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Young Guru Explains Why New York Hip Hop Is Coming Back
Exclusive: Jay-Z's longtime engineer credits 9th Wonder as inspiration for his GrammyU speaker series & reflects on his first interaction with West Coast Hip Hop.
Digitally Divided: Technology's Impact On Hip Hop Music & Culture
Big Daddy Kane, 9th Wonder, Needlz, Benzino, Statik Selektah and Adrian Younge weigh in on the role of technology in Hip Hop.
Logic Details Aligning With No I.D. & Def Jam While Maintaining His Lyrical Approach
Exclusive: After landing the XXL Freshman Class cover and a deal with Def Jam, Logic sounds off on remaining true to his sound while courting a bigger audience.
Loaded Lux Draws Parallels Between Battle Rap, Fatherhood & Cinema
Exclusive: Loaded Lux explains how his father's work ethic inspired "You Gon' Get This Work" and how his hopes to elevate the art form fit in with his role as a father and an emcee.
Dear Mama: Hip Hop Motherhood Told Through Lyrics
In honor of Mother's Day, we're moving the spotlight back on the actual mothers by looking at 10 tracks about women in Hip Hop raising children.
An Underground Documented: Indie Rap 2003 Revisited Via DVDs
The 2003 Indie Rap scene saw Def Jux, Eastern Conference Records and Rhymesayers all thriving. A 10-year retrospective on their DVDs offers early insights into Murs, Brother Ali, El-P & others.
Rockie Fresh Says Rick Ross Gave Him Confidence To Be Around Anybody
Exclusive: Chicago's Rockie Fresh speaks on his partnership with Puma and how he went from listening to Rick Ross in school to rapping with him on tracks.
Dizzy Wright Shares Early Funk Volume Memories & Plans A New Mixtape
Exclusive: Funk Volume's Dizzy Wright tells how he predicted landing the "XXL Freshman Class" cover, and how giving away hundreds of CDs helped build his fan base.
R.A. the Rugged Man Talks Inconsistency In Hip Hop Censorship
Exclusive: After writing a Rick Ross-related editorial for DX, R.A. the Rugged Man further explains his stance and tells why he'd never apologize for any of his rhymes.
Chance The Rapper Talks The Chicago Scene & His "Acid Rap" Mixtape
Exclusive: Chicago's Chance the Rapper explains how he fits in the local scene and why "Acid Rap" is not just the title of his mixtape but also a methodology.
Death Is Silent: Addressing Hip Hop's Rash Of Suicides
In a short span, many notable or fringe Hip Hop contributors took their own lives. Somehow, nobody wants to talk about it.
Bangladesh Advocates Independence; Clarifies "Flowers & Candy" Concept
Exclusive: Producer (and now rapper) Bangladesh explains why breaking artists is essential to his creative control and details the multiple themes in his debut album title.
Rapper Big Pooh Says CAA-Roc Nation Partnership "Will Have A Big Impact" On Sports & Hip Hop
Exclusive: Rapper Big Pooh explains that "Rappers want to be ball-players, and ball-players want to be rappers." He also reveals plans for "Happy Birthday, Thomas" with The Mighty DJ DR.
Rittz Affirms "Fuck Swag" Stance; Says He Doesn't Believe In Selling Out
Exclusive: Rittz details his evolution from the "White Jesus" days and how Strange Music legitimized his Hip Hop aspirations.
Raekwon Gives Details On "F.I.L.A." & Promises More Features
Exclusive: Raekwon details how he and the Wu-Tang Clan stay relevant in the Digital Era and plans to diversify his sound on his upcoming "F.I.L.A." album.
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