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Fresh local hip-hop from Innerstate Ike, The Pirate Signal, A.V.I.U.S., Mr. Midas and more

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There's a grip of local hip-hop this week, including a a new mixtape featuring The Pirate Signal, a metaphor heavy, tongue-in-cheek joint from Innerstate Ike, a remix of A.V.I.U.S.'s single "Same Ol' Line," a video from Mr. Midas featuring Rockie that's more club anthem than many singles currently being played in the clubs, a track with "Dirty Diana" style lyrics over a Drake beat from Tr3Cooh, and a dope behind the scenes footage and a live performance video from The ReMINDers at the Trinity International Hip-hop Festival. This week's hip-hop has tons of swag.

The Pirate Signal just released a new DJ Comatoast blended mixtape on Bandcamp that features a collection of The Pirate Signal's music from 2006 to 2011. The integrity of the tracks are held intact yet enhanced by Comatoast's slight of hand and DJ trickery. Check for "I Can't Wait' and the BLK HRTS assisted "Bloodlines." Also, this just in: if you're not doing anything tonight, The Pirate Signal is playing a not-so-secret show tonight at the Meadowlark with DJ Comatoast featuring songs form the new mixtape.

Innerstate Ike and "Tytanik" have sexed it up entirely with the new TC Crook-produced joint "Blow Pop." You get exactly two seconds to read between the metaphors to figure out what this one's about. If the sexy artwork doesn't give it away, check the playful and charming rhyme structure, which most definitely explains it all.

A.V.I.U.S. released For Better or Worse earlier in the summer, and the first single, "Same Ol'Line," featured the MC rapping alongside Fashawn and Evidence. The song has since been remixed by Shuko and the finished product is pretty fresh. The song in its original state is reflective and head-nod inducing, Shuko, though, gives the track an edge and allows the lyrics to pack a different punch.

Mr. Midas, meanwhile, teamed up with Rockie to churn out a video for "Feelin' Me," from Son of the Crack Era. Pretty much consisting of bouncing women, red cups, and several dancing moments from Mr. Midas, the club energy in this joint cannot be denied. Rockie is quite impressive alongside Midas as he raps about having swag more evil than Knievel. Produced by TC Crook, this one is worthy of being turned up.

Tr3Cooh has a sound that can easily be considered alongside those of wordsmiths and poets who set their poetic thoughts to music. With lyrics that are similar to other songs about women who might make wayward decisions (hence the "Dirty Diana reference above), "Who's That Girl" allows for a great storytelling moment from Tr3Cooh. The video itself is chock full of dramatic moments and fleeting images of the girl the song is about, and Tr3Cooh paints the image with his lyrics.

The ReMINDers are always on the go. Whether at shows in Colorado, or all over the world, the husband and wife duo seem to take hip-hop to another level, no matter where they are. This video for "The Way it Is" contains awesome behind the scenes footage of the band at the Trinity International hip-hop festival. This joint is worth watching, and if you're not up on The ReMINDers, this is a great opportunity to get familiar.

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