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Peter Agoston
3 December, 2003 12:00 am

    “Breaks” can mean a lot of things. You had a tough break at work, you had a hard break with your mate, you like to sample drum breaks from old records, you’re a fan of Kurtis Blow’s “TheBreaks”. Jermaine Sanders of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to some extent uses all those semi-definitions in this, his first [cont.]

26 November, 2003 12:00 am

     Project Blowed swirls with so many influences and inspirations that honing in on a concise definition is almost impossible. Even if you live in L.A. it might be a challenge to grasp the amount of artists and individuals associated with one another in the crew at whole – one thing that will certainly remain [cont.]

3 June, 2003 12:00 am

Charged from a ten-year-plus run in a business as forgiving as the Supreme Court, Prince Paul  has seen it all — from his underrated days as Stetsasonic’s DJ to forming his own failed Def Jam  subsidiary imprint (oh, the Doo Dew Man Records) and his long-running, now-defunct relationship with Tommy Boy (for whom this album was [cont.]

1 April, 2003 12:00 am

When The Artifacts separated, little did we all know, but the community of hip-hop, then seemingly segregated in its own right (via media drummed coastal wars), was on the precipice of its own departure. Few have shown strength in longevity throughout the years, sadly disappearing from their fans grasps before truly coming of age.  As [cont.]

3 November, 2002 12:00 am

In an unexpected and seemingly unpromoted return to the full length fold, Mike G. and Afrika (Baby Bam) return to the flock with a fun knock that lands somewhere between their rap-religiously fabled Done By The Forces Of Nature and their somewhat embarrassing V.I.P. (with Propellerheads’ Alex Gifford on the boards). While it’s probably more of the latter, it’s [cont.]

3 November, 2002 12:00 am

If two rappers didn’t personify the sonic-grit of what many consider the “golden age” of hip-hop more than The Artifacts, then you either got Black Moon or no one else. Yet out of the two groups, one to split and never look back, the other to merely look away, look back and look away again, [cont.]

2 October, 2002 12:00 am

Recorded perhaps some 5 years back, this record is a document of history. As an emotionally lawless AWOL One revisits a project some 3 albums released past its inception (blame the industry for tardiness) – for while his most recent collaborative work with L.A. production-powerhouse Daddy Kev (and the most recent ) have probably thrown more muscle [cont.]

30 September, 2002 12:00 am

An odd, alluring ode was “Christina”. The somewhat standout track of sorts from last year’s joint three-man album, The Netherworlds, that being between Anacron, Himself (Of The Netherworlds) and Murs of the Living Legends. That being MURS who did “Christina”, that being, the odd, alluring ode to the beautiful and quite talented actress, Christina Ricci. The song, [cont.]

30 September, 2002 12:00 am

Stones Throw is a model-consummate recording label (and trust me, I run my own). What once was merely Peanut Butter Wolf’s out-the-house San Francisco operation, shuffling out solid, consistent 12″s of the late Nineties, has honed in on a few highly successful formulas that have proven both musically and conceptually praiseworthy. Upon the entrance of nuevo [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

Thirstin Howl III is nothing short of a the new-school rap entity. Dipped in the finest Polo a man can steal he won his early accolades within the early Lyricist Lounge days garnering attention across the board from his flailing tongue and wit. The mid to late 90′s found Howl atop numerous 12″s, label to label, [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

To my knowledge DJ Murge is a producer from Victoria Island in British Columbia, right outside of Vancouver. This is his production compilation set atop a backdrop of some artists you know (especially if you follow the affiliated Battle Axe movements) and some that may not (if outside of the greater BC area you dwell). So all [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

Swollen Members rampant Canadian industry-shakedown did nothing short of placing the personification of what ‘underground’ hip-hop once was atop a celebratory silver platter, by all means, they are large (in Canada). But to the American ear, the Battle Axe  sound still speaks of a grit-scape and sans Abstract Rude’s mish-mash of a million styles on P.A.I.N.T., [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

 As in all things, with time, we hope for progress and usually anticipate inevitable change, and while it can be wholly difficult and even more frustrating to gauge the progress of time within our society, at least we can relish the growth of our beloved artists that have kept us oh so inspired throughout the [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

Seemingly the first of its kind, well regarded Dilated Peoples (amongst others) music-video director Jason Goldwach (aside producer Peter Bittenbender) team up with indie-mogul Damian “Domino” Siguenza (Hieroglyphics, of course) to churn out one very interesting film/album package. One side you have a compact disc soundtrack, highlighting exclusives from the likes of Del The Funkee Homosapien, [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

The story of Percy Carey is a disheartening one. Pronounced dead on the scene from the infliction of 8 gunshot wounds to the body, Carey who’d recorded arguably the most memorable verse of his career (that being, KMD’s “What A Niggy Know” remix) only days before the shooting was faced with frighteningly never being able [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

Veteran producer/engineer Djinji Brown describes himself as an ‘enthomusicologist’ - vainglorious perhaps, but wholly fitting indeed. As Dinji’s self-production Sirround Sound proves, where there is a drum, there is a beat and where there is a beat, there will be movement. Deep-fried Dub-riddim meets House meets Afro-Cubanism meets a couple hip-hop beats is the formula translated through [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

When people were talking about the Fellowship album that was supposed to be on Celestial, this, more or less, was it. Or at least was the precursor to be could-of-been an incredibly remarkable album for Celestial. Well, Celestial disappeared for a while, the Fellowship fell on hard times and then somehow released Temptations, a ramshackle [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

Apparently their follow-up album got caught in some sort of release limbo, thus the massive L.A. Symphony take a break from their vast individual solo releases to throw out a quick 9 song EP in the form of the cutely titled and packaged (in a baggie with a baloney sandwich on the cover) Baloney. Conceptually, they [cont.]

1 January, 2002 12:00 am

 One man’s floor is another man’s ceiling, dig? Hip-Hop remains progressive and stagnant almost simultaneously, or is it perhaps progressively stagnant or stagnantly progressive? Which ever end you light it, it’s ultimately going to burn down to something. It could be the essence, the bomb, or it could essentially be a bomb, like weed, follow? [cont.]

1 January, 2001 12:00 am

HHS: Where did you go to school? Paul Barman: I went to school at Brown, but I spent half my time at RISD, the Rhode Island School of Design. So did you meet Prince Paul at the school? How did this all come together? He got his hands on my 7″. I saw your 7″. [cont.]

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