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November 2013

Monday 4 November 2013

AWOL ONE & DADDY KEV - Number 3 on the Phone

, 23:08

By the early 2000's, because of his incredible and inebriated voice, his subtlety, his sense of humor and his vulnerability, because of his style made partly of classic hip-hop, partly of Project Blowed-influenced innovations, we predicted a triumph to Awol One. But it didn't happen. The most...

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Sunday 17 November 2013


, 12:40

Before he released this album in 2004, Die Young had not necessarily been the most remarkable of the Shape Shifters. The guy was regularly shouting his head off like an exalted rock star, but he lacked the charisma of peers like Awol One or Existero, or the uniqueness of Circus. And on his side,...

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Monday 18 November 2013

C.V.E. - Not Like Those

, 23:09

For years, C.V.E. hasn't kept its promise. The Californian rap virtuosos were in the very heart of the Project Blowed and the Afterlife crews, they were more blessed with talents than any other rapper, but they only delivered flawed CD-Rs, poorly crafted records, full of rotten beats. For two...

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Wednesday 27 November 2013

MOVES & BIRDAPRES - Alleged Legends

, 23:41

Alleged Legends was released in the heyday of Peanuts & Corn: in the middle of those years, 1999 to 2003, when the modest label from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was releasing gem after gem. For once, though, label owner Mcenroe didn't produce the album. The main protagonists were even not part of Break...

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