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News: Google to launch new music service

In an effort to keep up with the ever-changing times, record companies and industry bigwigs have been putting their heads together to think of ways to fight the all-powerful interwebs and its consumers thirst for new (and FREE) music. Enter Google.
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Free Download: Sad Clown, Bad Dutch (Tribute to Atmosphere)

Dutch rappers Def P (Osdorp Posse), Macronizm, Justus, Zira, Alpha, Che & Ruys all share the same passion: music by Atmosphere (Ant & Slug). That’s why they decided to create this album, which is a Dutch tribute to the duo from Minneapolis. Covers, own interpretations and tributes to their favourite Atmosphere tracks.
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Video: Shad – The Calling (+Download)

Canadian MC Shad K dropped a video for his song ‘The Calling’ (ft. Jermiside & Destruments). You can find the track on Danny Diggs’ EP ‘Introducing’, which you can download here. Check it out!
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An Open Letter To… Mos Def

Call me a dreamer. Call me an idealist. Fact is this is that dreams are often no less than fuel to power essential ideas. Without any hesitation I will try to persuade you to listen to one of those ideas.
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Interview: ArtOfficial

ArtOfficial already took a step into the Hip Hop/Jazz-scene in Japan with their release ‘Fist Fights and Foot Races’, but there are more plans for the near future. Together with Kevin Nottingham and Illroots they are working on a mixtape, have a brand new album in the making and are still intensively on tour. We talked to Logics about all of this, ArtOfficial in general and of course, their music.
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Interview: Dela

Hip Hop has expanded from something that was local (United States) to something that impacts the world. American based hip-hop CD’s have been impacted by the influx of international talent, such as Shuko, 20 Syl, Dj Honda, Dj Mitsu The Beats, The Returners, Hitfarmers, Snowgoonz, Jazz Liberatorz and more. Dela is a French producer who is sought after by emcees worldwide because his style is nostalgic and reminiscent of when hip hop producers utilized the sample as well as soul and jazz music.
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An Open Letter To Danger Mouse

In this category we write an open letter to a specific artist or group. It could be advice, criticism, a request, a text to show love or hate or something else related to the artist. This time it’s an open letter to Danger Mouse.
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Uncommon Approach: New York Shitty [Part 2]

‘Uncommon Approach’ is a column written by Paul “Nasa” Loverro, owner of independent label Uncommon Records. With this frequent column, he gives readers an all access look at the ups and downs of running an independent Hip Hop label in this day and age. An in-depth column from the perspective of an Indie label owner. This time, part 1 of his column “New York Shitty”.