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Spice 1 and Rappin 4 Tay: Bay Area Legends

It has been over thirty years since Too Short introduced to the world Spice 1 and Rappin’ 4-Tay. Last week Spice 1 dropped the album Platinum OG which including the song “Drive Way” featuring Rappin’ 4-Tay. The hip hop veterans showcasing that they have not lost a...

Nas and Prodigy: Queensbridge Politics

Nas’s Lost Tapes II served as a reminder why he is in the conversation of being one of the greatest of all time. Since the release “Queensbridge Politics” seems to be one of the tracks garnering the most attention. The Pete Rock produced track serves as Nas paying...

Fat Joe and Lil Wayne: Raining on the Industry

From the mid to the late 2000’s Fat Joe and Lil Wayne had an amazing run. Consistently collaborating on each other’s projects as well as Fat Joe’s protégé DJ Khaled as well. Several weeks ago Fat Joe dropped “Pullin” featuring Lil Wayne. The song marks as the fifth...

Jeezy and Drumma Boy: Back to the Roots

Jeezy recently linked back up with super producer Drumma Boy for the lead single “Gone” along with Master P for the soundtrack I Got the Hookup 2. It had been five years since Jeezy had collaborated together. Drumma Boy helped produce some of Jeezy’s most memorable...

Ja Rule and Cash Money Click: Boom Bap Beginnings

Ja Rule’s career has largely been defined by his radio hits. Many forget that prior to the Murder Inc movement of the late 90’s through the early 2000’s he was a member of Cash Money Click. The other members were O-1 and Chris Black who later went by Jody Mack. The...

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Music for the Soul

When an individual or group in hip hop makes the statement they are the greatest ever they must realize that it does not constitute sales and popularity over a short period of time. Longevity, talent, quality, and substance must be figured into the conversation as...

Mic Geronimo: Underrated

Recently Funkmaster Flex rehashed the debate whether music industry executive Lyor Cohen’s dealings with Damon Dash and Jay-Z were exploitive or were the reason they became successful. During the response Flex unfairly brought up the artist Mic Geronimo. Basically...

Funkmaster Flex: When the Music Mattered

In recent years legendary radio deejay Funkmaster Flex has been making headlines from time to time due to things said that stir up debate and controversy. A stark contrast from Funkmaster Flex’s heyday during the 90’s when it was about the music. Funkmaster Flex who...

Nas with Kool G Rap and MC Serch: Early Career

2018 turned out to be a memorable year for Nas. He released his first album in six years Nasir produced entirely by Kanye West. In addition to releasing music with the likes of Dave East, The Black Eyed Peas, and Swizz Beatz. He has already mentioned planning to...

Ice Cube and George Clinton: Signature Sound

Ice Cube’s single “That New Funkadelic” off the album Everythang’s Corrupt is a throwback to the signature sound used early in his career. Many of the tracks from his first solo albums are influenced or filled with samples from George Clinton as an individual and his...

Master P: Bay Area Connection

Master P has been making the rounds promoting his newest film I Got the Hook Up 2 as well as other projects he has in the works. In the late 90’s he had established No Limit Films and put out several indie projects with successful selling soundtracks showcasing his No...

Beanie Sigel and Scarface: Mac and Brad

It has been over two years since Beanie Sigel has been heard on a track. The song “The Real Is Back” was off of Dave East’s Kairi Chanel project. Recently Beanie has been conducting interviews and making appearances with fellow members of State Property, including...

Method Man: Ties to the West

Last week Method Man released his sixth studio album Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium. His first solo album in three years. One of the features on the album is Snoop Dogg who appears alongside U-God’s son Intell on the track “Eastside”. Method Man has worked with Snoop...

Jay-Z with DMX and Ja Rule: Murder Inc

It was just two years ago backstage at a Beyoncé concert hip hop heavyweights Jay-Z, DMX, and Ja Rule were in the same room reminiscing about old times together. They were on the cusp in the late 90’s putting together the greatest hip hop super group Murder Inc,...

MC Hammer: Work with Notable Producers

In 2018 MC Hammer still carries the charisma and stage presence that still garners attention like his prime during the late 80’s into the early 90’s. His material from the mid 90’s on was overlooked. There are quite a few gems that should have translated into greater...

Teddy Riley: Legacy Continues

Teddy Riley’s concerts at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Dec 9th served as a homecoming for the talented producer and artist. It had been over twenty years since he last performed at the historical venue. Accompanying him were his groups Guy and Blackstreet in...

Ice Cube with Too Short and DJ Pooh: Reunion

Ice Cube’s just released Everythang’s Corrupt was well worth the wait.  His voice is still powerful delivering social street knowledge lyrics over top production beats. The album itself has one feature which is fellow West Coast legend Too Short with the track “Ain’t...

Ice Cube and Ice-T: Longevity in the Game

After thirty plus years both Ice Cube and Ice-T’s careers are still going strong. Ice Cube is about to release his tenth studio album Everythang’s Corrupt. The lead single “Arrest the President” is vintage Ice Cube. Ice Cube has coined the music as “Street...

Rocky and Creed: Ties to Hip Hop

The film Creed II which is the 8th installment of the Rocky movie series is well on the way to achieving box office success. The series has spanned over 42 years and achieved 1.4 billion at the box office, forever cementing a legacy in cinema history. Along with the...

Scarface: Legacy with Hip Hop

December 1st marks the 35th year anniversary of the 1983 film Scarface. The movie has been a huge staple in the hip hop community. Artists have shared the impact and the influence the film has made on them. Countless artists are drawn to the plot of Tony Montana...

Swizz Beatz: East Coast Dr Dre

Producer extraordinaire Swizz Beatz recently made an appearance on Drink Champs to promote his recently released album Poison. During the interview N.O.R.E coined Swizz Beatz as the “East Coast Dr. Dre” due to the caliber of his discography. The statement is ironic...

Heavy D: Legacy in the RnB World

Heavy D during his illustrious career worked together with a number of R&B artists. His debut album 1987’s Living Large served as a catalyst, launching Uptown Records. One of the most influential hip hop and R&B labels ever formed.  Beyond recording with some...

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