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Toshi Kondo
17 February, 2004 12:00 am

      While majors pump out unhealthy, processed hip-hop, Tony Touch’s The Piece Maker II has been relegated to indie label, Koch.  However, a smaller label hasn’t affected the impressive guest list boasted on 2000′s The Piece Maker.  Joining Toca in bringing some straight hip-hop shit are Redman, Fat Joe, Raekwon, Pete Rock, Dead Prez, and many [cont.]

21 January, 2004 12:00 am

HipHopSite: Why did you change your name from L-Swift to Swigga? Swigga: It’s just because my music is different now.  The things I get across now is different than when I was L-Swift.  I had that name in seventh grade.  For me to step it up to a new era of things, I felt I [cont.]

19 November, 2003 12:00 am

Take all that I-had-to-push-powder-before-becoming-an-MC gibberish that these generic mixtape superstars spit with a grain of salt.  Columbus, Ohio native Blueprint, full-time MC/producer/CEO, chose to get a degree in Computer Science and program computers for five years while building his indie label, Weightless Recordings, co-owned with college buddy Manifest.  Touring last year with Atmosphere for the [cont.]

28 October, 2003 12:00 am

It is unfortunate that many Queensbridge hip-hop veterans from late 80′s and early 90′s can now be found on milk boxes or demeaning “Where Are They Now?” segments.  Tragedy Khadafi has avoided this fate with the resiliency and guile necessary to survive 15 years amongst industry snakes.  He has craved out a respectable body of [cont.]

10 October, 2003 12:00 am

Loudly proclaiming “dp’s got dat crazy shit!”, Stic.man and M-1 of Dead Prez were instrumental in making revolutionary hip-hop relevant again.  Not content to just bring a message, dp also provided melodic and invigorating beats that showed a commercial potential.  Sony’s decision to not release their 4.5 mic sophomore album, RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta, and the [cont.]

4 October, 2003 12:00 am

     The Beat Junkies and Dilated Peoples helped dispel the notion that West Coast hip-hop is nothing but lowriders, blunts, and bitches.  The common denominator between both is the well-respected DJ and producer DJ Babu.  Following his critically acclaimed 2002 compilation, Duck Season Vol. 1; he uses the same format, same caliber of artists, and yields the [cont.]

26 September, 2003 12:00 am

HipHopSite: Talk a little about the album.  I know you have Jay-Z, ODB, Freeway, etc.  But what can fans expect from you?  Conceptually and with your flow?  Guests and production? Kanye West: See, here’s the thing.  All those usual questions that you ask about an album don’t really apply.  Outside production, that’s not what this [cont.]

20 September, 2003 12:00 am

Celebrity DJ, Mark Ronson popularized hardcore hip-hop sounds in ritzy New York nightclubs and uncharted territories such as the Hamptons.  Building a glitzy reputation and a network within different musical genres, it’s only appropriate that Sylvia Rhone, Elektra Records’ CEO, would tell him “Here’s a half a mil, make some hits of your own.”  Gathering a diverse [cont.]

13 September, 2003 12:00 am

HipHopSite: Do you mind briefly talking about the album, in terms of the producers you used, artist features, and what you want listeners to walk away with after hearing it? Big Noyd: 80% of the album was done by Alchemist and Havoc.  The other 20% was by Noyd Inc. which are producers coming underneath my [cont.]

6 August, 2003 12:00 am

Affiliation with the Likwit Crew and being signed to Tommy Boy gave Defari instant credibility when he quit his day job educating America’s youth to drop his debut album Focused Daily.  Unfortunately, it was not a commercial success and he parted ways with the label.  However, hard work and a stellar appearance on Dr. Dre’s 2001 laid the [cont.]

30 July, 2003 12:00 am

Years of building an almost mythic reputation as an innovative lyricist has culminated in C-Rayz Walz’s Ravipops being unleashed through one of hip-hop’s most respected underground labels (Def Jux).  And with it, showcases an MC who’s unpredictable, yet still possesses an uncanny depth and awareness of his surroundings.  C-Rayz is compelling because there are so [cont.]

23 July, 2003 12:00 am

By Toshi Kondo Boston, MA – Unfortunately the city of Boston is traditionally known for having some very antediluvian perspectives on race relations and all things associated with minorities.  Having an understanding of this would make one realize how monumental the hosting of the first annual Hiphop Peace & Unity Festival in this great city [cont.]

24 June, 2003 12:00 am

Being Def Jam’s newest lead artist with popular singles that have been on the radio constantly for the past six months generates expectations in Lebron James’s stratosphere.  So does Jersey City native Joe Budden’s self-titled debut live up to the hype despite him attempting to go from high school (mixtapes) straight to the pros?  Or [cont.]

1 January, 2003 12:00 am

    ?Yes, Ja Rule’s an R&B singer.  Yes, his collaborations with Ashanti are redundant.  Yes, he’s not as street as when he was DMX’s dawg in ’98.  But to fully understand the impact of 50 Cent’s verbal snuffs requires listening to Ja Rule’s new album Blood In My Eye.  The word obsessed comes to mind.  Eight [cont.]

1 January, 1999 12:00 am

Once naming himself the dopest lyricist on the west coast, The Alkaholiks’ Catashtrophe aka Tash aka Rico, hopes to prove that to the rest of the world with the release of his solo album, “Rap Life”, coming soon on Loud Records. We sat down with him and entered the mind of one of the most [cont.]

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