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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's time for round five! Following the latest edition of WSIB two more battles have been chosen with incredibly similar beats and completely different outcomes in terms of their mainstream exposure.
I'm going to encourage you to think carefully about your vote though and not just go with the song that made the most noise on MTV or the radio. Familiarity shouldn't be the reason someone gets the win. "Who Sampled It Better?" means exactly that -- not who sold more records but who made the BETTER record. It's not a popularity contest -- it's a precise examination of who took the breaks and broke it better.
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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: Since I've already used the top ten to profile Kool G Rap it only seems right to transition to a fellow Juice Crew member and take a look back at one of my favorite emcees growing up -- King Asiatic Nobody's Equal a/k/a Big Daddy Kane.
If you were looking for someone to teach the craft of emceeing there were few more qualified to serve rookies by dropping knowledge than Kane. If you wanted someone to flip bars quickly but still spit each word clean and clear with flawless diction, Kane was your man.
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It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #398 is called Shots Fired? Whoa Now. Today you'll hear new material from Serge Severe, Drama Sinatra, Elaquent and more! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show - like The Drunk Train from Adam Bernard.
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Audio: Serge Severe - "Shots Fired" (prod. Zapata)
SS: They say we are all the same but the facts speak to a different truth. Zero police accountability mixed with an election cycle filled with the most corruption and distasteful character. "Shots Fired" serves as another one of Severe's most skillfully conscious critiques on local and national politics.
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Audio: Cakes Da Killa - "Hedonism" Album
Biz 3: New York artist Cakes Da Killa has released his debut LP Hedonism. Featuring Peaches, Rye Rye and more the album is available now via Ruffians / Thirty Tigers. Check the album below and also check out the videos for "Talkin Greezy" and "New Phone Who Dis."
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Audio: Mickey Factz & Nottz f/ Phonte - "Treat You Right"
Matt: Mickey Factz, veteran emcee, former XXL cover freshman is set to release his debut album, The Achievement circa ’82,with Grammy award winning producer Nottz handling all of the production for the ten-track project, which also includes guest appearances from Blu, Phonte, Styles P, Mack Wilds, Smoke DZA & Curren$y and will be released on 10-28-2016.
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Audio: NGSUAVE - "RIP Dirty Swipey"
DMV: The talented emcee NGSUAVE just dropped a new track on us, "RIP Dirty Swipey". On the track he pays homage to the fallen emcee. NGSUAVE addresses the hate that permeates the area and the struggle to deal with it.
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Video: Mickey Factz f/ Brian Breach - "One Step Closer"
DM360: Matter of Fact (LP) Is Now Available Through All Major Digital Retailers!
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Video: Ty Dolla $ign - "Stealing"
AKW: Directed by: Michael Jurkovac
Concept by: Ty Dolla $ign & Michael Comrie
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Audio: Daddy Grace (Born Allah) f/ Sadat X - "Black Cream (Remix)"
DM360: Given his mission to deliver grown-man bars for folks who grew up in rap’s Golden Era, it’s only fitting that Daddy Grace (a/k/a Born Allah) has linked with none other than Sadat X for his raw remix of “Black Cream.”
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