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Peter Agoston
1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 The Living Legends have remained one of the more tightly knit families in the younger world of Rap, new to this they are not, but involved in one another’s projects most heavily. They lend themselves to a tape slangin’ Wu-Tang Clan, with one or more artists making appearances on someone else’s work at all times. [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 Foreign Legion is all that is traditional “independent” Hip-Hop, musically and lyrically Prozac and Marc Stretch stick to the conventions previously paved and run with it. Which ultimately, depending on the tastes of the listener, will make or break this Bay Area crew’s debut. Fun loving braggadocio, endearing raps about Hip-Hop culture, with an occasional ‘secret [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

Planet Asia has undoubtedly made an impact on Hip-Hop consumers these last few years. Running with the ethic of dropping joints one after another has proven a successful pay-off, scoring the vainglorious Fresno-bred emcee a major deal with Interscope Records. As a precursor to the album and to keep his momentum up, Asia delivers the slim-yet-thick [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

As some may know, Screwball ain’t new to this. Like the song say, they’ve seen it all. Hostyle, Poet, KL, and Quran have remained staples in the indie Hip-Hop market before it was even considered to be one. Following the Hydra method of constantly releasing singles, these fellas had a catalog of pressed material before [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 While this Long Beach crew might not spit slang like their DPG neighbors, the trio of Dizzy Dustin, Andy Cap and Young Einstein still manage to churn out fun-loving head nodders that resonate from Southern Cali to across the globe. Making a strong debut with the “Fresh Mode” 12″ of ’97, the three set a pace to [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 Like a refreshingly strong shot of Maker’s Mark, Defari blasts back onto the scene with blazing saddles under the new guise of “Billy The Kidd”. Roaming the same range trailblazed by Sadat X’s rustic “Wild Cowboys”, the Kidd refines his style like the fine aged Whiskey and Remi he often boasts of on record. Whipping opponents [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

The Shapeshifters are like Hip-Hop aliens, born and bred amidst the smog and clutter of L.A. yet honed and seemingly cultivated by the rap version of Oscar The Grouch, AWOL One. Synonyms with multiple generation dubs that are as gruff and fuzzy as his ever-unique vocals, Awol personifies the L.A. underground like no other. Like [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

Love him or hate him, Madlib has been putting in crazy work in the past 365 days. From Lootpack beats to a plentiful batch of guest production and remixes ‘Lib has been up to his dreads in Hip-Hop. Amazingly enough he’s had the ability to record a whole 24 track full length (vocals and beats) [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 Jeru The Damaja once mentioned something about letting his ‘mindspray’, and at that time a lyric from ‘D. Original’ constituted an unloading of rhyme-ammunition few could withstand, wordplay of un-fuckwitable proportions. But today his spray pans out to be nothing more than a mere faucet leak in the vast lyrical diarrhea ocean that is Dose One. [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 Mr. Complex is from what some might label as the “first generation” of (contemporary) underground artists – a relatively small grouping of emcees and producers who made names for themselves in the mid-Nineties more through word of mouth than today’s intricate marketing and promotional schemes. In its short-lived (nevertheless grand) time, consumers sought out the “new [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

The trio of Zion I is an interesting one no doubt, utilizing rich synths and electronic tid-bits to create an almost technotronic soundscape while remaining rooted deeply in their East Oakland conventions. Last year’s “Inner Light” catapulted the group known for their electric stage presence to nationwide recognition. Interestingly enough it was the drum-n-bass remix that [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 With an enormously increasing interest for Living Legends’s fare across the board, members of the rather large squad see it fit to branch out. Not too far from the tree of course, but rather in an unanimous flex of their creative muscles. Earlier in the year we saw The Grouch and PSC’s CMA project receive critical acclaim, [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

In the wake of Matthew, First Come, Firt Served and Lost In Space, Kool Keith heads were undoubtedly digested a mass of Thorton bravado, some overwhelmed others underwhelmed. Yet if Keith was to drop another album in the same vein as the aforementioned joints, many would undoubtedly begin to question the longevity of one of today’s [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

The concept of concept albums isn’t as conceptually tight as one might think, granted Prince Paul’s Prince Among Thieves had many a moment and The Dan The Automator /Del The Funkee Homosapien connection, Deltron 3030 appealed to some, the overall end product usually doesn’t come to met the expectations set for it on paper. Unclear directions [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

?The Molemen ain’t new to this, without a doubt the production trio of PNS, His-Panik, and Memo have signified the underground esthetic as well as that Chicago grit many heads have come to love with a true-to-the-movement perseverance. It’s actually a little surprising that its taken this long for the fellas to come out with a collective album. [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

While this Long Beach crew might not spit slang like their DPG neighbors, the trio of Dizzy Dustin, Andy Cap and Young Einstein still manage to churn out fun-loving head nodders that resonate from Southern Cali to across the globe. Making a strong debut with the “Fresh Mode” 12″ of ’97, the three set a pace to [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 ”I am prepared to face many obstacles in my journey” read a message scribed on the back of a then youthful and slender Freddie Foxxx’s ’89 seminal LP, Freddie Foxxx Is Here. Is it possible that he could foresee the path of his renegade-like position for the the next decade and beyond? Bouncing from Boogie [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

 Following suit with piecemeal releases from his Freestyle Fellowship brethren (a la Timetable, Suther’n Fried Chicken and even Accepted Eclectic), Self Jupiter steps to the plate with his first respected release of this stature. As the more elusive limb of the Fellowship tree, Jup, who spent a portion of the 90′s incarcerated, blossoms as a sort of [cont.]

1 January, 2000 12:00 am

“10 Years ago, a Rap commando unit was sent to prison for a covert experimental rhyme project deemed ahead of it’s time and insightful of public hysteria, thus a threat to commercial defense”. So let’s knock it out the box, The A-Team is Aceyalone and Abstract Rude, known on this particular project as Acey The Faceman [cont.]

1 January, 1999 12:00 am

 Oakland is the home to many an artist; some flamboyant while others remain more incognito, although only one can remain Elusive. Said dread is deeply rooted in the Living Legends family garden, having lent his board-work to the entire roster, release after release. As well as his own catalog of instrumental and compilation-like albums, he’s also [cont.]

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