“DIGGIN’ IN THE FILES: ERIC B & RAKIM” – BY BILL ADLER“DIGGIN’ IN THE FILES: ERIC B & RAKIM” – BY BILL ADLER

This summer it will be 28 years since the release of Eric B & Rakim’s debut record, “Eric B. is President/ My Melody.”  Cut for the Zakia label out of Harlem and quickly licensed and reissued by 4th & Broadway, it was, in Nelson George’s opinion, “as stunning a first statement as Run-DMC’s ‘It’s Like That/Sucker M.C.’s.’”  The A-side’s sampling of James Brown’s “Funky President” (likely the first rap record of dozens and dozens to do so), combined with the mesmerizing lyrics and rapping of Rakim, constituted a one-two punch that knocked out all comers — including any number of music journalists, here and abroad.  A year later, the duo released Paid In Full and their immortality was assured. Continue Reading

 
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BIG HUTCH: THE G-FUNK GODFATHER (INTERVIEW)BIG HUTCH: THE G-FUNK GODFATHER (INTERVIEW)

Interview & Words By Jake Paine

It has been now 24 years of Above The Law and Big Hutch injecting melody into Hip-Hop. The producer/MC who is also prominently known as Cold187um is a G-Funk pioneer of combining altered the grooves of the ‘70s and early ‘80s and created drive-friendly Hip-Hop with the juxtaposition of hard lyrics overtop.

A native of Pomona, California Hutch, DJ Total K-Oss and the late KMG made two hands full of albums with Above The Law, featuring input and contributions from the likes of Eazy-E, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, and longtime affiliate Kokane. Along the way, the group quietly led lives that removed all skepticism that their accounts on wax were fabricated or staged. Hutch, who remained close with Death Row Records during the N.W.A. split was fiercely loyal to his mentor Eazy. A prominent figure in the studios at Ruthless, Hutch was later called upon by Suge Knight to reignite the sounds at Death Row. Continue Reading

 
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DOMINGO F. KOOL G RAP – SESSIONS VOL. 2 (AUDIO)DOMINGO F. KOOL G RAP – SESSIONS VOL. 2 (AUDIO)

More boom bap from Domingo’s vaults…. Continue Reading

 
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MAY 1ST ¡MAYDAY! LIVE AT BLACKBIRD ORDINARY (EVENT)MAY 1ST ¡MAYDAY! LIVE AT BLACKBIRD ORDINARY (EVENT)

¡Mayday! is back at the Bird aka Blackbird Ordinary for a special May Day performance. If you have been to a ¡Mayday! show than we know you will be there and if you haven’t you should complete your life and make your way to Blackbird Ordinary in the Brickell area of Miami, Fl. and prepare to be amazed!

 
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N.O.R.E. “NOREASTER” (MUSIC)N.O.R.E. “NOREASTER” (MUSIC)

N.O.R.E. aka Noreaga aka Papi, aka Slime Father is continuing his 4/20 “Noreaster” annual series which is available today on Itunes! Features include Styles P, Troy Ave, Raekwon and more. Production of course from Hazardis Soundz and Crazy Hood’s own Boris aka Beats-n-da-Hood. Continue Reading

 
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REKS X HAZARDIS SOUNDZ – “HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE” (MUSIC VIDEO)REKS X HAZARDIS SOUNDZ – “HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE” (MUSIC VIDEO)

New visuals off Reks All Eyes On Reks mixtape available now. This is just a tease of what Reks and Hazardis Soundz have coming up so stay tuned!

 
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¡MAYDAY! X MURS “¡MURSDAY!” (VIDEO)¡MAYDAY! X MURS “¡MURSDAY!” (VIDEO)

If you haven’t heard by now LA’s Murs and our own ¡Mayday! teamed up to create a mind blowing album titled ¡MURSDAY!. The album is available for pre-order now! Reserve your copy now at StrangeMusic.net! Continue Reading

 
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THE LAST WORD: THE PALETTE OR THE BULLETTHE LAST WORD: THE PALETTE OR THE BULLET

We are excited to now be on A.L. DRE’s mailing list to receive and post “The Last Word.” If you don’t remember “The Last Word” from the glory days of The Source – go do some diggin’. Keep checking back for more of “The Last Word” on CrazyHood.com.

 
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