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February saw a significant increase in Hip-Hop releases in comparison to January,  but things will finally begin to kick into full steam in March. The growing frequency of quality releases means this new Hip-Hop Wired feature “While You Were Sleeping” goes bi-weekly instead of just monthly.

Over the past four weeks there were 10 notable independent releases from the like of Frank-N-Dank, Madlib, Ill Bill and more that hit both digital music marketplaces and store shelves that deserve mention in this particular piece. Here’s what you may have missed, while you were sleeping…


Frank-N-Dank 48 Hours 2.5.2013 (Delicious Vinyl)

Frank-N-Dank’s storied debut LP 48 Hours was originally supposed to be released on MCA Records about a decade ago. It was produced entirely by J Dilla and rumors abound of how it was created and why it was ultimately shelved. Delicious Vinyl acquired the rights to the album as it was intended to be released when Dilla initially submitted it and put it out along with the instrumentals. You can purchase this project via iTunes, Amazon, Fat Beats or UGHH. Don’t sleep on it…


Edo. G Intelligence & Ignorance 2.5.2013 (Envision Entertainment)
Edo. G is a certified Hip-Hop legend whose career began in the mid 80’s as a part of Boston’s burgeoning Rap scene. He’s made classics for more than two decades and recorded with everyone from DJ Premier to Pete Rock to Masta Ace. He released his follow up to 2011’s A Face In The Crowd with his 10 song set Intelligence & Ignorance. Ed hasn’t lost a step after more than 25 years in the game. Cop Intelligence & Ignorance from iTunes, Amazon & UGHH.
Photo: Brick Records

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