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Naturi Naughton was best known as a former member of the R&B/pop group 3LW. After parting ways with the girls, she went on to make a name for herself. And that, she did. She worked on a solo album which featured Lil’ Kim on one of her tracks, titled ‘Real Chicks’. After exploring her creativity […]

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Very few artists would say their success happened overnight. It may have just taken one song for them to blow up, but it’s likely that they had been working towards that moment for years. Many emcees start of in their teens – freestyling, battling, writing whenever they can, hustling, trying to make their dream come […]

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Adlibs have always been a part of the emcees skillset, but it in recent years they’ve become an even bigger part of the game. Pretty much every major emcee has that signature adlib that announces their presence on a track. Their catchphrase, their mark. Some have become known more for their adlibs than their lyrical […]

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Cee-Lo Green’s history in music runs deep, and so, with his elder statesman status, there’s a privilege in talking to him. He has stories; the kind of stories fans want to hear. As a member of the legendary southern rap group Goodie Mob and the much larger Dungeon Family collective — a collective of rappers, […]

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Since Shyne‘s release from prison, heads have been anticipating his return to the rap game. Leaks like ‘Messiah’ have kind of dampered that anticipation, with Shyne sounding like a shell of his former self. ‘Belize’ is the latest song to surface from Shyne Po, and it’s definitely… different. Shyne’s new voice is kind of grating […]

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Some action figures come packaged with claims they can do incredible things like save the world from danger or fly. But some action figures come with much lower expectations. Take for instance the new Rick Ross action figurine. Unlike the real life Rick Ross who raps, this Rick Ross doll does absolutely nothing but stay […]

Ice Cube – It Was a Good Day Ice Cube recounts an unusually pleasant day in South Central Los Angeles with his smooth, laid back west coast flow. This song has stood the test of time— a true hip-hop classic. Quotable Line: “Get me on the court and I’m trouble/ Last week f*cked around and […]

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Recently, it seems like everyone is beefing. Lil’ Kim is taking shots at Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent has been throwing darts at Diddy, Beanie Sigel continues to come at Jay-Z, Young Jeezy possibly sending subliminals at Rick Ross, etc. While there is nothing inherently wrong with beef, there is a right and a wrong way […]

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Rappers love to brag. It’s part of the essence of rap music – braggadocio, being the best and having the best. Cosigns are another big thing in today’s rap game. Who you’ve worked with, who supports you, who’s label you’re on are all symbols of status in the rap world. For a young emcee, having […]

I recently came across an article that highlighted the significant increase in the use of anti-depressant drugs—it got me thinking about how the “the struggle” has influenced hip-hop. As an artist, my material is fueled by life experiences, and much of it has been inspired from my personal struggles. With so much going on in […]

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The other day a conference call was held with Rick Ross, Diddy, and DJ Khaled. During the call Diddy was asked what’s the best quality he sees in Rick Ross and one of the things he said was that Ross was the south’s Biggie. FOR MORE DETAILS ON WHAT PUFF SAID, CLICK HERE!

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“Why you rapping when you already have a Masters Degree?”  It’s a question that I get asked a lot, but people are more surprised by the fact it was never part of my plan…here is how it happened. My story began in the Sutton Homes Housing Projects of San Antonio, TX where my mother raised […]