Sleeping Giant Music Presents: The Awakening

June 22, 2005

Whatever happened to the compilation? It seems as if no one does a compilation unless it’s a greatest songs album or one of those “Only Sold on TV” multi-CD sets. Now we are just butchered with thousands of mix tapes with no-talent-16-track using DJs, wack writtens portrayed as freestyles, and hosted by folks who have […]

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Speakeasy

June 12, 2005

Many performers can capture the attention of an audience – only a few can actually mesmerize a crowd. Meet Liza Lakes. A Flint, Michigan native, whose love affair with words not only charms her audience, but also brings many (including this hard-shelled journalist) to tears. I caught up with Liza to find out about her […]

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Angry Black White Boy

June 12, 2005

Author: Adam Mansbach Publisher: Crown/Three Rivers Press Employing the conceptual and satirical prose created by Paul Beatty in White Boy Shuffle, Adam Mansbach has penned a dynamite novel that explores race from the perspective of a hip-hop generation white male. Macon is a white kid from Boston who has immersed himself knee-deep in “golden age” […]

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A Question of the “Wife Beater”

June 12, 2005

I eagerly opened up my VERBALISMS email so that I could read the issue. I look forward to this. I was elated when I received the email that VERBALISMS would be available as a tangible mag! So you might imagine my dismay when I began digesting the article authored by Deborah Magdalena entitled “Creative Passion […]

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Rock Steady

June 12, 2005

Hello. My name is Pla!n Jane and I just viewed your website. I am a female emcee in San Diego, CA. I don’t see too much out there on true hip-hop females. So I entered “female emcee” into Google and up came VERBALISMS…. nice. I read the reviews and saw the talent on the webpage […]

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Serving Up A Stiffed One

June 6, 2005

Inspired by dreams, spontaneity, impulse, energy and interaction, Santi has the essentials to write a song. “I don’t normally open my journal to create a song; writing doesn’t have to be premeditated.” Come to think about it, neither is life in the eyes of Santi White. At sixteen, Santi interned for Philadelphia International record label. […]

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Second Quarter

June 4, 2005

Without a struggle, there can be no progress. AMP (Minneapolis) Synergy Crew (Chicago) Siloette (Phoenix)

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Don’t Call It A Comeback

June 3, 2005

Early Friday morning, six artists kicked off day two of the B-Girl Be Summit doing what they love. Zori4 (Puerto Rico), Lady K Fever (NYC), TooFly (NYC), Siloette (Phoenix), Phem9 (Kansas City) Asia One (Los Angeles) and Lady Pink (NYC) are the featured artists participating in the Aerosol Art Mural Production on the outer walls […]

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Lights, Camera, Rehearsal

June 2, 2005

After a much too long drive from Chicago to Minneapolis for the first B-Girl Be Summit, I was weary and little tired. But as I pulled up in front of the Intermedia Arts Gallery and saw the newly painted baby blue building (a fresh canvas for the weekend’s many graffiti talents who will be showcasing […]

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Jennifer Johns: heavyelectromagneticsoularpoeticjunglehop

May 30, 2005

There are several people who run about and use the term “eclectic” very loosely. There are also quite a few so called artists who will tell you that they are taking things to the next level. Quite a few will make some bold comparisons like “she is the next Jill Scott,” “his sound is reminiscent […]

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