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If you are currently a college student or have ever been one you are undoubtedly familiar with the concept of a cram session. They are typified by large amounts of caffeine, blood shot eyes, and high stress levels. For those unfamiliar with the idea a cram session is a group of students coming together to shove as much information into their head about the test they should have studied for a week ago. This is done with varying degrees of success. However, even if you’re a seasoned vet of last minute late night study groups nothing has prepared you for a cram session like this. Add a comment
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Deepspace 5 is back with another classic crew album with all in house production and raps. When you have a crew of emcee's to represent, you get diversity in flow and production. This is the first offering from DS5 on the newly formed Mega Royal Records, headed by Dallas' own Rob Viktum, who is known for his Viktumized remix albums. This is Deepspace5's fourth crew album, even though each individual artist and the many sub crews have put out too many albums to name or try to number. When you listen to a group album, ideally you end up having your favorite rappers and sounds that stand out with each individual. This album is fresher than many of their previous albums, which may be a result of having several years both together and apart to hone their skills as emcees and producers. From Playdough's stylistic singing to Listener's "talk music," styles vary and are complimentary. The crew brought seasoned raps full of metaphors and emotion. This album is a stand out this year.

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Where were you approximately 20 years ago? Me? I was a middle school hip hop head, who loved Eric B and Rakim, 3rd Bass, and, of course, MC Hammer. I was also into the sub genre of hip-house, which typically featured the quick tempos and electronic drums and synthesizers of house music mixed with the samples, scratches and vocal style of rap music. Groups like 2 In a Room, LA Style and Black Box succeeded in melding the two genres with aplomb, and while they may seem dated in 2010, trust me...in the early 90s, we loved that stuff. Well...I did anyway.

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There are many parallels that can be drawn between the Christian existence and other areas of life. Analogies such as the faith as a battlefield and the Christian worker as a farmer are familiar to all in Christendom. With 'Student of Life' Memphis resident Shane Kidd introduces a new parallel to the mix. The Believer is the Student, Christ is the Teacher, and Life is the Classroom. Throughout the album this metaphor is fleshed out through witty lines and thoughtful songs. Although this is a novel concept at places it is betrayed by average music that fails to live up to its lofty ambition.

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Last year in an interview with Wonder Brown, I was actually told about this album that Wonder was doing with Sean Little, and then due to my lack of memory I forgot it even existed. When I listened to the single on the album, I got excited about it and rightfully so. Listening to 'A Love Aphiliated' is an amazing experience in hip-hop and music in general. Now for those who are out of the loop, Sean Little released his album 'Scott Free' in 2008 and Wonder Brown is part of the Scribbling Idiots and has recently released an EP called 'The Gallows'. Now there's one more piece missing to this duo; a producer. This is where Vintage comes in. Vintage is most known for his beats on Theory Hazit's 'Lord Fire' project. Vintage teams up with Wonder and Sean Little to produce all the beats on this project also, making the album a must listen.

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Why is it that human beings have a tendency to want to classify things? Does it make it easier for us to digest something if we can put it in a box with similar products? This seems to happen in music a lot, especially in hip hop, since it has been fractured into so many sub-genres. Sometimes I think it's the easy way out to listen to a couple of songs and throw an artist under some label. In fact, as I listened to Heath McNease's 'The Gun Show', I was tempted to do just that. Add a comment
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