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29 November, 2005 12:00 am

HHS: What have you been up to since we last heard from you? Canibus: Collecting more information. HHS: You have 2 albums and a mixtape that just dropped, did you plan on releasing them at the same time? Canibus: Of course not. The music was recorded during separate periods of activity and thought. Distribution decides [cont.]

14 September, 2005 12:00 am

    Cassidy caught attention by battling Freeway, so when his debut album “Split Personality” dropped in 2004, people expected a vicious pitbull to be let loose in the game. What they got though was an album with a lot of R&B hooks and songs for the ladies. Cassidy returns in 2005 with “I’m a Hustla,” [cont.]

17 May, 2005 12:00 am

     Tonedeff is known for battling, Tonedeff is known for rhyming fast, Tonedeff is known for creating “Happy Fuck You Songs,” but if that’s all you know about Tonedeff, then you really don’t know him at all. Archetype is not only an album, but a musical journey that lets you travel through his thoughts, feelings and [cont.]

14 April, 2004 12:00 am

Compilation; no rating given The “Drama King”, DJ Kayslay , reenters the legal retail realm, with The StreetSweeper Vol. 2. His mix CD’s instantly flood the streets with the exclusive and grimy tracks, but his debut release on Epic (now Sony Urban) last year did not seem to live up to the same level or buzz of his [cont.]

30 March, 2004 4:32 am

  Cassidy is known for his battle, mix tape and spotlight-stealing guest appearances, but the question people have been wondering is can the Philly native put together a solid album?  Show and prove time has arrived for the first act from Swizz Beatz’ label, in the form of Split Personality.      “Hotel,” featuring R. Kelly, has [cont.]

20 January, 2004 12:00 am

    If patience is a virtue, then the Bravehearts might be some of the most virtuous people in the game. They have been down with Nas since the Illmatic days, and now over ten years later, the duo of Jungle and Wiz are delivering their debut “Bravehearted.”     Set off by the grimy feel of Midi Mafia’s [cont.]

22 April, 2003 12:00 am

Lil Kim is back, with no Notorious B.I.G. (rest in peace), no P. Diddy, and no Junior M.A.F.I.A. The “Hollyhood” superstar is set to make noise on her own and with her new crew The Beehive. Sounds promising, right? Heed the warnings of Public Enemy, don’t believe the hype. “Hold It Now” sets it off like [cont.]

22 April, 2003 12:00 am

The Dirty Dozen have been slept on, as most simply pass them off as nothing more than eager Eminem’s sidekicks. People have either forgot, or are unaware, of the fact that all of D12′s members were doing their thing before Em’s commercial success. Using the most popular promotion tool of the moment, the crew hits [cont.]

1 April, 2003 12:00 am

Storm The Unpredictable and his Plexus crew has been popping up on people’s radars for a while now. Holding it down for the home bases of D.C. and Oxon Hill (MD), they have built a rep for rocking shows and delivering positive uplifting messages. After a couple 12″s and regional success, Storm’s debut, Amalgamation, is brought [cont.]

24 February, 2003 12:00 am

Mobb Deep affiliate, Littles, has been on the grind for a while. Through the good and bad life has brought him, he has maintained focus and kept his head up. He lets you know “I’m too smart to be a dreamer, I’m a mothafuckin achiever” on the intro, setting the tone for an album full of [cont.]

10 February, 2003 12:00 am

(Editor’s Note: – No Rating: Compilation or Soundtrack) After a string of hot 12″s, an album from Major League was in high demand. Matt Marcus, Virtuo, Sean Harris and the whole team were smart with their business plan. They kept the buzz going and growing stronger with each single, pleasing the underground, the streets and college [cont.]

13 January, 2003 12:00 am

 In the late 90′s Swizz Beatz was on top of the world!  Though hated by purists who found his keyboard beats too simplistic, the streets loved Swizz and was no denying his hit making ability.  After all, his production spearheaded the Ruff Ryders (DMX, Eve, Lox, and Drag On) ascent up the hip-hop power rankings and at [cont.]

13 January, 2003 12:00 am

 The Supafriendz have been the pride of VA before coke dealing brothers, futuristic beats and girls with rapid weight loss. Skillz’ From Where??? introduced the world to the crew and Danja Mowf’s slept-on classic “Word Of Mowf” showed there was more than one super star in the squad. The bootleg remix of Aaliyah’s “Are You That [cont.]

5 December, 2002 12:00 am

For the past two years, it has been hard to ignore Ja Rule and his Murder Inc. crew.  From Irv Gotti’s production to guest vocals from Ja and Ashanti, teaming up with the Murda fam has brought success to quite a few acts. Hell, it even got Fat Joe to go topless on MTV. The last album [cont.]

12 October, 2002 12:00 am

With the neo-soul movement at full blast, this female duo is hitting at the right time. Hailing from London, the pair has already penned hits for Bilal, Jill Scott, Glenn Lewis, even Michael Jackson. “Floetic”, the lead-off single is a smash, but ultimately misleading. Natalie Stewart (the floacist) and Marsha Ambrosius (the songstress) are very in [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

It seems as if a summer cannot go by, without a release from N.O.R.E.. Whether solo or with Capone, he has been one of the most consistent thug rappers falling victim only to flaky labels. Now with Def Jam and getting the overdue push he deserves, you can guarantee that there’s no stopping him now. [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

From Minnesota, arrives a four-man troupe proving correct the old saying “hard work pays off.” With two of the members already in New York for school, the group took a leap of faith and decided they would all move to the East Coast. Seeming focused, dedicated and sounding even hungrier than previous releases, Oddjobs have embarked [cont.]

1 January, 2001 12:00 am

Louis Logic set off his buzz a few years back with the L-Fudge assisted “Planet Rock”, which was followed up with the underground breakthrough “Factotum.” He has kept listeners intrigued through many cameo appearances and lesser promoted 12″‘s. Lou has been all over the place and Debacle In A Bottle is a “non-album” lets people catch up [cont.]

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