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Breaking Hooligans (listen/download)

Say hello to Chicago native R.i.C of Front Row Gang Entertainment. He’s a rapper, producer, and an activist. He describes his music as having a message but still retaining the attractive elements that people have come to love about Hip-Hop. He credits the new wave of social media for helping him get his foot in the door. His desire is to successfully navigate through the world of music while at the same time staying true to who he is as an artist and person. Recently, he released his debut mixtape Breaking Hooligans. Proceed past the break to find out the deal on The Illixer‘s three favorite tracks.

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Hop Da Great is a fresh emcee on the rise out of the Bronx (NY). He prides himself on creating good music with meaningful intellectual elements. He works hard to ensure that his music catalog consists of content that appeals to a wide range of listeners and has a positive impact. To ensure his success, he works to remain down to earth and consistent, facing all challenges and obstacles head on. Which is an approach that has turned out well for him, since he has done impressive numbers in all areas of his career with no type of help from indie or mainstream resources. Earlier this month, he released a new song / video called “What Happened.” It is an ode to African American inventors /entrepreneurs in honor of Black History Month. Here is what was shared about the project: “The song tells the names of some of the most iconic figures in Black History. Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States History. This video shows a glimpse of famous firsts in African American history and other Black History facts. Black History is an indispensable key to understanding the nation’s past, present, and future. A thorough grasp of Black History also gives great insight to the present state of the Black race, as well as it’s overall impact on America. Without understanding how things came to be, it is difficult to make much sense of the current situation or to form solutions to current issues concerning African Americans. This video gives that understanding in a more modern and urban outlook.” Take a peek after the jump.


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Are you there Kanye? It’s me, Sanity. Over the past week, our favorite passionate rapper Kanye West, has been using his shows as therapy sessions. From his big brother Jay-Z, to big corporations, they all felt his wrath. An excerpt of the first night he rants: “Remind me again why Grammys can suck my d-ck? Remind me again who was the original super fly and I got love for HOV but I ain’t f-cking with that “Suit & Tie.” Remind me again why we in this sh-t? Since when was making music about getting rich? Since when was making art about getting rich? Remind me why we arguing about f-cking somebody else’s  b-tch?” The second night he didn’t rant, he just screamed for two minutes. After clearing his air-passages, he then ‘Randy Watson(ed)’ the mic and walked off. (Now I ain’t saying he’s losing it, but he’s got a few screws loose.) Now the third night, he went on to compare himself to Picasso, Walt Disney, and Steve Jobs.