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Sway Sits Down with President Barack Obama!

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For those of you who missed Sway Calloway’s sit down interview with President Barack Obama, on MTV.com here it is!

Sway Calloway sat down with President Barack Obama at the White House and discussed topics like jobs, college funding, gay marriage, hip hop — and even answered some of your questions.

Watch above and don’t forget to vote on November 6!

Sway and Obama

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Rev Run on “Walk This Way” (BMI’s How I Wrote That Song 2012)

Shouts to BMI for featuring this video as their video of the month. It is an interview where Run of Run-DMC is explaining how they didn’t want to make “Walk This Way” at first. They were going to sample the beat and rap over it. But Russel Simmons had the vision and said, no, remake the actual song. It’s a funny story, told by one of Hip Hop’s pioneering legends, Joseph “Run’ Simmons. Check it out and leave comments below…

“Walk This Way” RUN-DMC ft. Aerosmith is arguably the best music video ever. Click “more” to see the video.

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Substantial – “Home Is Where The Art Is” [Album]

A Hip Hop album so authentic and raw it is being released on Vinyl as well as CD and digital formats. The Baltimore MC’s last album Sacricice spawned 2 singles which made it to MTV, BET, & VH1. Having also recently toured Japan, released new music with his groups Bop Alloy and Fanomm, Substantial has been garnering a ton of positive press and the time is just right for his next solo release. The cover art was done by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Substantial’s Home Is Where The Art Is features vocal collaborations with Kokayi, Steph, The Sapphic Songstress, Deacon The Villain (of CunninLynguists), Ken Starr, and Acem (of Gods’Illa). Released on QN5 Music (vinyl through Mello Music Group). PRe-order now or click more for Tracklisting.

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Idle Warship “Driving Me Insane” [Official Video]

Res has this “sexy psycho-chick” vibe goin’ on in this video. Certainly got my attention! This beat is crazy. Part Reggae, part Hip Hop, 100% Rock N Roll, I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing this one on MTV, VH1 & BET soon, not just your neighborhood YouTube Channel. To me, Idle Warship is an alternative to Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s “Best of Both Worlds”. Kweli, Res and the band really blends genres in a way that’s always fresh and exciting. The mostly “green-screen” video was directed by none other than R.A the Rugged Man. (‘Stanley Kubrik’ indeed.)

Idle Warship’s album Habits of the Heart has features from Jean Grae, Jay Knocka, Chester French, Michelle Williams & John Forte.

Download it on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/habits-of-the-heart/id473908850

Catch them soon on the Prisoner of Conscious tour!

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Common & Nas: ‘Ghetto Dreams’

CommonHere is a preview of the single off of Common’s 9th studio album, The Dreamer, The Believer, produced entirely by NO.I.D. The song will drop this week. The album sometime in the fall. This is his first release under his new recording deal with Warner Bros. (Peep game, I said “record-ing deal”, NOT “record deal”.)

Originally it was supposed to come out in June, but it never did, as Common was in the process of negotiating his new deal. NAs got impatient and last weekend over the weekend, Nas Tweeted “I’m giving @common 15 minutes or I’m putting this sh– out myself! #GhettoDreams,” and then leaked the track shortly after.

“That was the first song we did for the album,” Common told MTV News. “No ID said, ‘I got something for you.’ He played that beat, I was like, ‘Oh, sh–.’ I kind of hopped into it, like a zone, a character almost [while] writing it. It was just so raw, something like ’95, but new sounding. Then he put up this Nas vocal [sample] going, ‘Ghetto dreams,’ and then I was like, ‘Oh sh–.’ ” – MTV.com

Common and NasNas was in the studio with NO.I.D. and the producer played the track for him. Nas immediately wanted to jump on it. The rest is history. And the photo?

“We was at a Fat Joe video, I think,” Common recalled. “Two young MCs, young dudes, just real young cats, one from Chicago, one from Queens that just ended up reconnecting and connecting and always being cool. I ain’t going to say ‘reconnected,’ ’cause every time me and Nas always would chop it up, I felt like we was two musicians that really just loved and respected each other, two voices that really mean something to the culture and respect the culture. So, we always had on a personal level just a respect for each other.” – MTV.com