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RAPstation Exclusive Interview Pt. II: Hi-Tone

On Wednesday, December 7, rapper and tattoo artist Hi-Tone made the announcement he had sold out the Constellation Room at the Los Angeles venue, The Observatory, on December 22, a huge milestone for the California native. For the show, he will perform his latest album, No Xanax Needed, in its entirety, which is his most personal project to date. In Part I of the RAPstation interview, Hi-Tone talked about his origins and the new album, but in Part II, he digs beneath the surface to discuss the unbearable pain he was feeling while trapped in addiction and a seemingly endless cycle of depression. He also talks about what he has coming up in the near future and his commitment to hard work. 

 

 

RAPstation (Kyle Eu

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Happy Birthday, Yasiin Bey!

This day in Hip-hop celebrates the birth day of rap icon, Yasiin Bey.

Although the prominent figure of rap music's conscious brand recently announced his impending retirement, the artist formerly known as Mos Def has had a phenomenal run in the industry, from his memorable feat alongside fellow Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli under their Black Star moniker, to his insurrection as Yasiin Bey and the critically-acclaimed content that entailed the entirety of his career.

Regardless of names or personas, his discography speaks greatness in itself, listing albums such as his groundbreaking 1999 solo debut album Black on Both Sides, to the ones that followed, The New Danger,

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Aux Cord Porn Debut with “To The Good Life” ft. Kxng Crooked

Bringing only the best of Vegas rap and EDM, Aux Cord Porn just dropped their debut EP, rallying alongside fellow COB and Shady Records confidante, Kxng Crooked.

To The Good Life embodies the progressive minds of members MCDC, J Almighty, Slim Sav, and DJ Tramba, ever expanding their growing fan base through their arsenal of fresh, innovative, and simply feel-good sounds. The EP features its title track in four different renditions, which includes a trap mix and one featuring veteran emcee, Kxng Crooked.

Regardless of preferences, Aux Cord Porn falls nothing short of their ambitious, genre-defying ambiance. From it's classic, hard-hitting lines to simply the contagious aura weaved with each track, To The Good Life presents a promi

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“Exit Thru The Gift” featuring Evidence, Teaser for Oh No & Tristate's Forthcoming Album

Oh No & Tristate tease their forthcoming project with their latest released single, “Exit Thru The Gift Shop” featuring Evidence.

The single initially debuted via exclusive Mass Appeal premiere, which featured super producer Oh No stir up some hype about the upcoming collective with LA's own Tristate team, entitled 3 Dimensional Prescriptions, “Everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised by the approach Tristate and I took with carving this album out. It's a complete album, one you can listen to from start to finish.”

Oh No's spent a good deal making a name for himself in hip-hop underground, being one among few producers striving for complete collaborative albums with other artists

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Zodiac Tracks Latest: Sagittarius Mix, Presented by DJ Nu-Mark

We're already a week into December, that means DJ Nu-Mark's latest zodiac mix is out and about, catering to the month of Sagittarius.

Never knew you cats were half man / half beast until I listened to the records, writes Nu-Mark on his SoundCloud page, where he personally dedicates the latest mix to those born with the Sagittarius sign, as well as paying tribute to several iconic artists sharing the sign as well.

The list includes Willie Hutch, Jay-Z, Action Bronson, King Tee OG, Kurupt Da Best, Sam Andrew, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Erick Sermon, Little Richard, Earth Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Roger Troutman, Mulata Astake, Masta Ace, Hashim, and of course, rock legend, Jimi Hendrix.

You can check out DJ Nu-Mark'

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Birthday Greetings to Mr. Easy Mo Bee

This day in Hip-hop celebrates the birth of Easy Mo Bee, iconic for his high-caliber production skills working for a myriad of prominent names in the industry, from hardcore rap's Big Daddy Kane to the progressive jazz ambiance of Miles Davis.

The list also extends to both Biggie and 2Pac, featuring heavy contribution from Mo Bee for the east coast rap legend's memorable debut album, Ready To Die, and producing two songs for Pac's Me Against The World, not to mention being affiliated with Diddy's Bad Boy Records.

Mo Bee's critically-acclaimed career links all the way back to that of Ced Gee of Ultramagnetic MCs and Marley Marl, among hip-hop's earliest producers souping up tracks for hit-artists, such as Juice Drew

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