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Jonathan “JR” Rotem:
Music For Life

Bay Area-bred producer Jonathan Rotem is one of rap's fastest-emerging producers, but a glance at his musical history, speech patterns and even his physical appearance suggests otherwise. A studied jazz pianist and a classical head, Rotem speaks like a Mathlete, ...

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Execution of a Chump

What’s Beef? Beef is when I’m flipping through the channels on a Wednesday night and catch some bullshit on my box. Beef is a wack-ass TV show that adds no true insight into any dispute in the hip-hop world. Beef ...

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Editorial
We Fly High

“When I come back like Jordan, wearin’ the 4-5/ It ain’t to play games witchu.” —“ENCORE” (2003) “I am the Mike Jordan of recordin’/You might wanna fall back from recordin’. ” —“SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT” (2006) It’s not every day that ...

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Jay-Z: This Is Your Life

Images: John Ricard/Retna   That’s right, another cot damn Jay-Z entry. Go ahead and fill the comment sections with moans and groans about how XXL has it lips wrapped around his dick. It’s not my fault dude is relevant than ever.  Last ...

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360
Pulling Me Back

When it comes to retirement, some rappers are like roaches—they keep coming back. Of course, we mean that in the best possible way, because not just any MC can return to glory. It’s a status thing—people have to care enough ...

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