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The Late, Great DJ K-Swift Receives Three New Musical Tributes

July 19, 2011
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The Late, Great DJ K-Swift Receives Three New Musical Tributes

This Thursday marks the third anniversary of the death of Baltimore club DJ and local radio icon Khia “Club Queen K-Swift” Edgerton, a tragic loss to the city’s music scene that hasn’t gotten any less heartbreaking or difficult to accept in the time since then. Countless tribute songs popped up in the months immediately...
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Video: Skarr Akbar Goes After Gotham in “Jackpot”

April 12, 2011
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Video: Skarr Akbar Goes After Gotham in “Jackpot”

Cinematic ambitions and movie homages are nothing new for hip-hop videos. And Skarr Akbar’s “Jackpot” isn’t even the first rap vid to take its inspiration from Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. But while the Baltimore rapper’s 6-minute “mini-movie” for the single off of last year’s The Pursuit of Happyness...
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The Man With the Hand Comes Around

September 10, 2009
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The Man With the Hand Comes Around

Comp | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Five years ago, Comp was looking like Baltimore hip-hop’s best mainstream hope, with a Def Jam contract, songs on movie and video game soundtracks, a guest spot with Ghostface Killah, and a single in rotation on 92Q. Since then, he’s gone independent as his music has become...
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Teop Gets A Little Help From His Friends: Teop, Comp, Mullyman, Skarr Akbar, Little Clayway, Huli Shallone, Heavy Gold, 1st Family, SL Danga, Al Great, Sonar, June 26

July 2, 2008
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Teop Gets A Little Help From His Friends: Teop, Comp, Mullyman, Skarr Akbar, Little Clayway, Huli Shallone, Heavy Gold, 1st Family, SL Danga, Al Great, Sonar, June 26

It only happens once or twice a year, but now and then it feels like the whole Baltimore hip-hop community converges together under one roof for a particular show, where damn near half of it is on the bill and much of the remainder is in the audience networking. Usually, the occasion is the...
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