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Dre’es | Darling [2016 Album]

Dre’es is an excellent cook becoming a chef. An educator/education researcher/author, Cornelius Minor, recently broke the science down for me at a 6th grade writing workshop. As he told it, a cook is able to take a chef’s recipe, and perfectly replicate it, equipping him/her to begin taking chances and making autonomous decisions on his way to becoming a chef. …

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Real J. Wallace | God Mourns (feat. Caresa Lynnett) [2016 Video]

I love this song. The lyric video simply highlights why. If you’d like to read more about the song itself, click HERE. Otherwise, simply listen/watch/enjoy. If you do, in fact, enjoy this video, SHARE it! Peace, Love & Hip Hop, – #SDLovesHipHop #SDLovesHipHop exists to carry on a conversation about hip hop music and culture as a catalyst for change in individuals’ lives …

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Frosty (of SD’s ICONS) | Audiograff Authenticated (prod. Steve Vicious) [2016 EP]

Frosty the Know-Matic is working hard to change the way San Diego hip hop approaches the game. The promise and prominence he and the ICONS showed in the late 90’s and early 2000’s afforded them an abundance of experiences which allowed them to see behind the veil of the music industry and into its inner-workings. As Frosty was on sabbatical …

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Just a Thought | Purpose

My wife and I heard this last night and I couldn’t help but connect these sentiments with artists seeking to make music that matters. One of the most important elements in the music I enjoy, and consequently write about, is the “why?”. If asked why you make music, or why your music matters, do you have an answer? If not, …

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Ugly Heroes | Everything in Between [2016 Album]

Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill return as Ugly Heroes, debunking the myth of the sophomore jinx with Everything in Between. “…interpretation is everything…” Hip hop culture is demonized by some and idolized by others; either end of that spectrum, and everything in between, is subject to the interpretation of the one drawing such conclusions, weather onlooker or contributor. …