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Q&A with Beatminerz Mr. Walt and Evil Dee

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The Beatminerz were underground in the 90s, but now that all the shallow pop-rap of that decade is fading from memory and the young generation of fans zeroes in on the heavy stuff, the crew’s hiphop-history status looks assured. The five-man production team defined the sound of Brooklyn hardcore with Black Moon’s 1993 debut, Enta [&hellip
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Q&A with John Lee of UrbanExpose – Adam Heimlich Q&A …

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

John Lee, aka Crispus Attucks, erstwhile Master of Deception and stalking panther of the urban-online space, is a big, black pussycat once you buy him some pumpkin cheesecake and get to know him. This interview took place at UrbanExposé’s authentic Underground Railroad offices, in downtown Brooklyn.   What’s your view of the crossroads that content-based [&hellip
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John Lee is Crispus Attucks: A Hiphop Rebel Comes CleanQ&A with John Lee of UrbanExposé

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

"We launched and hit our target market so fuckin’ fast it was ridiculous. Within days we had a fuckin’ audience. Strictly word of mouth. It was hot enough to be one of those things that people talk about, and that spreads virally. People talk about ‘doing a viral marketing campaign.’ You don’t do a viral [&hellip
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A Hardcore Reality: Talking with Cypress Hill, Hiphop Survivors

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Posts

Cypress Hill The cliched take on Cypress Hill is all wrong. It’s said that their career fell off, yet Cypress albums continue to go gold and platinum. They’re routinely portrayed in the music press as out-of-touch pothead clowns, but in fact B-Real, Sen Dog and DJ Muggs are more serious about their music career than [&hellip
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Much Greatness: Passover, Easter, Dave Eggers, the Melvins, the Mets and More

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

All seasons are spring in the media, only we call them "quarters." Yet, each year, a few weeks into the start of the second one (aka the fourth full moon after the winter solstice), there is indeed an extra emphasis on renewal. No eggs, but I bet you’ve noticed a few more subscription cards than [&hellip
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DMC: At War with His Label, & Ready to Take Hiphop Back

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Posts

DMC Run-DMC’s forthcoming album, their seventh (eighth counting their greatest-hits comp), is called Crown Royal. It capitalizes on the current popularity of rap-metal hybrids–which Run-DMC pioneered with 1984’s "Rock Box"–with collaborations between the veteran trio and Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock and Sugar Ray. The group also recorded for Crown Royal a cover/update of "Take the [&hellip
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It’s Anal April, and David Dinkins, Lewis Lapham and MC Paul Barman Are on the Town

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

The other holidays this week, Palm Sunday and Tax Deadline Day, don’t have acronym contests to go with them. There is, however, a chance to get advice on both in one fell swoop, by taking up the American Bible Society’s offer of free income tax assistance. If you’ve flaked out so far this millennium on [&hellip
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James Toback’s Lastest Mess, Lots of Rock Shows, Cool Old Movies

Written by Adam Heimlich on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

As you can read in Armond White’s interview with the director, elsewhere in this issue, Toback has a rather impressive history of being completely fuckwitted about race himself. To his credit, he doesn’t pass himself off as an expert–the movie is supposed to promote discussion. A terrible movie about pop and race is indeed preferable [&hellip
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