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Justin Timberlake - Suit & Tie (ft Jay-Z)


Well the long awaited musical return of Justin Timberlake has finally arrived (last night)! The singer released a single has some help from Jay-Z and was produced by long time collaborator, Timbaland, who is also producing his new album, The 20/20 Experience.The 20-track album is scheduled to be released sometime this year and Beyonce is confirmed to make an appearance as well.

Here’s what Justin had to say:

An Open Letter to you (the fans):

I hope this gets to you the right way. It’s the only way I know to do it. Some people may criticize me for the last 3 days. But it was fun, right?? Right?!?! Besides, I’d rather speak directly to all of you. And, who can knock me for having a little bit of fun with it?

Well… No more teasing. Although, it was A LOT of fun. (Did I mention that I’m having fun with this?? Ha!)

*Makes a serious face*

So, here goes:

This year is an exciting one for me. As you probably have heard through the “grapevine,” I’m gearing up for a big 2013.
Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.

The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn’t expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I’ve had in my career… Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.

What I came up with is something I couldn’t be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I’ve discovered along the way.

I’m calling it “The 20/20 Experience,” and it’s coming out this year.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

That’s all I’m giving you for now… I know, I know! Again, with the teasing!!!

Get ready. This is going to be fun (well, at least it is for me).


The Diplomats - Dipset Anthem


Its not March yet but roughly 10 years ago the Harlem group, the Diplomats bka Dipset debuted with their first group album, Diplomatic Immunity. For an indie group they made pretty big numbers which eventually lead them to get signed to the Roc. So here’s a post dedicated to those uptown.

unfortunately this is the only video I can find..and its censored. ENJOY!


Happy New Years!

2012 has been an awesome year for us at Rise & Grnd! We were able to meet and hang with numerous different artists from around the country and surround ourselves with what we love (music)! We’re a small site and owe it all to the people out there that give us even 1 minute of their time and for that we’re eternally grateful. So with that 2013 is less than 12 hours away and its onto the next one with bigger and better goals and ambitions. Stay tuned for more!

-Rise & Grnd

Bambu - Brave Heart


A very simple video of the MC just getting to work. Los Angeles MC, Bambu links up with an ESTA beat to bring to you this new track called “Brave Heart” for ESTA’s. I feel like this line almost sums it up: “ayo, manny, quit playing in politics and train”. Which is exactly what the Filipino rapper is doing in the video. Keep it simple and start working, don’t wait for the new year either!


Drunken Fists - Time Don’t Wait


J.Moy and Shynobi, of Drunken Fists, put out a new music video for their latest single “Time Don’t Wait.” The 2 MCs get some vocals from Oriana but looks like she couldn’t make the filming. Simple video showing their everyday “non-music” lives as the 2 Canadians get busy on their daily grind and laying down their bars on the mic (and paper!).

With the release of all these singles this past year you have to wonder…when’s the album coming out???


Dumbfoundead - 10 Rounds


Los Angeles’s own Dumbfoundead dropped a new music video for “10 Rounds”, his latest single off theTake the Staresalbum. The song itself is completely dope-sauce with Breezy Lovejoy behind the production. Nicolas Heller then took the track and completely flipped it with some really crazy visuals because you’re really taken on a trip with DFD on this one. So so awesome.


D-Pryde Gets Signed to BMG!


Young Canadian rapper, D-Pryde, announced a couple days ago that he got signed to the majors under Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) in conjunction with Mars Music Group. He had this to say:

I am officially a new signee to BMG. It’s been a long journey, but this is only the beginning! Thank you to everybody who has stuck with MarsMG through thick and thin. It’s time to make “D-Pryde’ worldwide and mainstream (in a good way). Thank you all! MarsMG x BMG.

Prizzy as he certainly has been grinding it out to get his music out there. The best is yet to come. Big Congratulations!


Far East Movement - Christmas in Downtown LA (ft MNEK)


These days the LA trio is known more for their dance beats than anything else but they decided to go a different route this time for their Christmas track, “Christmas in Downtown LA.” The 3 MCs lay down some cheery, feel-good bars about their hometown. Reminds me a bit of the old FM, check it below: