• Detroit Awesome Dre

    Detroit’s Godfather of Rap: Awesome Dre

    For years, the Midwest has produced some of the most lyrically talented rap acts in Hip Hop. Despite the mainstream appeal that has sometimes eluded the other coasts, Midwest artists have still managed to remain true to their Hip Hop roots.  Like other cities, Detroit has seen its share...
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    Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

    Born on June 17, 1987, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born in Compton, California to parents Paula Oliver and Kenny Duckworth. Kenny’s affiliation with Chicago street gang the Gangster Disciples led Paula to convince him to relocate to California with her, taking only $500 and two black garbage bags.  Initially...
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    Ultramagnetic MC’s – Critical Beatdown Next Plateau (1988)

               Track Listing “Watch Me Now” “Ease Back” “Ego Trippin’ (MC’s Ultra Remix)” “Moe Luv’s Theme” “Kool Keith Housin’ Things” “Travelling at the Speed of Thought”  “Feelin’ It (Remix)” “One Minute Less” “Ain’t It Good to You” “Funky (Remix)” “Give the Drummer Some” “Break North” “Critical Beatdown” “When I Burn”...
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    Wild Style 1992 – Rhino Home Video

    Well into its forties, Hip Hop has grown into a forever evolving and successful force in popular culture. Now with children of its own and plenty of adult issues to handle, Charlie Ahearn’s cult classic Wild Style (1982) is the home video to remind it of simpler, more innocent times.  The first film...
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    The Roots – What They Do Video

    During the eighties, Hip Hop artists were given a platform to provide visual images for their songs with the music video. Some artists used this stage for mini-performances while it became a means to deliver messages for others. The Roots chose the latter with the release of their video,  “What They Do” from their...
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    Got Milk?

    There are some songs that come along and define an era and Audio Two’s, “Top Billin” definitely sum up the first golden age of Hip Hop. Not only did it become one of the most recognizable and sampled songs in history; it became an anthem for b-boys and b-girls...