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Andreas Hale
9 November, 2005 12:00 am

    Little Brother and the Justus League aren’t the only emcees to come out of the North Carolina area. Supastition has slowly been carving his own niche in the southern area with his crafty wordplay and in your face style. He surprised many with standout track “The Williams” (produced by an upstart Nicolay) and went [cont.]

2 November, 2005 12:00 am

    Who in the blue hell is Big Tone? I’m not really too sure myself, but upon further research I found out that he’s an emcee from Detroit that is looking to make a name for himself with his debut album on ABB records, entitled The Drought. The significance of the album is that Big [cont.]

2 November, 2005 12:00 am

    The duo of Chace Infinite and DJ Khalil aren’t new to the game of hip hop. As a matter of fact, Self Scientific have slowly been building steam by affiliating themselves with Xzibit and Strong Arm Steady, as well as tying themselves to DJ Muggs’ Angeles Records. For those who have been keeping up, [cont.]

20 October, 2005 12:00 am

    When you think of Florida a few things come to mind….booty music, Luke dancers and booty music. Never does it really cross your mind that a true hip hop group would exist in Florida. Well Asamov of trying to change that. The four man group of Willie Evans Jr, Basic, J. One-Da and Therapy [cont.]

11 October, 2005 12:00 am

     If you look up “underappreciated” in the dictionary (or at least on Wikipedia), you’d probably see a big picture of John Austin (also known as Ras Kass) plastered across the page. The Carson emcee has been ballyhooed amongst hip hop peers of being lyrically one of the most incredible emcees in the game. But [cont.]

4 October, 2005 12:00 am

  When you think of Detroit, two artists usually come to mind- Eminem and J Dilla. Eminem for obvious reasons and J Dilla for the legacy he’s crafted from a production standpoint. Dilla has been responsible for many of the Detroit underground success stories (Slum Village) and has had a hand in many well known [cont.]

29 September, 2005 12:00 am

    Kev Brown’s name has been floating about the industry for some time now. As one of the many producers to put his personal stamp on the flood of Jay-Z Black Album remixes (aptly titled The Brown Album) Kev emerged with not only a solid remix album, but also a healthy buzz. That buzz landed him as [cont.]

21 September, 2005 12:00 am

    There are certain emcees that are extremely dope, the problem is, that you never ever get to hear their material. They can easily be placed on the back of a milk carton because we always wonder where they are at. After Skillz dropped From Where??? a decade ago (yes, a decade), hip hop heads [cont.]

14 September, 2005 12:00 am

      After turning the scene upside down with their out of nowhere debut, The Listening, LB has taken hip-hop by storm over the past couple of years. 9th Wonder became the “go to guy” for production, Phonte floored fans everywhere with his collaboration with Nicolay on the Foreign Exchange album and Rapper Big Pooh shut [cont.]

6 September, 2005 12:00 am

    The third album. If you have gotten this far as an artist, it means that you have won over enough fans with your debut and debunked the so-called “sophomore jinx.” Now is the time to deliver. Many third albums have found artists in their “comfort zone,” thus delivering albums full of incredible music. Outkast [cont.]

30 August, 2005 12:00 am

     As 1/4 of the now defunct Ohio collective known as MHZ, Jakki Tha MotaMouth has received the short end of the stick when the group unofficially set out to pursue solo careers. Jakki was the only artist that never really got a chance to make a name for himself with a solo release or [cont.]

17 August, 2005 12:00 am

     When you think of hip-hop’s original sounds, you probably think of that good ol “boom-bap” sound. Many of us miss it and pray for the day it comes back. But until our prayers our answered, Seattle Washington has produced the Boom Bap Project, a group that should hold us over. And with a name [cont.]

10 August, 2005 12:00 am

Compilation; no rating given.     When Jaysonic, Mekalek and Comel dropped Slow Your Roll, many jaded fans of hip-hop welcomed the debut album with open arms. Not because of its punchlines and metaphors or its trunk rattling, but because of the way the album carried itself. As a light-hearted hip-hop album that didn’t take itself [cont.]

3 August, 2005 12:00 am

     With 2005 shaping up to be a pretty lousy year in hip-hop, there is an opening for a few new artists to make names for themselves. When Babbletron dropped Mechanical Royalty two years ago, the release went virtually unheard because of the well known artists who released albums at around the same time. Damn shame, [cont.]

26 July, 2005 12:00 am

     It’s been many years since the 3 Melancholy Gypsys put out Gypsys Luck. As Murs, Eligh and Scarub continued to move on to solo success and being integral parts of the California conglomerate, Living Legends, many wondered if there would ever be another 3 Melancholy Gypsy album ever again. As the trio of emcees have [cont.]

19 July, 2005 12:00 am

    Illogic may go down in hip-hop history as the most consistently underappreciated lyricist of our time (then again, if he is so criminally unknown, how would he go down as anything?). Release after release, Illogic has decorated each and every album with witty lyricism, intricate wordplay and clever concepts. With Write 2 Death 2, [cont.]

12 July, 2005 12:00 am

     One emcee, one producer – the formula that has benefited both emcee and artist in terms of consistency and sound. From Eric B & Rakim to Talib Kweli and Hi Tek, the formula has culminated into near classic records and created, for lack of a better term, Chemistry. For Buckshot and 9th Wonder, this [cont.]

6 July, 2005 12:00 am

     One word defines Weightless Records: consistent. Everything that has come out of the Weightless camp has been sound lyrically and production-wise. With Blueprint leading the charge – he has unofficially become one of the leaders in the “indy artist of the year” category – it doesn’t look as if the Weightless train is showing [cont.]

29 June, 2005 12:00 am

    When Symbolyc One (with assistance from Illmind) provided the beautiful soundscapes that backed up Strange Fruit Project’s strong Soul Travellin, heads began to take notice that there was possibly another producer(s) that could make a breakthrough in the industry.  The soulful sounds that bled through speakers made many eyebrows raise and wonder “Who the F*ck [cont.]

21 June, 2005 12:00 am

    A little under a decade ago, an emcee by the name of Canibus burst onto the scene and floored people everywhere with his ridiculous punchlines and clever wordplay. As the hype reached an implausible high, courtesy of his stage stealing guest spots, Canibus promptly dropped the inexcusable dud Can-I-Bus. The album was shitted on [cont.]

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