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Pete Tosiello

Above the Law's KMG

Why Lost G-Funk Classic Uncle Sam's Curse Is More Relevant Than Ever

It should come as no surprise that YG's faithful evocation of mid-'90s Southern California G-funk, Still Brazy, has dominated this summer of record heat, gun violence, police brutality and polarizing politics. The Compton rapper's latest captures the tense energy of the times — and recalls another era in American history......
Jared Evan escaped developmental hell at Interscope to become an in-demand independent collaborator.; Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Beats, Hooks, Raps and Vocals: Jared Evan Is Hip-Hop's Quadruple Threat

If the term “blue-eyed soul” evokes visions of saccharine ballads and John Oates’ mustache, Jared Evan should change that. A nimble rapper and versatile producer who also happens to croon like the spawn of Thicke and Timberlake, the 26-year-old Long Island native brings a one-man band approach to both his......
Warren G; Credit: Via artist website

With All Eyes on Straight Outta Compton, Warren G Quietly Unleashes More G-Funk

Lost amidst the fanfare of the release of Straight Outta Compton, the blockbuster treatment of N.W.A.'s short, tumultuous run, and Compton, the accompanying album by reclusive icon Dr. Dre, was another long-simmering, backward-glancing record from one of Southern California's hip-hop godfathers: Regulate ... G Funk Era, Part II, the sequel to......
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In Hip-Hop, Authenticity Matters — So Can Rappers Rebrand Themselves?

Most of hip-hop’s alter egos — Eminem’s Slim Shady, Nas’s Escobar, Kool Keith’s Doctor Octagon and Ghostface Killah’s Tony Starks come to mind — have been cultivated for stylistic or narrative purposes, allowing rappers to craft fictional first-person accounts free of the criticism that met Rick Ross’s embellished crime sagas......