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I owe the entire title of this site I’ve been working on for the past seven or so years to a line from Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, so you can imagine that the news hit me hard when I found out Phife had passed. Let this be yet another lesson that we lose our greats too soon, so please appreciate the architects of this culture before it’s too late. Some of these groups need to get back together (looking at you, EPMD…put out a record!) and we need to be willing to support future concerts and other endeavors as hip-hop heads. We love you, Phife. Thanks for these classics.

PIATTO

Meyhem Lauren treats us to another joint off of the upcoming Piatto D’Oro, due out this summer from the Fool’s Gold camp. This one features¬†Fuck, That’s Delicious¬†co-star Action Bronson. Shout out to Viceland and shoutout to the ultra-smooth beat switch in the middle of this record.

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March 17th is the birthday of the late, great Sean Price, so no better time to celebrate his legacy than the present with this new visual from his Songs In The Key Of Price mixtape. Royal Flush and Illa Ghee join up with Sean’s baby girl Shaun, who lip syncs through her dad’s verse. Stay tuned after the vid for a heart-warming moment from one of P’s shows where his daughter joined him onstage. Rest in power.

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Canadian producer and DJ Kaytranada brings us a miniature masterpiece as a sample from his upcoming 99.9% LP, which is due May 6th.

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On the anniversary of the late Christopher Wallace’s passing, Brownsville MC Maffew Ragazino drops a fresh treatment of the B.I.G. classic “What’s Beef?”

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Bostonian MC Dutch Rebelle delivers a good-weather anthem with her latest release off of the short-but-sweet Kiss Kiss EP. While I don’t generally like to single out or pigeonhole MCs as “female MCs” because skills are skills, I’m really putting the co-sign on Dutch as an up and coming (though heavily accoladed) female MC who’s bringing a refreshing feminine perspective to the game without putting sexuality before lyrical prowess. Check her out and spread the word.

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