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We’re getting closer to the May 7 release date of the free album The Remix Project, which has brand new remixes from DITC’s famed catalogue from the likes of Alchemist, DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, Bink, Apollo Brown and more. Today, the second leak from the album comes courtesy of DJ Premier, who re-imagines the group’s founding track off Showbiz & AG’s 1991 Soul Clap EP. You can download the track HERE.

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 RoadToMarquezAlvarado

The HBO special Road to Marquez-Alvarado details the May 17 showdown between two fighters looking at a career crossroads. Coming off clear defeats to Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov respectively, Marquez and Alvarado are now fighting for continued relevance in the 140-147 pound landscape.

Keith Thurman

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LOS ANGELES – Yesterday afternoon, the Westside Boxing Gym played host to the final media workout for this Saturday’s Showtime card headlined by Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz. The co-feature is highlighted by the return of Lucas Matthysse, who’s seeking to re-establish the momentum lost via his defeat at the hands of Danny Garcia last September. The April 26 card starts at 7 p.m. ET with Sho Extreme airing the preliminary bouts of Antonio Orozco vs. Martin Honorio and Jermall Charlo vs. Hector Munoz.

Keith Thurman

KEITH THURMAN

What excites me most is being in the main event. They could have put me on other cards as a co-feature, but this shows me respect and I want to thank Golden Boy for that.

 

Every fighter has to take it one fight at a time, and I’m going in Saturday to do my job.

 

Diaz had some great performances against Shawn Porter and he gave Amir Khan a great fight. Diaz is a former world champion. They say he’s a veteran with a lot of experience. But I’m 25 and have been at this for 18 years, so I’m a veteran, too.

 

Winning on Saturday is obviously very important. Others in my division are already name-fighters, but I’m just starting to build mine. I’m still coming up in the world of boxing. So this is a chance for me to show that I’m not like all others.

 

I expect Diaz to fight his heart out. He says he plans to knock me out. I don’t know if that’s fight hype or his strategy, but I’ll be ready. I want guys who come to fight. I want to make and be in the best fights. On my record I have an ‘O’ but I’m not afraid to let it go.

 

I’ve known Shawn Porter and his Dad for years. I know they’re calling me out. When the time is right, we’ll fight. I expect to fight for maybe another 10 years.

 

I work very hard and count my blessings that I’m where I’m at. I love the support the fans give me. We’re going to give them a real fight on Saturday.

 

 

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Keith Thurman

 

Julio Diaz

JULIO DIAZ

They said I was an old man three years ago and said it was time for me to retire. Actually, I’ve been hearing the same thing for 15 years. They said it when I lost my title. They said it when I got knocked out. But I’m still here and Saturday I’m getting a shot at another world title.

 

I’ve always felt like a world champion, which is a reason that I’m able to come back and win fights no one thinks I can. The biggest mistake I made, I think, was staying at lightweight too long. I think I fought at 135 for 12-13 years.

 

They say I have no chin but since moving to 147 I haven’t been dropped. I haven’t even been moved.

 

I definitely feel I beat Porter the first time (December 2012), but they called it a draw. In the second fight he outpointed me but in both fights I know I hurt him, and I dropped him. People forget that, and look at Porter now. His status has really grown.

 

Going against Thurman is a very dangerous opportunity for me, but one I have to take. I have to take a big risk in any fight that comes my way to get the big reward.

 

Keith Thurman is for real. He’s getting all the attention. But that’s the way it always is before my fights. Let’s see what they’re saying after our fight on Saturday.

 

Julio Diaz

 

Lucas Matthysse

 

LUCAS MATTHYSSE

 

All fights are important but this one is especially very important for me to win so that I can get back to where I was in the division.

 

In my last fight (a points’ loss to Unified Super Lightweight Champion Danny Garcia), I thought everything was going my way until I caught an elbow in my right eye. I don’t think it was a punch, but it turned the fight around.

 

I felt I was dominating, fighting with two eyes, but with one eye he got the momentum. It was disappointing, I thought my career was on the fast track and I gave it 100 percent, but I could not fight like I wanted.

 

I don’t believe the defeat has derailed me too badly, but I need to win against Molina to show that I am back.

 

Molina is a strong, confident fighter who comes forward. In his knockout victory against Mickey Bey, I saw a very hungry fighter. But I didn’t really see a whole lot more from him. I have fought and beat much better.

 

 

 

John Molina

JOHN MOLINA

I feel like I’ve come full circle and I’m right where I should be.

 

Fighting at 140 is a gift for me. This is my second fight at junior welter but I feel better than I ever have. So moving up from 135 will not be a factor.

 

The bad loss to (then lightweight world champion Antonio) DeMarco was a few years ago (August 2012) but I needed that to become the pro that I am today. I now have the experience of fighting on the big stage that I didn’t then.

 

The odds are against me each time out but I have a fighting spirit and I have a desire to win against all odds that others don’t. There was never any self-doubt.

 

 

Against the kind of fighter Matthysse is, I have the opportunity to show what I’m really all about. I showed it once against Bey on SHOWTIME and I’m confident I can do it again on Saturday.

 

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Now that you’re all good and “happy’d” out, Pharrell on onto a new single off his smash GIRL album entitled “Marilyn Monroe.” If the rhythms are too poppy for your tastes, the eclectic flavor of women should hold your attention.

Stahhr

Those looking for substance in their Hip-Hop can look no further than Stahhr, who’s dropped a new video off her Molotov Season project. In just three verses, she lyrical allusions can touch on topics such as black nationalism, early Christian philosophy and modern social responsibility without being overbearing or pretentious. You can purchase the single HERE.

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Damn the studio, Q — it can definitely wait when you have a woman looking like that waiting at home.  With young crooner BJ the Chicago Kid handling chorus duties, Q rhymes on how his mind wanders to more carnal desires while completing studio work. This track is included on Schoolboy Q’s major label debut Oxymoron.

Scarface

On “No Problem, a slimmed down Scarface lays down a mainifesto for where he wants to see Hip-Hop go in 2014. Interspersed with Face are images of articles recounting his critical Hip-Hop statements and legal issues over the last several years. The video is directed by by Mr. Boomtown and the beat is courtesy of Jaime Clark.