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The West Coast Illmatic: good kid, m.A.A.d city & The Evolution of Hip Hop Storytelling

One journalist compares Kendrick Lamar's recent show-stopping "good kid m.A.A.d city" to Nas' "Illmatic" and points out more similarities than we may realize.


Surviving The Times: The Adaptation Of Nas Through The Eras

"First it was 'Nasty,' but times have changed..." and through all of those changing times, shiny suits to Neo-Afrocentrism, "Oochie Wally" to "Daughters," Nas has never lost fans' attention.


Samsonite Man: Breaking The Cycle With Cambodia, Crips & Education

DX writer Alex Dwyer concludes his travels abroad with a stop in Phnom Penh, where break-dancing is guiding the youth through Hip Hop.


Samsonite Man: Catching Up With Jin In Hong Kong, Talks Career, Gimmick Stigma, Fellow Asian Emcees

HipHopDX's Alex Dwyer caught up with the former Ruff Ryders sensation about his decision to leave New York for China, making Christian Hip Hop, and the moving target life of being a battle emcee.


Samsonite Man: Live From Planet China With DJ Wordy

In part two of DX's four-part series of Hip Hop globe-trotting, writer Alex Dwyer visits Beijing, China speaking with Hip Hop messenger DJ Wordy, a friend of Dame Dash who is helping bridge the gap.


Samsonite Man: A Look At Hip Hop's Diplomatic Affairs

In DX's new four-part series of Hip Hop globe-trotting, writer Alex Dwyer chronicles Toni Blackman's mission to use Hip Hop within the context of international governments and diplomacy.


Moka Only - Airport 5

The fifth installment in Moka's Airport series of albums is high-flying doze-off rap.


DXnext: Casey Veggies

Inglewood's Casey Veggies outlines his role in the Los Angeles' Hip Hop resurgence, collaborating with OFWGKTA and cultivating organic raps.


Swollen Members - Dagger Mouth

If Black Magic was the apology for the stab at commercial success of Heavy, Daggermouth is the explanation to the outright embarrassment of Armed To The Teeth.


WC - Revenge Of The Barracuda

"Beneath the pile of Khaki, chronic and Chuck Taylor, WC is merely keeping an over-the-hill-gangster-rap flame ablaze."


Da Circle - 360 Deal

"Da Circle's follow-the-recipe approach yields an age-old slice of Hip Hop that's wholesome but wildly ordinary for anyone outside their ideological oval."


Hopsin: Something Wicked

The Panorama City sensation speaks about his Funk Volume release, why he doesn't want to rhyme about drugs, and why he's unafraid to call out your favorite rappers, and go shoot a video about it.


Hopsin Says "Fuck Ruthless Records," Admits Tomica Wright Inspired "Kill Her"

Exclusive: After releasing his 2009 "Gazing At The Moonlight" on Ruthless, the California emcee lists reasons why Eazy E's once-great label is out of touch, calls his widow a "stupid-ass bitch."


Souls Of Mischief: Escapism

The Hieroglyphics' core quartet talks about teaming up with Prince Paul for the new LP, and how getting dropped from Jive spawned them into being underground pioneers.


Strong Arm Steady: Best Western

The trio reveals how blunted years with Madlib equated to their first LP, and how they represent all of the west coast in one unit.

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