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CMT: Ageless Hip Hop #HH50

  DJ CMT, along with his frequent collaborator E-A-Ski, released their debut EP, 1 Step Ahead of Yall, in 1992 after inking a recording contract

Glasses Malone: For The Culture #HH50

  Growing up in the rough and tumble ‘hoods of Watts and Compton; two cities within Southern Los Angeles, CA, Glasses Malone, née Charles Penniman,

Shade Sheist: On To The Next Thing #HH50

  Inglewood, CA, rapper Tramayne ‘Shade Sheist’ Thompson literally burst onto the music scene with his 2000 anthem-like single, “Where I Wanna Be,” produced by

Fashawn: The Fash Flood #HH50

  With the unleashing of his critically acclaimed debut solo LP, Boy Meets World [2009], produced entirely by Exile, Santiago ‘Fashawn‘ Leyva had officially arrived.

Str8 Ahead: Where Are They Now?

  Who doesn’t’ remember Str8 Ahead? They – Towilla “Tee” Lynn, Nikita Leone, Marzella “Pluke” Lewis and Debra Moton – were the fearless foursome that

Kev Choice: Love & Liberation

Hailing from Oakland, CA, Kev Choice is a bonafide septet – pianist, M.C., producer, composer, educator, band-leader, and community advocate – threat. Having already worked