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Hip-Hop Music

Jay Electronica Should Never Release an Album

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Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit C” was a masterpiece, “a magical moment—one he nor any other rapper in the past five years could top,” but it came out in December, 2009. We’re approaching the sixth anniversary of its release and all Jay has given us in the intervening years are some (admittedly pretty great) guest appearances and songs.

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Greatness Hip-Hop

LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” Live on “Showtime at the Apollo” [1991]

Although he’s now know more for acting and hosting, LL Cool J is one of the greatest artists in hip-hop history and he used to put on a hell of a show. This performance of “Mama Said Knock You Out” on Showtime at the Apollo is nothing short of fantastic.


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Greatness Hip-Hop

20 Classic Hip-Hop Songs for Casual Fans

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As a favor – one that you did not ask for – I’ve compiled a list of twenty songs that I think casual hip-hop fans should know.

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Hip-Hop Rap

From the Vault: “The Platinum Flop”

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“All you n—s that said that I turned pop, or The Firm flopped/Y’all are the reason that Dre ain’t been getting no sleep”

– Dr. Dre, “Forgot About Dre”

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Hip-Hop

Fat Joe f/Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss & Raekwon – “John Blaze” {Original} [1998]

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This comes off a DJ Clue tape. For the album version, they switched up the beat and Nas spit a completely different verse. I prefer the original, which was only ever heard on mixtapes.

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Greatness Hip-Hop

Nas & The Notorious B.I.G. – What Could’ve Been

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Nas and The Notorious B.I.G. are two of the greatest rappers in history.

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Hip-Hop Rap

Rap Alfred Hitchcock

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“Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace”

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Greatness Hip-Hop Process

Scraps From Eminem’s Notebook

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I’m always interested in an artist’s process – where they work, how they develop ideas, what tools and technology they use. Looking at Eminem’s pages, I’m fascinated how these turn into fully formed songs.

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Greatness Hip-Hop

Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents” Video Shoot [1995]

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On the set of Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents” video, they drank Cristal and played Monopoly with real money. Along with Jay and his crew were AZ, Smoothe Da Hustla, and The Notorious B.I.G.

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Books Hip-Hop Rap

My Five Favorite Hip-Hop Books

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Over the past thirty years, there have been a lot of books written about hip-hop. It seems that any idiot with a laptop has not only written a book on the subject, but also a sequel.