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D.T. Swinga
22 October, 2014 11:40 am

One producer that doesn’t really get his due props is Compton’s DJ Quik. Sure, the man has produced some defining LA classics, even spotted working on Dr. Dre’s Detox at one point, after producing Truth Hurts’ “Addictive” for the Beats mogul. Despite his old hits being mined for new DJ Mustard songs, people don’t usually [cont.]

19 October, 2014 7:09 pm

The curse of the classic album many times leaves artists always looking back on their greatest work, sometimes shunning it in fear of being labeled a one-trick pony, other times trying to recreate it over and over again. In either case, rarely does lightning strike twice and many are forced to face reality that their [cont.]

4 October, 2014 1:17 am

The state of New York rap has been in flux. The birthplace of hip-hop once proudly laid claim to “hardcore hip-hop,” shunning commercial rap on many classic tracks. Competition in the game however led to that sound disappearing, with artists like Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun finding a way to toe the [cont.]

28 July, 2014 9:49 pm

Queensbridge legend and one time member of The Firm, Cormega, returns with his first new album in several years, Mega Philosophy. Under the watchful eye of The Large Professor, whom produces the entire thing, Cormega’s latest is less about the struggle, and more about life lessons he’s learned throughout his time in the rap game. [cont.]

18 July, 2014 5:01 am

Putting it down on the mixtape scene over the last five years, G-Eazy has carved out a name for himself with a series of six mixtape releases, his last being 2011′s critically acclaimed The Endless Summer. A white rapper from the Bay Area, G-Eazy doesn’t really sound like anyone else from region, yet wisely gets [cont.]

11 July, 2014 2:47 pm

From Run DMC’s Dookie ropes to Kanye West’s Horus piece, chains have always been essential part of Hip-Hop culture. But while anyone can rock some gold around their neck and think they’re as fly as Eric B and Rakim, medallions are only worthy of a chosen few. Over this Rocky-esque “Gonna Fly Now” beat from [cont.]

10 July, 2014 4:51 pm

From VLADTV: “Lord Jamar sat down with VladTV once again and shared his take on Iggy Azalea’s success, saying the industry is pushing Iggy, much more than they push the typical new artist, because she’s pretty and white. Jamar insists Iggy is being positioned to replace Nicki Minaj in Hip-Hop largely due to white privilege, [cont.]

1 July, 2014 2:55 am

After recent successes with Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.a.a.d. city and Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, all eyes on are the TDE camp, and more specifically, Ab-Soul. Ab has been impatiently waiting to get his album out to the fans, even going as far as to tweet at his label publically that he wanted it out quickly, [cont.]

16 June, 2014 2:38 pm

Legendary hip-hop group Souls of Mischief announce that they’re releasing a conceptual collaboration with renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge entitled There Is Only Now on Adrian’s newly launched record label, Linear Labs on August 26th, 2014. Inspired by a near-fatal incident involving group members A-Plus, Opio, Tajai, and Phesto early in their careers, the [cont.]

16 June, 2014 5:41 am

Up and coming Venice Beach emcee Jokem delivers his Craftmatic EP, spitting over some Blueprint beats.

16 June, 2014 2:27 am

After the runaway success of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent was championed as both a top selling artist, and an astute businessman. The Curtis Jackson brand took on a life of it’s own, and within the period of a decade, 50 had released an autobiographical novel, a collaborative chapter in Robert Greene’s 48 [cont.]

5 June, 2014 11:00 pm

Coming from the Outdoorsmen camp, which also includes Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren builds upon an already solid underground fanbase with his latest release, Silk Pyramids, produced by legendary DITC beatsmith, Buckwild. The state of New York street-hop has been in flux, as of late, as many artists from the city have chosen to ride with [cont.]

5 June, 2014 3:12 pm

Soul-baring honesty, upliftment, and introspective thoughts of isolation are at the forefront in LRG Clothing’s 3-song EP featuring Dizzy Wright and Bishop Nehru entitled BrILLiant Youth. Featuring full production from Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder, Las Vegas rapper Dizzy Wright and 17-year old New York rapper Bishop Nehru teamed up, creating the perfect trifecta to [cont.]

19 May, 2014 12:30 am

New track possibly from Tyga’s upcoming LP, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty. Damn he’s jacking both Jay Z The Dynasty: Roc La Familia & The Black Album, plus Rakim’s The 18th Letter with that album title.

15 May, 2014 10:04 pm

Asher Roth fought long and hard to shed the frat boy image created by his debut single, “I Love College”. At the core of this artist is a backpack rap, lyrically driven hip-hop head, but you’d never know that from the way he was initially marketed. He did truly redeem himself on his 2012 Pabst [cont.]

12 May, 2014 11:55 pm

You have to hand it to Jedi Mind Tricks’ frontman, Vinnie Paz, that even in the post-indie hip-hop apocalypse aftermath, he is still able to organize the various members of Army Of The Pharaohs every year or so to bang out a full-length album. And that is pretty much what they do, as In Death [cont.]

30 April, 2014 2:55 pm

Pretty uneventful stand-off between the Game and T.I. versus the LAPD in Hollywood, as captured by TMZ. It does get intense for a minute, but what’s great is that T.I. and company know their rights, and once they start shouting “TMZ! TMZ!” the cops are quick to back down. In clip 2, you can see [cont.]

25 April, 2014 6:25 pm

The biggest club song of the moment gets an official rap remix, featuring new verses from Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and Montana.

16 April, 2014 8:40 am

Hieroglyphics co-founder, who is considered to be one of your favorite rappers’ most respected rappers, Casual, is kicking off the 20-year celebration of his formidable and influential album Fear Itself by announcing a commemorative tour where he will perform the original album in its entirety. He is also releasing a digitally remastered version of the [cont.]

16 April, 2014 7:20 am

The Bay Area’s HBK Gang has been slowly infiltrating the club scene, led by IamSu’s multiple appearances on hits like E-40′s “Function” and Jonn Hart’s “Who Booty”. But most recently, HBK made a name for themselves through Sage The Gemini’s twin hits “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose”. This pair of mellow, grooving hits defied the [cont.]

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