Big L: 1974 – 1999

"The Danger Zone," 1999. The world of Hip-Hop and all of its adoring fans were seemingly still reeling from the aftershocks of the tragic and untimely deaths of two of its finest, 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. Senseless acts of violence had run its course and the music world had suffered a mighty blow. Little… Read more »



Shades Of Jay

In 2002 Little Brother Producer 9th Wonder created a cottage industry with his remix of Nas’s Godson CD, God’s Stepson. After winning a spot on Jay-Z’s Black Album it was widely considered as an easy way to get heard. As a result, a rainbow-assortment of Jay-Z remix albums has sprung up. Here is a break… Read more »



Bang’em Smurf: Life after G-Unit

Queens, New York has bred some of the finest rap artists, but at the same time, the borough has produced some of the biggest beefs in hip-hop. Former G-Unit member Bang’em Smurf came to national recognition when he went on record and had some unfavorable things to say about one of hip-hop’s biggest stars, 50… Read more »



Danger Mouse: The Mouse That Mixed

Producer Danger Mouse has been around for a couple years making a name for himself in the underground by ignoring industry trends and concocting unorthodox medleys. His debut album Ghetto Pop Life starring Danger Mouse and Gemini was lauded by UK publications The Face and The Guardian as the best Hip-Hop album of the year… Read more »



D-Block: The Lockdown

p>AllHipHop.com: So, for the dummies – who is D-Block?  Jadakiss: D-Block is Sheek, Jada and Styles P’s label. Supa Mario is the president of it. He runs everything. Sheek was the first artist off it. J hood is coming. We got the D-Block compilation coming out. Jada album’s coming. Styles is coming. It’s the who… Read more »



Jean Grae: Responds & Freshens Up

Ok, it’s 2:56 in the am and I’m up watching “Paula Abdul: Driven.” I never knew she had bulimia Girls, don’t throw up. That’s neither here nor there. This week has been crazy, due to the responses from the last column I typed to you all. I started out trying to respond to everyone who… Read more »



Tony Touch: No Wonder Why

Tony Touch’s 2000 album The Piece Maker is arguably the best album a DJ ever dropped. Underground and mainstream tracks, freestyles, skits, and every element that we love about Hip-Hop was seamlessly woven together in Toca’s deft mix. Touch scored two hit singles, a slew of fan favorites, and a true moment in time for… Read more »



Jean Grae: Airs It Out

[Editor’s note: This piece contains language of a frank, honest nature. For mature individuals only.] I’m most probably going to get a phone call both from my label and publicist about writing this, but honestly, I’m just tired of mincing my words and being nice about shit. I haven’t really written a lot on allhiphop… Read more »



Pumpkinhead: Back To ’95

With a name like Pumpkinhead, first-time listeners who are up on their horror flicks might expect the Brooklyn-bred emcee to be on some other-type hip-hop. But the 28-year-old isn’t some lyrical demon out for revenge, just an underrated rapper ready to set the underground on fire. “Ain’t no hardcore sh*t going on,” he says. “I’m… Read more »



DJ Vlad: DJ Phenomenon

DJ Vlad has taken the mixtape world like the marvel character Galactus. But, he’s not just eating off the game, he’s putting food on the plate for others in the form of his sick Cds, which truly took the overcrowded genre to another level. Case study: Tupac: Rap Phenomenon II,” his stellar collaborative effort with… Read more »



Royce Da 5’9”: Against All Odds

After garnering critical acclaim as an amateur, Royce Da 5’9” was the favorite to win Rookie Of The Year honors once his debut album officially dropped. Rock City was supposed to catapult him to the ranks of hip-hop’s elite. But it didn’t. Fans couldn’t keep their hands off the unreleased album, like Kobe Bryant couldn’t… Read more »



Baby D: It’s Going Down

Baby D’s been bubbling just under the surface for over nine years, but now emerges as Big Oomp Records get down with a major. The indie game was sweet but the joining the league has been tastier as the whole Big Oomp crew is on the verge of extreme success. Baby D is right there… Read more »



Twista: Back For The First Time

In Webster’s Dictionary, a “kamikaze” is described as “an extremely reckless person who seems to court death.” If you listen to Twista spit his trademark voracious lyrics in his usual reckless, yet precise manner, you would know his career is nowhere near death. In fact, with the release of his long-awaited album, Kamikaze, scheduled to… Read more »



9th Wonder: Changing The Game

Few people fully understand how 9th Wonder changed the game for producers. In 2003, he created one of the most fan-friendly trends, remixing entire albums. He took Nas’ God’s Son and revamped it into God’s Stepson. Since, a slew of others have followed suit, with largely favorable results. His work with his crew Little Brother… Read more »



Lyrics Born: Later That Day

The long time friend and collaborator of Blackalicious and DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born is no stranger to hip hop. In fact, he and his friends, who would later become Quannum Records, have helped to mold and shape the unique, creative brand of underground hip hop that California is so well known for. Lyrics Born solo… Read more »