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Music, Local Hip-Hop DJ Ammbush Is Moving up to the Mic

Local Hip-Hop DJ Ammbush Is Moving up to the Mic

"It's 1992, and the Real Untouchables is back ... I'm about to introduce you to my motherfuckin' posse." That's Master P on a rare Mama's Bad Boy-era 12-inch single. He's introducing the earliest version of his TRU gang, which includes…
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Music, All Shook Down New Orleans Rapper Dee-1 on Meeting Lil Wayne and Playing Basketball with Master P

New Orleans Rapper Dee-1 on Meeting Lil Wayne and Playing Basketball with Master P

Back when he was in high school, New Orleans rapper Dee-1 was working at a local Circuit City store when Lil Wayne came in and ordered a TV. Dee ended up installing the goggle-box into Weezy's car. These days, Dee…
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Music, Reviewed JT the Bigga Figga

JT the Bigga Figga

Rapper/producer JT the Bigga Figga, who hails from S.F.'s notorious "Fillmoe" District and once spent time at Priority Records soaking up tycoon game from the likes of Master P and Ice Cube, announces his retirement from solo work at the…
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Music, Reviewed J-Zone

J-Zone

The cover alone is enough to have you in stitches: J-Zone lounging on the beach wearing a full-length fur coat, a martini in hand, a boombox by his side. It's a sign that the Queens rapper and producer responsible for…
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Music, Reviewed Lifesavas

Lifesavas

Some MCs have too much integrity for their own damn good. Your moms might prefer you listen to these virtuous lyricists over foulmouthed troublemakers like Master P and Fred Durst, and you might even be able to write a B-plus…
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Music, Reviewed Son Doobie

Son Doobie

Son Doobie (aka Jason Vasquez) was one-third of the Cypress Hill-affiliated hip hop group Funkdoobiest. That act's first two albums, Which Doobie U B? (1993) and Brothas Doobie (1995), both produced by Cypress' DJ Muggs, hit the Billboard Top 200…
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The Twinkie Defense Just as the Empower America/Bob Dole manufactured "furor" over gangsta rap dies down in Washington, rap lyrics are taking the heat again here by the bay. In Hayward last week, Jeffrey Alan Hohn, a 19-year-old Caucasian and…
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