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Diplomats: The People’s Republic

The move from an independent label to a major is one most artists aspire to make, but for Harlem’s proudest representatives The Diplomats, the exact opposite took place. As a result of Cam’ron’s signing to Roc-A-Fella Records, the crew (which, at the time, consisted mainly of Cam, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, and Freeky Zeeky) released… Read more »

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Krumbsnatcha: Truthfully Dedicated

While Boston native Krumbsnatcha is mainly considered a seasoned veteran in the underground scene, he sees himself as much more than that. Riding shotgun with Gang Starr since the release of the group’s Moment of Truth back in 1998, Krumbsnatcha has already issued three widely-appreciated indy records, including Respect All, Fear None for D&D Records…. Read more »

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Wu-Tang Clan Live: Continental Airlines Arena

Wu-Tang – Continental Airlines Arena. New Jersey Friday, November 12 “Who the f**k ain’t here?,” yelled Method Man Friday Nov. 12 at Wu-Tang’s first East Coast show in four years. The thousands of people at Continental Airlines Arena responded in unison: “ODB! ODB!” “There is no one man bigger than the Clan,” continued Meth with… Read more »

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Afrika Bambaataa: A Beautiful Mind

Afrika Bambaataa can tell you how heavy the bricks are in the foundation of Hip-Hop, he laid down many of them. As a living, working icon, Bambaataa still releases albums, worldwide. In the celebration of his latest, Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light, we discussed the need for such records, as well as… Read more »

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Fred Wreck: Politics & Bulls**t

The one producer in Los Angeles who broke the titanium wall of Hip-Hop namesake producers on the west is Fred Wreck. Like Dre and Quik, Fred has garnered success putting music behind a variety of people in an array of places. From MC Eiht, to KRS-One, to Snoop Dogg, to producing Game’s first track, Wreck… Read more »

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Stat Quo: Grinding By Association

Stat Quo refers to himself as the “Rap Lebron James” but perhaps he should consider calling himself the “Rap Magic Johnson” because he is a rookie walking into a championship situation. After dropping three volumes of his now infamous Stat Quo Presents: Underground Atlanta mixtapes, he was heavily recruited by the Shady/Aftermath team. Now that… Read more »

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Ludacris: Red Light, Green Light

Ludacris has been both media darling and media devil, but all of the fanfare is just a testament to the Atlanta native’s fortitude as a budding Hip-Hop icon. Despite selling millions, Luda is still the property of Hip-Hop. With that, he’s building businesses, battling rappers, taking out critics and emerges triumphant with The Red Light… Read more »

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Linkin Park: Walk This Way

Linkin Park is a name familiar to fans of rap, even though enthusiasts may not admit to it. The metal quintet is more Hip-Hop than one would suppose. The group mixes old-school Hip-Hop traits with classic rock-n-roll and electronica. The band has sold several millions with a metal/rap hybrid that is pleasantly reminiscent of early… Read more »

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Immortal Technique: New Rules

Immortal Technique is one of the few emcees in New York City re-writing the rigid rules to the Hip-Hop game. With a volatile mixture of brutal political commentary, spiteful battle raps and street knowledge, Technique put himself on the field of play without significant aid from outside forces. Now, the Peruvian-born, Harlem-bred rapper has remained… Read more »

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Lil Jon: Crunk Royalé

When crowning 2004’s hip-hop ‘man of the year,’ the obvious choices may be Usher or Kanye West, but, sit back and think about it for a second and the clear victor is Lil Jon. Producing a bulk of the year’s biggest hits, his track record this year speaks for itself: Usher’s “Yeah,” Ciara’s “Goodies,” Petey… Read more »

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Hip-Hop Impacts

Today could quite possibly be the most important day in America’s history. With the upcoming elections and the state of the world, it seems that Hip-Hop’s political consciousness, long thought to be dormant, has been reawakened. Between rapper’s making bold statements in their lyrics, grassroots Hip-Hop movements were mobilized throughout the country and the more… Read more »

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