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Orlando Fringe Review: Tap Me on the Shoulder

May 12, 2014
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Orlando Fringe Review: Tap Me on the Shoulder

“So many raps I have written grew out of the soles of my feet,” says Erika Kate MacDonald at the start of her self-written solo show Tap Me on the Shoulder. And whether you are an old-school aficionado of Nas’ Illmatic (like her) or the complete opposite of a hip-hop expert (like me), you’ll...
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Solillaquists of Sound kickstarts funds for new double-disc album

August 30, 2013
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Solillaquists of Sound kickstarts funds for new double-disc album

Solillaquists of Sound has the talent, smarts and perseverance to leave behind traditional labels and turn to their considerable fanbase for help in releasing what sounds as if it’s their best release yet, a double-disc album of 22 songs (featuring Blueprint, Beef Wellington and X:144, who mixed the album) that they’ve deemed The 4th...
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Del the Funky Homosapien might be cooler than Ice Cube

April 22, 2013
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Del the Funky Homosapien might be cooler than Ice Cube

You could make a case for his cousin, Del the Funky Homosapien, whose raps have a different brand of humor that relies on the old-school tendency to create science-fiction stories to make ambiguous, overarching social commentary.
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California rapper Kendrick Lamar heads to UCF Arena

April 8, 2013
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California rapper Kendrick Lamar heads to UCF Arena

Tuesday, April 9 – Kendrick Lamar with Steve Aoki 8 p.m. UCF Arena 50 N. Gemini Blvd. 407-823-3070 ucfarena.com sold out From his album’s selection as one of Rolling Stone’s top 100 greatest debuts of all time (No. 86, to be exact) to taking the high road when that same album was publicly bashed...
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Ohio rapper Blueprint tonight at Backbooth

February 28, 2013
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Ohio rapper Blueprint tonight at Backbooth

His clever lines crack an easy smile, but his lyrics are evocative, too – just listen to “So Alive” for an example.
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Hip-hop collective Shabazz Palaces perform at the Social

January 25, 2013
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Hip-hop collective Shabazz Palaces perform at the Social

This week, Shabazz makes an arc through Florida with Sub Pop labelmates the Helio Sequence, and their live performance is not to be missed.
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Rhode Island rapper Sage Francis performs at The Plaza Live

December 20, 2012
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Rhode Island rapper Sage Francis performs at The Plaza Live

The Rhode Island rapper has been mostly quiet since his 2010 release, Li(f)e – aside from his lively Twitter feed, which is where we peeped his rad crocheted Han Solo – but Thursday sees his return to Orlando as part of a December mini-tour of Florida and New Orleans.
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa heads to UCF Arena

November 30, 2012
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa heads to UCF Arena

When you consider that he got his nickname as a child because he was a fast learner, it’s not surprising to see him sustain that popularity.
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Cuban/Latino hip-hop group Cypress Hill tonight at The Plaza Live

November 14, 2012
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Cuban/Latino hip-hop group Cypress Hill tonight at The Plaza Live

The first Cuban/Latino hip-hop artists to make it big (they were nominated for three Grammy awards in the ’90s and they won an MTV music award in 1994 for their single “Insane in the Brain”), Cypress Hill were also one of the first mainstream rap acts to make it big with songs that openly...
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Hardcore rapper DMX performs at Firestone Live

July 7, 2012
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Hardcore rapper DMX performs at Firestone Live

This is the first leg of a promotional tour to stoke the coals of his fan base for the autumn release of Undisputed, his first album since 2006.
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