1. Crew Love

    Posted by Zilla Rocca on Aug 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Juice Crew. Wu-Tang Clan. Boot Camp Click. No Limit Soldiers. Quannum. Heiroglyphics. Okayplayers. Native Tongues. Living Legends. Anticon. Hit Squad. Def Squad. G-Unit. Brainfeeder. Weathermen. AOTP.

    Here’s a secret about the history of hip hop: crews always work. Sometimes crews are born out of industry saviness. Other times they’re created organically out of longstanding friendships. Some are assembled like boy bands. Others are a monument of quality and consistency that give jobs and incomes for decades. The point is, you can do a lot worse as a rapper in 2014 than being associated with a collective.

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  2. The Open Mike Eagle Interview

    Posted by PremRock on Aug 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

    The phrase “It” rapper or “It” artist often gets tossed around in the circuitry of music nerds but rarely does it equate to a worthwhile act. In layman’s terms “it” means the artist those in the know are constantly clamoring for it and the product seems to match the hype. Open Mike Eagle is just such an artist. Already a favorite amongst fellow artists in the indy lane as well as a healthy amount of critics, Mike seems poised to take the next step this year and beyond. You’ll be pretty hard pressed to find a person who has a microbe of a bad thing to say about the Chicago native and LA representative, but that really isn’t the point. There simply aren’t many rappers doing rap at as high a level as Mike is. Open Mike Eagle is an exceptional talent and one of the brightest minds in music today. On the heels of the release of the exquisite “Dark Comedy,” Mike took the time in between the road and home to give some answers for the questions burning a hole in my brain. Hope you enjoy.

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  3. How Independent Rappers Get Booked for Shows

    Posted by Justin Boland on Jul 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

    The problem with rapping for like 50 years straight is how much you wind up taking for granted. This summer I’ve been getting emails from people asking me to book them shows, which is sad and adorable, but it indicates a basic problem. I can’t be the only person getting these emails. If this isn’t being clearly spelled out somewhere, let’s do that here today.

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  4. Fear of Death and the Need to Reproduce

    Posted by Justin Boland on May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

    “FDR” represents the worldwide debut of a revolutionary new concept for the music industry: the “online album,” a wholly patented innovation from World Around Records that delivers multiple songs to your computer almost simultaneously! That’s not all, either: there’s more.

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  5. An Interview with Steel Tipped Dove

    Posted by Justin Boland on Nov 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

    As promised/threatened, we’re back with a new season of Audible Hype interviews. First up is the prolific NYC producer Steel Tipped Dove, who has probably released a dozen projects since we wrapped up our conversation here. This was an especially fun interview because this cat confounded my expectations at every turn. What follows is, in the immortal words of KRS-One, great edutainment. Enjoy.

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  6. "Thieves With Good Taste" - Wrecking Crew x Premrock

    Posted by Justin Boland on Oct 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

    A new release from a gang of our favorite rappers…really changes the tone of a Monday morning. As the Wrecking Crew prepares to launch their West Coast mission, The Roland Bishop Memorial Tour, they’ve released a vicious mixtape, Thieves With Good Taste. You can order this on actual cassette, too…because what fun is a mix without tape? Really, though.

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  7. "The Fire Next Time" - ANTHM

    Posted by Justin Boland on Oct 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Even by the high standards we’re trying to maintain here at Audible Hype, ANTHM is exceptional. He has been quietly killing everything he touches for years now and building a reputation for nearly super-human quality control. This latest EP is a flawless victory and I’ve had this in rotation for months now.

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  8. "Galaxy in Niafunke" - Algorhythms

    Posted by Justin Boland on Oct 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

    For the first time in (many) years, a new release from Algorhythms. “Galaxy in Niafunke” was ritual piece we did live for the Love Supreme Tour, and it is being released today as a prelude for an upcoming album. Desert blues & acid philosophy.

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  9. "Lift Off" - Potholes Music

    Posted by Justin Boland on Oct 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

    A welcome surprise on a Monday morning: Potholes Music has released a new (and free) compilation showcasing their ever-growing roster of space cadets. Label compilations are usually a mixed bag at best, but Lift Off manages to sound like a coherent album. The big news here for World Around fans is a brand new Man Mantis track, but this is a strong roster and the project is full of gems. Enjoy.

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