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Dante Ross: Dummy Smacks

T oday’s A&R not only eats off of the artists he signs, he can become a star in his own right. Jay-Z can shout out “Lenny S” as TI brings in DJ Drama to be the ears of Grand Hustle/Atlantic. However, in the formation of Hip-Hop as we know it, one of the most unmentioned… Read more »

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DMX: Dog Days of Summer

E arl Simmons is many men. In one respect he is a loving husband and father of four. On another plane, he is DMX, a talented and world renown emcee that has moved millions and millions of albums. Then there is X, the volatile, Yonker’s native who unpredictable nature is legendary. When AllHipHop.com interviewed The… Read more »

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Ise Lyfe: Lyfe As We Know It

“We went from fighting for freedom to goin’ dumb for free.” That’s how Ise Lyfe begins one of the songs, “Enigma,” from his debut album, Spread the Word. The East Oakland representative is not against Hyphy culture by any means, but instead the 23 year old is out to challenge the youth to be more… Read more »

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Styles P: Built to Last Part Two

AllHipHop.com: Many consider A Gangster and a Gentleman a classic. Would you agree? Styles: If the streets say it, I’m riding with it. That album was a challenge for me. They were like “He’s good with the Lox, he’s hot on mixtapes, but can he make an album?” I know they didn’t expect me to… Read more »

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Styles P: Built to Last Part One

D avid Styles is a self-proclaimed problem. He’s adamant about you knowing it, absorbing it, and passing the declaration on to the next man. More often than not, listeners are overrun with gangster tales and tough talk that varies from phony album rhetoric, fabricated industry imagery, and true-to-life hood legends and trap stars that fall… Read more »

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GM Grimm: The Hunger For More

GM Grimm, perhaps better known as MF Grimm, has lived the life that many rappers can only write fictional rhymes about. Emerging in the early ‘90s, Grimm collaborated with Hip-Hop greats Kool G Rap, Akinyele, and KMD, to name a few. The rugged rapper even penned undisclosed parts of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic for West… Read more »

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Bone Crusher: The Tipping Point

B one Crusher had the world on his side just three years ago. His hit, “Never Scared” was a major muscle in moving Crunk from the clubs to the country club dance-floors. However, as his peers caked up on bigger deals, stronger marketing, and endorsements, Bone Crusher was lost in the Arista merger with Jive…. Read more »

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Sticky Fingaz: Black Superman

W ith over 40 credits to his name, including roles as a producer and director, let it be known that Sticky Fingaz stands to soon be a household name. As “Slam” continues to get burn on greatest hits compilations, Sticky’s most recognizable feat may come as he takes over for Wesley Snipes as Blade: The… Read more »

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Ski Beatz: I’m Feelin’ It

C lassic albums come along few and far between in the music world. The hunt for the perfect combination of lyricist and production chemistry can sometimes resemble a well-developed scientific experiment. The aim is to get a cohesive effort that gels and soothes listening ears, and at best, you get a mix that combusts to… Read more »

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G.A.G.E.: Measure of a Man

T wenty-three and with a flow scratched out of sandpaper rawness, Chaz “G.A.G.E.” Scott is Aftermath’s newest and youngest signee. And while his sometimes-nickname — “Shottie” — implies the kind of double-barreled sawed-off that left Cuba Gooding Jr. screaming “Ricky!” in an alley, G.A.G.E.’s rap handle has little to do with guns. Born, raised and… Read more »

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Field Mob: Coming Correct

T he gods over at Google must invest in irony, because upon searching for the Georgian group Field Mob, the description lists them as artists from New York. Surely anyone with even an earlobe to the street knows of the current situation regarding the Albany, Georgia natives and their take on the New York Hip-Hop… Read more »

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Bobbito: Halftime

If you read the liner notes to any major Hip-Hop album from early ‘90s on, chances are you’ll see Bobbito’s name in the shout outs. If you a go to an New York street-ball event or Madison Square Garden halftime show, chances are, you’ll see Bobbito teasing the crowd with his mesmerizing handle. The same… Read more »

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