Single: Avery Harden – Escape The Hood

Historically, West Coast hip-hop has glorified gang and street life. Without strong role models, young black men often get caught up in a street code that leads to death or jail, often inspired by the rap artists they admire. For Las Vegas native Avery Harden, he never saw it as an option. From a young... Continue Reading →

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 →

Single: Big Skoon – The Realness

Big Skoon's new single is sure to leave you stuck off "The Realness." Being authentic within hip-hop is a major principle of the culture and something this Vegas-based emcee/producer takes pride in showcasing within his music. He's tired of emcees misusing the mic, stunting, and reaching instead of teaching. Big Skoon honed his mic skills... 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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