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SUPASTITION: A Different Caliber

25 year old Supastition got the rap bug at the tender age of 9, when he first heard Dougie Fresh’s "The Show." After stints on such labels as Lo Key Records (owned by Kurtis Blow) and Mends Recordings, Supa has shared microphone duties with such rap acts as Pumpkinhead, Bad Seed, Jean Grae, Yaggfu Front,… Read more »

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Amil: All Money Isn’t Legal Part 2

While Amil’s first album was met with lukewarm reviews, it is generally accepted as a solid first album effort. If not for being on white hot Roc-A-Fella Records at the time, the album may have been met with better reviews. For some unknown reason, Amil has been publicly crucified and hated. Without a bitter bone… Read more »

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Joe Budden: Straight To The League

Joe Budden proclaims his freshman album will drop once “Def Jam gets off its ass.” Mighty words from a relative neophyte to the overcrowd game of hip-hop. However, Budden isn’t your average rookie. Through mix tapes and high-powered, visible associations [DJ Clue, Envy], he’s managed to skip Junior varsity squad and jump straight to the… Read more »

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Steinski: Back To The Future

There was something captured in the early 1980’s New York Hip-Hop culture that we may never have back: A carefree attitude, and the music to match it. In a year that eulogizes Run-DMC as the pioneers of taking Hip-Hop to the suburbs, I recall another pioneer who helped bring hip-hop to the dance floor. Steve… Read more »

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A Psychologist’s View On Hip-Hop Lyrics:

Whether it be original "Trouble Man" Marvin Gaye or embattled crooner R.Kelly, R&B men who exhibit abnormal or illicit behavior are often viewed as victims of a painful childhood. However, when rappers cross the line of respectable behavior they are viewed as deviants and delinquents. Critics then denigrate select lyrics from said rapper’s catalogue as… Read more »

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Penicillin On Wax

AllHopHop.com: Let’s jump right into it, every one is anticipating your new CD- The Self. Why do you think there is such a buzz surrounding your CD? Kam: The masses want a change in what they hear. They want the conscious. They want some thing with more grit, more substance. AllHopHop: You know, I would… Read more »

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Kam: Penicillin On Wax

AllHopHop.com: Let’s jump right into it, every one is anticipating your new CD- The Self. Why do you think there is such a buzz surrounding your CD? Kam: The masses want a change in what they hear. They want the conscious. They want some thing with more grit, more substance. AllHopHop: You know, I would… Read more »

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RIP: The Notorious BIG

Real Name: Christopher Wallace Alias: The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, Frank White Birth: May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York Death: March 9th, 1997 in Los Angeles, California The Brooklyn-born rapper Notorious B.I.G. first gained attention for his work back in 92′ on Mary J. Blige’s "What’s the 411?". When Brooklyn’s own Christopher Wallace first got on… Read more »

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Outlawz: Back To The Front

Young Noble, E.D.I., Kastro, and Napoloean, the Outlawz, are perhaps the most slept on, while being the most well known group of MC’s in rap today. They first came onto the music scene in 1995. Back then they were known as Dramacydal and were featured on the single Outlaw from 2Pac’s album Me Against the… Read more »

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Darc Mind: Time Capsule

Picture this. A DJ named X-Ray’s fingers gracefully stroke the smooth surface of vinyl for the likes of MC Shan and EPMD. After being involved in various Hip-Hop entities, he and former Legion of D.U.M.E. member, Kev Roc go on to form a group that will bring a sound to the world that can best… Read more »

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MF the Super Villain Part 1

On the eve of his re-release of Operation Doomsday, MF Doom finds himself in the dark alleys of Philly as the first line up to Fluid’s monthly Oratory Explaratorium. Who is this masked marvel that came to destroy rap in the city of brotherly beats? At 29 years of age Doom, who many remember as… Read more »

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MF the Super Villain Part 2

When asked about the disproportionate volume of glam and glit to creative and artistic music these days, Doom will tell you: "It’s kind of a problem in Hip hop, as far as the actual product that comes out to the public. The public is paying for it. You got cats that’s in it that think… Read more »

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Eazy E Remembered: Phyllis Pollack

Phyllis Pollack knew Eric Wright early in his career, and was one of those who went to the hospital in 1995. Phyllis worked as a publicist for various NWA and Eazy E albums over the ten year career. She’s even the one who wrote the liner notes in the re-released Straight Outta Compton and albums…. Read more »

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Crooked I: On the Fringe

Crooked I is fighting for his life. After almost a decade of being promised to be on the horizon, Crooked I finds himself there still, at the top of 2005. Caught between a lawsuit with Death Row Records, Crooked is on the fringe of controlling his own destiny. He’s being especially proactive, and told AllHipHop.com… Read more »

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