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Darin Gloe
6 March, 2007 12:00 am

With all the press, positive and negative about DJ Drama and the mixtape situation, we thought we would snag one of the premier mixtape DJs in the game to talk about his views on the situation as well as his new album with Little Brother.  Mick Boogie hailing from Cleveland, Ohio is much more than [cont.]

27 February, 2007 12:00 am

Is this the year of the return of the Wu?  Quite possibly, with The Clan’s The 8 Diagrams dropping on SRC, Gza dropping his Babygrande LP this year, and the much anticipated “Cuban Linx II” on Aftermath, could it be ’94 all over again?   Who knows in this day and time, but one thing is for certain, [cont.]

20 February, 2007 12:00 am

Babygrande has really become the force to be reckoned with.  From putting out industry heavyweights like Hi-Tek to unknown street kids like Custom Made they are making their mark.  Once again they have thought outside the box and went International.  We all know good hip-hop is much larger in Europe than in the US (because [cont.]

29 January, 2007 12:00 am

Finally, it’s time.  He’s had deals with other labels, he’s dealt with industry bullshit, he’s been around the world with Tribe, with Kanye, with John Legend and finally on March 6th his debut drops.  “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” is exactly what you would expect from an emcee that came up with Tip on the [cont.]

17 December, 2006 12:00 am

If you are looking for the essence of New York Hip-Hop, look no further than the Ghostface Killah aka Tony Starks.    People talk about Jay-Z and 50 Cent but let’s be honest; Ghostface has never made a wack or sub-par album.  Everything he touches is classic and from the early reviews “More Fish” is another [cont.]

10 December, 2006 12:00 am

Pharoahe Monch is man who needs no introduction.   From social commentary and raw unabashed lyrical content with Organized Konfusion to his highly slept on album “Internal Affairs”, Monch has constantly made us hit rewind.   On November 28th a new chapter is written in the Pharoahe Monch legacy.   “Desire” hits stores on SRC/Universal records.   Not so [cont.]

26 November, 2006 12:00 am

What can you say about Joey Crack aka Fat Joe?  He started off as Da Gangsta and moved into commercial success with the likes of Nelly and Ashanti.  After parting ways with Atlantic, some people might have written him off commercially.  You might want to think again, with “Me, Myself, and I” dropping November 14th [cont.]

11 November, 2006 12:00 am

What can you say about this kid from Cincinnati Ohio?   He has worked with everybody from G-Unit and Mobb Deep to independent staples Talib Kweli and Jean Grae.  His sound is universal, for the masses and for the underground.   It’s been 5 years since the critically acclaimed “Hi-Teknology” dropped on Rawkus records.   Though Rawkus folded, [cont.]

3 November, 2006 12:00 am

We all remember Rawkus, whether it was outstanding 12″ releases like “Universal Magnetic” and “End to End Burners” or great LPs like the Soundbombing series or Blackstarr, releases were always solid.   Around 2003 the train went off the tracks and Rawkus disappeared from hip-hop.   In a time where hip-hop is severely lacking, Rawkus is ready [cont.]

27 October, 2006 12:00 am

Custom Made, who hell are they?   You might be asking yourself that question as you read this, but these emcees have been putting in work for the last 4 or 5 years and it’s finally paying off.   September 19th they dropped their Babygrande introduction “Sidewalk Mindtalk:  The Best of Custom Made Mixtapes”.  Selling tape out [cont.]

20 October, 2006 12:00 am

Rarely nowadays is there an artist or a song that really sticks in the minds of hip-hop heads worldwide.  I know as you read this you know exactly where you were when you first heard “T.R.O.Y.”.  I was sitting on the couch in my basement at the tender age of 15 watching Dee Barns on [cont.]

5 October, 2006 12:00 am

It’s hard in today’s microwave mcnugget culture to really have longevity.  Few artists have been able to maintain longevity for even 5 years, much less nearly 20.   We first got a taste of Sadat X in 1990 and he has continually put out quality music every since.  Whether it’s with Brand Nubian or on the [cont.]

5 September, 2006 12:00 am

HHS: What up fellas, how you been? Kingston: Good, thanks. Young God: Yeah Now, you aren’t exactly rookies, but your not exactly veterans either. Introduce yourselves and explain what you have done thus far in your careers. Kingston: Blue Sky Black Death is Kingston & Young God. We released our debut album “A Heap Of [cont.]

28 August, 2006 12:00 am

With “Blood and Ashes”, Planet and Crypt showed that being lyrical is still relevant in today’s crazy hip-hop game.    2 years later, both emcees have grown, their topics have grown and they still have something to say.  “Blood Brothers” drops through Babygrande on September 5th.  This LP, the 2 In-Laws and best friends are going [cont.]

14 August, 2006 12:00 am

New York is where it all started and Agallah reps New York to the fullest.  After many years of playing the background, from producing to emceeing Ag has never got his just deserts…till now.  His album “You Already Know” drops on August 22nd on Babygrande Records.  The album reads a who’s who in hip-hop, from [cont.]

5 August, 2006 12:00 am

In the sea of Chicago talent including Kanye West, Common and the more commercial Twista, the name Rhymefest doesn’t usually come up as one of the best.  But in hip-hop the talented underdogs are never looked as the best.  Enter Rhymefest, a battle hungry ferocious mic assassin that has handed it to many of today’s [cont.]

20 July, 2006 12:00 am

Every since 1997, Jurassic 5 has forever changed the hip-hop landscape.  This is a crew that did it completely independent, got picked up by a major and has continued relevance nearly 10 years later.   It’s the blueprint that every emcee/group would like to follow.  It’s been 4 long years since the critically acclaimed “Power in [cont.]

28 June, 2006 12:00 am

If you have followed independent hip-hop in the last 10 years, 7L and Esoteric need no introduction.  From 7L’s boom-bap production reminiscent of the greats to Esoteric’s wordplay, consistency is definitely the name of the game.  Unfortunately that game has changed a great deal in the 8 plus years since they dropped their underground classic [cont.]

21 June, 2006 12:00 am

This man really needs no introduction, hip-hop icon, 1/3 of Brand Nubian, true believer in the hip-hop culture and 5% belief.  He’s dropping his solo “The 5 Percent Album” June 27th on Babygrande…. HHS: What’s up man, how are you doing? Lord Jamar: I’m great, I’m great. You killed it on Oz and of course [cont.]

31 May, 2006 12:00 am

If there is one word to describe the dynamic duo known as People Under the Stairs it’s longevity, through their deal with OM they reached a much larger fan base than the average hip-hop head.  The appeal of this grassroots hip-hop group spans the world.  After numerous worldwide tours and 4 albums it’s that time [cont.]

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