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Here is some pro-shot video of Deltron 3030 performing a 45 min set backed by an orchestra and full band as part of KEXP’s VIP Club concert series.

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Bestof2013

As 2014 fast approaches, we reflect back on the year in music… and oh what a year it was.  Some incredible albums were released this year that will remain on playlists for years to come.  There were some exceptional hip-hop releases this year that hopefully will help shape the sound of hip-hop to come in the upcoming years.  Without further ado, here’s our list, and as we have in the past, we’ve included some new live audio for each artist selected…

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BINKBeats-JDilla

Producer BINKBEATS performs a live J Dilla mix as a one man band in this amazing video.  This is truly impressive.

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manifest

To celebrate the release of Apae: The Price of Free EP, the excellent new album from M.anifest, we bring you a live performance of Blue (Chale What Dey Happen) from his annual Manifestivities concert at Alliance Francaise in Accra, Ghana.  Check below for both the audio and video.

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rae

One of the big surprise guests at The Roots’ annual Holiday Jam Session was Raekwon, who rocked the crowd by performing 3 songs, all backed by The Roots, with Black Thought handling mic duties of the rest of the Wu Tang Clan.  Check out the Okayplayer TV video of the “Incarcerated Scarfaces” performance, then check out exclusive audio of all 3 songs.

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mackimmel

With his upcoming release, Live From Space, dropping next week, Mac Miller stopped by the Sony Outdoor Stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform Objects In The Mirror, The Star Room, I Am Who I Am (Killin’ Time), Watching Movies, The Question and S.D.S.  Backed by a live band, The Internet, Mac has matured into a great live performer.  If you like what you hear, you can pre-order Live From Space on iTunes now, and also check out the bonus link of Mac performing live in London from earlier this summer.

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