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August has drawn to a close and the weather has gone from days in the 90s where it’s a nonstop parade of sundresses to days barely breaking the 70s where jeans, windbreakers & pullovers are the outfits of the day. As we enter the Fall Choosing Season, the precursor to Cuffing Season, will be underway. Even though we have less than three days of August left, the last semblance of any heat the Summer possessed will be embodied by the 10 independent and underground Hip-Hop/Rap releases featured on this installment of “While You Were Sleeping”

“While You Were Sleeping” is a unique feature exclusive to Hip-Hop Wired. It’s key purpose is to showcase quality indie and underground Hip-Hop/Rap releases that tend to go overlooked, under promoted or downright ignored by most supposed “Rap” or “Hip-Hop” sites due to a lack of sizable marketing and promotions budgets at the disposals of the individual artists or their independent labels. The last 10 indie/underground projects from August feature legendary DJ/producer The Funky President himself J.Rocc with Oxnard’s MED as Axel F, Count Bass D, Oh No (who’s a regular on WYWS), JAMLA’s first lady Rapsody, Blame One  & Brown Bag All Stars’ J57, Matlock x Mr.Green, Lab Technician 14KT, Bambu and more.

If you missed the previous eight months of “While You Were Sleeping” you can just click here and feel free to revisit the previous WYWS installments at your own leisure. Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way? Let’s get down to business.

Here’s what you all may have missed, while you were sleeping…


Professor Lyrical x DJ Shame – Put Em All To Shame (Invasion Ent./D.i.M.E) 8.6.2013

Professor Lyrical (formerly Lyrical) is a professor at Northeastern University pursuing his doctorate. He’s taught everything from business administration to music appreciation to math at both the high school and college level. Before and during this time, he’s racked up numerous freestyle battle crowns & has been an MC for over a generation. Professor Lyrical’s new album Put Em All To Shame shows where Hip-Hop intersects with academia by having a book which accompanies the DJ Shame (Vinyl Reanimators) produced album which helps to explain how Hip-Hop culture enriched his life and encouraged him to pursue a career teaching.  On top of that? The album is dope (and is devoid of cursing which is harder than you can imagine). You can purchase Put Em All To Shame from iTunes (book), Amazon (book) or UGHH (book + CD).


Axel F. (MED x J.Rocc) – Sofa Set EP (Bang Ya Head) 8.20.2013

The Funky President J.Rocc of the World Famous Beat Junkies/Beat Junkie Sound formed a duo with veteran Oxnard MC MED called Axel F. Their latest EP on J.Rocc’s new label Bang Ya Head is the vinyl release Sofa Set EP which you can also cop in digital form. If you’re a fan of that official West Coast Hip Hop then you need to possess this yesterday. You can cop the Sofa Set EP from iTunes, Fat Beats, UGHH or Amazon. If your apartment is big enough for one, you need a Sofa Set EP


Shaheed x DJ Supreme – Knowledge, Rhythm & Understanding (Communicating Vessels) 8.20.2013

Shaheed & DJ Supreme hail from Birmingham, Alabama and go proving that you can’t pre-judge or pigeonhole what Southern Rap is or sounds like. Hip-Hop is Hip-Hop regardless of region. This duo has been making thought provoking Hip-Hop music since 2007’s Health, Wealth & Knowledge Of Self and all is a listen to their 3rd effort Knowledge, Rhythm & Understanding to realize that they haven’t lost a step and their music is as fresh as ever. Guest appearances come courtesy of Akil The MC (Jurassic 5), Adib (Unseen Ummah), R-Tist (The Green Seed) and Angela King. You can acquire Shaheed & DJ Supreme excellent effort Knowledge, Rhythm & Understanding from iTunes, Amazon, UGHH or purchase it directly from Communicating Vessels. Yet another album I’d recommend that they won’t…


Photo: Jamla

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