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Wale & B.O.B. Rip Down Atlanta

In an era oversaturated with Myspace and Youtube rappers, a talented upcoming emcee has to be exceptional lyrically, production, and image-wise to stand out. And of course, having a competent machine behind you doesn’t hurt. Enter Grand Hustle member B.o.B., and buzz-heavy Interscope signee Wale, who both last weekend (March 27) brought their energetic stage… Read more »

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MF DOOM: Born Like This (Album Review)

  7/10   Hip-Hop was Doom’s playground in the early 2000s. The former KMD member had reached a creative apex rarely experienced by most emcees, as witnessed by his rapid succession of critically acclaimed albums: Vaudeville Villain (2003), Take Me to Your Leader (2003), MMM..Food (2004), and Madvillainy (2004).  But something strange happened by mid-decade… Read more »

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The Obama Deception (DVD Review)

  As mainstream political pundits wonder when the Obama honeymoon will be over, members of the anti-establishment claim such honeymoon never existed. According to Alex Jones’s Obama Deception (Info Wars) our promised agent of change is no more than a puppet for imperial interests. The two-hour documentary claims that President Obama has secret ties to… Read more »

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Video: Kanye West, Kid Cudi & G.O.O.D. Music Rock SXSW

On Saturday night, in Austin, TX, Kanye West electrified The Levi’s/FADER Fort at the annual SXSW Music Festival. The FADER hosted this extravagant party/concert to showcase established and emerging acts, within and outside of G.O.O.D. Music. Interestingly enough, Rick “Bawse” Ross was scheduled to perform early in the evening, but canceled. The disappointment was short-lived… Read more »

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BOOK REVIEW: Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans

It is difficult for most to recognize that African-American history evolves by the second. Though a consensus of its milestones has not been reached, perfect shoe-ins would include Harriet Tubman’s underground railroad, Ida B. Wells’ campaign against lynching, Marcus Garvey’s UNIA movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and Martin Luther King’s fight for Civil Rights, among others…. Read more »

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FIRST CRACK: Criminology 2

Here we go again.  Remember the last sip of hot chocolate and how it taste so much better than what came before it?  Remember the first time you bussed?  No matter how many times you get off afterward, nothing really compares to the first.So here we have the first salvo from Cuban Linx 2, not… Read more »

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TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE: RZA

Beside a knack for freaking ridiculous beats, if RZA possesses anything it’s resounding confidence. Still, when certain Wu-Tang Clan members (ahem…Raekwon) went rogue and publicly disparaged The Abbot’s beats selections for 2007’s 8 Diagrams, you couldn’t help but wonder if it shook his self-belief. However, “It didn’t f**k up my confidence but it f**ked up… Read more »

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Classic Clashes: Death Certificate Vs. Me Against The World

2009 is here and the streets are uncertain.  The economy is deteriorating. Political change and turmoil abound and socially we have police killing unarmed cooperating men.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.The 1990s had similar issues and historically, in the tradition of Melle Mel, MC’s have generally risen to the occasion… Read more »

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