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Penelope: Skip To My Lou

Hailing straight from the “Lou,” Penelope has lived the true meaning of the word “grind.” As a teen, she scored her first record demo with “The Crew from the Lou.” While coming up during the legendary, “St. Louis Grind- Time,” she was known as being one of the deadliest female rappers. Her onstage persona was… Read more »

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Kevin Federline: Crossroads

Don’t call him Britney’s hubby or Moesha’s friend’s baby daddy, Kevin Federline – known beyond the tabloids for his movements to Hip-Hop music – is in the works for releasing his debut rap album. The dancer turned Hollywood fixture, has spent the past few years in a life resembling the Truman Show. While previously dancing… Read more »

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Tha Alkaholiks: Last Call

In the early 90’s, De La Soul encouraged fans to lace up their roller-skates. The Alkaholiks just suggested calling “grandma a b*tch” – but only when they were drunk. Both were about having fun. Surprisingly, both groups are still in tact. But stemming from their arrival on King Tee’s seminal albums, Tha Liks are soon… Read more »

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Dilated Peoples: Triple Optics

George Benson, once sang “I knew back then, what I know now/If I understood the what, when, why and how/Now it’s clear to me, what I should have done/But hindsight is 20/20 vision.” Dilated Peoples on the other hand, have flipped it and with their fourth release titled 20/20. Here, they are using foresight and… Read more »

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Conway: Creepin’ on a Comeback

What do you do when after being signed to one of the industry’s powerhouse recording labels, you’re dropped with nowhere to go? A lot would fall back without hesitation, and choose another career. But if you’re Los Angeles rapper Conway, that theory is simply unacceptable. Indeed it was, as Conway has now re-emerged to take… Read more »

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Lil’ Wayne: Boiling Point

While his one-time Hot Boy brothers are artfully planning comebacks, Wayne is reigning from a higher plain. Moreover, Lil’ Wayne is on top of the Hip-Hop game right now. He’s still on Cash Money, still riding with Baby, and still not afraid to speak his mind outright. With his critically acclaimed fifth album – Tha… Read more »

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B.G.: New Light

Like many of the reigning kings of late 90’s Southern rap, B.G.’s career has been in a bit of limbo. Like his Hot Boy brother Juvenile, BG’s reach was never as far as when he had the Cash Money Records tattoos out and the label on the album. The three Koch releases since found cult… Read more »

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Juvenile: A Moment of Clarity

Though he wasn’t the youngest Hot Boy, Juvenile certainly seems to have matured in the last eight years. From his salacious ballads, Juvenile is committed to showing the other side of the lifestyle with the upcoming Reality Check. In a candid discussion with AllHipHop.com, Juvenile touches on this new vision, his reactions to Katrina and… Read more »

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Kanye West: ‘Ye Day: Its A Celebration!

After Documentary and before Thug Motivation, it was Kanye West’s Late Registration that held Hip-Hop’s marvel. Bolstered by big single, “Gold Digger”, Kanye’s follow-up became more like a follow-through on his seizure of the ears, eyes, and attitude of a culture. As “Gold Digger” spun on Urban stations, “Heard ‘Em Say” traveled to Pop radio,… Read more »

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2005: The Hip-Hop Year In Review Part 1

Albums of the Year: The Game The Documentary (G-Unit/Aftermath) The Documentary begs the question “What if Ice Cube would have released Amerikkka’s Most Wanted BEFORE leaving N.W.A.?” Though this album may haunt fans as a precursor to one of the weirdest, and most hostile, arguably – most fabricated beefs in rap history, it remains one… Read more »

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Mr. Collipark: Park Placing Hits

When you hear the name Mr. Collipark, the Ying Yang Twin’s hit single “Whisper” comes directly to mind. But long before the Ying Yang Twins, DJ Smurf was burning up the turntables on the Southern Bass scene. After linking up with the only mixtape crew in Georgia, King Edwards J’s team in 1987, Michael Crooms,… Read more »

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DJ Wreck: Can’t Be Hated

Never a stranger to it in his brilliantly short career, the intro to Notorious B.I.G’s “What?s Beef” asks listeners a very simple question: “Do you know what beef is?” For Biggie, it was being on the frontline of one of the greatest feuds in rap history with Tupac Shakur. For Philly’s award-winning, Number One mixtape… Read more »

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