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snoop 540x424 An Insider’s Look: Before They Were Hip Hop Stars

The sharp features and bedroom eyes are eminently familiar. But the sun-dappled portrait of Snoop Dogg Lisa Leone took in 1993 surprises. The rapper appears not just young — this was just before the release of his first solo album — but soft.

“What you see in those photos is time,” said Ms. Leone, speaking from Miami. “His eye contact is so beautiful and vulnerable.”

Against the hard image that many in hip-hop have cultivated over the last two decades, the portraits of musicians, b-boys, graffiti writers and round-the-way scenesters that Ms. Leone photographed in the 1980s and 1990s shows an unguarded, proud, sometimes goofy side more easily revealed to a fellow traveler. Even when her subjects look into the camera, there is an informal feel to her photos, revealing process over pose, different from the glossy posturing we’ve become accustomed to in the camera-phone era.

The images in Ms. Leone’s book “Here I Am,” and the selection on exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts through January document music video and magazine shoots, recording sessions and the downtime in between. Many of her subjects are caught on the upswing to fame, like in one batch of photos documenting the recording sessions for Nas’s debut album “Illmatic,” which has since become a classic. Or in moments when artistic expression is divorced from career concerns, like a profile of Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez in some unknown lot, spray can in hand, showing the serious fun of graffiti writing.

Check out more photos from Ms. Leone’s book here.

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MED & J Rocc’s project AXEL F – THEME MUSIC dropped this week. Here’s a video for “Sofa Coins” directed by Rory Gamble.

share save 171 16 Video: AXEL F. (J. Rocc & M.E.D.)   Sofa Coins

The legendary hip-hop group from Staten Island performs “Ruckus in B Minor” from their new album, “A Better Tomorrow.”

share save 171 16 Video: Wu Tang Clan   Ruckus in B Minor (Live on David Letterman)

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Off of Twista’s latest “Dark Horse” full-length album, available now!

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Off Ferg Forever mixtape, dropping November 28th.

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“Crunch Time” is the last EP release from MC Melodee in a series of three this year.

Productions by Cookin Soul, Like (pac Div), Brady James, Robbie Anthem & Buddah SPK. Features by Illa J, Feliciana, D-Luzion

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Baby Blak lays down “The Bottom Line” with an array of murdering metaphors and concrete similes, backed by Sweden’s Elite Fleet members, DJ Devastate and Max I Million, on production. Blak, the seasoned Hip-Hop veteran, needs no introduction to any real rap fiend. With a catalog that spreads over two decades, with collaborations that include The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Obie Trice, The Alchemist, Sean Price, Evidence, Planet Asia and DJ Revolution, Blak has proven himself time and time again, to rank amongst Philly’s topflight school of emcees. Blak is hailed for his smooth lyrical delivery, often combining thought worthy concepts with raw street corner aesthetics.

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whateverest plakat 382x540 Whateverest @ Tvornica Kulture (29.11.)

Jedan od najzanimljivijih novih klupskih programa u Zagrebu, Whateverest, priprema novi event za 29. studenoga! Nakon serije sjajnih gostovanja kojima su otvorili jesensku sezonu, gramofone će ovoga puta zauzeti provjereni resident DJ duo: Independent I Anto Anto. Očekuje vas jedinstveni miks trapa, hip hopa, R&B-a, housea i footworka, uz još poneko glazbeno iznenađenje.
Poprište ovog eventa je Mali pogon Tvornice Kulture, a cijena ulaznice iznosi 10 kn do ponoći, te 20 kn iza.

Više informacija potražite na Facebook eventu, a Blackouthiphop.com vam dijeli 2 x 2 ulaznice za ovaj event. Sve što morate napraviti je poslati svoje ime i prezime s naznakom “Za Whateverest” na adresu blackouthiphop@gmail.com, i vaše ime će u subotu biti na popisu.

Bonus: U nastavku posta provjerite DJ Independentov novi Whateverest mixtape.

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DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″ give fans an inside look of their upcoming album

Watch part 1 here.

share save 171 16 Documentary: PRhyme   Raiders of the Lost Art (Part 2)
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