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Darin Gloe
30 September, 2008 4:08 pm

Think back 8 long years ago. Like Masta Ace says on “Seasons”, “the bottom fell out in 2000”. To this writer, it was nearing the end of the underground era of hip-hop and ushering in the only made for the club era.  The plethora of underground releases was ungodly and to find something that stuck out [cont.]

26 June, 2008 5:02 am

It’s safe to say that J-Live is one of the most consistent emcees in hip-hop today.  Maybe this writer is getting old or is tired of hearing “Lollipop” 72 times a day on the radio, but J-Live has never done anything this writer didn’t like.  We all know his beginnings with Raw Shack and his [cont.]

3 May, 2008 3:41 am

After an outstanding 12” with DJ Premier and an equally impressive 12” alongside Buckwild and Kool G Rap, expectations are high for a Little Vic full length.  The question is, can an emcee hold his own among the sea of mediocre rappers for a full 72 minutes?  The answer is Each Dawn I Die. This [cont.]

25 April, 2008 3:31 am

When you hear the name Flo-Rida you think of his club-smash “Low” and for the most part you are going to be right.  With the certified anthem featuring the always entertaining T-Pain, Flo-Rida has either been dubbed the 2008 (even though “Low” came out late ’07) Young MC or he might have some talent.  Mail On Sunday, [cont.]

13 March, 2008 5:08 am

“It’s been years since my records started to spin/I’m from the era where you had to work your hardest to win/a lot of records dropped you never heard the artists again/but in my heart is the desire to win, I’m on fire again”. No truer words have been spoken about the era that has nearly [cont.]

6 March, 2008 6:19 am

“It’s been long time, since I left you, without a dope beat to step to.”  Isn’t the truth, it’s been nine long years since we have heard from the god Rakim.  So when “It’s Nothing”, the first single from Live Lost And Found was leaked, you can imagine the excitement from this kid, a student of the 90’s era of [cont.]

16 January, 2008 11:09 pm

Think back to 1996, the beginning of the underground era of hip-hop.  When Puffy was sampling 80’s and Master P was ruling the charts.   Labels like Rawkus, Stones Throw, Fondle Em, and of course Raw Shack were leading the pack in forward thinking hip-hop.   A little known emcee by the name of J-Live came onto [cont.]

23 August, 2007 12:00 am

What do you get when you combine to individuals who have been through the ringer with their personal lives as well as through this industry?  You get a “Monster Maker”.  On July 31st “Monster Maker” dropped on Babygrande Records.  “Monster Maker” is a marriage of two states of minds with one purpose.  Producer Sharkey who [cont.]

24 July, 2007 12:00 am

Interviewed by Darin Gloe It’s been a long time coming for this man and this interview.  I have been a fan for nearly 5 years and it was my pleasure to sit down with one of the dopest underground emcees out in 2007.  Supastition hailing from the land of the Justus League and the Little [cont.]

16 July, 2007 12:00 am

Interviewed by Darin Gloe Big Shug has had an illustrious career thus far.  Being associated with Gangstarr Foundation and the one and only DJ Premier never hurts.  It’s been 2 years since “Who’s Hard” and on July 17th Big Shug is back with “Streetchamp” dropping on Babygrande Records.   If you are expecting a Gangstarr album [cont.]

9 July, 2007 12:00 am

Interviewed by Darin Gloe If you are looking for someone to that helped write history, look no further than Chris Lowe.  From his groundbreaking production for Stezo in the 80′s and being a behind the scenes producer for Sleeping Bag/Fresh Records Chris Lowe has showed true longevity in hip-hop.  After dropping the highly slept on [cont.]

16 June, 2007 12:00 am

Who would have thought that nearly 20 years ago a duo from Philadelphia would show the world the best DJ the world would ever see.  Every hip-hop head and especially every DJ know the name Jazzy Jeff.  If you don’t, just click off the page now.   You are about to embark on a trip down [cont.]

7 June, 2007 12:00 am

It’s 2007 and a lot of things have changed in the industry.  From crunk to snap to whatever the hell else garbage they throw out us, music is not the same as it once was.  There is always one constant and that is people still make great records, you just have to hunt for them.  [cont.]

31 May, 2007 12:00 am

The lack of individuality is apparent in 2007.  From music to fashion everybody seems to follow a trend.  Not Sa-Ra.  The group consisting of Om’Mas, Shafiq, and Taz march to beat of their own drum in every aspect of life.  From their somewhat questionable fashion sense to their highly innovative and futuristic production, categorizing Sa-Ra [cont.]

2 May, 2007 12:00 am

Everybody knows the Rza, the Gza, ODB etc, but you might not know the man behind the turntables and the originator of the Wu-Tang logo.  Mathematics has been a part of the Wu family from the beginning, to being the studio during “Enter the 36 Chambers” to chopping it up on his own solo album, [cont.]

26 April, 2007 12:00 am

Biz Markie has been in the game 20+ years, has had gold and platinum selling records and is now one of the most sought after DJ’s in the world.  What more can he do you might ask? Enter Scion.  Through his relation ship with Scion they are taking you back to where it all began [cont.]

19 April, 2007 12:00 am

Interviewed by Darin Gloe Individually you know the Polyrhythm Addicts.  Each member has had their share of success in the independent hip-hop realm.  Whether it was done with collaborations, solo efforts or production, you know these artists.  What you might have not known is they released an EP in 1999 that is now considered classic [cont.]

28 March, 2007 12:00 am

Rap-a-Lot has much more to offer then just Scarface, enter Devin the Dude.  As part of the Odd Squad along side Rob Quest and Jugg Mugg they dropped the now Houston classic “Fadanuf fa Erybody!!” and Devin just kept going.  Gaining major exposure on Dr. Dre’s “2001″ with the bedroom anthem “F*ck You”, Devin was [cont.]

20 March, 2007 12:00 am

A lot of people have been asking where Redman has been since 2001′s “Malpractice”.  The answer is watching the game and what it has become and waiting for the perfect opportunity to come back.  He didn’t really leave with movies, TV, and guest shots but as far as official releases the public has eagerly been [cont.]

12 March, 2007 12:00 am

To know a group from day one is a great feeling.  It’s the feeling I have about Dilated Peoples.  I was there when “Work the Angles” dropped, when Babu sliced the cuts so thin you could almost see through them.  I was there this last year when Capitol completely fouled up “20/20″ and as Evidence [cont.]

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