Pro-Verb’s Lyrical Workout Plan

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In the eyes of many Hip Hop is getting rather out of shape, but instead of staring into the mirror and grabbing hold of some lyrical flab, rapper Pro-Verb decided to whip it back into shape with his epic track The Workout.

Looking to fill the position of Hip Hop’s personal trainer, West Coast MC Pro-Verb provides no less than 20 minutes of pure lyrical heat complimented by production from a.Fam super producer Focus… What separates The Workout from other Hip Hop epics is the distinct lack of repetition and poetic padding that was rife in The Game’s Bars efforts for example. In fact the only use of repetition in the entire song is his call to action for lyrically unfit.

Claming that he is ‘in it for the long haul,’ Verb maintains his extraordinarily high standard throughout the 20 minute joint, which is an impressive feat even for the most experienced MC. Producer Focus…, who has worked closely with the likes of The Game, Dr Dre and Chino XL, is equally as on point, only fuelling Verb’s energy further.

Displaying a sharp wit and an even sharper flow, Verb proudly mentions he ‘don’t namedrop’ and he ‘don’t know Big’ and ‘can’t claim Pac,’ highlighting his lack of embellishment but maintaining just enough creative license. After all, it is important to have a balanced workout.

Hotter than a summer day in Lucifer’s back yard, The Workout puts many artists to shame when it comes to lyrical quality and rhythmic accuracy. So rather than complain about the state of the genre, I strongly suggest that other rappers start lifting some lyrical weights and follow Pro-Verb’s example.

The Workout (full version) is available for download from

Mr. Magic Tribute: Another Legend in Hip Hop Heaven

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Hip Hop is once again in mourning for one of its ground-breaking DJs. My primary platform has confirmed confirmed that rap radio legend Mr. Magic passed away earlier today after suffering a heart attack. Back in the early 80s when the genre was really only just beginning to grow, ‘Mr Magic’s Rap Attack’ was a key factor in allowing it to really blossom.

The show, which began in 1983, also introduced the world to the young Marley Marl and went on to influence some of Hip Hop’s biggest artists, including the likes of Tupac Shakur, Nas, KRS-One and Rakim. Dr Premier, who today posted a tribute to Magic on his blog, also cites the innovative DJ as a huge influence, as “he paved the way for all radio stations that ever did mix shows.”

Mr Magic’s other considerable contribution to the culture was The Juice Crew, which he co-founded. The renowned Hip Hop collective featured a number of significant artists that were key in the development of the genre, such as Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie and of course Marley Marl.

Whilst it is of course important to show respect for this revolutionary DJ following his passing, it is also important to honour and remember his great contributions to our genre. There are a lot of artists and especially DJs today that would benefit from taking note of these absolutely pivotal developments in Hip Hop. Only by retracing the steps of our pioneering predecessors can we carve a new and exciting path for our culture.

Soundclip: WBLS

Hip Hop/Dancehall Collabos: A Match Made in Music Heaven

In celebration of my first day at RIDDIM Magazine (Europe’s biggest Reggae/Dancehall magazine) here is just one reason why Hip Hop and Dancehall and therefore in turn Info and RIDDIM are good for each other!

One of my favourite Hip Hop and Dancehall collaboarations, Busta went all out on this one, as did Bounty…Enjoy!