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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE: UNDYING METHOD Pt. 3 of 3

"This is the business, and ya’ll ain’t getting nothing for free and if you devils play broke, then I’m taking your company you can call it reparations or restitution lock and load n*gga, industrial revolution" Industrial Revolution – Immortal Technique According to Immortal he and a fellow artist, Poison Pen were in Boston to do… Read more »

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Fredro Starr: Ten Hut

10 years. Men’s will can shatter during a 10-year bid in jail. Technology has advanced in hulk-like leaps and bounds in the past 10 years. Onyx’s Fredro Starr has survived the tumultuous rigors of the hip-hop music industry for over 10 years. Whether he was altering the hip-hop landscape with his Onyx brothers Sticky and… Read more »

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IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE: UNDYING METHOD Pt. 2 of 3

Technique chemically unstable, set to explodeForetold by the Dead Sea scrolls written in codesSo if your message ain’t sh*t, f*ck the records you sold’Cuz if you go platinum, it’s got nothing to do with luckIt just means that a million people are stupid as f*ck!Industrial Revolution -Immortal Technique At this time Immortal began to see… Read more »

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Kay Slay: Stunt 101

Seated in the rear of parked RV on a wintry December afternoon, DJ Kay Slay is waiting. In fact, he’s been waiting for four hours. And with no communication between him and label reps inside the Brooklyn warehouse where he’s filming the lead video for his sophomore effort, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2., Kay Slay begins… Read more »

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