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Someone once told me this amazing quote and they attributed it to Jay Z. I don’t actually know if Jay Z said it, but it’s still an amazing quote and a great point nonetheless. It went like this, “You’re more likely to be an all-star in the NBA than you are to have five good years in the rap game.” Think about that. There’s 24 NBA all-stars every year, there’s only 20 people on this list. And honestly, there could hardly even be a 21st person on this list. That’s nuts.

Yet, that’s how the game goes. Some of that has to do with rap being such a young genre. Hip-hop is only about 40 years old, not even old enough to be your grandpa. In recent years, rappers like Jay Z, Nas, and Eminem have found ways to remain relevant and productive in the later years of their careers. Hopefully, they’ve laid a foundation for future rappers to follow. But beyond rap, consider that even legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix only had about four years of mainstream exposure, and the three albums he released he released that changed rock music forever—1967’s Are You Experienced & Axis: Bold as Love and 1968’s Electric Ladyland—came out in an 18 month span.

Still, consider that even some of the dopest rappers around could barely string five consecutive quality years together. In 1992 and 1993, Snoop Dogg was the Best Rapper Alive. He was the main voice behind Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, and his album Doggystyle is a certified classic. He killed every song he touched. But by 1996? When he dropped his second album, Doggfather, he hit one of the worst sophomore slumps rap has ever seen. Just like that, it was gone. Thankfully, Snoop later returned to prominence but that doesn’t mean he didn’t stumble along the way.

That’s why five year runs are so important. Just ask The RZA, he built the Wu-Tang empire telling the rest of the crew, “I’m taking us to No. 1. Give me five years, and I promise that I’ll get us there.” For many of the greatest rappers ever, the large majority of the highlights in their career can be found in that brief window. A rapper’s prime rarely lasts longer than that. So we took a look at some of the Best 5 Year Rapper Runs (and presented them chronologically) to see which rappers really held it down for five summers…

Good folks over at Complex are back at it with another interesting topic. You might not agree with everything they say, but it’s definitely an interesting read.

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Spot za Tepšin prvi singl. Tepša je kao dio Tetrapak Prodžekta najpoznatiji po suradnji sa Strukom.

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With about 1 year of delay we finally bring you the video for two instrumental tracks off the Koolade Beats Rocky album. The songs featured in the video are Eye Of The Tiger and Dusk Till Dawn. Check it out!

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Hopsin returns with his latest music video for the Moses Isreal produced track Hop Is Back. Directed by Hopsin and George Orozco.

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Prince EA salutes Gang Starr in his new single Fake MC’s. Purchase the track here.

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Figub Brazlevič did not only master Dynasty’s album “A Star In Life’s Clothing”, he also remixed “Star And The Sky” feat Skyzoo. It’s available as a limited bonus 7″ to the vinyl editon of the album with a little help from the good ppl LRG Germany. Check it out.

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Cypher 1: Mali Mire, Cantwait, Furio Đunta, Sivilo, Struka

Kao najavu za nadolazeći showcase, Bassivity ekipa izbacila je seriju cyphera sa izvođačima sa svoga labela.
Ostale cyphere provjerite u nastavku posta.

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There’s been some thought ’round these parts about some of the great stories in hip-hop that rarely find their way to the surface. Then some cats on the Okayplayer boards were asking about Paul C- who he was, his legacy, his death. Thought it’d be good to dig in the archives and pull this story out, by Dave Tompkins, the most comprehensive piece on Paul C ever written.
This story’s origins began somewhere in the office of 360hiphop around 2001, those halcyon days of internet-media revolution. The story was published after about three months of work, but the hubris of the site’s upper-management had created a space that few people could actually access, tricked-out computers or not. Luckily DT found a print home for it eventually, with Big Daddy. Still, just wanted to put out the word of where it came from first.

That 360 crew we had was no joke: jeff chang, caramanica, dave tompkins, kris ex, hua hsu, sly stallone (where is you man?), egon, etc. Maybe some more from those archives should go up in the next few weeks.

Anyway, here’s the piece for folks to read. It was absolutely unbelievable to edit; Tompkins was just on some other shit. Enjoy.

Check out Dave Tompkins’ full story on Paul C here.

Bonus: Paul C Discography / Memories Of Paul C (Documentary)

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Timbaland is currently overseas with Hov for the European leg of the Magna Carta World Tour. During the show in Paris, Timbo gave the fans a nice treat in the form of a new JAY Z and Drake collaboration. There’s no information on where this track will end up or what it’s for.

Via WOR.

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