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Music: For the Record

World-renowned local DJ, Mr. Dibbs, backspins and shares how he got turned on to the culture

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Although Jamaica's Rock Steady DJs introduced the notion of playing one record against another to New York listeners in the 60s, it wasn't until the early '80s that those techniques began to r  

Locals Only: : Soul Progression

Spoken word performer Poetresse looks for "Higher Ground" with new CD, Progression

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Spoken word is an artform that either speaks to you or it doesn't, because to some, the expression is intangible. But for Poetresse, speaking words into existence is as spiritually cleansing as S  

Cover Story: The Decade Fire

Hip Hop institution Scribble Jam celebrates its 10th anniversary by expanding to other cities for the first time

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Center stage, a DJ makes a note whine under flexed fingers, chopping chords into bits. Microphone fiends deliberate who's illest, delivering punchlines and taking hits. Fresh air is clipped by th  

Locals Only: : huh? wat? who?

Local MC Moe' Tre aspires to break records despite 'No Spins'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Musically, Cincinnati has seen its share of shooting stars in the last decade. A couple were light-years ahead of their time and blew up a few spots, but most disintegrated or got sucked into a bl  

Locals Only: : Words To Eat By

Ill Poetic gives a sneak peek into the forthcoming reissue of his debut, Illumination

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2005
"I haven't had a chance to eat all day," MC Ill Poetic says. "Do you mind that I'm fixing something to eat?" It's 4 in the afternoon, and clearly he's famished. Haphazardly dumping powder  

Cover Story: Plying the Playa

Based on a true story

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Ignoring every fundamentalist fiber in his body, Mike tried not to look uncomfortable when she lit the crumpled cigar. As he inhaled, it crackled and flashed a warm amber glow. But he wasn't imp  

Locals Only: : Sweat blood until you sweat

360 Degree Coalition faces last-minute issues with Cincinnati's debut Hip Hop Summit

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2004
As he spoke to artists and panel contributors of the inaugural Cincinnati Hip Hop Summit in mid August, streams of sweat trickled across Richard Mohammad's forehead. Not only was the room exceedi  

Locals Only: : Da Muttss

Former MC battle facilitators Da Muttss look to broaden their audience

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2004
L-Born, member of Da Muttss asks, "Where do you see us in five years?" Perhaps it's easy to assume that any Hip Hop band trying to break ground in Cincinnati will be on the "Where are they now  

Cover Story: Lyricists' Lounge

Tammy Bender is True Blue

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2004
Words like "underground" are too contrived to describe Tammy Bender's store. It's more like a cavern. Under the guise of being a Hip Hop retailer, True Blue is an unofficial boys' and girls  

Cover Story: Wax Trax

DJ Mista Rare Groove's orchestral maneuvers in the dark

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2003
There is a 25-year-old urban legend spinning the city. Otherwise known as Daryl Henderson, DJ Mista Rare Groove might as well be Cochise, pourin' it out for the musicians who ain't here and maki