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Ming Dang
28 October, 2003 12:00 am

     If you still require proof that Hip-Hop isn’t just some passing fad waiting to join the Spice Girls and Pogs (or Spice Girls Pogs, for that matter) into the annals of obscurity, first of all, come out of your cave!  Secondly, check out the career of the Hieroglyphics crew, who went from major-label darlings to [cont.]

6 May, 2003 12:00 am

Back in 1993, two New York-based super-groups burst onto the scene and changed the Hip-Hop world dramatically. One was Wu-Tang Clan, the other Boot Camp Clik, and together they ushered in an era of dirty beats and raw rhymes that helped to revitalize the Big Apple in the face of a flourishing West Coast. Ten [cont.]

14 April, 2003 12:00 am

Something is stirring beneath the windy city streets of Chicago and it isn’t a bunch of back-talking mutant turtles (that’d be Manhattan). On second thought, back-talking may actually be a fitting description for the iller noise oozing out of Illinois’ burgeoning underground scene, a scene well represented by Gravel Records’ premiere release, The Chicago Project. [cont.]

24 March, 2003 12:00 am

No rating was attributed to this album because it is over 10 years old, and it would not be fair to judge it against today’s standards. Joining the ever-growing wave of lost album releases is likely the least anticipated of the lot, Dooley O’s Watch My Moves 1990. While collectors salivate at the mere mention [cont.]

17 March, 2003 12:00 am

“I rep the underground sound like C.H.U.D. with headphones” – C Rayz Walz Now there’s a visual for you: Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers with buds in their ears, eyes glowing red from weed smoke, heads nodding to some grimy East Coast shit. Whether or not your imagination inserts DJ-JS1′s Ground Original into their portables is [cont.]

16 February, 2003 12:00 am

Though it took some time for people to recognize the genius behind the mask, it’s safe to say that no one with a backpack is sleeping on the Supervillain anymore. Since his re-debut as MF Doom in 1997 (“Dead Bent” 12″), the former Zev Love X has become one of the underground’s best and most consistent artists, his [cont.]

16 February, 2003 12:00 am

Editor’s Note: No rating will be attributed for this release since it is over seven years old. I Wish My Brother George Was Here. No Need For Alarm. 3rd Eye Vision. Both Sides of the Brain. Deltron 3030. Gorillaz. Not to mention penning half of Ice Cube’s early solo classics, if that catalogue of classics [cont.]

31 January, 2003 12:00 am

If you didn’t pick up Pep Love’s debut LP Ascension, you missed out on one of 2001′s best albums. Unabashedly honest, Pep held nothing back, regardless of whether he was talking about his hometown, his feelings, or his people; everything he said came off genuine. With Ascension Side C, a collection of tracks recorded during [cont.]

31 January, 2003 12:00 am

Representing Park Slope with the aptly titled A Beautiful Mind EP, Brooklyn’s Pumpkinhead may not mind sharing his moniker with a horror-movie ghoul (“I’m not a thug or a rapper / I’m a monster”), but that self-assessment is certainly flawed; he is a rapper and a pretty nice one at that. Not letting the opportunity to [cont.]

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