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EXCLUSIVE: Doodlebug interview by Flatline!

HHG: With such a distinct style as an emcee with Digable Planets and on your solo work, I'm curious to know who influenced you early on in your career? Doodlebug: I was influenced by a lot of the pioneers of hip hop. In fact, my first experience in hip hop was as a deejay so I was caught up in everything - GrandMaster Flash, GrandMixer D.S.T, Marley Marl, Red Alert and of course DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Cash Money and DJ Kosmik Kev….I later became interested in the emcee when I first heard Rakim, Jungle Brothers, Treacherous Three, Run-DMC and KRS-One. HHG: Reachin' was released in 1993 and Blowout Comb in 94. What was the recording process like when creating those albums? It must have been a whirlwind for you as an artist to have everything take off so quickly when Rebirth Of S

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The Best Of Duck Down Music 2011

A collection of music featuring some of the strongest Duck Down songs of the year has just been released.

Some highlights from the 15 song compilation include tracks from Pharoahe Monch, Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, Talib Kweli, Random Axe and much more.

The album is available now at Digital Retailers:

iTunes Purchase Link: http://bit.ly/vGAzs8

Amazon Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/vmo7rb

Track Listing:

1) Shout The Winners Out (Skyzoo, Smif N Wessun, Pharoahe Monch) (Duck Down All-Stars track from NBA 2K12 soundtrack) 2) Random Axe "The Hex" (Music Video Link: http://bit.ly/sF85bE) 3) Pharoahe Monch "Clap (one day)" feat. Showtyme & DJ Boogie Blind (Music Video Link: http://bit.ly/t1BrYR) 4) Talib Kweli "Cold Rain" (through Javotti Media / 3D) (Music Video Link: h

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DJ JS-1 puts out I Run NY Mix for free download

DJ JS-1 & ClassicMaterialNY.com present the I RUN NY Mix. This New York song themed mix is something that JS-1 has been meaning to do for some time.

"I made this mix using all NY themed songs. I know there is many songs that represent New York or the overall vibe of NY, but I limited the mix to songs that are specifically about New York. I also left out a few because of time constraints and personal preference. Maybe I'll do a part 2 one day. I hope you enjoy the mix and hope this brings a lil bit of the NY vibe to your ears…" - DJ JS-1

Download the mix here: http://djjs1.blogspot.com/ and the official track list for I RUN NY is as follows below:

1-coming home intro 2- stat n melo - Judge Hyp 3-new york - Cat Power 4-where it started at NY - Hi-Tek feat Jadakiss, Papoose, T

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Magic Johnson joining forces with Hip Hop artists

NBA legend Magic Johnson is planning to tackle the issue of homophobia and HIV/AIDS within the Hip-Hop community.

Magic recently marked the 20th anniversary of his announcement that he was HIV positive, along with his retirement from the NBA, which occurred in 1991.

Magic is planning on creating a coalition that will engage rappers to speak out against homophobia and discrimination against gays.

But the main focus of the coalition will be to raise the level of awareness and to break down the stereotypes about HIV/AIDS.

“What we’re trying to do is reach out to the Hip-Hop community because they have power — power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand and power with the lyrics that they sing,” Magic Johnson told The Huffington Post.

Magic said that he was

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Mobb Deep speak on their history & creative process

Mobb Deep recently spoke with Muve Music about their recent Black Cocaine EP and creative process. During the interview, Havoc reflected on how their long history together allows them to comfortably work with one another.

“The creative process between me and P, it varies. Sometimes, he’ll be in the studio by himself or I’ll be in the studio by myself,” said Havoc. “But the good thing is that we come together with it. We’ve known each other for so many years that it’s second nature for us. We don’t even have to be in the same place at the same time. But most of the time, we in the same place and we’ll sit down and he might write a verse and he’ll ask me what I think about this verse and I’ll write one. It’s real collaborative.”

The duo also spoke on independe

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Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology

On January 31, Legacy Recordings will release Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology, an incredible 2 CD set.

The collection, which spans from 1981 to 1996, features Profile catalogue hits from HIPHOPGODS such as Run-DMC, Dana Dane, Rammelzee vs. K-Rob and DJ Quik, as well as mid-'90s cuts from Camp Lo, Smoothe Da Hustler, Onyx and Nine.

Profile, founded by Cory Robbins and Steven Plotnicki, birthed the careers of Hip Hop icons Run-DMC, along with artists such as DJ Quik, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Poor Righteous Teachers and Special Ed.

In 1997, Profile merged with Arista Records. The label's catalog today is now managed by Legacy/Sony Records.

Official track listing is below:

Disc 1

1. Genius Rap by DR. JECKYLL & MR. HYDE

2. Whip Rap by DISCO FOUR

3. Beat Bo

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