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review

Common - The Dreamer, The Believer

Every song on "The Dreamer/The Believer" succeeds off the strength of Common and No I.D.'s seasoned chemistry.

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Pac Div - The DiV

"The Div" proves that no matter the circumstance, Pac Div is dedicated to making music too dope to be held back by industry f***ery.

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A$AP Rocky - Live.Love.A$AP (Mixtape Review)

"Long.Live.A$AP" is a good sketch of what A$AP Rocky is about, and should have you looking forward to the bigger picture he's capable of delivering.

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news

Q-Tip Explains His Dispute With The A Tribe Called Quest Documentary

The Abstract sat down with Elliott Wilson at Shade 45 to explain why he thinks the film he co-produced with Michael Rapaport isn't audience-ready.

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editorial

Stop Biting: How Many Rappers Can Ruin A Good Thing By One

Veteran Rap journalist Alvin Blanco looks at why "Mr. Me Too's" are messing up great innovations like Kanye West's "G.O.O.D. Friday" and Crooked I's "Hip-Hop Weekly" verses, and why we shouldn't allow it.

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interview

B-Real: Pay It Forward

Cypress Hill's mouthpiece explains how EPMD helped the group out hugely, and how he's doing the same, and the root of Source/XXL magazine beefs of yesteryear.

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interview

M.O.P.: Respect The Jux

Billy Danze bypasses the label B.S., and pounds his chest revealing M.O.P. was a back-up plan to a stick-up.

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interview

Grandmaster Flash: Revolve Around Science

The deejay pioneer explains evolving to production and expounds on his strained relationship with Kool Herc.

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