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Video: Ryu - "The One"
Score: Los Angeles native, Ryan ‘Ryu’ Maginn’s story in Hip-hop is one integral thread in the tapestry of the underground Los Angeles Hip-hop diaspora. From his early years ruling the Los Angeles radio and cypher scenes, to breaking necks and banging heads with Styles of Beyond via their critically acclaimed seminal debut album ‘2000 Fold’ and their sophomore follow-up ‘MegaDef’ through to his work with Mike Shinoda in Fort Minor on their Jay-Z over-seen “Rising Tied’ album.
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Audio: Rob Giano - "Say So"
Wanja: Rob Giano drops the single "Say So" as a free download off his recently released EP "Dope Lab Oration", a mellow introspective collection of Hip Hop songs with soul, jazz, and boom bap influences.
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If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including SkyBlew's "SkyBlew the Cowardly Boy" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!
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Audio: Sir Jon Lee f/ Driive (Daniel Curtis Lee) - "Bless You"
M.S.: Compton based artist/producer Sir Jon Lee unleashes his latest single “Bless You,” featuring Driive (Daniel Curtis Lee). "Bless You" aims to motivate those who stand on their own two and anyone who has an independent mindset.
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Video: Derek Minor - "You Know It"
Josh: Will Thomas (Space Cherry Films) has been doing excellent creative work with videos for years now. This may be my favorite. It's a new video for Derek Minor's single "You Know It".
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Audio: Trizz "LeatherFace 2" Album Stream
Matt: Trizz is a young rapper from Los Angeles/Inland Empire, California area who became an avid music aficionado at an early age; first picking up a microphone at the tender age of nine. As his writing skills developed, Trizz perfected his lyrical skill and began producing his own beats and mixtapes under the moniker "Young Trizz". His debut full-length EP, Young Trizz, demonstrated the journey of an independent artist looking to lead ahead of the pack.
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Audio: Purpose - "Already"
Dove: The music business is a crazy game, which Miami's Purpose affirms as he chronicles the ups and downs in his hectic career with "Already". This song was produced by Z, and will appear on Purpose's Joy and Pain project, slated for release on 9/21 via Miami-based Roc N Rollies Music.
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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: It's probably too early in the life and times of Raheem Jarbo b/k/a Mega Ran to declare him an all-time legend, but it's safe to say that over the last decade the self-admitted video game enthusiast has carved himself a large cultural niche. For people who love hip-hop and video games in equal measure, Ran was the man who took that love out of the closet and put it front and center for the world to see.
Biggie broke the code of silence for many when he rapped "Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, when I was dead broke man I couldn't picture this." We all grew up playing games.
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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon: I really feel like I shouldn't have to say this, but after reading a whole lot of ignorant comments this weekend, it's apparent I need to say it. It's even MORE apparent that I should say it when about a month or so somebody sent me an e-mail and said "I only come here for the reviews, so keep your G*d d*mn opinions to yourself." Tough luck amigo - this is my place to say what I want, when I want, any WAY that I want. And when it comes to the football field, the sidelines, or even the bench, those are Colin Kaepernick's spaces to say what he wants to whoever he wants too.
He obviously has a lot more places he can say things - radio interviews, YouTube videos, editorials for sports magazines - but the football field is the place where he's heard the loudest. This is mine. I'm going to use my First Amendment right to say what I want in it.
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It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #392 is called People Talk? If You Say So... Today you'll hear new material from Hi-Rez, Rob Giano & Sinuous, CuzOh 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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