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The Bridge Wars

The Bridge Wars

The Bridge Wars – Boogie Down Productions Vs The Juice Crew  One of the 1st major beefs in Hip Hop history was the famous Bridge Wars : BDP Vs Juice Crew. People say that this rivalry began with a misunderstanding, but it was more complicated than that. It all started...

Ms. Lauryn Hill – The Queen of Not Being Queen

Ms. Lauryn Hill – The Queen of Not Being Queen

The Queen of Not Being Queen I was working in a frenzy. I had an hour left on my shift before I could leave and meet up with my sister, so we could put on our dancing shoes and be on our way to have a childhood dream come true. Lauryn Hill, a role model, an...

The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

“Can it be that it was all so simple then…” Timeless words from the illustrious Gladys Knight. Indeed I often wonder how times could’ve changed the way that they have. People, values, technology, the world… evolution has proven itself to be both magnificent and...

Rakim in concert

Rakim in concert

Rakim in Concert Le Belmont 03/21/15 Patience is not a renewable virtue. It just runs out after a certain point of waiting. But despite the series of delays and unknowns, Rakim appeared on Le Belmont’s stage and all frustration disappeared as the GOD Emcee’s classic...

Who Was The Hit Squad ?

Who Was The Hit Squad ?

The Hit Squad was a 90s hip hop collective of East Coast artists formed by EPMD (Erick “E-Double” Sermon and Parrish “PMD” Smith). The Hit Squad was one of the earlier established collectives to influence the late 90s. They started the trend of artists having success...

Radio Blues

Radio Blues

I recently realized that i don’t listen to the radio. Ever. I can’t even remember the last time I tuned in or searched for a good station on the AM or FM dial. Now, that’s not to say that i don’t listen to music or stay informed. I mean, that’s what the internet is...

The Beginning

The Beginning

Like all things in existence, my love for hip hop has a beginning. Please allow me to share this genesis with you. It was during the summer of 1988. I’d just turned twelve and was getting ready to embark on the grand adventure that is high school. Up until then I’d...

1st King Of New York

1st King Of New York

1st King Of New York   Nasty Nas was the 1st self-proclaimed King of New York. After Rakim, but before Biggie and Jay Z, there was Nas. An 18 year old cat from Brooklyn, raised and nurtured in the legendary borough of Queens, in the Queensbridge Houses. The...

D’ Angelo

D’ Angelo

Voodoo: D’Angelo’s Impeccable Timing 1999 and 2000 were very big years for rap fans. A slew of high quality albums was released: The Roots’ Things Fall Apart, Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides, Ghostface’s Supreme Clientele and Slum Village’s Fantastic Vol. 2 to name a...

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