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Ever since mixtapes became a prominent fixture in hip-hop in the late-90s, artists and labels have tried various methods to make the release of albums feel more momentous. There have been special editions with extra songs, collector editions and even multiple covers like with Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Nothing however comes close to how the Wu-Tang Clan is planning to distribute their forthcoming album, The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin (not to be mistaken for the Clan’s forthcoming A Better Tomorrow). Read More

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Lil Wayne has been the center of controversy over the past few weeks due to his on stage Miami Heat rant, and insensitive Emmett Till bar; which has according to The Huffington Post pissed off the likes of Stevie Wonder and Uncle Luke. This left me stunned and wondering: is using the shock factor approach rather than lyrical content? Read More