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All Growns Up

I paid for a premium Spotify account, and, I would discover that a little boy up in a tree somewhere was currently listening to “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.
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Dancing in the rain: Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

Last weekend wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Treasure Island Music Festival, its 10th anniversary and last year on the island. Instead of Coachella couture-style bralettes and sunhats, the best-dressed were adorned in flower crowns over ponchos and mud-soaked Wellies. Those who braved an outdoor musical festival during the first rainy
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Goin’ Off: 10 Albums for the hip-hop layman

Ten albums for the hip-hop layman. This list has been my burden, my baby. I’ve carried it for the last month or so. Consider this the document of my labor. It began with a serious debate between me, myself and I and my knowledgeable counsel, who shall remain nameless. The questions
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Rap City: Rock the Bells 2012

Black Hippy Dickies. Bucket hats. Carson, CA tees. Gold chains and a small flat top. Black Hippy was in the amphitheatre. The group came out one at a time, essentially in the (ascending) order that most would rank each MC. The audience members loved Jay Rock’s homegrown anthems. Ab-Soul was
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Rock the Bells 2012

Watch highlights from Rock The Bells, a music festival in Mountain View, California. Performers included, Ice Cube, Wu Block, Salt-N-Pepa, A$ap Rocky, Tyga, Atmosphere, and more.

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Goin’ Off: Dollaz and Sense

Don’t drink 8 ball / cause St. Ides is givin’ ends.” It’s short. It’s simple. It’s Ice Cube. It also sold St. Ides Malt Liquor to countless impressionable youths with fake IDs. To put it another way, your favorite commercial MC is probably compromised. They’re getting paper for advertising, for
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Rock The Bells 2012 Line-Up Announced

School is out for the summer, if only for those of us at UCB. So, that means that this announcement, the announcement for the line-up of arguably the biggest and most anticipated hip-hop festival on the planet was just around the corner. Yes,  the bill for this year’s Rock The
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Sample Sundays: Top Five Study Break Jams

What up y’all? Dead week is here. And that means finals are coming up. So, in my last Sample Sunday post before finals get here (don’t worry, I’ll be back) I’ve decided to compile my Top Five Study Break Jams, with their samples included of course. You’ve got a lot
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