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review

RZA - The Man With The Iron Fists (OST)

RZA has helmed a cohesive, equally cinematic collection of music that stands on its own and respects the art of sequencing.

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editorial

He Comes Bearing Gifts: 8 Entertaining Moments Of Nardwuar Vs. Hip Hop

From the hilarious to the dry, Nardwuar The Human Serviette gets reactions out of rappers like nobody else can. From Ghostface Killah and Jay-Z to MGK and Krizz Kaliko, we revisited some of our favorites.

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editorial

Halftime: Avant Guardians: 4 Producers, 3 States & 6 Months Of Great Beats

Musical movements happening in New Jersey, Alabama and Kentucky are creating powerful and informed production in the 2011 work of Cunninlynguists, G-Side and Lil B.

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Canibus & Keith Murray (The Undergods) - In Gods We Trust: Crush Microphones to Dust

Thankfully the clunkiest part of the album's wordplay is its title as The Burnout Brothers include the strongest tracks from their 2009 EP.

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Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is a throwback to the days when the Beastie Boys ruled New York.

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Coalmine Records Presents: - Can You Dig It? (2006-2011)

While the beats all seem to come from the same cinematic place, the disparity between the emcees on Can You Dig It? is where the album falters.

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Serge Severe - Back On My Rhymes

If Serge ever needs an elevator pitch to sum himself up he can lift it straight from one of his track titles: "Classic But So New".

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Kool Keith (as Tashan Dorrsett) - The Legend Of Tashan Dorrsett

From Keith's hiccups arrive great material thereafter, like the Legend Of Tashan Dorrsett - all remixes but enough revamped "newness" to satiate the Keith Kult.

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Layzie Bone - The Definition & The Meaning (Combo Pack)

"The big letdown that is The Meaning and The Definition isn't due to an artist who can't prove he's talented but rather an artist who deserves better."

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Dave Dub & The Sutter Cain Gang - Mind Police

While Freestyle Fellowship's Myka 9 and Project Blowed affiliate Medusa check in, this is still a Punk project at its core.

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Jise - Chronicles 2

This is a mixtape for Hip Hop heads who stayed up to listen to Stretch & Bobbito; who still reach for The Beatnuts and Violent By Design before Plies and Gucci.

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AZ - Doe or Die [15th Anniversary Edition]

Doe or Die's genius lies in AZ's abilities as a rhymer. He had a nimble style that never forgot about substance. He sounded hungry but always landed gracefully.

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review

Lyrics Born - As U Were

As U Were fails as both an exercise in Electro-nostalgia and as a stylistic departure who's proven style is so inherently unique.

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review

Kno - Death Is Silent

The Cunninlynguists producer/sometimes emcee delivers his solo debut, but although the production is groundbreaking, do the rhymes totally measure up?

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review

Group Home - Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal (G.U.R.U.)

G.U.R.U. has also just caused a permanent smudge at the 20 second mark of Nas' "Where Are The Now?" where he links the question with Group Home's legacy.

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review

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl - Record Collection

Unfortunately, the attempt at fusion on Record Collection just comes across as tired, despite involvement from Ghostface Killah, Q-Tip and D'Angelo.

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interview

Krizz Kaliko: Running The Gamut

Strange Music's Krizz talks about why he's several performers in one, and the creative liberties encouraged at Tech N9ne's Strange label.

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review

DJ Muggs Vs. Ill Bill - Kill Devil Hills

What's refreshing about DJ Muggs production is that it always rocks, in other words it always sounds human.

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review

Godfather Don - Donnie Brasco

Not only did Don make beats for Ultramagnetic MC's and Mobb Deep, but he also joined the exclusive ranks of emcee/producers whose skills in one area weren't completely dwarfed by the other.

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editorial

Walk Together, Rock Together: Five Unsung Punk & Hip Hop Encounters

DX looks at songs involving Ice-T, R.A. The Rugged Man, Afrika Bambaataa and Dr. Octagon-meeting Bad Brains, Pushead and The Ramones explain this long-standing mutual respect between two genres.

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