Andrew Kameka

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Rhymefest - El Che

Despite the title, El Che is as much "Dead Presidents" as it is dead prez because the content is not overtly political.

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Wyclef Jean - Toussaint St. Jean: From The Hut, To The Projects

Throughout his DJ Drama-assisted retail mixtape, Toussaint St. Jean: From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion, the Preacher

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La Coka Nostra - A Brand You Can Trust

The album is a mostly solid effort and exactly what someone would expect from a super-group of like-minded members known for high-energy music

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Maino - If Tomorrow Comes...

Maino's experience in the prison system is a driving force on this southern-tinged album. With hit singles to carry the weight, this Brooklyn rapper has a few truly remarkable songs mixed in with filler.

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The Kickdrums - Just A Game

The Kickdrums have already proven themselves capable as producers and remix masters; their debut EP proves that they are well-versed in all levels of music-making

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Boaz - The Audio Biography

Audio Biography is thus an early, unfinished memoir. There's still plenty of time for Boaz to determine which ending of the hustler's script he'll follow

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Stoupe (of Jedi Mind Tricks) - The Decalouge

The sounds are varied but subtle, the melody is emotional, and the drums are rich; that's Stoupe's signature to a tee. Though he writes that signature a bit differently throughout the album, Decalogue is a decent debut from an underground veteran.

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Madlib - Beat Konducta Volume 5-6: A Tribute To...

Beat Konduckta Vol.5 & 6 is more flattery than imitation as Madlib doesn't try to be Jay Dee; it is inspiration passed from one contemporary to another.

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Plies - Da REAList

Plies relies heavily on tricks that have worked in the past rather than develop more substantive music that is just as accessible. Da REAList delivers on Plies' tendency to target his core audience, but doesn't offer much else.

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Young Dre The Truth

The South Central emcee explains video game endorsements, gang life, and why he speaks nothing but the truth.

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Akon - Freedom

Temporary threats aside, Freedom finds Akon focused on reaping the benefits of success. Whether singing about his family's immigrant struggles or his own misguided path, he just wants all roads to lead to a place of contentment

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Termanology - Politics As Usual

Termanology clearly has talent to spare, but for all his constant reminders, it doesn't always show. Much like Canibus, his verses are always well put together but not always compelling.

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Kardinal Offishall - Not 4 Sale

Kardi's "everything for everyone" approach manages to make Not 4 Sale occasionally sound like a clich

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Cocaine Cowboys II: Down With The Queen

Cocaine Cowboys creator Billy Corben and ex dope-dealer Charles Cosby discuss the documentary with DX.

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Todd Angkasuwan

With colorful special effects, a message in his videos, and a vast background, this director is reshaping the art.

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Rik Cordero: Shoot 'Em Up

Budget-friendly filmmaker Rik Cordero explains his grassroots approach to videos for Jay-Z, Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz.

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Scanz - Prelude To A Legacy

There is, however, more than enough content to suggest that Prelude to a Legacy could prove to be a prophetic title. Scanz has already displayed clever writing and production talent that complement his passionate delivery

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T.I. - T.I. vs. T.I.P.

It may be true that there is one life, one love, so there can only be one king; however, an empire in turmoil doesn't serve anyone's best interest. Maybe we were better off when the throne had room for two.

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Blue Scholars - Bayani

With the release of Bayani, their more ambitious and advanced sophomore effort, MC Geologic and producer Sabzi are once again calling attention to the left-coast's northern sector.

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Darien Brockington - Someone To Love

Taking cues from his predecessors, he injects old-soul magic and places as much emphasis on the emotion of each song as he does on its music and lyrics.

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Zion I - Street Legends

Anyone who followed underground Hip Hop in 2000 remembers being enthralled by Mind Over Matter, Zion I's widely-praised debut album.

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