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Lil Dicky Explains What Led Him to Hip-Hop In 5 Questions (Video)

Lil Dicky has had a charmed career in Hip-Hop, thus far. His first video ever ("Ex-Boyfriend") racked up a million views...on the first day. His debut album, Professional Rapper, was the number 1 Rap album in the country, the first week of its release, and the album was perched atop... Read more

Here’s an interview of Stalley where he discusses his earliest musical influences + his new video Hell’s Angels featuring Rick Ross (Video)

Stalley has gotten more recognition since joining MMG last year but he has been on the grind for many years. Stalley is not your average rapper. He combines intelligent lyricism with a blue collar work ethic and relatability. When you put that mix over the deep and soulful tracks toward... Read more

Here’s XV’s latest mixtape, Popular Culture, and an in-depth interview exploring his earliest musical influences. Check out both below.

XV dropped his new mixtape Popular Culture today. With strong beats and substantive lyrics, it's a great weekend listen. You can listen to the whole thing and download it below, as well as watch our interview where he discusses his earliest musical influences. Related: XV - Zero Heroes (Mixtape) Download... Read more

Ab-Soul’s Control System album is in stores now. Here’s an exclusive interview where he speaks on his earliest musical influences and his journey to the world of hip-hop (Video)

Ab-Soul's new album Control System dropped today (click here to buy it and show your love for good hip-hop). As you get to know the knew music, here's a look at the man behind it. Like his name suggests, Ab-Soul is not easily defined. His diversity shows in his music... Read more

Here’s a Big K.R.I.T. double feature. Check out our interview of him talking about his earliest hip-hop influences and his brand new single I Got This (Video)

We had the good fortune to sit down with Big K.R.I.T. and talk to him about his earliest music experiences and influences. Not surprisingly, his inspirations were incredibly diverse, ranging from Twista to Scarface to Tupac and more. He also shared his earliest experiences rapping, which started when he was... Read more

Here’s an interview of Chuuwee one of the best up and coming MCs where he talks about his earliest musical influences (Video)

Chuuwee hails from Sacramento and is one of the dopest up and coming MCs. We caught up with him to talk about his earliest musical influences. He talked about folks ranging from Kurtis Blow to The Neptunes, showing that he is a student of the game (one of the reasons... Read more

Here’s an in-depth interview of Skillz where he talks about his earliest musical influences and experiences with hip-hop. Check it out below.

Skillz's first music he ever bought was DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's Girls of the World Ain't Nothing But Trouble. Fast forward several years later and he is now touring the world with the legendary. Skillz is living proof that talent, drive and hard work makes dreams come... Read more

Here’s an in-depth interview of XV where he breaks down his earliest musical interests and some of the events that inspired him to become an artist. This is Where It All Began in hip-hop for XV.

XV is going to win. He has just started to get his props over the last couple of years but you can tell he is a longtime student of music. We talked to him about his earliest influences and he spoke of everyone from The Delphonics to Marvin Gaye to... Read more

Statik Selektah and Termanology collaborated as 1982 to release one of the best albums of 2010. We caught up with each of them to talk about their earliest experiences with hip-hop. Check out the videos below where each discusses Where It All Began for him in hip-hop.

Statik Selektah Statik Selektah is one of the hardest working and illest producers around. Made in the mold of legendary producers like DJ Premier and Pete Rock, his tracks have defined today's underground sound. And, he has worked with everyone from Freddie Gibbs, Termanology, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T. and Reks... Read more

Who was your first favorite rapper? We asked Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kendrick Lamar, Murs, Statik Selektah, Freddie Gibbs, 9th Wonder, Stic Man, Skyzoo, Chuuwee, Skillz, tabi Bonney and more. The answers ranged from EPMD to 2Pac and everything in between. Check out who was you favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.

Where It All Began (Part 3) - Who Was Your First Favorite Rapper? Click here for parts 1 and 2 of Where It Began where many of the same stars discuss the first piece of music they ever bought and who first exposed them to hip-hop.... Read more

1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) – Play Your Role ft Reks (Video)

The audio for 1982's (Statik Selektah & Termanology) Play Your Role dropped a few weeks ago. The song featured Reks and, like much of 1982's material, is a not toward vintage 90's hip-hop. Here's the video. Check it out. Also, click here to see what Statik Selektah, Termanology, Big Daddy... Read more

What’s the first piece of music you ever bought with your own money? We asked that same question to Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff, 9th Wonder, Murs, Kendrick Lamar, XV, Statik Selektah, Fashawn, tabi Bonney, Serius Jones, Rapsody, Skillz and Stic Man. Watch below to see what they had to say. Many of their answers will surprise you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr9U_LKvko0 Also, if you missed it, check out Part 1 of Where It All Began where Stic Man, Murs, Skyzoo, DJ Jazz Jeff, Kendrick Lamar and more talk about who first turned them on to hip-hop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztoUtSAtz74... Read more

Every journey has a beginning. Our new documentary, Where It All Began, takes a look at the musical journey of many hip-hop luminaries. In part 1 (of 5), we asked them who first introduced them to hip-hop. You’ll hear from DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kendrick Lamar, Termanology, Ski Beatz, The Kid Daytona, Chuuwee, Serius Jones, Skyzoo, and Stic Man (from Dead Prez). Check it out below.

In upcoming installments, you'll hear about other important moments in their journey to hip-hop. In addition to the above personalities, you'll also hear from Big Daddy Kane, Murs, Freddie Gibbs, XV, 9th Wonder, J-Live, Skillz, tabi Bonney, Statik Selektah, Fashawn and Rapsody in parts 2 -5. Stay tuned each week... Read more