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  • IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
    IRS security breach much worse than reported by White House
    Thecyber securitybreachthat occurred attheInternal Revenue Service (IRS)in which hackers managed toaccess and stealtax information from American taxpayerswas muchworse than IRS officials originally admitted, according to news reports on Monday....
  • Today in Hip Hop History: Cypress Hill
    Today in Hip Hop History: Cypress Hill
    Formed in 1988, and then known as DVX (Devastating Vocal Excellence), Cypress Hill consisted of brothers Senen “Sen Dog” Reyes and Ulpiano Sergio “Mellow Man Ace” Reyes, Lawrence “DJ Muggs” Muggerud and Louis ...
  • R.I.P Ruck: Sean Price 1972-2015
    R.I.P Ruck: Sean Price 1972-2015
    Hip hop has lost another icon. Sean “Ruck” Price, one-half of the pioneering duo Heltah Skeltah, and member of the groundbreaking Boot Camp Clik and Random Axe has departed this life on August 8, 2015. He was 43.Athough the exact cause...
  • Today in Hip Hop History: Straight Outta Compton by NWA
    Today in Hip Hop History: Straight Outta Compton by NWA
    Released on August 8, 1988, NWA's Straight Outta Compton redefined the direction of hip hop. While popularizing the powerful lyrics of group members Ice Cube and MC Ren, the hip hop community received the groundbreaking album with a high note,...
  • Today in Hip Hop History:  Short Dog's in the House by Too Short
    Today in Hip Hop History: Short Dog's in the House by Too Short
    Released on August 1, 1990, Short Dog's in the House was influenced by Todd “Too Short” Shaw's bleak surroundings and upbringing in Oakland, California. Many of the album's lyrics depicted the effects of the crack epidemic...
  • Today In Hip Hop History: Bigger and Deffer by LL Cool J
    Today In Hip Hop History: Bigger and Deffer by LL Cool J
    Still riding on the success of his groundbreaking debut Radio, LL Cool J returned two years later with his second hit album, Bigger and Deffer (BAD).Released on July 22, 1987, Bigger and Deffer contained many hits along with the first commercially...
  • Song Review: "Wet Dreamz" by: J Cole
    Song Review: "Wet Dreamz" by: J Cole
    Caressing the mic since the age of 12, the Germany born, North Carolina bred, J Cole has been a prominent force in Hip Hop since 2007. Shortly after the release of his debut mixtape The Come Up, Cole was signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, in...
  • Today in Hip Hop History: Eric B and Rakim's Paid in Full
    Today in Hip Hop History: Eric B and Rakim's Paid in Full
    Created by theprolific Long Island DJ/MC team of Eric “Eric B” Barrier and William Michael “Rakim” Griffin Jr., Paid in Full is one of many landmark albums that defined the golden age of hip hop. In addition to its esoteric...
  • 90s nostalgia: Big Sean recreates Martin for "Play No Games"
    90s nostalgia: Big Sean recreates Martin for "Play No Games"
    Santa Monica born Detroit bred, Sean Michael Leonard “Big Sean” Anderson has hopped into the 1990s time machine.Since releasing his debut album, Finally Famous in 2011, Sean has been riding a wave of success. With his third and current...
  • P Diddy
    They won't stop, because they can't stop: Diddy and his Bad Boy clique reunite
    The Microsoft Theater in LA is still sizzling as the 2015 BET Awards exploded from the venue on June 28, 2015. Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, this year's events were nothing short of surprising.The “Bad Boy for life...
  • Today in Hip Hop History: Country Grammar by Nelly
    Today in Hip Hop History: Country Grammar by Nelly
    Released on June 27, 2000, Nelly's Country Grammar introduced stylistic wordplay which derived from his St Louis upbringing. Containing Southern drawl and Midwestern twang, the album's lyical content incorporates both urban and country...
  • Today in Hip Hop History: Mecca and the Soul Brother by Pete Rock & CL Smooth
    Today in Hip Hop History: Mecca and the Soul Brother by Pete Rock & CL Smooth
    The debut album from Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Released on June 9, 1992, the album was mostly produced by Pete Rock and executive produced by...
  • Today in Hip Hop History: Strictly Business by EMPD
    Today in Hip Hop History: Strictly Business by EMPD
    Over the years, New York Emcees Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith known to us as EPMD, have certainly earned their place in hip hop. Releasing hit after hit seems effortless these days, but when did it begin? Managed early on by Russell Simmons'...
  • Hillcrest Herald Staff 1972
    200 and counting.
    That is correct. This is the 200th article published by Examiner.com on this page. It has taken over four years and a lot of dogged determination to make it to this point. This Springfield boy was unemployed and checking the internet for job...
  • Today in Hip Hop History:  Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP
    Today in Hip Hop History: Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP
    Released on May 23, 2000, a year after Eminem's breakout album The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP proved to more successful than its predecessor. Featuring a stirring combination of fiction, humor, horror, satire and documentary, much...
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