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Cannibal Ox | The Cold Vein | Def Jux

"Life's ill / Sometimes life might kill." These are the first words, as well as the overall sentiment of Vast Aire and Vordul's first album, The Cold Vein.
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Daddy Kev | Lost Angels E.P. | Celestial

Los Angeles is currently hip hop's Mecca, with more underground and mainstream talent than any other region. But the underground scene sure is strange.
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Straight-To-Video Classics: “Left Behind”

Instead of a specific film, there is a whole genre of films that is blowing up that you need to know about if you consider yourself a true film connoisseur. That genre is Christian home video.
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Artsweek Recognition of Excellence Award: Shy Pilgreen, Miss Isla Vista 2001

Talent, personality and how hot the girls looked in "Friday Night Fun Wear" were all taken into consideration as 16 of I.V.'s loveliest ladies duked it out for the Miss Isla Vista crown.
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Straight to Video Classics: “Cutaway”

They knew how to bait me. The good people at Artisan Entertainment assembled a cast bigger than life for "Cutaway," and as soon as I laid eyes on that beautiful poster I was hooked and ready to be ree...
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Angie Martinez | Up Close and Personal | Elektra

Sometimes I can spot if a rap album is going to suck just by looking at the cover insert. Up Close and Personal is one of those albums.
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Dreamweavers | Dreamweavers | NC Clothing

For those of you who follow music way too closely and form opinions of new acts by what label they are on, check this out: Dreamweavers' label is NC Clothing, a skate clothing designer.
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All Natural | Second Nature | Thrill Jockey

I don't know who Capital D and Tone B. Nimble think they are.
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Interview: The New Deal

The New Deal isn't trying to impress you. They just want you to dance.
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Atmosphere | Lucy Ford | Rhymesayers Entertainment

Every once in a long while I hear an album that, upon first listen, I know will be the best album of the year.
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Why Did Marshall Not Go Sooner?

The 2001 NFL Draft has finally come and gone. It was a meticulous event; methodical, strategic and, uh, boring.
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Straight To Video Classics: “I’m Bout It”

Before I begin my praise of a fine film, let me express my apologies for not previously addressing the current, most prevalent form of straight-to-video cinema: gangsta rap star autobiographies starri...
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Jedi Mind Tricks | Violent By Design | Superegular

Conspiracy theories have been a common theme among hip hop artists and their songs since the days of Melle Mel, but the trend reached its apex during the independent upsurge of 1997. Everyone had an o...
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Cappadonna | The Yin and the Yang | Epic

Capadonna is a lucky guy. He got out of jail in 1995 and immediately joined the Wu-Tang Clan, even appearing on the cover (and about half of the tracks) of Ghost Face Killah’s Ironman album. He ...
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Straight To Video Classics: “The Perfect Tenant”

I’ve gotten thousands of letters from aspiring straight-to-video filmmakers asking for promotion and advice. I give them a big middle finger when it comes to promotion; you gotta prove classic s...
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