Cas One: The RAPstation Interview

One thing you can't say about Evansville, Indiana-based emcee Cas One (real name Jacob Snider) is that he doesn't have a sense of humor. His wit is a major component of his personality. However, on his debut album,The Monster and the Wishing Well, much of that humor was absent and in its place a lot of pain. His upcoming album with longtime friend and electronic artist Figure reveals the more comical side of Cas One. And don't think for a second this guy doesn't have any credentials. Even if you haven't heard of him, you've undoubtedly heard of some of the people he's worked with. From the late Eyedea and Fake Four's Ceschi Ramos to Sadistik and Kristoff Krane, he's been around for a minute. Here Cas One talks new music, life goals and his early fears of being murdered for his ta

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Gensu Dean releases new instrumental album for free download

Producer Gensu Dean has been quiet for a minute after Abrasions his collaborative album with Planet Asia and then his production work for 7evenThirty on The Problem. As summer starts he wanted to let his fans know where he's been musically by offering up an all new instrumental album for free. The 25 track record is meant to be a warm up to the new material Dean has coming late in 2015 and early in 2016. For those new to Gensu Dean, the analog producer has worked with some of the industry's greats including Large Professor, David Banner, Planet Asia, Brand Nubian and more. He gets the nod of approval on "Algorhythms" introduction from the legendary Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.), DJ Joc Max, and DJ Spinna. Please visit https://gensudean360.bandcamp.com/album/algorhythms t

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The Gaslamp Killer: The RAPstation Interview

Born in San Diego, William Bensussen, The Gaslamp Killer has been on the tongues of countless fans, peers and journalist for the past several years. The Los Angeles-based producer/DJ helped establish the now infamous Low End Theory night at The Airliner in 2006 along with Daddy Kev, DJ Nobody, D-Styles, and MC Nocando. His career has skyrocketed since then and he's one of the most sought after electronic acts in the biz. In support of his new album, The Gaslamp Killer: Live from Los Angeles, he's about to take off on a sizeable tour, which starts June 4 in Arkansas. Visit http://www.thegaslampkiller.com/ for more information. GLK took some time to talk to RAPstation about changing his name, the birth of Low End Theory and scratch nerds. Why did you change your name from DJ W

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iLL Chris releases new video featuring Smoke Dza and Leezy Soprano

Born in the era where battle rap reigned, iLL Chris has made a name for himself with his witty punch lines and strong hustle. Born and raised as a military brat in Oklahoma & Virginia, L picked up influences from early 90's hip hop from his older brother. After moving to the west coast, L hit the scene with high gear winning multiple notable emcee battles where he was accepted as a ranked contestant for the MTV "MC Battle" in New York. After once again relocating to Seattle, WA after high-school, iLL Chris aligned himself to the then still unrecognized music scene in the Northwest with his King of Seattle Battle win which was hosted by "106 & Park" champion Jin. Over the last 2 years Chris has displayed a stellar track record of songs and performances along the west coast opening for

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Deuce Eclipse: The RAPstation Interview

Bay Area emcee Deuce Eclipse has made a name for himself with fellow Bay Area hip-hop group Zion I, but he's recently veered off into his own lane with Bang Data. Along with partner-in-crime Juan Manuel Caipo, Deuce Eclipse executes a melting pot of musical genres, including Samba, Ska, Cumbia, Afro, Electro, Bossonova and, of course, hip-hop. Infused with Deuce's Spanish and English lyrics, Bang Data is like a giant cauldron of flavorful soup. Their aptly titled debut album, La Sopa (meaning "soup"), dropped in 2013 and the AMC Emmy Award winning show, Breaking Bad, chose one of the songs for an episode. Clearly on the up and up, Bang Data’s latest album, 2014's Mucho Poco, is garnering plenty of accolades. With summer shows lined up in the Bay Area and beyond

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Nametag releases new Paper single produced by JR Swiftz

Detroit's hip-hop scene has a storied history and a bright future, and Nametag has one foot in each place. His career origins include records alongside hometown legends like Slum Village and Black Milk while his solo efforts have earned him a rep around the country as one of the city's brightest up and coming voices. After calling various areas of Detroit home, he's the perfect storyteller to narrate the city's ins and outs. Nametag got involved in Detroit's hip-hop history early, and in a big way: his first placement was on Slum Village's compilation Dirty District Vol. 1. From there, he continued to carry his weight on other appearances on Motor City classics such as Dirty District Vol. 2, and Black Milk's "Broken Wax," "Popular Demand" and "The Set Up" with Fat Ray. But while contr

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