Artist Hometown: Carson, CA

Herbert Anthony Stevens IV (born February 23, 1987),[2] better known by his stage name Ab-Soul, is an American hip hop recording artist from Carson, California, signed to Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records.[3] Stevens is best

Aesop Rock

Artist Hometown: San Francisco, CA

New York-born, San Francisco-based Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. Between 1997-2007, he released five solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners,


Artist Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

In the three years since Atmosphere's dropped a full length record on the world, they've been far from stagnant, staying at the top of their game in every respect. For the better part of two years, Atmosphere toured the globe in support of their critically acclaimed - and #5

Bad Lucc

Artist Hometown: Watts, CA

One of the emerging solo artists is Los Angeles rapper Bad Lucc, who has been making a name for himself in the LA scene for quite some time and is looking to get some national recognition. The rapper, known in some circles as “The Writer,” has big plans for himself and the future of


Artist Hometown: Pittsburg, PA

Taylor Gang Records (also known as TGOD, acronym for Taylor Gang Or Die) is an American independent record label based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania founded by rapper Wiz Khalifa. Initially being Khalifa's fan base network, street team and home to his crew it is currently a full label that

Binary Star

Artist Hometown: Pontiac, MI

Binary Star is a hip hop group formed in 1998 that was composed of One Be Lo and Senim Silla. One Be Lo met Senim Silla, and the two formed Binary Star during their time in Hiawatha Correctional Facility.[1] One Be Lo took the time to gather extensive knowledge


Artist Hometown: Oakland, CA

Blackalicious are an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Timothy Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab's often "tongue-twisting", multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel's

Blue Scholars

Artist Hometown: Seattle, WA

Since 2002, Blue Scholars have been based in the 98118, decreed the most ethnically diverse zip code in America by the 2010 Census. Like the greater Seattle region, that neighborhood embodies the multi-cultural miasma that spawned Blue Scholars, the joining of forces between an Iranian

Brother Ali

Artist Hometown: Minneapolis

For the first time in his life, Brother Ali has been enjoying some day-to-day stability. Gone is the turbulent marriage to his first wife, homelessness, and the associated drama—all of which Ali openly documented on his last LP, The Undisputed Truth. His new album, Us, is a

Cecil Otter

Artist Hometown: Minneapolis

Cecil Otter is a compelling musician for the same reasons he’s good with cards. The technique runs on charm, patience, intuition, and precision. Cecil is one of the founding members of Doomtree. As an emcee he’s admired for his lyric, cinematic style. He writes about love,