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Drive Slow (Mixtape)

Artist: GLC & A-TrakTitle: Drive Slow (Mixtape)Rating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Conan Milne If you want something done, do it yourself. While Chicago’s GLC could have sat back and waited for Kanye to release his major label debut, the rapper instead takes the admirable route of creating a buzz for himself without the aid of… Read more »




Artist: CoppershotTitle: IssuesRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Sidik Fofana In an age where many rappers have waited for Moses to leave them unsupervised only to worship golden calf grills, we have closed our Bibles. We have surrendered to the unfortunate reality that the next Nasir Jones is somewhere wearing a hardhat on his way to… Read more »



Test Presses And Dub Plates

Artist: DJ CrucialTitle: Test Presses And Dub PlatesRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Paine The days of self-pressed twelve-inch white-labels seem long behind us. The problem is, nobody told St. Louis’ DJ Crucial. The mixtape DJ has also been producing one-off’s with an array of artists spanning Hip-Hop geography and demographics. Test Presses and Dub Plates… Read more »



Rob Lewis: The Blueprint

Chicago native Rob Lewis can boast flawless skillfulness with producing, writing, musical directing, musicianship and arranging. He has created with accomplished musicians and artists such as Patti LaBelle, Eric Clapton, Babyface, Brian McKnight and Christina Aguilera. His work with Aguilera on Herbie Hancock’s “A Song for You” earned a nod for the 48th Annual Grammy… Read more »



Anslem Samuel of The Ave: Electric Avenue

The Ave is self-proclaimed as “a street movement in print.” The magazine has created a niche for taking the same artists and celebrities found in the other magazines, and showing them in different lights. The Brooklyn-based publication currently finds 40,000 readers, but has plans to quickly double that. Near it’s second birthday, The Ave has… Read more »



Vakill: The Confirmation

H aving produced for All Natural, Cali Agents, and 7L & Esoteric, the Molemen are largely thought of as Chicago’s beat-society. But as Panik and Memo plug away at the boards, the microphone is gripped by an admitted fiend. Vakill has been releasing twelve-inch singles for a decade. In 2004, his Darkest Cloud album was… Read more »



Gordon Parks: The Original Visualizer

A visionary sees what is and what will be. Lives tomorrow in the present tense. Truly understands contemporary for what it is: temporary. Gordon Parks was a visionary in the truest sense of the word. A visionary sees obstacles to achieving goals and makes them into examples of how to win. Mr. Parks was responsible… Read more »