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MC Eiht and Snoop Dogg: War Zone Project

    In recent years West Coast hip hop legend MC Eiht has been active putting out projects including 2017’s Which Way Iz West, executively produced by DJ Premier. In addition to last year’s Gangsta Bizness with his group Compton’s Most Wanted. Prior to that...

Sauce Money: Jay Z and Puff Daddy Dynamic

It has been over a month since Sauce Money has called out Puff Daddy for his Grammy speech of taking care and pushing the culture forward. That the Grammy institution needs to get their act together when it comes to black artists. Sauce Money commended the message but...

Shyheim: Wu Tang Affiliate Prodigy

  Shyheim aka the Rugged Child has been making rounds doing interviews since being released from a prison bid. It has given him the opportunity of being reflective of his life and career as well as future aspirations. At the age of 14 he was heralded as a...

The Game: Love for the East

 While promoting his final album Born 2 Rap,The Game spoke with Talib Kweli on the People’s Party podcast on how is rap career started. A the 16:10 mark they discussed The Game studied hip hop classics like Jay-z’s Reasonable Doubt. He shared that at the time he was...
Phil Collins: Relationship with Hip-Hop

Phil Collins: Relationship with Hip-Hop

On Meek Mill’s “Intro” from the recently released album Championships, he sampled Phil Collins signature song “In the Air Tonight” from his 1981 album Face Value. Through the lyrics and his cadence Meek captured the emotion and spirit of the timeless classic. Phil...

2Pac and Stretch: Before the Fallout

2Pac and Stretch: Before the Fallout

Late last year Dexter Isaac, the self-proclaimed shooter of Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios in 1994 put out the book From Friends To Enemies. One of the main takeaways was Dexter’s claim that Tupac’s onetime friend Randy Walker better known as Stretch was involved in the...

2Pac: Thug Life Project

2Pac: Thug Life Project

Since the announcement of possibly two new Tupac projects were underway back in October of last year there has not been any additional news. Tupac had a number of albums worked on with tracks completed that were never commercially released. One suggestion would be to...

Spice 1 and Too Short: The Dangerous Crew

Spice 1 and Too Short: The Dangerous Crew

Recently West Coast legend Spice 1 dropped the track “I’m Gangsta” which is more than likely to be associated with what would be his fourteenth studio album as a solo artist. The track is vintage Spice 1 rhyming over what sounds to be a cleverly chopped sample of...

AZ and Nas: Partners in Rhyme

AZ and Nas: Partners in Rhyme

AZ’s album Doe or Die 2 at this point has been nine years in the making. A follow up to his first album 1995’s Doe or Die which is considered his best work. For Doe or Die 2 AZ wanted to make sure the line-up of original producers were involved including Pete Rock,...

Ja Rule and Cash Money Click: Boom Bap Beginnings

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

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

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

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

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 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: 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

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

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

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...

MC Hammer: Work with Notable Producers

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: 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...

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