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Apollo Brown & Locksmith’s New EP Combines Lyricism With Personal Reflection (Audio)

Richmond, California native Locksmith has a knack for mixing witty lyrics with a flow that delivers his message with a punch. It serves him well as a battle rapper, but perhaps it's even better when he's constructing a body of music. These attributes are heavily on display in his newest... Read more

O.C. & Apathy’s New Concept Album Boasts Cold Rhymes & Rugged Beats (Audio)

From Russia with love...of beats and rhymes. Two-and-a-half years after the collaborative album was announced O.C. (D.I.T.C.) and Apathy (Army Of The Pharaohs/Demigodz) release Perestroika. Evident from the first single, which premiered at Ambrosia For Heads, the Brooklyn-to-Connecticut LP plays around with the Soviet/Evil Empire theme. Titles on the record include... Read more

O.C.’s “Jewelz” At 20: It May Be The True Diamond In His Discography

Following the assassinations of the Rap industry's biggest stars The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997 and Tupac Shakur one year prior, the genre was a powder keg that exploded. The remaining stars of Hip-Hop were trying to figure out how to clean up the mess. Some hardcore outfits like Wu-Tang Clan... Read more

O.C. & Apathy Join Forces As Perestroika. Here’s The Rugged First Look (Video)

It's been two years since Apathy and O.C. announced they have a collaborative full-length album in the works titled Perestroika (the same as their official group name). Their plans are finally coming to fruition with the release of their anticipated album's first single "Soviet Official." Premiering at Ambrosia For Heads,... Read more

Showbiz Keeps It 100 About The Emotions That Got In The Way Of D.I.T.C. Business (Video)

The Diggin' In The Crates collective released their first album in more than 15 years in 2016. While Big L died in February of 1999, surviving members Lord Finesse, Showbiz, A.G., Diamond D, O.C. Fat Joe, and Buckwild came together for a reunion album in celebration of the group's Bronx,... Read more

O.C. Tells The Heartbreaking Story Of How He Learned Of Big L’s Death (Video)

O.C. recently released his album Same Moon Same Sun. Available without cost for download, the D.I.T.C. Entertainment LP is the latest in a career that spans back more than 25 years. The Brooklyn, New York representative has been a key MC within Diggin' In The Crates, and made important records... Read more

Hip-Hop Stood Tall In July. Here’s Some Of The Best Of The Month (Audio Playlist)

July was a tense and complicated month. The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, both captured on film, led to national protests, heated discourse and some misguided shootings of police officers, presumably in retaliation. Political conventions held by the Democratic and Republican parties further divided the nation... Read more

O.C. & AG Embrace Their Years Of Experience & Say They Are Only Getting Better (Audio)

Hip-Hop has not been good to its legends. Instead of being celebrated, artists who helped build the culture are often relegated to the background or cloaked in backhand terms like "Old School." The practice of ageism has been ingrained in the culture from its earliest days, and continues even though... Read more

Ever See These Big L, O.C. and Lord Finesse Freestyles? Get Down with D.I.T.C. (Video)

D.I.T.C. The name stood for Diggin' in the Crates, in part because of the membership of acclaimed producers like Diamond D, Showbiz and Buckwild, but make no mistake, the crew was also about those BARS. Here's a look back at some vintage interviews of Big L and Lord Finesse, two... Read more

Neek the Exotic – Hello Everybody ft O.C., Sadat X & Satchel Page

Neek the Exotic brings out O.C., Sadat X and Satchel Page on a hot new track. Check out Hello Everybody. Related: Large Professor & Neek the Exotic - Still on the Hustle (Video)... Read more

DJ Skizz – Light Years ft Roc Marciano, A.G., O.C. & Godfather Pt. 3

Here's a grimy new track from DJ Skizz featuring Roc Marciano, A.G., O.C. & Godfather Pt. 3. Check out Light Years. Related: DJ Skizz – Vio-Lence ft Lil Fame & Ill Bill (Video)... Read more

Kid Tsunami – The Chase (Full Album Stream)

With all the commotion about Kanye, J. Cole, Mac Miller and Statik Selektah's album, it was easy for Kid Tsunami's to get lost in the shuffle. But, with guest appearances from Masta Ace, OC, J-Live, Bahamadia, Sadat X, Kool Keith, Kool G Rap, KRS-One, Chubb Rock, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot and... Read more

Kid Tsunami – Catch Wreck ft O.C.

OC gets busy on a track produced by Kid Tsunami. Don't know Kid Tsunami? Well he's about to put out a project with verses from KRS-One, Sadat X, Bahamadia, Pharoahe Monch, Craig G, Chubb Rock, Buckshot, AG, Jeru Tha Damaja and more. You can check out the tracklist and OC's... Read more

Lord Finesse – Crate Diggers + Playlist of His Songs & Productions (Video + Audio)

Lord Finesse may be one of the most slept on talents in hip-hop EVER. As a double threat MC/producer, he had a legendary run in the 90's, releasing acclaimed underground albums and producing tracks for artists like Big L, Biggie, Dr. Dre, OC, Fat Joe and more. Here's an interview... Read more

Showbiz & AG – Every Time I Touch The Mic ft OC & Frank V

Here's a new track from Show & AG featuring OC and Frank V. Check out Every Time I Touch the Mic. Related: Showbiz & AG - Walk With Me (Audio)... Read more

Pac Div – Gimme What You Got

Here's a hot new joint from Pac Div. OC fans will instantly recognize the classic sample. Check out Gimme What You Got. Related: Pac Div - Automatic Here's the OC joint.... Read more

Apollo Brown & OC – Just Walk

Here's another Old School meets Now School banger. Check OC and Apollo Brown on Just Walk. Related: Apollo Brown & OC - Prove Me Wrong Just Walk by Apollo Brown & OC... Read more

AZ & REKS – Bridging The Gap

For the last couple of years, we've had a section of our site called The Bridge which is dedicated to making the connection between old classics and new music. Now, legendary mixtape king Doo Wop has a new project dropping where he does the same by having rap legends and... Read more

Apollo Brown & OC – Prove Me Wrong

Here's some new OC produced by Apollo Brown and chopped up by DJ Premier. Far from Time's Up, OC is timeless. Check out Prove Me Wrong below. Here's OC's classic Time's Up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCJ6f5VnVVo... Read more