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Too $hort
Blow the Whistle

It’s been almost 20 years since Too $hort put Oakland, Calif., on the hip-hop map with his raw unadulterated pimping. After 15 albums and a three-year hiatus, the vet returns with Blow the Whistle, a welcome addition to his massive ...

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Rick Ross & Mick Boogie
Rick the Ruler

The trap-star-turned-rap-star shtick is getting old. Even though Rick Ross’ monstrous d-boy anthem, “Hustlin’,” scored him a joint venture between Slip-N-Slide and Def Jam, the former kingpin’s whole style is a tad cliché. Mr. Dade County joins forces with Mick ...

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Hip-Hop at Intonation ’06

So two-day-long outdoor music festivals aren't really hip-hop, in general. I'm sure if the city of Chicago actually thought there would be more than four black people (I counted) in attendance at this year's Intonation Music Festival, they never would've ...

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Boot Camp Click
The Last Stand

For better or worse, Boot Camp Clik is stuck in a time warp. In the minds of Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C., hip-hop still revolves around the Big Apple and Laffy Taffy is nothing more than a chewy candy. ...

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Bone Crusher
Release the Beast

Bone Crusher was on top of the world in 2003. Based on the sheer sonic force of his Top 10 hit “Never Scared,” nearly half-a-million people copped his abominable So So Def debut, AttenCHUN! But fans expecting the same infectious ...

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Jurassic 5
Feedback

Grinding is nothing new for Jurassic 5. Since ’95, the crew of Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7even, DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist have been stomping through the L.A. underground scene like a herd of rappin’ T. Rexes. After three ...

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