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6est7 – 6ROKEN

“Music makes me happy!! Like I don’t know what it is about it but it makes me move. I just love a great song and awesome vibes” – 6est7 

The inspiration for 6est7 ‘s new album “6ROKEN” has to do with everything and everybody around him. If you are a fan of legendary musicians such as The Weeknd, Drake and others like them, this album is a must have for your Hip-Hop collection. The vibes he gives off is nothing like what I hear today.

“For some reason music allows me to say what I want but just with a beat behind it!”, says 6est7. He views this album as the avenue that gives him the freedom to express what he really wants. Those of us who are working all day from 7-7 and have to keep a closed mouth (no profanity) can surely relate.

In case you were wondering about the artist’s unique name… It is actually his last name which is “Best”. He turned the “B” i

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A Real Emcee

“My hearts bleeding” because the music, and concept presented by CynOzure on “My First Demo” is deeply inspiring. CynOzure is a 15 year old artist currently residing in East Connecticut, and its evident from efforts he revives the true essence of lyricism. As proof of his commitment, and dedication CynOzure went out, got two jobs, […]

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All Or Nothing Soundtrack review

All Or Nothing, the urban drama centered the gritty underworld of L.A. Hip Hop, brings a story of love and tragedy to the big screen this spring. The film promises to catapult into the ranks of Boyz N The Hood and West Side Story with it’s portrayal of best friends split apart in the fervor […]

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A Great Day in Hip-Hop

Seven months ago, when the staff of XXL magazine first thought of redoing the “Great Day in Harlem” shoot, they had no idea how successful it would be. The first “Great Day in Harlem” photo, taken in 1958, brought together 57 jazz legends on the front stoop of 17 E. 126th St., a brownstone between […]

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Anticon + Shapeshifters @ The Living Room

I stepped into the small local venue, The Living Room, unprepared for what my eyes and ears were about to experience from the Anticon collective. While DJ Rafiki warmed up the crowd on the tables, I kicked it with JON?DOE, Sankofa, and Spon before the show, learning from JON that Double Helix weren’t going to […]

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ASCAP-NARAS MIDWEST MUSIC BUSINESS SEMINAR

Chicagoland’s heaviest hitters in or connected with the music industry Thursday repeatedly embraced alternative marketing, alliances within and between music genres, savvy corporate diplomacy, artist development and more willingness to take risks as the keys to unshackling the local urban entertainment scene from marginalizing ghetto celebrity. Those observations were the crux of a Midwest Professional […]

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Baby Drew, Not Child’s Play

Few rappers can spit emotional, confrontational trashy commentary-adorned with unsuspecting insults issuing fiery verbal challenges to wit or brawn — in a way that is still palatable. Baby Drew (Infinite-Unexplained.com) is part of an elite few, stemming from Milwaukee’s Center Street, among other boldly claim historical landmark boulevards and drives in their “Kil-waukee.” His utter […]

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Boom Bap Project – Circumstance Dictates EP

The Circumstance Dictates EP will have you wishing for a full-length album. The ever-present silhouette of the Hip Hop’s forefathers within the innovative production is evident. Jake One’s incredible aptitude for beat creation meshes perfectly with the lyrical prowess of Karim and Dialog aka Destro Destructo. DJ Tre adds his cultural couture on the turntables […]

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CHICAGO CONCERT OF BOSTON, WEST COAST, MIDWESTERN ACTS

Despite lingering presumptions that Roxbury’s Edo G. was with Da Bulldogs and not the other way around, the Boston mic-controller incontrovertibly proved Friday at heavily billed concert at Bucktown’s Congress Theater that his Massachusetts Bay sound was and still is not determined by committee. Edo’s wild, free-flowing Afro was neatly braided and crowned by an […]

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COCOA BROVAZ POST HIP-HOP SUMMIT REFLECTIONS

Although last month’s Hip-Hop Summit organized by hip-hop industrialist Russell Simmons in New York City has tentatively received high marks for its initiatives, Da Cocoa Brovaz are giving the gathering an incomplete. During a Chicago celebrity basketball game Saturday for a mix tape tour that AND-1 sports apparel company sponsored in Jackson Park on the […]