RAPstation Local Love Corner: An Hobbes

Welcome to another installment of RAPstation's Local Love Corner. Our spotlight is on Denver, Colorado's An Hobbes. While originally from Colorado, An Hobbes (real name Tyler Kreigler) spent most of his life in the small college town of Lincoln, Nebraska. Here he was immersed in the local music scene as part of The Awkwords. During this time, he explored the cast musical landscape of hip-hop and his place in it. Clearly comfortable in front of an audience, he carried his energetic stage presence with him when he returned to Colorado in 2009 where he continues to write, perform and record music. Get to know your Denver hip-hop and take some time to read a little bit about the man behind the music. Please visit http://anhobbes.bandcamp.com/album/diaries-of-a-space-cadet-2 to check out An

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Exclusive: Luckyiam - The RAPstation Interview

As one of eight Living Legends, Luckyiam shares the title as one of the most successful indie hip-hop acts ever, having sold over 500,000 units all on their own. Since forming in California in the early '90s, Living Legends have been on a steady grind to get their music to the masses. Five studio albums, endless tours and several solo projects later, Living Legends are, well, legends in the underground hip-hop world, but unfortunately they no longer perform as a group. Nonetheless, Luckyiam forged ahead with a reputable career of his own and is now performing with artist Lana Shea as "Luck & Lana." He took some time to talk to RAPstation about why The Legends parted ways, going "solo" and Public Enemy's contribution to hip-hop culture. First thing first--- why aren't The Living

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Wake Self debuts new video for the title track off The Healing Process

New Mexico native Andy "Wake Self" Martinez is nearing the end of a pivotal year. With the April 2013 release of his debut album, The Healing Process, a video premiere for "Brand New" and endless shows in support of the release, he's been going nonstop. Martinez enlisted Zoology band mate and good friend Phillip "Flux" Torres for help in making the video. Torres runs the Albuquerque-based company, Concept Flux Media, and jumped at the opportunity to construct the video for "The Healing Process." Shot in June 2013, the video tells the story of a young woman who is trapped in an abusive relationship and the transition she makes to a happier one. "This song is my depiction of reinventing yourself to find a way to be happy through life's struggles," Martinez explains. "It's dedica

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Akir releases new 6-track Focus EP

As a vital part of Immortal Technique's Viper Records roster and with upcoming shows with Tech & Brother Ali & Rock The Bells, 2013 finds Akir bringing the spotlight back to music with his new forthcoming LP The Plan; which will be released on 9-24-0213. Words aren't just words and his album title is not just an album title. The Plan is just that Akir states, "my map for a musical journey on the way to becoming better." The Plan is produced in majority by Akir and his beat-making parternership with Ty Steez (The Sound) along with Omen with features from his "Rebel Army" brothers Immortal Technique, Poison Pen & Swave Sevah and is a major-step forward for the lyricist and producer. The Plan promises to make 2013 a huge year for Akir as he says "this album has another level of music pr

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Guilty Simpson & Small Professor join forces for album

Guilty Simpson and Small Professor have just announced their new joint project, Highway Robbery, which will be released via Coalmine Records. The 10 track album is scheduled to be released on September 24 and features appearances from Boldy James, Statik Selektah, AG, DJ Revolution, Castle and Elucid. Check out the official track list below. 01. Take Your Power (Intro) 02. Get That Pay (Scooby Mix) 03. I'm The City (feat. Boldy James & Statik Selektah) 04. Blap (Interlude) 05. It's Nuthin (feat. AG) 06. On the Run (feat. DJ Revolution) 07. Go (feat. Castle & Elucid) 08. Come Get Me (Outro) 09. Get That Pay (OG Mix) 10. The Easiest Way (Remix)

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Babygrande Records signs Brooklyn beatmaker Kasim Keto

Building upon its 12-year legacy of working hand-in-hand with illustrious producers, Babygrande Records has signed Brooklyn beat maker extraordinaire, Kasim Keto. Born in Brooklyn and raised by two Jamaican immigrant parents, Kasim Keto finds his influences in a wide range of places and experiences. Having moved from New York, to Alabama, to Florida and then back to New York within the span of two years as an adolescent, Kasim found sanctity in a diverse array of musical styles, which is today reflected in his eclectic blend of production. Growing up in an impoverished household, Kasim saw music as a method of escape and an outlet for creative expression. Kasim began writing music at the age of 8 and it would go onto become a life-altering experience. At 16 years-old, Kasim began c

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