Return Of The Funky Man by Lord Finesse - 20th Anniversary

January 28 marks the 20th anniversary of "Return Of The Funky Man" by the legendary Lord Finesse. The follow-up to Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth's "Funky Technician" from 1990, Return Of The Funky Man found Lord Finesse sharpening his skills even more and getting down with some of the best in the game. As well as handling production on six of the 16 songs on the album, Lord Finesse also rhymed over tracks produced by DJ Aladdin, Diamond D, SLJ and Showbiz. Engineering for the album was handled by Jazzy Jay and Skeff Anselm. We salute the legendary Lord Finesse and encourage hip hop fans worldwide to get Return Of The Funky Man into the collection. It's available for download at iTunes here http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/return-of-the-funky-man/id358064217 and is essential liste

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EXCLUSIVE: Chuck D interview by Flatline

Flatline: When you look back on Public Enemy's debut, what do you remember most about putting the album together? Chuck D: Well, what I remember most about putting the album together, is that I wrote it while working as a messenger for my job, and I wrote it traveling the highways of Long Island…and putting the album together in the studio, at a studio called INS Recordings, Steve Lindsey was the engineer. Hank Shocklee, Bill Stephney, Eric Sadler and myself, it was around the time the Mets were winning the World Series in 86, so it was an interesting time. We were right across the street from City Hall in lower Manhatten, so going into the city every day recording the album was an experience. We kinda put it together pre-production wise in our studio in Hemstead, Long Island. F

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Ice-T premieres The Art Of Rap at Sundance 2012

The Art of Rap screened Saturday afternoon at the MARC to a more bumpin' crowd than Sundance usually sees. Stocked with rap artists and hip-hop fans, the audience spent much of the documentary head bobbing and breaking into applause whenever another rap icon threw down a bit of freestyle verse on screen. The ringmaster, of course, was Ice-T, who conceived of the project and directed it, a first for the music, film and TV star. He made sure to bring several of the producers and subjects of the film to Park City for the premiere - Grandmaster Caz, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Ice's longtime partner Evil E, associate producer Seane Sean, wife Coco and son Little Ice. When the screening was over, Ice seemed genuinely pleased, having seen the film on the big screen with an audience for the first

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Speech of Arrested Development featured on MTV's Made

Speech was recently asked to be coach for a new episode of the hit reality show “Made” (Airs January 24th 7pm EST). The MTV “Made” staff announced Speech as their best “Made” coach ever! ”Made” is a hit reality series that asks: Why stand on the sidelines watching others live your dream? Are you too shy or think you’re not “cool” enough to get in on the action? Or do you simply lack the self-confidence and motivation? Well, maybe it’s time to stand up and get “Made“. Speech’s episode is unique in that it involves two people that want to be made, both being coached by Speech & stoked to rap over 1 beat produced by Speech and another beat produced by Jahi (Speech’s son). Speech ultimately chooses only one to win the grand prize of opening for 2x Gram

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KRS-One breaks down 2012, Mayans and Aztec history

Message from KRS-One "Peace. This is KRS-One! I'd like to personally thank everyone for their show of support toward the release of the "Just Like That" video. I'm not really a big Internet guy myself, but I had to respond to the enormous amount of love we've experienced since the release of the "Just Like That" video. MAD LION ROCKED IT! However, the best is still yet to come. As you may know, I often use my talents to edutain my listeners and inspire the international Hip Hop community. 2012 will be no different. I feel sorry for those who already think that I preach too much in rhyme, or that I need to retire. On the contrary, I'm just getting started. Turning the flame up a little more, my next video presentation "Aztechnical" will deal with the myths of 2012, particularly the

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DJ Lord Jazz releases new solo album

Lord Jazz, the legendary DJ for Lords Of The Underground, has just released his brand new solo album entitled, The Plain Dealer. 13 tracks strong, the album features guest appearances from some of the greats, including Mr Funke and Doitall from Lords Of The Underground, J-Ro and Tash from Tha Alkaholiks, Sticky Fingaz from Onyx, The Cella Dwellas and Treach from Naughty By Nature. Support DJ Lord Jazz and his brand new release now by downloading from iTunes here http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dj-lordjazz/id495652129?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 and you can check out the official track list for The Plain Dealer below: 01 Intro 02 Plain Dealer (feat. Nick Javas) 03 I Am (feat. Beez Potiya) 04 Royalty (feat. Doitall, Mr Funke, J-Ro, Tash, Sticky Fingaz) 05 Eagle Eye (feat.

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