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Da Underground Sound: For the FKN Love by Arrested Development

Arrested Development - For the FKN Love - !!!! This album is bangin!  Not to sound surprised, but historically Arrested Development (AD) usually projects more of a warm, melodic feel more based on the lyrics... the soul.  Now this album has all of the aforementioned, but its all based on some slappin' drums.  Speech, as always, is the alpha-leader of this multi-platinum, multiple Grammy-winning group.  He leads with his heart […]

todayJanuary 13, 2022 17

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Da Underground Sound: Lose No Time by J-Live

  J-Live - Lose No Time - !!!! Although this is more of an EP than a full-length album, J-Live (widely known as 'the rappers rapper') features his usual innovative wordplay and production that will keep this on repeat.  Its a project that sounds mature, yet still creative and new.  It incorporates classic elements such as DJ scratching and similes but again, still sounds current with modern references.  If he added […]

todayJanuary 13, 2022 7

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Da Underground Sound: Casual – Big Head Science

    Casual - Big Head Science - !!!!   Thinking back, there actually WERE some good things about 2020.  Once of which was the full-length album release from Casual - "Big Head Science".  After a few listens, I'm confident in saying this is Casual's best album since his landmark debut 1994's "Fear Itself".  It features fellow Hieroglyphic crew appearances from Phesto and Tajai as well as collaborations with Ghostface and […]

todayNovember 22, 2021 21

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Da Underground Sound : OK … 30 years

Organized Konfusion’s debut, self-titled album is one of those I’m proud to have grown up with.  Its 30th birthday is this October 29, 2021 and it sounds just as good, and even more unique, than it did at origin- especially considering today’s Hip-Hop landscape. You gotta be careful with this album.  One listen to these MC’s, Prince Po and Pharaoh Monch of Southside Jamaica, Queens, New York, can either inspire […]

todayOctober 28, 2021 35

Album Reviews

Da Underground Sound: Killah Priest – Ragnarok

Killah Priest - Ragnarok (9/2021)  - !!! 1/2 Ragnarok is dark. I happen to like dark, grimy underground Hip-Hop so I appreciated this release. Even though it does not feature any of the primary OG Wu clan, it still feels Wu-Tang.  RZA is not involved (as if we even expect it anymore), but still, there is a unique, quality soundscape provided by Shaka Amazulu, The 7th, backing Killah Priest's historic […]

todayOctober 25, 2021 23

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Da Underground Sound: Naughty By Nature’s Dirty 30

September 3rd, 2021 marked the 30th anniversary of Naughty By Nature's self-titled album. Formerly marketed as The New Style, the New Jersey natives had changed their name, and their look, for album number two.  Promoted by fellow Jersey artist, Queen Latifiah and her Flavor Unit collective, Treach (Anthony Criss), Vin Rock (Vincent Brown), and DJ Kay Gee (born Keir Lamont Gist) blew up on their sophomore album on the strength of […]

todaySeptember 20, 2021 55

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Da Underground Sound: EPMD – All Bidness

So Erick Sermon, and Parrish Smith formed EPMD six decades ago!  In Hip-Hop years, that’s a century!  I don’t mean that as a diss.  I mean that as that as the upmost compliment.  Us Hip-Hop heads need to lead the charge in giving, as the late great Shock G of Digital Underground so eloquently phrased, "Heartbeat Props”, to living legends like EPMD (since we’re too hardcore to ‘give em flowers’). […]

todayAugust 28, 2021 37

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Da Underground Sound: To Be (or not to be) Native

First of all, the Native Tongues are not an official Hip-Hop group, crew, click, organization, or squad.  Unofficially, they are more than the all of the aforementioned.  Here is the when, why, where and how. This story begins in the 1980’s in New York City.  By this time, Harlem’s Kool DJ Red Alert is already a well-established and respected Hip-Hop DJ having rose to fame on WRKS 98.7 KISS FM.  […]

todayJuly 19, 2021 48

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Da Underground Sound: Bay to LA Since 1991

California is a big, long state.  Its a unique place because the populations are split by hundreds of miles of relatively, uninhabited farm land in the middle of the state- which literally and figuratively divides Northern from Southern California.   Since 1977 I’ve moved back and forth between San Jose, San Diego, Fremont, San Rafael, Irvine and points in between.  One particular move stands out in my mind.  In 1991 […]

todayJune 26, 2021 54

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