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Eminem: Run with GUnit

    Eminem’s Music to be Murdered By marks the tenth consecutive album to debut at number one. An achievement that no other artist has attained prior. One of the noticeable tracks on the project, “I Will” served as a reunion for the supergroup Slaughterhouse...

50 Cent and Eminem: Star Power

  Several weeks ago 50 Cent received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his accomplishments in music, film, and television. He was accompanied by Dr. Dre and Eminem who provided a heartfelt speech to induct his longtime friend.  Right at the beginning of...

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...

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...
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 hip hop super group Murder Inc,...

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...

Ice Cube with Too Short and DJ Pooh: Reunion

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

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

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

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...

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