Higher – Steve Arrington and DaM FunK

‘Higher’ is an album that caught me off guard. Steve Arrington is an artist I greatly admire and I’ve been an avid listener of his work as the lead singer of the late 70s funk band Slave for pretty much all of my life. Slave is one of those bands that offered a great deal of material to sample in hip-hop records, in particular to west-coast rap as they started

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All That I Hold Dear – Homeboy Sandman

EPs, or extended plays, seem to be growing more common in the rap world. To be fair, they do afford emcees the opportunity to come back to the public more often with new material, and if they’re gathering buzz, it’s a sure fire way to keep it building. Angel Del Villar II, aka Homeboy Sandman of Queens, New York, seems committed to the format lately. He released two of these

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The Kitchen – Hieroglyphics feat. The Sleeprockers

Though Hieroglyphics have been around since the early 90s, they haven’t been very prolific as a group as they’ve been individually. ‘The Kitchen’ is album number three for them and it’s the first release from the crew in a decade. Hieroglyphics is a combination of smaller acts including Del tha Funkee Homosapien, who has had a fruitful solo career (and is also known as rapper Ice Cube’s cousin,) and the

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Something Else – Tech N9ne

You’ve heard the phrase “hard work pays off” quite a few times, I’m sure. While it’s rooted in truth, what they don’t tell you is that sometimes the hard work takes an excruciatingly long time to pay off. Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne has been releasing music through his own label, Strange Music, since 1999 and is still considered underground. This is in spite of the fact that he’s sold

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