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Westside Gunn

Westside Gunn “Rolack’s” Feat Skyzoo Prod By CamoflaugeMonk via Griselda Records

“Hitler Wears Hermes”, Westside Gunn’s breakout mixtape, is full of Apollo Brown beats and gritty lyrics about crime, cash, and clothes. This comes as no surprise, Westside Gunn spent some of his formative years in federal prison for involvement with drug trafficking. In fact, a […]

Gdot Born Feat Masta Ace

Gdot Born Feat Masta Ace “Ghetto Survivors” Produced by Ben Hedibi Cuts by DJ Technic

Socially conscious hip hop artists address subjects such as poverty, violence, and discrimination in their music. Since contemporary hip hop is marketed based on materialism, socially conscious artists are misrepresented in popular hip hop culture. However, the underground hip hop movement preserves the culture of […]

Hip Hop Producer Statik Selektah

Hip Hop Producer Statik Selektah “Rhythm Roulette” Session Diggin’ In The Crates

For those that don’t know, Rhythm Roulette is a series on YouTube hosted by Mass Appeal on which producers blindfold themselves, choose random records, and make a beat with whatever they got. It is a true test of producer ability, as they never know what […]

Rapper Big Pooh

Rapper Big Pooh “Words Paint Pictures” Prod by Apollo Brown via Mello Music Group

Lao Tzu claimed that, “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” Occasionally, the universe can also stir music from the chambers of the soul. These are the songs tattooed into our memories, torn from headlines and unsettling encounters, intense anthems of immediacy. […]

Living Legend

Living Legend “Pete Rock Tribute” Ed O.G. Feat Grap Luva & Rob-O Prod by Confidence

Delivering an artist tribute shows a special sign of respect and gratitude for the artist’s accomplishments and influence. Needless to say, hip hop culture encompasses numerous contributors that have changed how we perceive and express ourselves through hip hop. In particular, the Pete Rock “Living […]

The Hip Hop Album “Persona” Various Artist Release by Arizona’s Mello Music Group

The Hip Hop Album “Persona” Various Artist Release by Arizona’s Mello Music Group

Currently touting a roster of 119 releases on Bandcamp, Mello Music Group is now a hip hop force to be reckoned with. They have been doing their thing since 2007, and today in 2016 it looks like there is no stopping them. Their digital discography […]