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Spotlight Artist: Vinnie Paz

Jedi Mind Tricks, an Army of Pharaohs, and a laundry list of alter-egos—This week's Rap Station Spotlight Artists is all of the above, and all of that makes manifest with one artist.

Italian-American rapper Vinnie Paz began making a name for himself as chief lyricist behind the Philadelphia-based underground hip hop group, Jedi Mind Tricks, whose album Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell showcased Paz's unfiltered thoughts towards politics and world issues, while 

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On This Day, Hip-hop Got “Licensed To Ill”

On this day, the Beastie Boys released their groundbreaking debut album Licensed To Ill in 1986, making this day in Hip-hop its 30th year anniversary.

Born out of hip hop's Golden Age in New York City, the iconic punk-turned-rap group erupted onto the scene with their high-voltage songs topped off with their energy-overdosed antics, making their debut a tremendously memorable event, both in hip hop and music in its entirety.

Symbolic to their mischievous persona, the artwork featured a Boeing 727 crashed onto a mountainside, portraying the illusion of an extinguished

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RAPSTATION EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PT. II: DIAMOND ORTIZ

Los Angeles-based artist Diamond Ortiz is on the brink of releasing of his latest project, Loveline. As a connoisseur of G-Funk and boogie, the 31-year-old mastermind has carved out a comfortable niche for himself in his home state. Similar to artists like Dam Funk or The Zapp Band, Ortiz has perfected the use of a talkbox, which gives his voice a more robotic sound. In Part I of the RAPstation interview, he talked about his origins and how he fell in love funk. In Part II, he talks about his move to Los Angeles from the Bay Area, working with Nipsey Hussle and “no biting.” 

 

RAPstation (Kyle Eustice): Why did you make the move to Los Angeles? Did you not find what you were looking for in the Bay Area?

Diamond Ortiz

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Happy Birthday, E-40!

This day in Hip-hop recognizes the birth of the iconic Earl Stevens, better known as the critically-acclaimed West Coast emcee, E-40.

First taking to the scene as a member of his group, The Click, debuting with their EP Let's Side, which only marked about a year following the West Coast emcee's high school graduation. In 1993, E-40 made his official solo debut upon releasing his memorable 9-track LP, Federal—both of which released under his own independent label, Sick Wid' It Records.

Upon moving back to his hometown in Vallejo, California, E-40 continued progressing both as a solo and collaborative artist, releasing hits like his 1995 album In a Major Way, which charted at #13 on the US Billboard 

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Common, Gucci Mane, Pusha T deliver jazzy remix of "Black America Again"

Common's Black America Again was already packed with guest artists, but the "I Used to Love H.E.R." rapper wasn't satisfied yet, as he's added Gucci Mane and Pusha T to his list of collaborators with a new remix of his latest album's title track.

"Black America Again," which tackles issues of race and prejudice, gets even more politically charged with the addition of verses by Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane and GOOD music president Pusha T, who use their personal experiences to highlight the never ending problem of racism in America. "Come look into the eyes of a man named Gucci/ Got me peeping out the blinds like Malcolm with the uzi... The government, the church, and the world is so polluted/ They callin' me a criminal, and I'

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A Tribe Called Quest releases first video from final album, performs live

A Tribe Called Quest released their new and final album, We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service, last week, and they're marking this momentous occasion in music history with new visuals and new live performances.

ATCQ released a new lyric video for "We The People," one of the new tracks off of their new and highly anticipated final album, We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service. The socially conscious track addresses America's culture of racism and the media that enables it. While much of the new album was recorded earlier this year before Phife Dawg's sudden, tragic death, the song seems especially prescient and important now, less than a week after a Presidential candidate was successfully elected following a campaig

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