Review: Abstract Soundz – Abstract Archives

For fans of golden era boom-bap, jazzy samples, and raw, technical lyricism, here is an underground gem that will leave your head nodding and your mind liberated. While boom-bap emcees are seemingly harder to find in contemporary rap circles, multinational producer Abstract Soundz has pulled together some top-tier lyricists from around the world on his... Continue Reading →

Review: DJ Bill-E Bob – Random Thoughts

The last year has been pretty emotional, right? Between the pandemic, the random weather, the election turmoil, and more - there are many mixed emotions that everyone is dealing with in 2021. One thing we can all agree on is that music has helped us during these times. Not just the fans either, but also... Continue Reading →

Review: Ivy & DJ Bill-E Bob – Fireflies

There's a war going on inside nobodies safe from. Every person struggles with demons and internal chaos, often with abuse, conscience, fears, and even our blessings. For Las Vegas emcee Ivy, the struggle to suppress this internal war has gone on for years, choosing to self-medicate with drugs and music to calm the voices in... Continue Reading →

Review: Vic Smith – Mamie Lewis

"Slim chances, need answers, all in my feelings Mamie Lewis made me do it..." - Almost Lost When an emcee steps into the booth, it's like they become Superman, but alter egos have problems too. They can either grow to meet the pressure or succumb to it. Seeing that potential and failing to live up... Continue Reading →

Review: PH8L – Since 1985

For those who grew up during the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, the art and culture left a valuable imprint on the young minds of emcees today. PH8L is one of those emcees, who's Chicago roots infused his soul with the urban culture that now permeates as a pure breed lyricist with extreme mic versatility. "Since... Continue Reading →

Review: Big Skoon – Me & My MPC Vol. 1

In the hip-hop producer community, the Akai MPC is a staple digital audio workstation. Many classic hip-hop beats used this software to allow beatmakers to chop up samples and create percussions without instruments, or a studio. In the 80s and 90s, the MPC influenced a renaissance within hip-hop by allowing producers to take classic songs... Continue Reading →

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