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Illa J

John ‘Illa J’ Yancey is a hip hop producer/MC from Detroit, Michigan and better known as the younger brother of the late legendary producer J Dilla. In 2006 after the passing of his older brother, Illa J was invited by the live band Guerrilla Funk Mob to perform Dilla’s rhymes at a Detroit tribute show, a concept which was taken on the road soon after for a European tour. A self-released EP was issued in 2007, featuring self-productions, with the exception of one track ("Me and My Brother") produced by Jay Dee.

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DJ Spinna

DJ Spinna (b. Vince Williams), is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. A steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library & the willingness to pursue - the full extent of his roots (funk, soul & jazz), foundation (hip-hop) & future (electronic / dance music) - without restraint. A cornerstone of Hip-Hop's late 90's indie-uprise...

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Mr. DNA

1;Mr. DNA is a three-piece rock band that has been based in Indianapolis, Indiana since 1998. The band is made up of Adam Brenner (vocals, guitar), Kris Manier (drums), and Jason Sisk (guitar). They released a five-song EP called "Rock Music" in 1999. A follow-up full length "Melt The Planet" was completed in 2008. 2; Mr DNA is a local Melbourne kid, I think he

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O.C. & A.G.

Oasis is a full-length studio album by the D.I.T.C. members O.C. and A.G.. The album was released on November 24, 2009 through D.I.T.C./Baby Grande after being pushed back several times. 8 of the 16 songs is produced by Frenchman Eric Blaze who previously collaborated with the duo on The Movement. Additional production is handled by Statik Selektah as well as legendary D.I.T.C. producers Lord Finesse and Show, who's also the executive producer of the project.

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Stig of the Dump

Drunk, chubby, aggressive, homeless, and geordie. The perfect combination for a rapper. Stig Of The Dump, born in Newcastle, moved to London, released his debut in 2007, and won the EOW championship. He is most famous for his freestyle battles.

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Tanya Morgan

Who is Tanya Morgan? Although the name evokes something of a neo-soul songstress, the music is overtly hip hop. Making matters even more complicated, this woman’s name is actually the pseudonym for a group of three male MCs. Not confused yet? Well try this on for size: Tanya Morgan is a group comprised of Von Pea and Ilwil (Ilyas and Donwill) - two totally separate acts. Now, relax that furrowed brow while I get you up to speed on the future of the culture.

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Joe Kickass

Frustrated by most of today’s hiphop, Joe drops the accessories and takes it back to basics. Brought up by listening to jazz, Joe starts rhyming and producing at a young age. Inspired by the oldskool he constantly chops up dusty records to create headnoddin’ beats. Improvising with the means he has, Joe uses an umbrella and bed covers for a vocal booth and a bunch of shoeboxes for rhymebooks. His ever growing stack of lyrics portrays the world he lives in, in a skillful and often witty manner. When Joe’s hand isn’t holding a pen, it’s holding a pencil.

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The Coup

The Coup is a group based in Oakland, California. It formed as a three-member group in 1992 with rappers (Raymond) Boots Riley and E-Roc along with DJ Pam the Funkstress. E-Roc left on amicable terms after the group's second album, but appears on the track "Breathing Apparatus" on The Coup's third album, Steal This Album. The group is now a duo. The Coup, part of the sub-genre of political hip hop, is politically radical and Marxist in their music, and align themselves with other radical hip-hop groups like dead prez.

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Wax

Eight artists go by the name Wax:
1. An American creative/experimental Hip Hop/Rap/Acoustic artist.
2. A pop group active in between 1985 and 1988 consisting of American singer-songwriter Andrew Gold and British singer Graham Gouldman of 10cc fame.
3. An American Pop Punk band known for the 1995 song California
4. A female South Korean singer active in the 2000s (see: 왁스)
5. An alias of Dutch dance producer Robert Meijer
6. A short lived Swedish punk band active in the early 1980s
7. A Japanese rapper from the group SD JUNKSTA

Read more about Wax on Last.fm.

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