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Havelock Nelson


  • Da Bomb

    Like a pair of rapping Kid Dyno-mites, Kris Kross first blew up in listeners' ears two years ago. Backed by tracks created by Jermaine Dupri, a former dancer for Run-D.M.C., the duo of Chris Smith and Chris Kelly dropped "Jump," a zingy ditty that persuaded the masses to do just what the title asked. Then […]

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  • The Chronic

    This is dedicated to the Niggaz that was down from day one," begins Dr. Dre on The Chronic. But before joining N.W.A, this "nigga 4 life" was a love-song-singing, lace-shirt-and-eyeliner-wearing member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru. While serving time with Eazy-E, MC Ren, Ice Cube and DJ Yella, Dre created progressively more confident and […]

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  • Business Never Personal

    Innovation has always powered black pop, and in hip-hop the flavor of the month changes almost every week. One moment fans are down wit' "OPP," then — blam! — "They Want EFX." In an atmosphere of constant expansion, EPMD has proved, better than anyone else, that sonic consistency can sustain careers. The group's previous albums […]

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  • Don't Sweat The Technique

    The music Eric B. and Rakim make kicks because it sneaks into the ear like careless whispers before exploding on the brain like dynamite. Eric B.'s tracks are mellow and mean, while Rakim's lyrics are at once eloquent and threatening. Describing his inimitable style in the classic track "I Got Soul," from Paid in Full […]

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