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  • What's up with hip-hop

    Last year, I spoke to prolific Baltimore underground rapper Height for City Paper about the album his collaborative project Height with Friends had just released, but he was more excited about the next LP he was already at work on ("Towering Achievement," Music, Aug. 22, 2012). That album, Height...

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    Last Wednesday's episode of RapFix Live, a hip-hop interview program on MTV Jams, featured members of the Wu-Tang Clan. But it also featured, in the show's "Get in the Game" independent artist-spotlight segment, Baltimore's own Jay Wyse. After an airing of "Dear World," the new video for his collaboration...

  • What's up with hip-hop

    Last week, two of Baltimore's most promising up-and-coming rappers, Greenspan and Rome Cee, united to release an EP as a duo, the cleverly titled Cee-Span. The EP, available for free on livemixtapes.com, features a guest appearance from Al Great on the single "Journey" and production from Carvo...

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    Over the 12 days leading up to Christmas, formerly Baltimore-based rapper and poet Slick Vic Low unveiled 12 tracks from his new mixtape, It's a Wonderful Life, in which he raps over beats by famed producer 9th Wonder (who made his own name providing new beats to Nas tracks). Five years ago, Slick...

  • What's up with hip-hop

    The Baltimore Hip Hop Council, an organization formed in 2011 by veterans like Ogun to operate as a conscience of sorts for the local scene, is organizing its second annual Back 2 School donation drive. Bring book-bags, pens, pencils, and other school supplies to the parking lot of the 5 Seasons...

  • What's up with hip-hop

    Last year, Baltimore-based rapper Kane Mayfield, along with a handful of other MCs from around the country, received an unusual invitation from the National Institute of Health in Bethesda. There, the rappers freestyled while inside an fMRI machine, so that their brain activity could be studied...

  • What's up with hip-hop

    Rye Rye continues to reap the rewards of her Interscope debut album, Go! Pop! Bang!, over a year after its release. She was nominated for the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist category at the 2013 BET Awards, which airs on June 30. And her song "Sunshine" appears on the soundtrack album, out this week,...

  • What's up with hip-hop

    Future, the Atlanta rapper who you hear on the radio approximately five times an hour these days, swung through Baltimore in November to officially announce that he was signing local hip-hop mainstay TestMe to his Freebandz Entertainment. In January, Future unveiled his new roster of artists on...

  • What's up with hip-hop

    StarrZ (pictured), whose buzz in and outside Baltimore hit a new level with the release of last year's Best Mixtape Ever, has joined the small club of rappers in the city with major label affiliations, recently signing a Universal Music Group contract. He also recently shot the video for "Dope...

  • What's up with hip-hop

    Many Baltimore rappers have sold their mixtapes in Lexington Market, but MC/producer Von Vargas is almost certainly the first to write an album about the historic downtown market. World Famous Lexington Market takes an affectionate but never saccharine look at Vargas' hometown with tracks like...

  • What's up with hip-hop

    One of the more intriguing Baltimore rappers putting out music in 2012 has been Tombstone Da Deadman, a guy with an ominous name and grim reaper-themed cover art for Death Lives, the second album he's released this year. Death Lives was released on Halloween and features songs like "Ballad of the...

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