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Nas and The Firm: Full Circle Deep Dive Part 1

Nas’s recently released album King’s Disease marked his fourteenth project to debut in the top ten. A testament to his longevity and greatness with a career that has nearly spanned thirty years since his debut on Main Source’s 1992 “Live at the Barbeque.”...

Tupac and Treach: Dedication from the Heart

The date, September 13th, 2020, marks twenty-four years since the passing of Tupac Shakur. It is one of those events that many remember where they were when his untimely death occurred. There were vast outcries and numerous dedications from artists whom he had made an...

Eve and Dr Dre: Aftermath and Beyond

It has been well documented that Eve was signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label before her run with the Ruff Ryders label. Even though her tenure with the label was short and did not pan out, Dr. Dre would still play a significant role in her career. Eve would describe...

50 Cent and Mary J Blige with Method Man: Power Music Collab

  The much-anticipated spinoff of the Power series, Power Book II: Ghost has finally arrived. The spinoff is a direct continuation of events from the main series. 50 Cent for this season as the executive producer was instrumental bringing onboard Mary J. Blige...
Mary J Blige and Nas: Royal Alliance

Mary J Blige and Nas: Royal Alliance

This past Wednesday Mary J Blige’s and Nas’s collaboration “Thriving” was released in conjunction with their much anticipated “Royalty Tour”. Many have coined Mary J Blige as the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” and Nas the “King of Hip Hop”. The tour celebrates the 25th...

Busta Rhymes: Crunk Era

Busta Rhymes: Crunk Era

Busta Rhymes longevity, staying relevant throughout his nearly thirty year career has been matched by very few fellow hip hop artists. His latest track “They Want My Blood” featuring Lil Wayne off of DJ Kay Slay’s Hip Hop Frontline shows he can still hang with the...

Masta Ace: Memorable Collaborations

Masta Ace: Memorable Collaborations

Last month DJ Premier dropped the track “Eat” on his Sirius XM radio show. For good measure Evidence, best known for his work with Dilated Peoples is also featured on the gem. The track will allegedly be on an upcoming Masta Ace project which may very well be his...

LL Cool J: Queens Represent

LL Cool J: Queens Represent

It has been since 2013’s Authentic that LL Cool J has last put out an album. In recent years there have been announcements of projects including the G.O.A.T 2 and an untitled project spearheaded by Dr. Dre. At this point the projects have not been released. The...

Fat Joe and Diamond D: Back to the Boom Bap

Fat Joe and Diamond D: Back to the Boom Bap

At some point this year Fat Joe’s project Family Ties with Dre of the production duo Cool & Dre is expected to drop. Their relationship dates back to 2001 with the track “King of N.Y” featuring Buju Banton off of Fat Joe’s album Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E)....

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...

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