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Lil Boosie: The Unlikely Hero

Posted: March 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | Tags: | No Comments » On March 5 Torrence Hatcher, aka Lil’ Boosie was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he had been serving an eight-year sentence on drug charges. The announcement created a social media spectacle. Fans, artists, and industry shot-callers rejoiced. Many provided words of encouragement, while others simply relayed the great news. The celebration struck a nerve with me. “Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, Boosie is free at last #LilBoosie,” tweeted Read more

A Thru Z: A Beginner’s Guide to Jersey Shore Hip-Hop

Posted: January 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | Tags: | No Comments » For decades, hip-hop music and culture had a place at the Jersey Shore. For me, it began in 1997 on the streets of Asbury Park, where the now-infamous “Greek Fest” was held. It would later evolve to the Eatontown Roller Rink; a venue forever immortalized for its “Teen Night” parties. It was a place where black youth (now in their early-mid 20’s) would rejoice to whatever was popping in rap at that time. As years progressed, the Jersey Shore became increasingly uninterested in appealing Read more

Best of the Rest: 10 New Jersey Rappers To Watch In 2014

Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Articles, Independent | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments » For the past four years I have publicized what I believe to be some of the best unheard rappers in New Jersey. The lack of attention these artists receive is beyond frustrating. Recently, I took time to celebrate five emcees leading New Jersey's new wave of hip hop talent. As we begin the ninth day of the new year I decided to compile another list of more New Jersey-based rappers you should know about. These 10 unsung lyricist can rap their asses off, enjoy. 1. Apollo The Great (Camden, NJ): Apollo's Read more