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Where My Ladies At

MC/producer J-Phunq & the women of Cincinnati's Hip Hop scene

6 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
During the last few years, as I’ve been getting out and networking with women at shows, I’ve discovered why Cincinnati’s Hip Hop community as a whole continues to be isolated. It’s a complicated mix of sub-communities that only intersects because of certain key people, and, not surprisingly, the connectors are women.
  

Internal Bleeding

Wu-Tang Clan infighting inspires Raekwon's latest album

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
As Raekwon told Red Bull Academy Radio in an interview earlier this year, his latest release, 'Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang' (named after Gordon Liu's 1981 martial arts flick), addresses the longtime infighting between himself and his group, Wu-Tang Clan. Metaphorically, the "hip-hopera" pits the group's collaborative roots against ever-present conflicts that disjointed the clan. But, musically it seems Raekwon's making peace with himself and, hopefully, his fellow Wu-mates.  

Music: Raekwon

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
As Raekwon told Red Bull Academy Radio in an interview earlier this year, his latest release, 'Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang' (named after Gordon Liu's 1981 martial arts flick), addresses the longtime infighting between himself and his group, Wu-Tang Clan. Metaphorically, the "hip-hopera" pits the group's collaborative roots against ever-present conflicts that disjointed the clan.  

Beat Assembly

Hip Hop producers and spectators come together for The Beat Lounge

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
When producer R.H. Valentino Sweeten, better known as “KontraX,” hosted the first Beat Lounge Beat Battle at Clifton Heights’ Baba Budan’s, he says he saw himself as a “people person” wanting to integrate local Hip Hop and not as a promoter. After the first Beat Lounge’s successful turnout, the bar booked the event every third Saturday for two years.  

Legends of Hip Hop Tour

April 8 • Cintas Center

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This Friday perhaps nostalgic Hip Hop fans will go “Salt-N-Pepa’s here,” because they will be in Cincinnati, even if that’s also the Grammy-winning duo’s classic line from “Push It.” Cheryl James-Wray and Sandy Denton of Salt-N-Pepa headline the Legends of Hip Hop tour, coming to the Cintas Center with Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh and Naughty by Nature.  

Music: Legends of Hip Hop Tour

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This Friday perhaps nostalgic Hip Hop fans will go "Salt-N-Pepa's here," because they will be in Cincinnati, even if that's also the Grammy-winning duo's classic line from "Push It." Cheryl James-Wray and Sandy Denton of Salt-N-Pepa headline the Legends of Hip Hop tour with Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh and Naughty by Nature. The 20-city Legends tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of S-N-P’s Go-Go influenced debut, 'Hot, Cool & Vicious,' which established them as Hip Hop's first ladies.  

Blue-Collar Swag

MC Vincent Vega prefers full-bodied lyricism over flamboyant fizz

0 Comments · Monday, April 4, 2011
Whenever Michael Leonard’s at a loss for words, he apologizes because he knows he’s a reticent talker. But during performances like his set opening for Method Man and Redman at Madison Theater, Leonard’s MC alter-ego, Vincent Vega, commands crowds. Named after John Travolta’s hit-man character from Pulp Fiction, Vega is a lion-heart behind the mic and damn confident he’s a lyrical assassin.  

Foreign Exchange with Darien Brockington and Others

Jan. 31 • Mixx Ultra Lounge

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Because of the Internet's omnipotent networking potential, in 2004 North Carolina-based MC Phonte established a creative kinship swapping tracks via Instant Messenger with Holland-based producer Nicolay. They became Foreign Exchange, an eclectic side project separate from Phonte's work with Hip Hop group Little Brother and Nicolay's signature Drum and Bass mixes.   

Music: Foreign Exchange

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Because of the Internet’s omnipotent networking potential, in 2004, North Carolina-based MC Phonte established a creative kinship swapping tracks via Instant Messenger with Holland-based producer, Nicolay. They became Foreign Exchange, an eclectic side project separate from Phonte’s work with Hip Hop group Little Brother and Nicolay’s signature Drum and Bass mixes. Though debut Connected manifested online, Phonte’s sinuous rhymes conjoined with Nicolay’s dusky down-tempo grooves so naturally, the time-zone difference was undetectable. Foreign Exchange play MIXX Ultra Lounge with Darien Brockington, Musinah and Yazarah.  

Talking Bout a Revolution

Elissa Sonnenberg helps guide UC journalism into its future

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
“I always had an interest in journalism, but it wasn’t until I met Elissa that I thought it was possible to become a journalist,” says McLendon, UC Journalism ’08. “She encouraged me to pitch to national magazines, to take risks and go after big stories.