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Books Hip-Hop Rap Reviews

Biggie Smalls Was the Illest – “It Was All a Dream” Book Review

There are different kinds of biographies.

Some attempt to tell the subject’s story objectively, recounting what happened and placing it in context, but without editorializing or offering opinion. Others are planned as hit pieces, hatchet jobs with a clear intent to damage the person. Still others come from a place of admiration, presenting the individual in a glowing light at every turn.

It’s difficult to tell what It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World that Made Him by Justin Tinsley was originally aiming to be, but the final product certainly falls into that last category.

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Greatness Hip-Hop In Appreciation of

In Appreciation of: Kurupt

What would happen if the lyricism of Rakim was combined with the vivid street tales of Kool G. Rap and the style of a young Snoop Doggy Dogg?

The outcome would be one Ricardo Brown, better known to the world as Kurupt.

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Hip-Hop Rap

Classic Non-Album Cuts: Nate Dogg (Guest Appearances)

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He was the soul of G-Funk.

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Hip-Hop Rap

Classic Non-Album Cuts: 2Pac

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Of all the things one can say about 2Pac, both positive and negative, something that no one can deny is that he was probably the most prolific mainstream rap star in history.

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Hip-Hop Rap

Classic Non-Album Cuts: Dr. Dre

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Dr. Dre is the king of hip-hop.

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Greatness Hip-Hop Rap

Compton to Long Beach: The Ultimate Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg Mixtape

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Technically speaking, Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg have never made an album together.

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Hip-Hop

Classic Non-Album Cuts: Tha Dogg Pound

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Tha Dogg Pound are hip-hop legends.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (January 22, 2016)

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The snow is coming.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (December 23, 2015)

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Of all the ups and downs that parenthood brings, one of the best is seeing Christmas through a child’s eyes again. Life often makes us cynical and sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to remind us of who we used to be.

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Flashback Friday Flop

Flashback Friday Flop: “Christmas on Death Row”

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Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time. 

This week: Christmas on Death Row (1996)

By December of 1996, the once formidable Death Row Records was crumbling. Over the course of just a few months, Dr. Dre had defected, 2Pac had been killed, Suge Knight was sent to prison, and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s highly anticipated second album was a major disappointment.