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  • Square One Kenn Starr Album Cover Art
    Kenn Starr is a star in 'Square One'
    Suffolk, VA emcee Kenn Starr may share his name with the former independent counsel who investigated the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair, but really the two men are quite dissimilar vocationally and with regards to some of their ideologies....
  • Slow Motion One Jarren Benton Album Cover Art
    Jarren Benton has a way with words in 'Slow Motion Vol. 1'
    It's a relief that Funk Volume founder and rapper Hopsin was joking about retiring from rap because his record label seems to be growing stronger with each passing month. Decatur, Georgia emcee Jarren Benton is one of a handful of quality...
  • All Hands Doomtree Album Cover Art
    Frustration and deep thinking fuel Doomtree's 'All Hands'
    Minneapolis indie rap group Doomtree (Dessa, Cecil Otter, P.O.S, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak) have a pretty good thing going with their furiously aggressive beats and lyrics that blend frenetic, electronic synth chords with...
  • Award Tour II EP Mike G Album Cover Art
    Mike G is a champion in 'Award Tour II'
    Conservative about what and how much they release, West Coast hip hop collective Odd Future seem quite meticulous and judicious about dropping only the best, highest quality material for fans. With only one major, studio LP out as a group (2012&...
  • Never Left Sadat X Album Cover Art
    Sadat X is a happy, fatherly coach in 'Never Left'
    New York emcee Sadat X will forever be a Brand Nubian, but in Never Left, the rapper's 10th solo LP, he doesn't sound excessively brand new. The stifling competition of these days and times is partly to blame, and the wisdom he stands for...
  • B4.DA.$$ Joey Bada$$ Album Cover Art
    'B4.DA.$$' proves Joey Bada$$ hasn't been changed by fame
    A leader's job is never easy. Joey Bada$$, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn native, cofounder of hip hop outfit Pro Era and 2013 XXL Freshman, has his work cut out for him, holding together the East Coast's premier hip hop collective and making a name...
  • Tetsuo & Youth Lupe Fiasco Album Cover Art
    Lupe Fiasco speaks on childhood and the ghetto in 'Tetsuo & Youth'
    When Chicago-bred rapper Lupe Fiasco was introduced to the world, he came out strong. Appearing on "Touch The Sky" from Kanye West's Late Registrationmarked a great turning point for the Midwestern emcee. Of course he had the...
  • DJStraxger and Star L
    Hip-hop group from Rockford, IL ready to bring positivity back to hip hop
    Domination Empire Productions is thrilled to announce the release of “Let Your Light Shine”, the latest EP from DJ Straxger and Star L. The album contains 4 tracks that showcase DJ Straxger and Star L’s creative force with deep...
  • Made In Virginia Skillz Bink Cover Art
    Skillz & Bink, a match made in Virginia
    Back in 1996, you could probably count on two hand the number of cities where most rap music in the U.S. was coming out of, and they happened to be the biggest, most robust metropolitan centers in the country (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago,...
  • 20 Lights Berner Album Cover Art
    Berner is a fun-loving businessman in '20 Lights'
    Berner, a San Francisco rapper in Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang, has released his 2015 EP, 20 Lights, not under Taylor Gang Records but Bern One Entertainment, further supporting the label that released his early-career mixtapes. Rest assured he&...
  • A look back at the year of Nas
    A look back at the year of Nas
    2014 was the year of Nas. The New York rapper performed across the country in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his pivotal album “Illmatic” and stopped by the Chicagoland area not once, but twice.“Illmatic” has aged...
  • Burning Bridges EP Ludacris Album Cover Art
    Ludacris talks about cutting ties in 'Burning Bridges'
    It's been awhile since Atlanta DJ-turned-rapper Ludacris checked up on fans bearing a major, studio album gift, but no worries. Luda's December 2014 release, the Burning Bridges EP, surely makes up for lost time. For this great musical...
  • Nobody Chief Keef Album Cover Art
    Chief Keef wants nobody's approval of 'Nobody'
    Chicago trap star Chief Keef might have shaken off some of the resentment that followed being canned by Interscope Records, but that doesn't mean he's exempt from having to move on and evolve as an artist. Keef has had some recent mixtape...
  • The Black In Man Album Cover Art
    Chuck D's teachings find lasting endurance in 'The Black In Man'
    At 54 years old, Chuck D of hip hop's monumental Public Enemy band has been full circle more than once in his career, and as a qualified elder statesman of the rap game, his influence still counts for something even if it's portrayed less...
  • Trouble In The Neighborhood Album Cover Art
    Big Pooh, Roc C make 'Trouble In The Neighborhood' simply to collaborate
    Little Brother emcee Big Pooh and former Stones Throw artist Roc C are moderately big names in America's underground rap track, but from listening to their Trouble In The Neighborhood collaboration LP, it's understandable that the album...