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Music, Breezy at the Top: Trackademicks might be the next king of Bay Area hip-hop

Breezy at the Top: Trackademicks might be the next king of Bay Area hip-hop

For the first time since the great hyphy explosion of the mid-2000s, Bay Area rap can claim a new figurehead — a centripetal artist with an energizing signature sound. That artist is Trackademicks, a producer, rapper, and leader of the…
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Music, Reviewed Little Brother

Little Brother

"I came back from New York, nigga lost his deal/Felt sick to the stomach, almost lost his meal," raps Phonte on Getback's first track, "Sirens." He's referring to his duo Little Brother's exit from Atlantic after sales from its major…
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Music, Reviewed Little Brother

Little Brother

In the early '90s, the rising cost of funk and soul samples chased producers right into the arms of digital instrumentation. Thus the "golden age" of Pete Rock's and DJ Premier's horn-laden sample tapestries ultimately yielded to the Neptunes' vacuum-sealed…
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