The GREATEST Rapper Of All Time Has Not Reached His Prime.

 

Throughout my years as a hip hop junkie the NEVER ending debate of who was/is the BEST MC has been the topic of discussion. Wheather it was me and Lil Rob (RIP) arguing who’s better between Mobb Deep or 2Pac, the Grandmaster Caz vs. Melle Mel debates of the early 80s, the Rakim or Kane of the late 80s, or who can forget LL and Kool Moe Dee. Some of these fan rivalries resulted in verbal sparring, but more times than not the battle has been soley faught by the followers of a rapper and not the actual artist themselves. 

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Illmatic Turns 21

 

It's the norm now, but at the time of Illmatic, most rap albums production was handled in house, Illmatic changed that. This was the first album that brought the BEST producers on the east coast and put them on one album. DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, and Q-Tip formed a dream team and there's still room for an unknown producer, L.E.S. to shine bright. He would go on to become a frequest collaborator with NaS throughout the 90s and early 2000s.

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Dr. Maya Angelou asks Tupac "Do You Know How Important You Are?"

While everyone seems to be focused on the fact that Dr. Angelou made Tupac cry (how shocking - he was a human being!) it is her consistency of courage that should momentarily leave us in awe and serve as lifelong inspiration.

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BIGGIE and BED-STUY: The Art Album

Dawud Knuckles' exhibition brilliantly ushered visitors into making the connection between fine art and hip hop. Each selected art piece was presented as Biggie's lyrics personified! 

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U KNOW We Rising to TO THE TOP!

LITERALLY, 10 seconds in to Jay Rock & Kendrick Lamar's To the Top, I heard White Boy's "U Know" featuring Kanye West

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Hip Hop Producer/Dj Competition (Production/Turntablism)

Dj's battled for the 'Turntablist Gold' last month in Long Beach, California. Producers took part in a beat battle for Gold in the room over. Winners of each received $1,500 cash! 

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