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The Beatnuts: Back

The Beatnuts are one of the most criminally slept on crews, ever. “Off the Books” and “Watch Out Now” are gems for the history books. But while MTV might play an instrumental while their cornball hosts talk, you won’t see a Beatnuts heater getting airplay. Like a lot of artists, JuJu and Psycho Les have… Read more »

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Cuban Link: Going All Out

There is not an MC on Earth that knows the fall from grace better than Cuban Link. He was once a member of one of Hip-Hop most prominent groups, the Terror Squad. The glue that held the group together, the great Big Pun, died suddenly, and from that moment on, his life in Hip-Hop spiraled… Read more »

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Kwame: Nobody’s Laughing

Hip-Hop hurts. I’m not talking about swinging bows and throwing fists. Hip-Hop, the industry, can cut deep, and some scars don’t heal. While most fifteen year olds might not know who Kwame was, they undoubtedly know the opening bars to Biggie’s “Unbelievable” that affirmed Kwame’s decline, and nearly blackballed him from ever being taken seriously… Read more »

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DMC: Still Got Game

“I’m the King of Rock, there is none higher! Sucka mc’s should call me Sire!” These words are embedded in our psyche as representatives of one of the best groups to ever be birthed in the genre of Hip-Hop. As one third of the trio who basically grew up in hip-hop and brought it from… Read more »

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Rasco: Unassisted

One of the fiercest MC’s to ever grip the microphone is the Soul Father Rasco. The beautiful mind who is often quoted for his line, “My mind shines harder than your chain” has been grinding away for a decade, and been making records for over half. One of the leaders in the Bay Area movement,… Read more »

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Messy Marv: Back 2 Tha Bay

It’s crazy how an area that is so imitated can be so overlooked in the grand scheme of things. That is the case for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Hip-Hop scene. Whether it’s the slang that has been borrowed by the masses or the independent game that made virtual unknowns millionaires, the Bay is all… Read more »

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T.I.: Royal Rumble

Finally, a battle that goes back to the roots of the battle – a title. T.I. called himself, “The King of the South,” and all across the southern states, MC’s took offense. Most notably, Houston’s Lil’ Flip stood up. In the last six months, T.I. returned from a bid, to reclaim his throne. In doing… Read more »

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Krondon: Don’t Compare

Those that say the West Coast’s Hip-Hop is slippin’ just aren’t looking hard enough. Take The Strong Arm Steady Gang as a case study. The team of Xzibit, Mitchy Slick, Krondon and Phil Da Agony (and others) are running rampant on the streets out Left. They’ve managed to carve a niche as a unit and… Read more »

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Lil’ Wayne: New Jack City

Some would argue that there’s lil’ to understand about Lil Wayne. Others have proved differently, keeping Lil Wayne around longer than many of his counterparts. In either case, Wayne is releasing a benchmark album in his life, and speaking on topics that will raise a few eyebrows. AllHipHop.com caught up with Weezie to clear up… Read more »

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Jake One: Breakin’ Beats

When most people think about Seattle, gourmet coffee and the birth of Grunge Rock often come to mind. Producer Jake One plans to change that thought process. Still relatively unknown, he has supplied various artists including Rasco, G-Unit and Rah Digga with beats. His passion for his craft is evident. Jake still holds down a… Read more »

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Consequence: Beats, Rhymes, & Perseverance

Remember Consequence? Two years ago, that question might have probably yielded a puzzling look followed by a sudden recollection that might sound something like, “Oh yeah, I remember that kid, you talking about that cat they added to A Tribe Called Quest.” Yes, Consequence is “that cat” from A Tribe Called Quest’s 1996 album, Beats… Read more »

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RJD2: The Main Ingredient

Columbus, Ohio’s RJD2 first earned a name for himself with 2002’s Dead Ringer, an engaging and creative instrumental hip-hop album that quickly garnered massive critical acclaim and put him in the upper echelon of the genre. After numerous side projects and remixes, he recently released Since We Last Spoke, a wildly eclectic album that focuses… Read more »

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The Passion Of Kanye West

"Like a Prayer," Roc-A-Fella CEO Dame Dash pleaded to MTV brass as if it were 1989 and his artist’s video was Madonna’s religiously loaded and intensely controversial clip. But Kanye West is no Madonna and, according to Dash, the network offered only limited airplay to the second version of the rapper’s video for "Jesus Walks,"… Read more »

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MF Doom: Unmasked

He gave you Operation: DOOMsday and Vaudeville Villain, and now MF DOOM, along with the layered production of Madlib, gives you the long awaited collaboration album, Madvillainy. Awkward and beautiful; revealing and whimsical – Madvillainy was met with many classic reviews (including AllHipHop.com) and is again proof of why MF DOOM’s unique delivery, superb lyricism,… Read more »

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