Oakland’s Hieroglyphics crew has been a mainstay of the independent Hip Hop scene for over two decades now, and although the nine-man crew released their last album Over Time in ’07, the Cali super-group isn’t going anywhere. But in the down time until their next album, one member Casual dropped his own solo effort He Think He #RapGod this past November. So San Francisco Weekly caught up with the Bay Area-born rapper to discuss his lengthy Hip Hop career, his rap battle skills and why Boba Fett is the best of the Star Wars universe.

Read San Francisco Weekly’s “Q&A: Hieroglyphics’ Casual on Being a ‘#RapGod’ and Battle-Rapping in Middle School”

It’s been a long 2011, and over the past 12 months, hundreds of Hip Hop albums have graced the iTunes of DX’s staff. Although only 25 of them ended up on our best of the year list, there were countless other LPs that we had to endure, and with the New Year on the horizon, our staff only has more half-baked albums to look forward to. So HipHopWired decided to remind us of the litany of less-than-anticipated albums in store for 2012, from unneeded sequels like Lil’ Kim’s Hard Core 2: All Hail to the Queen to the host of debuts coming from YMCMB’s backseat signees.

Check Out HipHopWired’s “Top 10 Albums of 2012 We Do Not Care About”

Before the world wipes the slate on 2011, a lot of news happened in the world of Hip Hop. Although DX gave its own memoriam for those we lost during the year, we decided to team up with our friends over at Complex to run down the 25 most noteworthy stories of 2011. From the sudden and wild rise of OFWGKTA to Chris Brown’s temper tantrum to Common calling out sweater enthusiast Drake, this past 12 months has been one to remember.

Check Out HipHopDX and Complex’s “HipHopDX Presents: The Top 25 News Stories of 2011”

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