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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 21, 2012

Nas and Lauryn Hill Announce Joint Tour, Lauryn Hill to Release New Single

“True” hip-hop has been missing from the radio for a long time now.  It’s not that there aren’t artists out there producing genuine rap music with a message, it’s just that radio stations and television aren’t being paid to put it out there.  They’re being paid to play what sells, and sell to you they will.

Nas expressed this emotion in one of his later rap albums titled “Hip Hop Is Dead”, and Lauryn Hill hasn’t been heard from in a very long time.  The two artists are staging a minor comeback with their new Life is Good/Black Rage tour this fall.  They hope to discuss the facets of racial inequality and over commoditization through their music.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 17, 2012

ST 2 Lettaz “Trill 2 Da Bone”

The southern rap duo known as G-Side recently called it quits as a collaborative act, yet one half of the group was able to publish what remained of their most current work, before they parted ways.  ST 2 Lettaz put out a record under his own name, titled “Trill 2 Da Bone”.  Yung Clova will not be making any appearances on this album, although partial work done on the tracks is contributed to him.

The G-Side collective started as a duo between to the two artists, who now produce music on their own individual terms.  G-Side is also associated with other artist such as Jackie Chain.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 17, 2012

Wu-Tang Clan Slapped With Sample Suit

While many artists and labels struggle during a downward facing economy, litigation experts have had no trouble finding work.  We see technology companies suing each other left and right over technology copyright issues, and the style is no different in the entertainment industry. Case in point: Bridgeport Music and Westbound Record’s lawsuit against Raekwon from the Wu-tang Clan.

Apparently, a track on their newly released record contained samples from a 1971 song by the Magictones titled “I’ve Changed”.  Of the charges filed against the Wu members, unfair competition and misappropriation seem to pop out at the eyes the most.  It’s an interesting considering the amount of samples that are used in hip-hop that go unnoticed.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 14, 2012

Ghostface Killah Announces New Album Executive Produced and Released by RZA

Members of the Wu-Tang clan have taken different life journeys and experienced various degrees of success.  Method Man and Red Man eventually traded the mic for the big screen, while Raekwon, ODB and RZA continued to pursue their passion in the recording studio.

Ghostface Killah has poked his head out again after a short break to create his new album titled “Twelve Reasons to Die”.  Produced with the help of the RZA, it features collaborations with DOOM and was pushed along with the help of Adrian Younge, a producer and composer.  The album will be released along with a comic book in December.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 13, 2012

The Roots to Get Their Own Mural in Philadelphia

The Roots have been known for their rap lyrics laces with rock appeal, mixed with an organic sound that could only be produced by live instruments.  Single members of the band like Questlove have also branched out and contributed to other artists’ music as well.  The band’s hard work has not gone unnoticed in their hometown of Philadelphia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGvMw8R6j1o

As part of the city’s Mural Arts Program, the Roots will have a mural of themselves painted by a group of select artists.  By November, the World Communications Charter School should have an artistic mural to help ease the sore eyes of people passing by.…