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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 21

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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 27

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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 48

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Da Undaground Sound: “Nocturnal” – 25 Years of Darkness

I've always been a grimy dude.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I have great hygiene and keep a clean home and my whips always right.  I just like raw raps and rugged beats - exactly what the Boot Camp Clik perfected by the time they brought forth Heltah Skeltah. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Health Skeltah's debut LP - the underground classic Nocturnal.  It was 1996.  By […]

todayJune 6, 2021 50

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Da Underground Sound: ProvySuflayy – 5 Tool Playa!

In baseball, we call them 5-tool players.  Those who could, run, throw, hit for average, hit for power, and field their position.  Hip-Hop’s equivalent would be ProvySuflayy. Also known as U.l.t.r.a.man, Provy was born and raised in Oakland, California.  He earned his following in hiphop by competing in local rap battles as well as performing at open mics and talent showcases in the Oakland- San Francisco Bay Area.  Eventually, he […]

todayMay 20, 2021 36

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Da Undaground Sound: Bushwick Banger

The irony is Underground Hip-Hop never dies.  It thrives on its freedom.  Freedom from contractural obligations, sponsorships, an fickle popular expectations.  It is steadfast.  A true and living example is Godfather Don. From the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, Godfather Don rose to to prominence in 1991 with his solo debut “Hazardous”.  He then went on to produce and rhyme with the inventors of Underground, backpack rap, Ultramagnectic MC’s […]

todayMay 11, 2021 18

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Da Underground Sound: Rather Megabusive

  I recently caught up with underground icon and battle rap legend Megabusive of San Jose, California for a quick question and answer session.  He speaks about his HipHop beginnings, five favorite albums, and we end it with a future thought.   1. Which HipHop element did you first gravitate to?  -  "First element I gravitated toward was break dancing, but everything else was soon to follow." 2. Who were […]

todayMay 3, 2021 47

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