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RIP MCA: Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch (aka MCA), dead at 47

May 5, 2012

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Growing up white (still am) in the suburbs in the 80′s, there was Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince … and the Beastie Boys. Rap was new to white people and generally hated by white suburban parents. Credit the Beasties–not Eminem– with inaugurating an entire generation into the inner sanctum of hiphop. What was different about the Beasties […]

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Is MC Frontalot the future of hiphop?

March 25, 2012

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3-24-2012 10-55-55 PM mc frontalot stoop sale

We found Frontalot here on Kickstarter. Pretty obvious he’s really talented…and doing what hiphop used to do: tell stories about everyday life. There’s a lot of tired raps out there going over the same tired topics. Nice to see yard sales…er, stoop sales…getting their due.

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The Worst “Best Vegetarian Song Ever” defines Fremdschämen

March 12, 2012

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3-11-2012 10-59-27 PM awful veggie song

Fremdschämen. Learn the word. Because it’s that feeling you have when you watch this video: specifically, utter embarrassment for someone else. It’s that same thing you feel 90% of the time watching Reality TV. But it begs the question: why do people think rap lends legimitacy to their diatribes?!

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Detroit rap: Saint Diggidy

February 14, 2012

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2-13-2012 10-45-48 PM detroit saint diggity

7 Minute Love from Saint Diggidy It’s uncanny how Diggidy’s voice sounds just like Luda, or at others, like 50. Diggidy can rap, but the production needs to beef up.  Diggidy’s from Detroit, but he’s got a lot of competition now with the likes of Black Milk, Big Sean, and others…  

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Sullee J: the Acronymical Lyrical Pakistani/American delivers “Inception”

February 11, 2012

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2-10-2012 9-40-54 PM sullee j inception

Inception features Sullee J’s unique rapid-fire mono-flow. It’s a different kind of flow. Worth a listen. Sullee’s a positive rapper, so no narcorapping here. And how does he do that double chinstrap beard thing?!

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Philly’s Ground Up: How to Make your Mark

January 30, 2012

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1-29-2012 10-24-00 PM ground up clutch

Learn a thing or two from these hustlas from Philly, Ground Up: in just a few years, they’ve recorded with guys like Freeway and toured with names like Rick Ross and Mac Miller.  In short, they know how to brand and promote.  More on them below…

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Happy New Year! From Danny Wang

January 8, 2012

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1-8-2012 12-09-39 AM danny wang, china usa

This video is…awfulsome. It’s a combination of one of the worst beats you’ve heard with the What-the?! hook that kills you at first. And just when you’re about to get that, “I feel-bad-for-you-you’re-so-bad feeling, Danny raps… and he’s not half bad!  Far from the worst you’ve/we’ve heard. Also…

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A Santa Classic: Christmas in Hollis. Run DMC

December 25, 2011

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12-25-2011 2-16-22 AM Run DMC xmas in hollis

So, in the previous post with Kurtis Blow rappin bout Christmas, we mentioned Run DMC. Well…here’s their Xmas take 7 years later.  Look how far rap came. Keep your eye out for…

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Merry Christmas! From, Kurtis Blow

December 25, 2011

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12-25-2011 1-55-30 AM kurtis blow xmas rap '80

When rap was young–real young–rappers wore suits. Here’s one of rap’s legendary pioneers, Kurtis Blow, from 1980 doing his Christmas rap, live. Some things to keep in mind as you watch this…

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300+M YouTube views, #7 MySpace…and glad we never heard of ‘em

December 18, 2011

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12-18-2011 6-46-34 AM LMFAO party rock

The duo is LMFAO, son/grandson of Motown founder/legend Berry Gordy, and purveyors of a distinctive brand of garbage-hop. This video alone has 323M views on youtube a/o 12/17/11. Oh…and best of all?

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