Who else, aside from myself would like to play game show host for a face-off of “who knows more?” when it comes to Hip Hop history between Bloggerhouse brethren, Dart Adams and Werner Von-Wallenrod? I’m tellin’ you, my freakin’ head would explode. Whether it’s his quirky youtube (Werner’s Twin Hype segment is Classic!) videos or droppin’ knowledge on some of the most obscure singles in Hip-Hop on the daily, this dude knows his stuff! And his archives? Dude is like the closest thing to The Source back in it’s heyday. Check Werner out HERE, a humble, little Hip-Hop blog indeed!
What!? Somebody want beats!? Aside from Dart holding down the fort at ProducersIKnow, one of the sites that I most frequent is HipHopHypeDog. Yeah, so what, I’m not necessarily in love with the blog’s moniker, but who gives a damn? These cats place a heavy emphasis on showcasing some of the best underground production around. You may have heard Myke Forte, Xperiment and Munoz on plenty of occasions via #SCRUNCHFACE, but guess where we heard ‘em first? Yup, you got it, visit ‘em HERE, props to these cats for puttin’ in serious work and keeping Dart, Trav and I “in the loop”.
Yeah, I may be a bit biased to All You Can Eat Hip Hop, but ‘uff it! The Bloggerhouse tees and header images? Yeah, thank my dude Catch91 from A.Y.C.E., but regardless, I frequent this site often because they’re not just like your regular “post every e-mail you get in the inbox” blog. A.Y.C.E., has a unique, distinct taste in Hip Hop. Search the archives and you’ll find some of the best in Seattle Hip-Hop and then some, a ton of material here that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Check ‘em HERE.
I can GUARANTEE you if you’re searching for that old Ron G, Clue, Doo Wop or S & S mixtape you’ll find it at OriginalHipHop. Site operator, S.O.U.L. has damn near every mixtape from back in the day for that trip down memory lane. You wanna’ speak on endless archives? This dude’s been doin’ it for a minute, it’s amazing that he still finds obscure material to post. Visit S.O.U.L. HERE.
Iight Danj!, after this post, you need to hit up my dude Catch 91 from A.Y.C.E. and he’ll hook you up with a new header, LOL. What Danj! Loves The ’90s may lack in imagery it more than makes up for in content (hey, you’re talking to the dude that had a PINK background for whentheyreminisce.blogspot.com at one time!). While today’s Ipod generation may not appreciate what the Pespi generation does, Danj! takes you for a trip down memory lane with clever, well-thought posts that detail some of the ’90′s finest music. Danj! won’t slay you with daily content, but when he does update, it’s well worth the wait. Check ‘em HERE.
Maaan, I ALWAYS forget about these cats! Platform 8470 has been around for a minute (2006), I even did some guest reviews a few years back for dudes. If you’re searching for underground, Platform 8470 has got it! Also, you’ll find some recent dope interviews with the likes of J Sands and Mr. Brady begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting amongst a ton of other underground heads there. Check out the Platform HERE.
The Word Is Bond is a site that I just recently (within the last quarter) discovered, yet it has quickly become one of my instant favorites. With a sleek, elegant site design and potent content, The Woird Is Bond is one of the site’s out there that most parallels Bloggerhouse’s musical taste. Peep the site description below, pretty damn accurate I’d say!
“The Word Is Bond.Com is more than just a website. We are the embodiment of a movement striving towards the growth of the arts. As a team of dedicated writers, we try our best to deliver quality hip-hop music and articles.
Now more than ever, fans of hip-hop look for sites that can provide an alternative to mainstream boredom. Here you will find all sorts of underground gems, but mostly you will find the truth. Unlike many other publications, our reviews aren’t biased, nor will we try and ‘sell’ you an artist.”
While I’m not necessarily a fan of the site’s first page, magazine layouts often give me a headache, it does capture the site’s title fairly accurately. AboveGroundMag is pure dope, with reviews based on a “dollar and cents” purchase then just a numerical rating, Above Ground is quickly becoming a trendsetter in the blogosphere. While site navigation may be a pain in the ass to a simple-minded person like myself, AboveGround is definitely breaking ground with well-written features and on-point reviews.
Poor site design? No header? No problem. Hip Hop As It Should Be is absolutely INSANE when you’re talking about some of the most obscure 12″, out of print records, on/off the market. Lemme’ tell you, I spent most of Saturday skimming through the archives of this site and tracking down gems from the likes of Shorty Long, Constant Deviants, Lord Digga, etc. If you’re looking for the rarest of the rare, chances are, you’ll find it here. It’s funny, on my Ipod I know have a folder named “12″ singles” that is comprised of nearly 1,200 individual tracks that I’ve obtained from this site. Make sure you have your Megaupload subscription up to date, as with even a year’s purchase for unlimited downloading, you’ll more than make up for it with all the goodness you’ll capture from Hip Hop As It Should Be.
Ya’ know, funny thing, I didn’t even realize that yesterday marked the 1 year anniversary that my site, When They Reminisce, Trav’s “Wake Your Daughter Up” and last but not least, Dart’s “Poisonous Paragraphs” merged to form Bloggerhouse. However, there was also one member (two actually) who declined the invite to become the fourth member of Bloggerhouse. That’s right the one and only Jaz of Cold Rock Da Spot, fronted on us, LOL. Now, Jaz has been around for a minute as well, but I know that cats are still fronting on Jaz’ fat tape series. While he may not update as frequently as he used to, Jaz is right up there with Dart when it comes to knowledge of Hip Hop history.
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