once uttered only within the underground scene, Cudi got his cake when the eccentric yet oddly emotive, “Day ‘N Nite”—off his mixtape A Kid Named Cudi—dipped him into mainstream’s radio-friendly pool. During the summer of ’08, Kanye didn’t bet against success for the 25-year-old and immediately reeled the Kid in to work on 808s and Heartbreak while also signing him to G.O.O.D. Music. But that’s just the basics. Cudi’s still got ink stains from a fresh Universal Motown deal, is currently recording his debut Man on the Moon: The Guardians, and is building a lengthy list of check-happy extracurriculars.

Quincy Jones Tribute (Part 3)


YN is not quite through, here’s 10 funky Q breaks for you.

“Summer In The City”

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“Up Against The Wall”

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“The Slender Thread”

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“Kitty With The Bent Frame”

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Quincy Jones Tribute (Part 2)


Here’s a collection of YN certified bangers that all jacked Mr. Jones.

Above The Law “Livin’ Like Hustlers”

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Positive K “Step Up Front”

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Frescho & Miz “4 At A Time”

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Sauce Money Featuring Jay-Z “Pre Game”


Nice and Smooth “Step By Step

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The Tricky Stewart Collection

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The comrade Bfred over at Complex, is one helluva music junkie. In fact, when he’s not making P. Diddy sound like a complete douche, he’s getting his J-Love on at Uggh…Nice Watch.

“This is where I will archive the various compilations that I release on this blog, complete with download links. Currently you can find two old ones (The SWV Collection and The Jermaine Dupri Collection) and two new ones (The Backpack Rap Collection and The Maurice Starr Collection).”

This week, he gives props to mega producer Tricky Stewart with a double disc worth of his greatest hits.

Quincy Jones Tribute (Part 1)

Yesterday, Quincy Jones turned 76. Besides founding Vibe magazine, the legendary producer has always been supportive of hip-hop culture and rap’s new generation. So it’s only right we at RR acknowledge the man.

Let’s start with the two biggest songs that sampled sounds from his extensive catalogue.

Ludacris “Number One Spot”


Pharcyde “Passin’ Me By”


Update: My bad. Make that 3! Duh!

Mobb Deep “Shook Ones Pt. 2”


Bun B’s Fader Freestyle/New UGK “Still On Tha Grind”

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Uncle Bun kicks a slo-flow freestyle for The Fader ‘s “Where In The World” series.


“Jack Tripper Three’s Company hoe!”

UGK featuring Raheem DeVaughn “Still On Tha Grind” (off the final UGK album, 4 Life)


Update: Dre from Nah Right clarifies this pre-leakage.

New Doom “Batty Boyz”
MF Doom

“It’s like a leotard fest.”

I knew this guy when he was Zev Love X, I’m so confused. I listened to this twice and I still don’t know what’s goin’ on. All superheroes are gay? Anyway Robbie sent this over so here ya go. Analyze this!

Doom “Batty Boyz”

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Props: UnKut