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Soul Culture UK Rapsody - Mass Hysteria Jean Grae - Fuckery Level 3000 All Day - The Brunch EP Tech Times  Oreo cookies more addictive as cocaine (at least to rats) Science publication calls blogger 'urban whore', whips up internet storm BART strike leaves over 400,000 SF Bay area commuters paralyzed and...

“I don’t consider myself a Christian rapper; I consider myself a Christian that raps about what he knows.”

Today’s new crop of emcees live in a less contained environment artistically thanks to this generation’s marriage to any and everything connected. That means that the sonic barrier between local and outside sounds are blurred to create new forms of expression on a constant basis. Up-and-coming spitter Raven Sorvino exemplifies the notion perfectly. Spending her childhood between Houston and Los Angeles due to her parents being separated, Raven describes herself as embracing both southern and west coast mentalities in every way possible. “Being in the south gave me a politeness about me, and my dad was the type of person that didn’t take any stuff,” Raven explained.  “Being with my mom in LA, she was such a queen; everything was so glamourous and elegant.  Take both of those two, that’s really who Ravin Sorvino is.”

Since the early days of hip-hop, one of the genre’s biggest criticisms is its musical validity. Is sampling just lazy copying? Does Fruityloops usage make one any less of a musician? Or should listeners just rely on a song’s enjoyability? This is what makes Terrace...

Frank Ocean, Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson and The Dream all had successful careers in songwriting before taking further steps to become acclaimed solo artists within their own rights. Looking to make that transition from behind the scenes to the ears of listeners is Los Angeles’ own...

I've been a fan of Brooklyn's Mela Machinko since hearing her dope vocal pipes on Pharoahe Monch's "Push" single from his Desire album. She's funny, witty and has the talent to back it up. SoulTrain.com: Years ago, you were promoting it as a street album/mixtape. Where did the decision...

2010 was quite an interesting year for me. It was almost a year and a half since finishing my undergraduate studies at Southern University and life was hell. Wasn't in my career, worked four incredibly crappy  jobs (yes I count those bi-weekly plasma donations to...

This is my Amalgamation Magazine cover feature with A$AP Rocky. Below is the inspiration I used for the opening quote. "In keeping with his eccentric approach to music making, Rocky has even found an unusual way to get his music to the masses. Mid-August had the...

And it's with Ratchet R&B King Teeflii  ": I just feel like I brought a rougher edge to the game. I just felt like certain people who were singing sound like girls and I want to sound like a man when I sing. You don’t have...

So a post I did on Raheem DeVaughn's "Ridiculous" single from his upcoming A Place Called Love Land was put up on SoulCulture and I started to remember why this dude is so awesome. Let's start with how dope The Love and War MasterPeace was about three years...