Martin Connor

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"Eminem And Rap, Poetry, Race: Essays" Author Scott Parker Dives In To This Deeply Critical Look At Slim Shady

Eminem is an enigma, and bar none lyricist, but Scott F. Parker further breaks down his role as artiste.

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review

OnCue - Angry Young Man

"Angry Young Man" finds OnCue immolating himself on wax with hell-bent bars over gnarled guitar synths, but he flattens out as songs become repeat affiars.

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interview

RapGenius Co-Founder Ilan Zechory Details Nas' Involvement & Securing Licencing

Exclusive: Ilan Zechory explains the evolution from RapGenius to Genius.com, the technology behind crowdsourcing and what he thinks of the Isla Vista shooter's annotated manifesto.

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review

Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark - Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

Slimkid 3 and DJ Nu-Mark offer a solid but sometimes inconsistent product with their self-titled, collaborative effort. It's nostalgic but not progressive.

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Canibus - Fait Accompli

Canibus is the prototypical rapper's rapper, and while he does a few things well on this LP, his 15th effort is plagued by obtuseness and shoddy production.

review

Blueprint - Respect The Architect

Instead of being pigeonholed, "Respect The Architect" finds Blueprint proudly carrying his label as an underground rapper.

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interview

Schott Free Calls "UN Or U Out" New York's Last Pure Boom Bap Record

Exclusive: Mic Raw and Schott Free check in on the 10-year anniversary of The UN's debut, and detail the importance of contributions from Pete Rock and others.

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editorial

Schott Free Revisits Jay Z's Demo & 5 More Unforgettable Loud Records Stories

From grabbing a copy of Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." fresh off the recording reels to digging up samples for Mobb Deep, Schott Free shares rare stories from Loud Records.

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interview

Talib Kweli Talks Growing His Independent Business Model With "Gravitas"

Exclusive: Talib Kweli shares how input from Ryan Leslie and inspiration from Louis C.K. led to more profits, and he reveals that MC Hammer is a Black Star fan.

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review

Chali 2na - Manphibian Music (ATC: EP2)

With "Manphibian Music" Chali 2na continues his artistic evolution as a bona fide veteran who has adapted to Hip Hop's modern era.

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interview

Jean Grae Reveals "Gotham Down" Was 10 Years In The Making

Exclusive: Jean Grae uncovers why and how she released her new albums in such an untraditional way, and she asserts that "Cake Or Death" will not be the next "Detox."

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editorial

A Dream Deferred: 10 Civil Rights Movement References In Rap

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, HipHopDX looks at 10 Rap songs that pay tribute to MLK and other leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.

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news

Jay Z, Macklemore Lead List of Rap Nominees At MTV Video Music Awards

Kanye West and T.I. will headline this month's show performances with recently-released material.

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news

Boss Gang "Bo$$ Yo Life Up Gang, Vol. 1" Mixtape Release Date & Cover Art

The cross-country Young Jeezy cosigned-mixtape compilation will showcase new CTE artists YG and DoughBoyz CashOut, as well as DJ Mustard, Yo Gotti and Jefe.

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interview

Ca$his Discloses Ongoing Writing Agreement With Shady Records

Exclusive: Ca$his sounds off on being responsible about the material he raps about, his Battle Rap history and his top five all time albums.

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