DJ, Emcee

2014’s Best: The Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums

Creating a hip-hop-centric end of the year list always gives me a bit of a challenge. For one thing, almost 20 years later, our post-Golden Era musical landscape has shifted dramatically — and understandably so. As we look forward to entering 2015, more producers and emcees have shifted their focus from reverberating the throwback sounds […]

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DJ, Emcee, Media

The Friday Five 6/21/13

I don’t know about y’all but today is Friday AND payday.  *cue Johnny Kemp*.  And the way I’m celebrating is with a few choice cuts that I know will have me on a good vibe all throughout today and the rest of the weekend.  This week we’ve got some Lord Quas, some J. Cole, and […]

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Emcee, Events

J. Cole and the ‘Dollar & A Dream’ Tour

What can you do with a dollar and a dream?  For North Carolina emcee J. Cole, his possibilities have no bounds. Intended to promote today’s release of his sophomore album, Born Sinner, J. Cole began his ‘Dollar & A Dream’ tour last week.  Unlike other tours, J. Cole has taken a different approach to offer […]

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Issues

Before It Drops: A Journey Through Cole’s World

28 years ago, Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born in Germany to an African-American man from the US Army and a white mother.  After relocating to North Carolina, his father eventually left the family and his mother raised him from a young age.  Growing up in a multi-ethnic environment, Jermaine studied guitar, played basketball, and idolized […]

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