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Ryan Harrison
21 May, 2008 4:05 am

It is rare nowadays to see a producer and an emcee form a collaboration that is just mutually between the two of them.  Maybe within a group, you see one member take the helm of the production, while the other concentrates on the rhyming (for example Mobb Deep), but for two established artists in their [cont.]

12 May, 2008 5:35 pm

AZ has not had the best of luck.  Back on Illmatic, one would have thought that he would be mentioned in the same breath as some of the peers who went on to become icons in hip-hop (most notably 2Pac, Biggie, and Nas). And why not?  Sosa has displayed various projects of his own as [cont.]

1 April, 2008 2:02 am

It has been about 5 years since we last heard from Erykah Badu.  After the release of Worldwide Underground the songstress has been on hiatus, rarely to be seen and even contemplating giving up music all together due to a lack of inspiration.  But it seems that the ills of society have rejuvenated her creative [cont.]

1 April, 2008 1:51 am

What happened to neo-soul?  In the latter part of the 1990s up until sometime after the year 2000, neo-soul was one of the most popular new genres to hit the air waves.  Collectives were formed, commercials were made, and then out of nowhere the movement ended.   Was this because of the over sensationalizing of the [cont.]

13 March, 2008 5:15 am

Snoop Dogg has been puttin’ it down for a minute, to say the least.  From when he first took the world by storm with his appearance on the 1992 hit song “Deep Cover,” the artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg hasn’t ceased to captivate audiences of all ages.  Now being a family man who [cont.]

28 February, 2008 6:30 am

2007 was a pretty good year for the Bone Thugs N Harmony trademark.  In March, they returned with the highly anticipated major label release Strength N Loyalty later to be follow up by the Ruthless labeled T.H.U.G.S. in November. The former is an attempt to reestablish past glory, sadly not living up to expectations.  The [cont.]

28 February, 2008 6:27 am

It is no secret that Jim Jones has his issues with Jay-Z.  So it only made matters worse when S. Carter released the American Gangster motion picture inspired album of the same title detailing his life synonymously with the film and its protagonist (or antagonist, depending on your viewpoint), Harlem’s own Frank Lucas.  So Capo [cont.]

14 February, 2008 6:08 am

Mary J. Blige has been through it all pleasure, pain, trials, and tribulations.  Through it all, she has managed to make some of the most soul-stirring music that we have seen in the last couple of decades.  Since her debut album, What’s the 411, Blige has opened up to the world about her life and [cont.]

16 January, 2008 11:04 pm

It is rare nowadays when you hear an album that actually makes you think, mainly in the aspect of conceptualizing an idea.  With his critically acclaimed debut album Food and Liquor, Lupe Fiasco touched on various subjects in such a creative and unique way that even if you did not own a skateboard you could [cont.]

16 January, 2008 10:48 pm

Pittsburgh is not known for being a hip-hop metropolis, but unknown to many outside of the city, Pittsburgh has a strong hip-hop scene.  One notable artist hailing from the Steel City is Pittsburgh Slim.  Pittsburgh Slim, or “Slimmie” as he likes to affectionately call himself, was influenced by an eclectic and wide range of artists, [cont.]

13 December, 2007 1:52 am

Who exactly is Amy Winehouse?  Is she the reincarnation of so many Jazz and R&B/Soul legends to whom she is so often compared to like Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, and Lauren Hill?  Or is she nothing more than a product of over sensationalized marketing techniques and tabloid scandals?  With the belated U.S. release of her [cont.]

30 October, 2007 11:12 pm

Every couple of years a group with enormous talent comes on the scene and captures the hearts of hip-hop aficionados.   Then something happens, usually label problems. This is followed by  the creative differences within the group leading to the departure of a member or the destruction of the group as a whole.  Well this time [cont.]

24 October, 2007 3:06 am

After receiving platinum status, winning a Grammy, and gaining commercial success, one would think that an artist would be on top of the world and on their next LP he or she would gloat about all their newfound happiness that they are now able to enjoy.  This is not the case for Chamillionaire.  The Mixtape [cont.]

24 October, 2007 3:00 am

One of the south’s rising new entities is no doubt Block Entertainment.  With the success of Boyz in the Hood and Yung Joc, the newest stallion to come out of the gate is Gorilla Zoe with Welcome to the Zoo.  With the popular single “Hood Nigga,” the self-proclaimed “king of the jungle” plans to show [cont.]

23 September, 2007 1:36 am

A super group is defined as being a music group comprised of members who had already gained fame or notoriety as solo artists or members of another group.  This phenomenon is not new.  In the rock n roll genre, many super groups ranging from Cream to Velvet Revolver have all had enormous success.  In hip [cont.]

16 July, 2007 12:00 am

    Brooklyn is known for producing some of hip-hop’s most prized MCs.  From Big Daddy Kane to Jay-Z, from Notorious B.I.G. to Mos Def, this borough obviously has a knack for rearing talent.  As of late, Fabolous has emerged as the torch bearer for the future Brooklyn MC.  From his debut album Ghetto Fabolous in [cont.]

24 May, 2007 12:00 am

    During the 1990′s, Bone Thugs N Harmony were considered to be not only one of the best hip hop groups of that era, but in some circles maybe the best group of all time.  Over hypnotic and at times eerie beats, Bone would deliver tales of murder, depravity, and redemption in the forms of [cont.]

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