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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon:
Some names just suit hip-hop artists better than others, and Kendrick Lamar used his name to make a rapid ascent in the 2010's from mixtape to major label superstar seemingly overnight. I remember sitting in a hotel room with family members during a get-together and discussing hip-hop with my sister, as my nephews were at the age I was when I was a young music consumer with disposable income and college looming on the horizon.
Sis asked what I thought they were listening to and I said "Probably Kendrick." She asked what he sounds like and I sang "I'ma show you how to turn it up a notch! First you get a swimming pool full of liquor and you diiiiive in it."
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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon:
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth probably made the right choice to not go by his last name as an artist. I'm not hating on "Duckworth" by any means - most people can't even pronounce my last name let alone spell it (everybody seems to think the "O" should be an "A" instead) - but it's just hard to imagine Lamar getting the same kind of buzz in the underground as "Kendrick Duckworth."
Some names just suit hip-hop artists better than others, and Lamar used his name to make a rapid ascent in the 2010's from mixtape to major label superstar seemingly overnight.
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It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #352 is called A Radical Comeback for Eternity! Enjoy new music from Dugee F Buller, KJ Golden, Serge Severe and MC WhiteOwl among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.
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Video: T-Pain - "Officially Yours"
Rive: New Video
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Video: Young Mistah - "For Real"
Dub: Following S.M.O.O.V.E. Gang's August release of their compilation album "The Smoovement Vol.1." Boston's own Young Mistah releases the first visual taken from the full-length, the self produced, solo offering "For Real." This single conveys a softer side to the groups resident MC/Producer, something for the ladies. Also giving you something male listeners can relate to, in a situation where they want to get serious with that special somebody, leave the promiscuous party life behind and settle down.
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Video: Sir Louis Green f/ Kenilworth Katrina - "H.T.T.R."
DMV: Two dope DMV artists, SIr Louis Green and Kenilworth Katrina, teamed up to drop a new video on us "H.T.T. R. (Hail To The Realest)". The video has been receiving a great response since it's premiere on DMVLIFE.com. Sir Louis Green has been doing his thing for a minute and his latest release doesn't disappoint.
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Video: ClarkAirlines - "MatchPoint"
Dove: Chicago's ClarkAirlines self-directs in this nostalgic video for "MatchPoint" produced by Bruus and The Columbians. You can find this song on Clark's recently released #TrillAir EP via Rich America.
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Video: Dee Day - "Who Woulda Known" from #72Dreams
Dove: With energetic thanks, Dee Day reminisces on his life and times in the visual for "Who Woulda Known", a track from the NOLA native's upcoming project #72Dreams.
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Video: Trip Lee f/ Lecrae - "Manolo"
Stache: Acclaimed rapper, author and Reach recording artist, Trip Lee, unveils the official music video for "Manolo" featuring Lecrae, the fan favorite song from his fifth studio album and companion book Rise.
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Video: Quicktrip - "I Ain't Gotta Lie"
Joe: Street Money Worldwide rep Quicktrip is back after unloading his 20-track mixtape F.A.C.T.S. (From A Corner To A Studio) last month. The project was full of trunk rattling production from the likes of Mike WiLL Made It, DJ Toomp, Izze The Producer, Chophouze, and more. Nard & B also offered production for "I Ain't Gotta Lie" — the latest single taken from the mixtape — and today it comes to life with a new visual that also includes cameos from Rocko and Bankroll PJ.
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