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If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including A Tribe Called Quest's "We Got It From Here" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!
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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: Perhaps I'm feeling overly nostalgic but right now I miss the era when Earl Simmons b/k/a DMX was only thought of as a top notch hip-hop artist and not the constant train wreck of court cases, probation violations and reality television that his life has become. There was a time when DMX seemed to be the unquestioned top hardcore to pop crossover hip-hop star, but almost as soon as he peaked at the top, he came crashing down at an even faster rate.
What he left behind in a meteoric blaze of glory was a memorable series of hip-hop songs and music videos that we can all still enjoy to the present day, while we all pray that he somehow someway eventually gets his life together.
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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's December. It's bloody cold outside. There's snow falling all around and it's going to make it s--t to drive anywhere. Going to the gym, the record store, even the grocery store is going to be a pain. It's not even that the snow itself makes it less safe to drive, provided everybody exercises common sense, it's just that most people seem to forget all of it and panic the moment a snowflake hits the window pane of their car.
A lack of common sense - yes that often reminds me of the intellectual snobbery that can take over when you've got a college degree and you've been writing about hip-hop for far too long. You start to think in a very limited way about hip-hop music, that it needs to be progressive and advance society, and that it needs to be written only for people who can appreciate the intricacies of well constructed wordplay and powerful metaphor.
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Audio: JU$TIN - "Gucci BRRR Man"
M.S.: NY/LA HipHop artist JU$TIN is in the giving spirit and decides to drop off a new single during the holidays for us to vibe to. "Gucci BRRR Man" is an uptempo banger produced by Dallas, Texas' own Tha 5th Element. Inspired by the Trap God "Gucci Mane" and Cashmoney Records CEO "Birdman" , JU$TIN pays tribute to both icons in a creative way while showcasing his lyrical abilities over the dope production.
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Video: Philthy Rich - "Sorry For The Wraith"
A.T.: The Dope Scorsese-Directed Video is the Latest From Hood Rich 4.
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Audio: Jermiside & L-Marr the Star - "God Bless The Child"
HiPNOTT: JERMISIDE & L-MARR THE STAR
"GOD BLESS THE CHILD"
DIGITAL EP AVAILABLE NOW ON HiPNOTT RECORDS
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Mixtape: Major - "Duffy"
Ms. RC: Fishkel Records presents the debut mixtape release from Pascagoula, Mississippi artist Major titled "Duffy."
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Video: The Keep - "The Keep Show"
Phraze: "The Keep show" is a fresh take on a traditional theme...two emcees and a microphone. Phraze and Jayroctomologist provide commentary on their motives in these modern times. From the album .Life (dot life), "The Keep show" is an introduction of sorts to the splendor that is The Keep.
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Audio: J-Live - "Eleven Nine"
Mortier: Mortier Music is proud to present "ELEVEN NINE", the first single from the forthcoming J-LIVE project, "At The Date Of This Writing (Vol 1)". The live one, known for his social commentary through verse, is going in on the political climate and landscape in the wake of the election of Donald Trump.
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Video: Skrip - "F@ke Friends"
Syntax: "Iíve never written songs like this before," Skrip said. "Iím not that kinda guy who just writes to relieve some emotional issues, but I thought Iíd finally open up. Iíve got nothing to keep holding on to.
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