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Music, Hear This Fresh Rhymes Dope Tour

Fresh Rhymes Dope Tour

While the "Fresh Rhymes and Videotape" tour doesn't sport the glitz of other high-profile summer extravaganzas, it has dope hip-hop in abundance. Dilated Peoples are a good four albums into their meat 'n' potatoes approach of solid rhymes backed by…
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Music, Beat This

Beat This

Think it's easy being a dope producer? Think again. Sure, it may seem like fun to make blazing tracks for MCs to spit over and moody, instrumental pastiches, but most knob-twiddlers tend to be perfectionists who find it hard to…
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Music, BeatBox Aceyalone and RJD2 team up for hip hop sweetness; Joaquin Joe Claussell brings soulful house from NYC

Aceyalone and RJD2 team up for hip hop sweetness; Joaquin Joe Claussell brings soulful house from NYC

For more than 15 years, Los Angeles has cultivated a cadre of hip hop artists who make music that's distinct from the gangsta-soaked offerings of names like Snoop Dogg and DJ Quik. One such standout is Aceyalone (real name: Eddie…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The "Cali Comm" tour is an annual forum for independent artists from our fair state to show there's more to hip hop than is seen on television or heard on the commercial airwaves, especially where the West Coast is concerned.…
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Music, Reviewed Aceyalone

Aceyalone

Clearly engulfed in an era of the producer (see Kanye West, David Banner, Lil' Jon, Madlib, etc.), hip hop fans have all but forgotten what for so long dominated their hearts and minds: the inner-city griot, the visionary, the microphone…
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Music, Reviewed Omid

Omid

Los Angeles' best-kept secret might not be its taco stands, but a local hip hop producer by the name of Omid Walizadeh. Since the early '90s, Walizadeh has been making tracks for some of the finest rappers in the L.A.…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Pioneering Los Angeles lyricist Aceyalone (celebrating the release of his new album, Love & Hate) and trailblazing New York producer Prince Paul (who also has a new one, Politics of the Business) have joined forces for the cleverly dubbed "Love…
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Recordings

Sonic Youth Washing Machine (DGC) We probably owe Sonic Youth a lot more than we realize. At the very least, the band reaffirmed the crucial relationship between music and the cultural context in which it's created, pointing out a fact…
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Keeping It Real

"Keep it real" scores of hip-hop MCs stress in song after song, a cliched cry that essentially translates into "keep it status quo." Though historically hip hop has been all about quick-fire evolution, the genre has grown increasingly formulaic in…
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