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Locals Only: : Eyes On Ken

In place of street dreams, Kool Ken pushes reality in his network

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Twenty-five years ago, Melle Mel put South Bronx's "jungle" on blast, pointing to blighted buildings, streets lined with broken glass pipes and burned out, depressed people. Melle Mel wasn't g  

Locals Only: : Respect The Technics

Mr. Pillo knows it's hard out here for a DJ, but he keeps it movin'

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Cincinnati's urban club scene responds to DJs in varying measures. Some DJs command response; some become disregarded centerpieces on the tables. For one, few club-goers expect to hear anything   

Locals Only: : The Masquerade Is Over

Locally affiliated group has the Hip Hop underground asking, 'Who is Tanya Morgan?'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Take it from Loud Minority Records' newest roster addition, Tanya Morgan: Image means nothing. Study the album cover all you want, but nothing there says, "Hip Hop," "trio" or "men," for th  

Locals Only: : Livin' On The Air

Local native Jermiside leaves Cincinnati, but the Hip Hop CD The Red Giants shows it hasn't left him

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Jermaine Foster's alter ego, Jermiside Scarwell, has an undying love-jones for Cincinnati. He reps for her on CD. She doesn't know. He moves away. She doesn't know. After contending in Top Cat  

Cover Story: Big Brother Beat

Allegorical spins with a dead DJ

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 23, 2005
I still hear him giggling, gurgling excitement like a boy with a fistful of dimes chasing down the ice cream man. When I met Tyrone Shelton, I didn't know what to think. I was about 17 when some   

Cover Story: The Life Jibri Built

Jibri Wise One really is

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 23, 2005
"This is Jibri," says the MC, in a voice deeper than Don Cornelius' first thing in the morning. It's 10:30 on a Saturday night, but Jibri isn't on the mic. He's taking a break from the tedi  

Cover Story: A Lyricist's Lounge

BJ Digby offers sick songs of survival

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Brian "BJ" Digby (aka Holmskillit) looks more Crest kid than a 30-year-old. Yet he speaks like he lived when Cab Calloway rapped "Minnie the Moocher." Like OGs in Sunday shoes who know "real  

Cover Story: Declaration of Independence

Local Web site could be independent Hip Hop's Rosetta Stone, opening ciphers and revealing the music business code

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Anyone overhearing Randy Weaver say he wants to change artists' minds and restore independent Hip Hop's viability through a nonprofit Web site might assume he has a Napoleon complex. Yet Napoleo  

Music: Pimpin' Ain't Easy

Czar*Nok, Cincinnati's first Rap group to sign with a major label, talk about doing it 'That One Way'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
When baby Snoop Dogg was learning to form sentences, Max Julien, the quintessential mack (The Mack, Cleopatra Jones), was the first to utter, "Yo' bitch chose me," and laid his pimp hand down   

Music: The Great Divide

On the eve of Scribble Jam, Cincinnati's Hip Hop 'underground' remains strong but splintered

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Like oil, the soil's "black gold," Hip Hop is a natural resource that attracts investment. Stakes are high, and since everyone wants to strike big, idioms like "underground" and "keepin' i