All things hip-hop, all things Tor

Punk Smooth Shit

Reebok Classics Presents: Lauryn Hill

Reebok says:

“While the world has certainly changed since 1998, The Miseduction of Lauryn Hill is as relevant then as it is now. We sat down with Lauryn to find out exactly what that album meant to her while she was making it and why it went on to become a classic.”


Torae ft. Mike Shorey – Outta Here (Video)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Watch the vid up top & if you love it grab the song here.


Torae’s Playlist via Angela Yee

Instead of my usual “iTunes Most Played Track” this week I spoke with the homie Scott Marlowe of teamyee.tv & gave him my current favorite 5 joints for their Playlist. Check what I’m jamming to these days at Angela’s.


Torae – Outta Here Behind The Scenes (Video)

Well there were a lot of pictures & video taken last week at the “Outta Here” shoot so I’m gonna assume these will be rolling in, in the upcoming days. This BTS is courtesy of Rap Relapse, thanks fellas.


Torae – Love Is War ft. Lydia Caesar

This is by far one of my favorite records. I’ve had this beat for like 4 years I always wanted to use it but I never had the project, song idea etcetera so once I decided to do Heart Failure I pulled it out the stash. I played it for Lydia Caesar along with a few other but she loved this beat. She wrote the hook and bridge around my verses & then we tweaked a few words here & there together. The end result is Love Is War. It’s been a favorite of men & women since it’s release. I guess everyone can relate to being fed up in one way or another. Be on the look out for Lydia too, she’s an amazing singer, songwriter & performer…


Love Is War (ft. Lydia Caesar) | Alternate Link


Heart Failure Available Now

I wanna thank everyone that came out to the “Heart Failure” release party last week. It’s always a humbling experience when I see the people that actually support my movement. I don’t wanna name names but I had some really amazing people come out last Thursday. THANK YOU ALL. Shouts to all the sponsors of the event as well. There were a few photographers in the building for sure, salute you all for the coverage. Click HERE for pictures from the release party courtesy of Photo Rob.

And now on to the reason we were celebrating. “Heart Failure” is available for sale NOW!!. In the 1st day we were able to crack the top 200 on iTunes, today I’d like to hit the top 100 or even top 50. I can’t do it without yall though. Head over to iTunes, leave a comment & grab a song or two….or eleven, haha. Thanks, without you there no me. Real Rap!


Just My Thoughts

So with the release of any new project comes radio & press. Salute to every journalist & radio jock that gives a good got damn to sit & speak with me and a bigger shout to everyone that sits down to read or listen to a Torae interview. With that said the homie Amanda Bassa wrote a dope 2 part piece on me entitled “Bar Enlightenment” for The Well Versed where she chose a few lines of mine & I did the knowledge on ’em. I also chopped it up with the homie 730 from HipHopGame for a nice little write up that started off speaking about Heart Failure but ended up talking about 6 grader classroom outbursts, social networks & the documentation of blow jobs, hahaha very interesting read indeed. For shits & giggles I’ll throw in the audio of my time with the legendary Tony Touch on his Toca Tuesdays show on Shade 45. I went for about 20 good bars….definitely decent.

Bar Enlightenment pt. 1 w/Amanda Bassa for TWV

Torae Interview on Hip Hop Game w/Brian Kayser

(Interview footage coming soon)


#HeartFailure (Mixtape)

Well folks the day is upon us. Flowers, cards, candy & a whole bunch of other unnecessary BS. Don’t you people know all you need is love & music. Allow me if you will to provide a nice soundtrack for all of this evenings festivities. Play this on your way to the restaurant, hotel or while you’re in the back set of your jeep swinging an ep’. Word to James Todd Smith.

Bandcamp Download
Limelinx Download


iTunes Most Played Track (2/6-1/12)

I had a real hectic week, so I was definitely on some mellow ish in my very minimal down time. The iTunes/iPod play tracker says this weeks winner is Miguel. I guess I’ll set aside my dislike of his questionable album artwork & still give the homie a post. His new single “Sure Thing” goes!

Sidebar: I’d love to see the royalty statements on “All I Want Is You” that song is on the radio like every 4 songs!! Here’s to a new single, let’s get this one in the rotation PD’s.


Torae – Outta Here (ft. Mike Shorey) prod. by Woody

Here’s where the whole Heart Failure project begins on this song. All good right? let’s see where it’s at 11 tracks later. Big up to Woody on the beat & Mike Shorey on the hook. Lemme throw in some classic Mike Shorey & Fab after the jump.

Outta Here (ft. Mike Shorey) (Download)

(more…)


Pillow Talk w/Dee Vazquez (Video)

In a constant effort to push the envelope in my viral campaigns I present to you a one on one interview series with a number of industry females entitled “Pillow Talk”. With the success of my inflowmercial & Double Barrel Tuesday clips I wanted to come with something new for the Heart Failure mixtape/EP. I think Pillow Talk will enlighten fans of these women while showcasing yet another side of me. First up is the lovely Dee Vazquez of Fuse TV, Hot 97 & Sirius XM. I hope you enjoy…


Lloyd Banks – I Don’t Deserve You ft. Jeremih

I’m never mad at a good “chick song”. Here’s the latest from Blue Hef ft. Jeremiha “Don’t Deserve You” off that HFM2 album.


iTunes Most Played Track (1/9-1/15)

As you probably know I absolutely love music & all most things related. With that said I’m starting a weekly post where I’ll put you on to what my iPod/iTunes says got the most burn for the week. For the inaugural post we have none other than one of my favorite new(ish) vocalists Jazmine Sullivan. This girl can straight up & down saing, she also has a mean pen. Her song “10 Seconds” is this weeks most played track!

You can support here & peep the video after the jump.
(more…)


Ambrosia (Amber x Rosa)

Am I totally feeding into their publicity stunt? YES. Do I dig hot chicks kissing? YES. Are you gonna hit the jump to watch the video? YES. ‘Nuff said.

Spotted at the 2Dopehouse

(more…)


Heart Failure Cover Shoot

Behind every great photo is a great photo shoot, well maybe not always but this one was pretty good. Shouts to the homie Photo Rob & the young lady in the pictures. Hell I’ll even be nice & add a stream of the song playing in the clip. “Let It Go” produced by Khrysis & featuring the lovely “sounds” of Mone Divine. Heart Failure mixtape Feb 14th & iTunes tagless version Feb 15th.


Heart Failure – Cover & Tracklist

On Feb 14th me & the homie DJ Blazita in association with Honey Mag & Flud Watches are dropping a little something for Valentine’s Day. Heart Failure is a 10 song project with a relationship theme. It covers everything from meeting, to dating, to sexing & breaking up. It’s pretty much what happens between Tribe’s “Electric Relaxation” & Main Source’s “Looking At The Front Door”. Hit the jump for tracklist & credits…
(more…)


Point of View (prod. by Eric G.)

Here’s the 1st leak off Heart Failure “Point of View” prod. by Eric G.

Torae – Point Of View (prod. by Eric G.) | Alternate Link


The-Dream x Honey Mag

You already know I’m a fan so don’t act all surprised. LoveKing out June 29th. Full interview with the honies at Honey Mag here


Thanks or No Thanks?…

Alright yall it’s finally here. One of the most anticipated albums of the year Drake’s “Thank Me Later” hit the internet two weeks ago shelves yesterday. So what do yall think of the Young Money rapper/sainger’s debut? Does it live up to the hype? Is it the soundtrack to the summer? Will it become “classic” status? Or does it suck!! I’m curious to your thoughts. Hit the comment section & talk yo sh*t. June 15th in this b*tch wassssuppppp. Word to DeGrassi…


Onika Tanya Maraj covers VIBE

Nicki Minaj pics on the Torae blog?? Damn right!!! F*ck what you thought. This blog will reveal a lot about me if nothing else. Enjoy this til the mag drops or the other pictures leak….

UPDATED: ERYKAH BADU COVER ADDED….
(more…)


The Dream (ft. T.I) – Make Up Bag

Oh yeah, on my blog expect to see some Terius Nash posts [ll]. “Make Up Bag” off that Love King album in stores June 29. Features Clifford, Selita Ebanks (Victoria Secret’s model) & the homie Jason Weaver (remember when he was on deck to blow up). Album art & tracklisting after the jump.

(more…)