Album Review, Emcee, Issues

Twenty Years Later: Illmatic

Story originally published on The 5th Element Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Issue Do you remember Hip-Hop in 1994? Some key events may come to mind:  Warren G heralded the G-Funk era previously established by Dr. Dre, with his West Coast anthem, “Regulate.” Southern hip-hop flourished with OutKast’s debut and the release of Scarface’s The Diary . […]

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Jam On It: De La Soul x J Dilla – “Dilla Plugged In”

It was 1989: the big earthquake shook up San Francisco, Tim Hardaway and Shawn Kemp were just rooks, and yours truly was just a-brewin’ in the womb, but just like the aforementioned, 1989 was the year that sparked the beginnings of substantial significance on a whole number of fronts. That same year, Long Island-bred, Native […]

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DJ, Emcee, Issues, Media

The Friday Five

Earlier this week, the musical world mourned the loss of legendary keyboardist, George Duke.  A virtuoso of his craft and a luminary figure in music for decades, Duke was a master of composition and an absolute musical maven.  Not surprisingly for a man of his talents, George Duke has worked with the likes of Miles […]

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Pete Rock & Camp Lo: 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Pt. II Mixtape

What’s your favorite Pete Rock-produced album? Mecca & the Soul Brother? Soul Survivor? The Main Ingredient? If you’re a regular reader of this site, you appreciate that classic Hip-Hop sound (and you also probably have a very elaborate answer to this question). Luckily for you, Pete Rock and Camp Lo are back with a new […]

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Emcee, Issues

Hip-Hop Dedications to Dads

Being the compulsive list-maker I am, I had to jump on the opportunity to compile a list of tunes proper for Father’s Day, but this proved to be a daunting task. Let’s face it, guys. In the arena of Hip-Hop tribute songs, moms have the edge over dads by a huge margin. But that doesn’t […]

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