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Re-launch Recap

We’ve been back in effect for a few weeks with a new look and a whole new energy. In case you missed anything, here is a guide to the notable posts in the time since our re-launch. Links after the jump.

Features

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger Series: Wise words and Top 5 lists from Sean Price, MF Grimm, and J-Zone.

Funk-O-Rama Vol. 9 – Markshot’s series focuses on tracks with some variation of “funk” in the title. Art by Dirt Dog.

All Over The Map

New Jersey Underground Series: Sfan brings us Vol. 14-17, and the Grand Finale.

Philly Retrospective: Sfan brings us Vol. 11-12, and 13-15.

Boston Underground – Sfan bring us Vol. 4-6.

Analysis

T.R.O.Y. Reborn – Editorial by Thun that proposes incorporating coverage of newer artists into T.R.O.Y.’s blogging cycle.

How Far We Done Fell – Masta Ace’s “As I Reminisce” and Juelz Santana’s “Good Times” hearken back to an age of innocence and fisticuffs.

Change And Uncertainty– Ghostface and Nas warned us about changes we can’t ignore; will the younger generation of rappers report live from the scene.

Genre Personification – Oakland’s Lil B breathes new life into an old rap trope.

Q-Boro Continuum – Meyhem Lauren runs with the torch passed to him by Tragedy, Nas, and Ak Skills.

Peace, Party People – LA’s youthful OFWGKTA’s Mellowhype duo make a concise plea for peace that echoes ATCQ’s “Crew.”

When Did Ced Gee Fall Off? – The Ultramagnetic MCs tested out ability to withstand orthodox styles. Did Ced Gee take it too far?

The Specter Of Downward Mobility – Was De La Soul’s Stakes Is High really about hating on jiggy rappers, or was it concerned with larger problems?

The Tim Dog Effect – Waka Flocka Flame and Celph Titled rap about guns and pussy in hilarious. Why do critics act as if their producers deserve all the credit?

Stop Sleeping

Two Twizz Demos – From the vaults of the Mynd Cruks, out of Eastwick, New Jeruz.

Classic 1824/RXC – Stilltown takes us on a tour through the discography of an underappreciated Pittsburgh crew.

Ruggedness Mad Drama – Get acquainted with this slept-on Philly crew.

Guide to J-Treds – The Indelibles punchline king has more material out thank you think.

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