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Cowboy Troy Originator of Hick Hop – Not

Clearing up some misconceptions with rather convincing facts, figures and finality, Wammo, of Austin’s Asylum Street Spankers, says Cowboy Troy is a hick-hopper come lately: “Some media publications are claiming that the artist Cowboy Troy has invented a new genre of music infusing rap and country called “hick hop.” That …

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INDIE ROUND-UP for June 2 2005

Although rap and electronica are not my usual beat, I think I manage to explain why I like the selections below. In between, you’ll find a self-described “bunch of average middle-aged people” who call themselves Key Lime Pie. Next to strawberry-rhubarb, that’s my favorite kind of pie, so they have …

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Rapper Gucci Mane Charged Wtih Murder

I am digging pretty hard on an edited version of rising Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane’s “I’m Icy” on the Big Cat website: a slow, Southern-electro rap with a slight reggae vibe and a killer melodic chorus about being all “icy” and whatnot. Ironically, Mane is joined by rapper Young Jeezy …

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Victor Wooten, Soul Circus

A “musicians’ musician” is one known primarily as a virtuoso sideplayer rather than an artist in his or her own right. Though such players are usually not household names, major stars utilize their services, and less gifted musicians – especially those who play the same instrument – hold such individuals …

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Suge Knight Slammed in Lawsuit Judgment

In the latest in a series of criminal and civil setbacks, rap mogul and felon Marion “Suge” Knight was slapped with $107 million in damages ($45 million in economic, $2 million in noneconomic, and $60 million in punitive damages) in a lawsuit brought by Lydia Harris in Los Angeles County …

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Sharpton to Take on Rap Violence Via the Boardroom

In an exclusive with the NY Daily News, former Democratic presidential candidate the Rev. Al Sharpton said he plans to buy stock in record companies that put out hip-hop music, and then arrive as a shareholder to have his say. “I don’t think too many CEOs want to see me …

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ODB Post Mortem Verdict: OD

Typically, people don’t just drop dead for no good reason at the age of 35. The New York City medical examiner’s office today declared Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s death to have been an accident caused by the combined effects of cocaine and a prescription painkiller. The rapper born Russell Jones died …

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2 Live Football Crew

When I was DJing all the time in the ’80s and early-’90s, few songs enflamed the masses more totally or burned out more quickly than 2 Live Crew’s “Me So Horny” (’89), a hormone-dripping, vastly catchy exemplar of Miami bass-driven party rap following in the swaggering wake of the group’s …

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MJ Asks Cable to “Just Lose It”

A couple of days ago I was in the car and did something I rarely do anymore – flip through the radio dial just to see what was on – and as I hit a Top 40 station the DJ announced the new Eminem, so I stuck around to hear …

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Eminem Gets Sirius

Well, thank God for this because surely hip-hop doesn’t have enough outlets on radio, TV, cable, satellite, etc, etc. Eminem gets his own channel on Sirius satellite radio starting this fall: Sirius Satellite Radio said it has teamed up with the Detroit-area rapper – along with his label, Shady Records, …

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