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On Saturday night in Los Angeles, a crowd filled 1988 Gallery for an exhibition of “Rap Quotes,” a series of works by Jay Shells. The right side of the gallery housed the artist’s New York City street signs, which he’s been hanging at specific locations mentioned in hip hop songs since last year; the left […]

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Each week in Sample Wars, we’ll pit two songs which sample the same source material head-to-head against each other, to determine which one rocked the sample better. This week, we’ll take a look at David McCallum’s “The Edge,” which spawned Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” and Masta Ace’s “No Regrets.” “The Edge, “David McCallum (1967): […]

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Rapper Masta Ace gives D-Nice a little backstory on the making of Marley’s Marl’s legendary ‘Symphony’ track featuring himself, Craig G, Kool G rap and Big Daddy Kane. Although he sets things off, rhyming first on the song, originally he wasn’t even on the list. But thanks to MC Shan’s conceit, who didn’t want to […]

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