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Andreas Hale
11 November, 2006 12:00 am

   The rebirth of Rawkus is one of those things that could go incredibly well or terribly wrong. Because there was so much invested in that legacy, to make an attempt to relive an era that gave us artists such as Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and Mos Def can almost be blasphemous.  This new era [cont.]

3 November, 2006 12:00 am

    Darien Brockington may best be known as the voice behind Little Brother and the Justus League’s soulful hooks.  He’s been the fuel behind many of Little Brother’s grooviest moments (“Slow It Down” may be the most recognizable). Now with the Hall Of Justus spreading out to be more than just Little Brother, Darien Brockington [cont.]

26 October, 2006 12:00 am

    Diddy. It’s a name that everyone knows and relates to multiple things– Biggie, Sean John, Rich, Bad Boy, commercialization of Hip Hop, biter, Vote or Die, etcetera. He’s been in the game for years, and whether you like him or not, Diddy has made his mark.  We all know Diddy is a businessman. We [cont.]

12 October, 2006 12:00 am

     9th Wonder has a knack for taking a solid emcee and enhancing his sound to near classic status. He took an already dope Murs and made him doper, an ill Jean Grae and made her iller and pumped new life into Buckshot’s career. Now comes the task of bringing Brooklyn newcomer Skyzoo’s buzz to [cont.]

5 October, 2006 12:00 am

    J Rawls is one helluva producer. Unfortunately, in this day and age of Hip Hop, a producer the caliber of Rawls goes unappreciated. From his work with J Sands on Lone Catalyst projects to some of his phenomenal work on BlackStar’s “Brown Skin Lady”, Rawls has been known to craft beautiful soundscapes. But there [cont.]

26 September, 2006 12:00 am

    Swollen Members have been one of Canada’s hottest hip hop commodities for some time. They have received international fame, had solid sales and a worldwide fan base. But as the group grew in stature with releases like Monsters in the Closet, Balance and Bad Dreams, they collectively tilted their longtime fans’ heads with the [cont.]

20 September, 2006 12:00 am

   A lot of question may rise when you see that there is a rap group from Reno Nevada by the name of “Who Cares” with an album called The LP. Shit sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Where are they from? Who Cares! What do they sound like? Who Cares! Will you like it? Who [cont.]

12 September, 2006 12:00 am

   When overseas import, Nicolay, exploded onto the scene with Phonte of Little Brother on the Foreign Exchange Connected album, the landscape of production was changed once again. With Nic’s soul sonic force intact, Connected turned many critics on their collective ear. Implementing a vibe that has yet to be heard, Nic immediately provided an [cont.]

5 September, 2006 12:00 am

   By now, we all know that J-Zone has a pretty ill sense of humor.  From album to album, J-Zone has lit up our lives with witty and offbeat tales about everything from masturbating to sexing up underage girls. But even aside from his undeniable sense of humor lies a certain penchant for creating these [cont.]

28 August, 2006 12:00 am

  When Hip Hop lost James “J Dilla/Jay Dee” Yancey, the culture lost one of the finest and most consistent producers ever. Dilla created soundscapes for damn near everyone and was one of the few producers who didn’t have to say his name over a beat. Sadly, some still don’t know who the man was behind [cont.]

14 August, 2006 12:00 am

    It is very daring to step out of the box of making “everyone” records and create something specifically based on beliefs that are near and dear to your heart. Lord Jamar may best be known as 1/3 of the legendary group Brand Nubian who’s religious and political stances separated them from most any other [cont.]

5 August, 2006 12:00 am

    When you think of Texas, things like candy paint, southern drawl and Mike Jones automatically come to mind. Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Scarface, Geto Boys, etc are many of the artists that put Texas on the map. Strange Fruit Project, therefore, can be considered your not-so-typical Texas groups. While most from Texas love the chopped [cont.]

29 July, 2006 12:00 am

   Pharrell Williams isn’t your everyday rapper/singer/producer type. He offers a quirky side that isn’t seen much in music today. While being 1/2 of the dynamic Neptunes duo (with the hardly seen Chad Hugo), Pharrell has been part of some of hip-hop’s biggest hits and most daring endeavors. Apparently, somewhere in the midst of all this [cont.]

15 July, 2006 12:00 am

    Peeking from the shadows of Kanye West, with a Grammy award in hand for penning “Jesus Walks”, is another Chi-town emcee by the name of Rhymefest. The general public may not know who Rhymefest is, but you can guarantee that everyone who truly loves Hip Hop has heard the name once or twice. Kinda [cont.]

21 June, 2006 12:00 am

   Ice Cube may be known as one of those rappers that your kids wouldn’t truly understand was once the “N*gga You Love To Hate.” Especially not after those kiddie flicks and mellow acting gigs. Nothing in there really says that O’Shea Jackson was a “N*gga With an Attitude,” does it? Unfortunately, after Ice Cube [cont.]

8 June, 2006 12:00 am

   Jesse Ferguson, don’t know him? Well, many of you may not know the name right off the top, but he has been overseeing the creative direction of Definitive Jux as label manager for some time now. Still don’t know him? DJ Ese, know him now? This is the guise that Ferguson takes on when [cont.]

31 May, 2006 12:00 am

    There are many of us that still hold on to that tiny piece of thread from the Wu Tang Clan iron flag that unfortuantely unraveled a few years ago. We still look forward to anything Wu related. We hope that one track will take us back to the days when it was all so simple. But after [cont.]

24 May, 2006 12:00 am

   Has anyone grown tired of the Crunk scene yet? Better yet are there any artists from the South who are tired of being associated with Crunk like it is the only style of music made below the Mason Dixon line? Basic Vocab may be considered as a group that has nothing to do with [cont.]

17 May, 2006 12:00 am

    While the storm known as Little Brother has collectively floored the Hip Hop scene, there’s a member of the Justus League that has been lost in the shuffle. Cesar Comanche was one of the first members to drop an album (Wooden Nickles) and establish the sound that would entrench North Carolina as a city [cont.]

10 May, 2006 12:00 am

    After the Pharcyde disbanded, many of the members chose to pursue solo ventures, but had a very hard time coming close to the success that came with albums like Bizarre Ride and Labcabincalifornia. Tre Hardson, AKA Slim Kid Tre, is one of those members whose career floundered about trying to reclaim some of the [cont.]

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