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A brief, open letter to John Robinson:

Dear J.R.,

On the real of reals, The Leak Edition Vol. 2 is 100% classic. It’s on a different level than a lot of the “classic” albums that have come out since the golden era. It is fulfilling to see that you have received a good amount of shine for your artistry, even if it’s only a fraction of what it would be if the scene was were it’s supposed to be. Know that heads are still listening to this in 2018. One day when everything flips back around, music like this, and the Emcees who wrote it, will be remembered fondly.

Looking forward to what’s in store, Brother. Peace.

Alright, he’ll plug it at the end of the video, but in case you don’t make it that far, Ali Tomineek will be in the cypher at the BET Hip-hop awards THIS TUESDAY at 8pm Eastern.

This is too big!!

In this vast expanse of a genre that we call Hip-Hop, I think it’s important that each artist brings something specific to their particular group of listeners. What does Illogic bring to the table? From what I’ve heard so far, it sounds as though they tend to write music for Emcees, for any one who has every tried to emcee, and for those who deeply appreciate the actual craft of rhyme writing. They get a bit more intricate, and they say a lot of things that few artists really speak on. To entertain, tell stories, or even to just pretend can be entertaining in Hip-Hop these days. But at the end of the day I think that people will always gravitate towards lyrics written about things that they can relate to personally. KRS said it best!

Alright… It’s been a while.

A few weeks back I was at a music festival in Halifax, Canada, and had the pleasure of listening to a local act and legendary Canadian Hip-hop group called Universal Soul. You may not have heard about Universal Soul, as I hadn’t, but they have been steady rocking in the background since the mid 80s. Apparently they’re one of Classified’s main influences. But more than that, it’s good to witness acts like these who are relics in their own zone, so much so that they put way more effort into winning the hearts and minds of their local fans than on achieving global fame. The song that caught my ear was “Where I’m From”, which I was able to get a small clip of. But to appease your curiosity about this group, I’ll feature their song “Back and Forth”, which is just as moving. These cats put Halifax on the map before many others, and believe me when I say that the people where they’re from appreciate their dedication to their roots. It was a beautiful sight to see. Enjoy!