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R.I.P. Praverb the Wyse

Word Is Bond was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Praverb the Wyse yesterday. He was someone we wrote about many times, and in fact was about to be invited on to our podcast. His sudden death has shocked many of the underground hip-hop community, who knew him as a warm and wise individual who [&hellip


WIB Rap Radio – Exclusive EMC Interview

EMC  is a super-group composed of Stricklin, Punchline, Wordsworth, and the legendary Masta Ace. They just put out an E.P. called The Turning Point to help whet our appetites for the full length project that drops later this year. These guys truly are “Experts Making Classics.” I saw them last time they were in town [&hellip


Walker Wear Love Note Series #2 – The Barrel Brothers

Coming back on the scene has been a real experience. People often ask me why I decided to relaunch Walker Wear and the most practical answer would be because I had an itch creatively, I thought the timing was right and wished to extend my portfolio. That would be true, but the most important factor [&hellip

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K-Def – Tape One (Album Review)

K-Def, a New Jersey native, spent a substantial amount of time in New York during the “Golden Era”, immersing himself with the culture, the clubs, and then hitting the records stores in both cities for sample fodder. The result was many of the beats featured on this cassette; his résumé to Marley Marl fused on a [&hellip


Mndsgn – Yawn Zen (Album Review)

Breatharian, the 2013 concept album from Los Angeles producer Mndsgn (pronounced “mind design”), a.k.a. Ringgo Ancheta, is as good as spacey instrumental hip-hop gets, with imaginatively produced soundscapes and crazy flips of Stefano Torossi’s ill 1974 instrumental “Running Fast” and the OutKast hit “B.O.B.,” which gets sped up to the point where Alvin and the [&hellip


Apollo Brown & Ras Kass Link For ‘Blasphemy'; Releases ‘H2O’

Here’s another collaborative effort from Apollo Brown, and this time the next emcee up to bat is Ras Kass! It’s been a cool minute since we’ve heard from the Carson, CA rhyme spitter, and now here the two unite to bring you a thought-provoking album, called Blasphemy.  No “ism” is out of bounds, no topic too [&hellip

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Def Dee ft. El Da Sensei – Yeah

Between the heavy metal-work of a vinyl stamper factory in NJ, El Da Sensei is composedly rhyming like the legend of the city that he is. Brooklyn-based Def Dee is providing the production; a blend of crsipy snares and hats, and piano flourishes spliced with all-important cuts by DJ Mentplus.  Good music being made the old [&hellip

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