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Chaundon: Carnage

For fans of the Hall of Justus click, they are already well aware of the N.Y. affiliate Chaundon. The Bronx native has paid his dues with plenty of guest spots on HOJ projects as well as dropping his own work. That past material has had fans salivating to see what the kid could do on… Read more »

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Various Artists: Droppin’ Science: Greatest Samples From The Blue Note Lab

  With the massive popularity of keyboards and synthesizers, it is still refreshing to know that the art of beat and loop digging has not totally fallen wayside. Those LP’s priced at discount that once filled various record store bins were turned into classics by a surging Hip-Hop community in the eighties. Artists such as… Read more »

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BOOK REVIEW: Still Hood

For the glamorous world of street fiction, the vendor tables on 125th Street in Harlem are the fledgling genre’s version of Soundscan. Famed author K’wan newest book, Still Hood (St. Martin’s Press), sells like hot cakes. K’wan’s first book, Gangsta, about a deft killer-for-hire who decides to turn it all around, is a mainstay in… Read more »

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Big Noyd: Illustrious

  Whether it has been personal troubles, bankrupt record labels, bids up north or stellar verses, Big Noyd has seen it all. He has been known to make a splash on anything he does; his introductory verse on Mobb Deep’s classic “Give Up The Goods” would be proof of that. Not only one for features,… Read more »

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Hi-Tek: Hi-Teknology 3

Despite producing two modern Hip-Hop classics, Black Star’s self-titled debut and Reflection Eternal’s Train of Thought, Hi-Tek’s name unjustifiably comes up far less than it should compared to some of his production peers. His sound has been accepted on both an underground and mainstream level, with fans of his work stemming from Cormega to Dr…. Read more »

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Birdman: 5 * Stunna

  He’s a Cash Money Records CEO, a Louisiana G, and more notably Lil’ Wayne’s daddy. Throughout his come up, Birdman has lost friends, family, and even his New Orleans hood; still his presence lingers. One would think with ten plus years in the game, and not to mention all of his materialistic treasures, Baby… Read more »

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Beanie Sigel: The Solution

  As 2007 draws to a close and year-end lists are compiled for the best albums, it’s a given that Roc-A-Fella artists will be rubbing shoulders at the top. The Roc has been pumping pure quality into the mainstream from Kanye’s Graduation, Freeway’s scorching sophomore effort Free At Last, and Jay-Z’s American Gangster. Unfortunately with… Read more »

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Scarface: MADE

  What does it mean to be made? In the cinematic Cosa Nostra hierarchy, it’s the process of “making” an associate. Bringing him into the fold; making him virtually untouchable without proper say-so from other “Men of Honor.” A few artists have previously used it as an album title, but none are more deserving than… Read more »

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