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Under the Influence

Artist: Rob SwiftTitle: Under the InfluenceRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: aqua boogie While a chunk of turntablist get so caught up in the technical aspect of their craft that they forsake the listeners ability to nod their head, Rob Swift comes with just the right blend of precision and listen-ability (new word) on Under the Influence…. Read more »

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Free Agents: The Murda Mixtape

Artist: Mobb DeepTitle: Free Agents: The Murda MixtapeRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Abdella While careers in hip-hop come and go like a contrived reality show, one group is earning the rights to have their name mentioned in the definition of longevity. For over 10 years, Mobb Deep has continued to rep as one of New… Read more »

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AttenCHUN!

Artist: Bone CrusherTitle: AttenCHUN!Rating: 2 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Phee ATTENCHUN! Well, it worked didn’t it? Bone Crusher, protégé to Jermaine Dupri, does a great job of making us believe that he is truly, no pun intended, the next big thing. However, the sizeable southern rapper’s debut album AttenCHUN! (So So Def/Arista) gets an “A” for… Read more »

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Long Way Back

Artist: T-LoveTitle: Long Way BackRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Ashiya Smith They say greatness is a journey, not a destination. If this adage is indeed true then West Coast based singer/emcee T-Love is well on her way with the release of her debut Long Way Back(Astralwerks). The LP offers a diverse collection of eclectic cuts… Read more »

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Secondary Protocol

Artist: Wild ChildTitle: Secondary ProtocolRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: N. Context Straight from the Lootpack, Wildchild is here to hit the “raw heads, mainstream heads, underground heads, and worldwide heads” with his debut solo LP, Secondary Protocol. First introduced to the Hip Hop world on Tha Alkaholiks ‘Turn The Party Out’ in 93, this west coast… Read more »

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Many Styles

Artist: Triple ThreatTitle: Many StylesRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: Brolin Winning Internationally known for their award winning turntable tactics and various mix CDs, the Bay Area’s Triple Threat DJs — Apollo, Shortkut, and Vinroc — present their first proper album, flaunting their formidable skills while showcasing a number of local players. The guest list is deep… Read more »

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Whan Rappers Attack

Artist: Tame OneTitle: Whan Rappers AttackRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: Paine The Artifacts were responsible for some of raps better entries during the latter years of hip-hop’s “golden era”. If you’re too young to remember, try looking up and listening to “Wrong Side of the Tracks” or “Art of Facts” for remedial knowledge. When the New… Read more »

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The Lost Freestyle Files

Artist: SupernaturalTitle: The Lost Freestyle FilesRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Brolin Winning Known across the globe as one of the most skilled freestylers to ever clutch a mic, Supernatural has wowed audiences for years, flexing his razor sharp, off-the-top skills in emcee competitions and on major tours alike. Despite his underground celebrity status and over… Read more »

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Monster

Artist: Killer MikeTitle: MonsterRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: Shadee Caviness So far Outkast seems to be the only members of the Dungeon Family able to maintain mainstream success. Despite the atrophy of members Goodie Mob (who started out classic but quickly turned into Cee-Lo and the crew) and failed attempts from Cool Breeze and Slimm Cutta… Read more »

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La Bella Mafia

Artist: Lil KimTitle: La Bella MafiaRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: aqua boogie Kimberly Jones, better known as Lil’ Kim has a lot of issues. She’s obsessed with her paramour and arguable the greatest emcee, The Notorious B.I.G. She’s a full fledged shop-a-holic with name brands flowing off her tongue with ease. And she’s also obsessed with… Read more »

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Triple Crown

Artist: Mountain BrothersTitle: Triple CrownRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: Francis X Shea It seems in recent times it has been difficult for hip-hop heads to unite. As fans, we are always asked to choose sides in the civil wars which eat away at our culture like a infection. 50 or Ja? Shady or Benzino? Life… Read more »

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Street Dreams

Artist: FabolousTitle: Street DreamsRating: 3 StarsReviewed by: Odienne Chisolm F-A…B-O…yep, Fabolous is back with his sophomore album Street Dreams on Elektra/Desert Storm records. Go Clue, it’s your birthday! Street Dreams moved 180,000 units it’s first week according to Soundscan. Pretty impressive numbers for week one, but can this platinum-selling artist do for this album what… Read more »

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Clear Blue Skies

Artist: JuggaknotsTitle: Clear Blue SkiesRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: aqua boogie Without putting out product in years the Juggaknots have still managed to obtain and maintain cult status in enlightened hip-hop circles. To simply label them backpack rappers would be a blatant injustice, as well as a corny and lazy description. Without ever sounding preachy… Read more »

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The Listening

Artist: Little BrotherTitle: The ListeningRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: Brolin Winning After generating a huge buzz, and being signed to Beni B’s Oakland-based ABB label, North Carolina’s Little Brother live up to all the hype, releasing a stellar debut album, The Listening that oozes classic hip-hop. Often compared to A Tribe Called Quest, the crew of… Read more »

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