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Slim Thug: Get Money

Slim Thug is the absolute embodiment of the hustler mentality. Not only does he tell you that he sees Hip-Hop only as a means of getting cash, he actually out-hustles those who steps in his realm and eats better than most off the land that he cultivates. The Houston native loves his cash more than… Read more »

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Fabolous: Real Honest Talk

For an entertainer, Fabolous has been through a lot in the last couple years. With crossover success, he’s seemingly had more encounters with the police, who seemed to be on convert operations against the BK rep. Nevertheless, no legal adversity thrown at him stuck and Fab offers the state of affairs as Real Talk, his… Read more »

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Donald Goines: Street Novel Love

Early on, authors like Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim captured hip-hop’s street sensibilities scribing books that explored the seedier side of urban living in the ’60s and early ’70s. The Life of Goines has be resurrected this year for a new generation of hip-hop fans that have really been consuming the his work for years…. Read more »

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Clinton Sparks: Familiar Grind

In a time when DJs are receiving nearly the same levels of acclaim that MCs are garnering, the hard work and keen business mind of Clinton Sparks are welcome with open arms. Hailing from Boston, the DJ and producer double threat is making a big name for himself these days, dropping unique mixtapes on the… Read more »

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MC Eiht: Geah!

It’s easy for LL Cool J and Ice Cube to have released so many albums. At least, it’s easier when you’re backed by a major label. What about the others though? Who are the veteran’s of Hip-Hop? Who’s managed to make the most records, and still get up in the morning to rap? MC Eiht… Read more »

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Phonte: Holding Hip Hop Accountable

The way that Little Brother’s Phonte met producer Nicolay is not that unique, after all people who meet in chat rooms are marrying each other these days. However, how Phonte and Nicolay, together known as Foreign Exchange, completed their first LP is not only unique, but has become Hip Hop folklore. When you listen to… Read more »

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Review: Dave Chappelle’s Hip-Hop Block Party

Who: Dave Chappelle, The Roots, Kanye West, Kool G Rap, Jill Scott, Freeway, Fred Hampton Jr., dead prez, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, The Fugees and others. Where: Brooklyn, NY When: September 18, 2004 The Report: For years, critics and die-hard fans alike have proclaimed that hip-hop is dead, but Dave Chappelle’s Block… Read more »

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The Relativez: Let It Bang

Some Hip-Hoppers never heard of The Relativez. But they’re probably in your album collection. Still, this act has been largely responsible for the way gangs have been represented on wax. While signed to Death Row Records in the early and mid-nineties, Big Wy and Suga Booga were the leaders of the Young Soldierz, who hit… Read more »

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Devin the Dude: Blue Collar Baller

If you aren’t a fan of crunk music, you may fall out of love with Hip-Hop. Even the most proven artists in rap are dabbling with that derrty mash out sound. Even though the south is getting a new appeal, lots of yesterday’s stars are dealing with antiquation and conformation. Many of the people who… Read more »

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Beanie Sigel: Fight the Power

Philly rap staple Beanie Sigel is mere days away from one of the biggest turning points in his life. Beanie’s fighting for his freedom, his family, and his future all at once. As the numbered days grow closer, the deadlines get tighter and he’s about to bless the public with what might be his best… Read more »

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The Beastie Boys: No Crossover

Let us never forget the Beastie Boys. According to Russell Simmons’ autobiography "Life & Def," without their debut’s residual sales, Def Jam might’ve folded. Without the Beasties’ reaching audiences that Schooly D didn’t, Hip-Hop may’ve never blossomed to such mass appeal. Without the barriers broken by Brooklyn’s finest, would we march to the beat of… Read more »

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Wordsworth: Reflection Eternal

With his clever wordplay and impressive ability to spontaneously kick a freestyle verse better than most rappers could after days spent dawdling with a pen and a pad, Flatbush bred Wordsworth has long been considered one of underground Hip-Hop’s best emcees. But oddly enough it’s been nearly a decade, with no album, since he made… Read more »

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Silkk The Shocker: Re-Entry

With few passing the test of time, rappers are here today and unfortunately gone today. As a teenager, Silkk The Shocker was playing with millions. He entered the rap game through his older brother Master P’s No Limit Records. The label exploded on to a scene dominated by New York and California at the time,… Read more »

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Lance ‘Un’ Rivera: The Return

Does Hip-Hop have a Donald Trump? Before just the dollars and worth, Trump is renowned for his resilience after loss. To go from something to nothing and back up, that’s genius. Perhaps the most deserving Hip-Hop comparison lies in Lance “Un” Rivera. Un was responsible for a hearty size of Biggie’s success by way of… Read more »

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