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September 2014

Tuesday 2 September 2014

CYNE - Time Being

, 22:24

Usually, this kind of rap is boring. Nothing duller, indeed, than a collection of conscious rappers, declaiming some political sermons on sluggish beats. In Miami, though, with the Botanica del Jibaro collective, this formula worked, maybe because its members, all close to the active local...

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Monday 8 September 2014

AWOL ONE & FACTOR - Only Death can Kill You

, 23:12

Undoubtedly, Awolrus has been one of the key players in the West Coast Underground. He's been some kind of star, in the small indie rap world. It is hard, though, to identify a masterpiece in his discography. Would that be Souldoubt, due to its bangers? Or Slanguage, his and Daddy Kev's escapade in...

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Thursday 18 September 2014

DESSA - A Badly Broken Code

, 23:39

A poetess come to rap, after practicing slam; the author of a book as well, Spiral Bound, in 2009; and a music teacher. Dessa Darling is all of these. She is a dream come true, for those who like hip-hop when it is respectable, and consider that ignorant and gangsta raps are incarnations of the...

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Wednesday 24 September 2014

SIXTOO - Almost a Dot on the Map

, 23:13

The Psyche Years - 1996-2002 An ex member of Hip Club Groove - his blaze by then was C.L.S.C.A.R.R. - a pioneering group in Nova Scotia's hip-hop scene, and also Buck 65's partner in crime in the Sebutones duo, Sixtoo (real name: Vaughn Robert Squire) became even more notorious by the middle of the...

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