SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
The Undefined – Weapon Of Choice / The Arrival (see ughh.com)
The Undefined are a crew out of Jacksonville, FL and have been together for over 5 years. The chemistry and cohesiveness show here, as each emcee flows lovely on the Wu-esque ‘Weapon Of Choice’. Its plain to see that a lot of time has been spent on this – the production is ill, and Slicemaster and Mal Demolish both dismantle the mic. The flip side, ‘The Arrival’ is more like a freestyle, right down to the beatbox effects. Again the flows are on point, but I’m definitely feeling the A-side more.
RATING: 6.5 / 10

ARTICLE: When did it become Armageddon?

When did it become Armageddon? (By DAP)

And DAP Says…
“When The Hell Did It Become Armageddon And Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me I Needed A Late Pass??”

“Turning And turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; The center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”
-W.B. Yeats: “The Second Coming”

ARTICLE: The death of Aaliyah

The death of Aaliyah (By Truplaya611)

(Originally written as a narrative essay).

R&B music will never be the same. As I was walking around the campus of UMES, listening to the radio on my walkman, on August 26th, I heard some tragic news. Ocean City’s 103.9 OC 104 reported that singer Aaliyah had died in a plane crash while in the Bahamas. My initial reaction was total shock. I was thinking, “Could it be, my baby Aaliyah dead?” I couldn’t believe it, dead at only 22 years old.

INTERVIEW: Champions Of Nature

Champions Of Nature Interview (by A to the L)

Champions Of Nature

Hip-hop masters Champions of Nature release Salsa Smurf through Wordplay on September 10. The track promises to smash the hip-hop charts this autumn and is already being tipped to be one of the anthems of the year. It is the second single to be taken from the critically acclaimed hip-hop compilation “Wordlab 2”, which was released in August. I recently had a chance to talk to crew member L-Dolo about life as a Champions of Nature member – here’s what he had to say…

ARTICLE: Hiphop and free speech

Hiphop and free speech (By DJ MF)

A couple of months ago, without much fanfare, US Congress fired off the first shot in what could be an assault on free speech in music, and more specifically hip-hop, by “urging” the hip-hop industry to regulate content in lyrics before the government could get around to it.

ARTICLE: Observations

Observations (By Truplaya611)

Over the past several weeks, I’ve noticed some things, and I would like to share them with the alt.rap.com community. First, more hit music stations are popping up. There was just a new one added to the DC area. When I was down on the eastern shore, in Salisbury, I saw a billboard advertising a new hit music station for the DelMarVa (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) region. More hip-hop/urban stations!, more hip-hop/urban stations!

SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
Champions Of Nature – Salsa Smurf (Wordplay)
This looks like being the next single from the new Word Lab 2 compilation. In the album review I said that I didn’t really feel this, but I have to admit that after a few listens here, its started to grow on me. Still not a classic by any means, and that damn Salsa Smurf vocoder chorus still gets on my wick. On the flipside is a track called ‘Jazzy Styles’, which uses an old refrain from a Jazzy Jay session, that I ain’t heard in a long time.
RATING: 7 / 10