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Shyheim – The Lost Generation (May 28, 1996)

Shyheim Franklin, better known to the world as Shyheim the Rugged Child, was a kid rapper out of Staten Island, New York that came on the scene in the mid-nineties. Coming up under the tutelage of Big Daddy Kane and … Continue reading

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Kool Keith – Dr. Octagonecologyst (May 7, 1996)

In 1988 the Ultramagnetic MC’s made quite the first impression with their groundbreaking debut album, Critical Beatdown. Led by Ced Gee’s dope production and Kool Keith’s slick bars and unique rhyme patterns, the four-man crew out of the Bronx were … Continue reading

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Erick Sermon – Insomnia (April 23, 1996)

After EPMD decided to go their separate ways in 1993, Erick Sermon kept himself busy producing for others and with his own solo career. His first solo album, No Pressure, was a hot mess that even E would later poke … Continue reading

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Chino XL – Here To Save You All (April 9, 1996)

Chino XL is a Bronx born, New Jersey bred emcee, known for his provocative punchlines and metaphors. He started his rap career in the early nineties as one half of the duo, Art Of Origin, which consisted of himself and … Continue reading

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Bahamadia – Kollage (April 2, 1996)

The first time I ever heard the Philadelphia bred emcee, Bahamadia spit was on Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol 2 project, and her work over the Ramsey Lewis assisted jazz mash up (see “Respect The Architect”) was impressive. But prior to her … Continue reading

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Nonchalant – Until The Day (March 26, 1996)

Nonchalant was an emcee from Washington D.C. who came on the scene in the mid-nineties and made her mark with her socially conscious gold selling debut single, “5 O’Clock”. The chart-topping single will always define her rap career, and she … Continue reading

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Busta Rhymes – The Coming (March 26, 1996)

After releasing two mediocre albums, The Leaders of the New School decided to call it quits and go their separate ways in 1994. At the tail end of the LONS run, Busta Rhymes started to emerge as the breakout star … Continue reading

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Smoothe Da Hustler – Once Upon A Time In America (March 19, 1996)

Through the years, Brooklyn, New York has produced a slew of incredible emcees: Special Ed, Big Daddy Kane, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, AZ, Jeru Da Damaja, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Fabolous, Sean Price, and that’s just scratching the surface. All the … Continue reading

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Wise Intelligent – Killin U… For Fun (March 12, 1996)

Wise Intelligent is one of those underrated emcees who never makes your underrated emcee list. As the lead emcee and voice of the Trenton, New Jersey-based group, Poor Righteous Teachers, Wise’s rapid-fire flow was a key component behind four PRT … Continue reading

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The Conscious Daughters – Gamers (March 5, 1996)

The last and first time we heard from The Conscious Daughters was in 1993 with their debut album, Ear To The Street. The album produced a couple of mild hood hits, and there were a few songs that I enjoyed, … Continue reading

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