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Skoo-b Ru, where are you

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Skoo-b Ru, where are you

Skoo-b Ru is a new artist on the scene making some headway. He's been rocking local shows and networking around and he just released his first official video, "We Taking Over." You can find it on YouTube. The video features hometown grind king $krilla. The song starts off with Skoo-b

Seattle hip hop show full of Tacoma talent

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Seattle hip hop show full of Tacoma talent

This Friday is "Shut the Stage Down," in Seattle, and while I hate to send you north, half the bill is from Tacoma.  It is E-Dawg's version of a Summer-Jam, so-to-speak. The show is brought to us by E's Radio. It is sort of a shirk to the Seattle Hip-Hop

Former soldiers dropping beats

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Former soldiers dropping beats

    One of the better DJs operating out of the 253 area is DeeJay Quietstorm. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but ended up here by way of the military. I feel like Lewis/McChord spits out more hip-hoppers into our local community than actual soldiers (ha!). He's been blessing us

Lil Ripp steps up, T-Town speaks for Trayvon

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Lil Ripp steps up, T-Town speaks for Trayvon

Lil Ripp dropped a video for "Cold World" featuring Rooga on YouTube. This song has Lil Ripp getting a little more serious with it, letting us know that it's not all fun and games hustling in the 253. Much of the video is filmed on South 19th and M.L.K. -

WHAT'S THE WORD?: MC Coo Beanz, General Wojack and Sky Pilot

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: MC Coo Beanz, General Wojack and Sky Pilot

So many new awesome faces to our scene, one artist that I'm excited about is MC Coo Beanz. He just dropped a new video for his song "Trying to Make a Dollar" - YouTube it. His video production moniker is AutoGoon, and he's been killing it with the videos this

Saturday, April 21: Hip-Hop Is Alive, Volume 2

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Saturday, April 21: Hip-Hop Is Alive, Volume 2

Every month A-Hyp hosts the Hip-Hop is Alive showcases stacked with some of the best and most exclusive hip-hop in this beloved area code inside the new Harmon Tap Room Underground. Saturday - if your weed-hangover allows it- check out his second version featuring Leezy Soprano, The Sandlot, last month's

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Cedric DaGreat, 'BoomMan and Mobbin' and 4/20

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Cedric DaGreat, 'BoomMan and Mobbin' and 4/20

It's ‘bout to be 4/20, an important date for the marijuana community, and therefore the hip-hop community. The green, beats and rhymes roll together like the Three Musketeers. For all my medical-card holders, celebrate this year by checking out DJ Gerze's new dispensary that'll have its grand opening on 4/20.

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Nuvo Tha1, Darius and Bama Da Prince

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Nuvo Tha1, Darius and Bama Da Prince

  A couple weeks ago I apologized for not writing enough about the female artists in our area. I then brought up Lady Versatile, and this week I'm shining some light on Nuvo Tha1. She is the first lady of the Gonzo Family and she is more than just a token

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Eetree, OC Notes and Second Family

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Eetree, OC Notes and Second Family

Lately we've been seeing Todd Sykes and Qui Vive catch wreck doing solo live MP3 sets with some MC-ing. Another player in this creative movement is Eeetree. Hailing from Oakland, Calif., Eeetree grew-up as an MC, producer and artist in the talent-rich Bay Area hip-hop scene. Musically he's worked with

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Club In

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Club In

The old Surreal Ultra Lounge, and whatever it was before that, is now Club In (Seventh and Pacific Avenue). It's newly remodeled and has now hosted a spattering of hip-hop shows. There's a big one coming up Friday, March 30 called March Madness Reggae/Rap Fest. The show is being planned

Friday, March 23: Hip-Hop Is Alive with Todd Sykes

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Friday, March 23: Hip-Hop Is Alive with Todd Sykes

This Friday, A-Hyp Productions brings Tacoma a new hip-hop monthly. Headlining the show will be a solo set from Todd Sykes. He'll be throwing down on the MPC and the mic. Awall A.K.A. 2-Piece is also on the bill - making this a good chance to hear

WHAT'S THE WORD?: The Krisis

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: The Krisis

The Krisis is the newest member of the Gonzo Family. He's from Centralia and currently resides in Longview. This stretches Gonzo Family into other parts of Washington - now there are members of the ever-growing crew in area codes besides the 253. Krisis has a rap-clown, party-animal vibe that he

Sunday, March 25: Glasses Malone

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Sunday, March 25: Glasses Malone

Here's a friendly reminder to go see Glasses Malone at the Backstage Bar and Grill, Sunday, March 25. All too often in Tacoma we are stuck having to pay $20 to see someone washed up like Warren G, Coolio, Tone Loc or Skee-Lo. So, a $10-chance to see someone actually

WHAT'S THE WORD?: DJ Phinisey's ‘No Bull'

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: DJ Phinisey's ‘No Bull'

Here's a friendly reminder to go see Glasses Malone at the Backstage Bar and Grill, Sunday, March 25. All too often in Tacoma we are stuck having to pay $20 to see someone washed up like Warren G, Coolio, Tone Loc or Skee-Lo. So, a $10 chance to see someone

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Listening in on Tac Army Radio

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Listening in on Tac Army Radio

As far as I know there is only one radio station playing nothing but Pacific Northwest hip-hop 24/7/365. I'm talking about tacarmyradio.com. The station is run by I-Ballz, who is a member of Blue Nose Music. I-Ballz is very open to supporting all local talent, so hit him up if

WHAT'S THE WORD: The League of Extraordinary Emcees, Swift Holiday's ode to ass, plus more ...

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WHAT'S THE WORD: The League of Extraordinary Emcees, Swift Holiday's ode to ass, plus more ...

The League of Extraordinary Emcees is a crew consisting of Kept See, Prickly Pear, D.J. Iceman, Un Therhymehustla, Court Royal and Josh (Conflict of Interest) Rizeberg. It's an international crew, stretching from the United States all the way to Germany via Prickly Pear. The crew is a fully functioning MC

Hilltop's most famous person

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Hilltop's most famous person

It's all about personality when it comes to Chris Crayzie: part MC, part comedian, part father and hustler. Crayzie is from the original 206. Now it's the 253, and when you're on Hilltop you will hear Chris Crayzie's music. It's in the barbershops. It's in cars rolling by. Crayzie is

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Going down "Memory Lane" with GoodHoodMoney

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Going down "Memory Lane" with GoodHoodMoney

One of the most popular local videos of last year was "Memory Lane" by GoodHoodMoney Entertainment. GoodHoodMoney consists of Big Dre, Baby Weed, C-Dubb and Cannonz. YouTube "Memory Lane" for some true authentic Tacoma street culture, and hit up reverbnation.com/goodhoodmoney to hear 25 free GoodHoodMoney songs, with features from Tommy

WHAT'S THE WORD?: The Mae Dali experience

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: The Mae Dali experience

One of the founders of Gonzo Family is the artist Mae Dali - and a true-artist he is. Mae MCs with some of the most intelligent word play I've heard locally in a while. There are plenty of dope MCs in this region - many true, hard street spitters, and

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Abom the Kid - Rookie of the Year

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Abom the Kid - Rookie of the Year

There were a lot of great things that happened for 253 hip-hop last year. We had the emergence of Leezy Soprano, the skills of Havi Blaze, the newness of Gonzo Family and Blue Nose Music and so much more. One of the breakout artists of 2011 was Abom the Kid. Abom

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