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As the films says… “America was born in the streets.” Martin Scorsese’s epic 2002 film adaptation of Herbert Asbury’s 1928 book “Gangs of New York” was set in the Five Points district of Manhattan, where poverty and newly arrived immigrants tried to make their way and achieve the American dream. Where gangs ran the city from the streets to Tammany Hall.

In 1998, Big Pun aka Punisher would drop his classic album “Capital Punishment” that would feature several hits such as “Still Not a Player”/”I’m Not a Player”, “Glamour Life” and “Boomerang” but his success came much sooner off a leaked track called “Twinz (Deep Cover ’98) featuring Fat Joe. With a rhythmic back and forth between the two hip hop heavyweights off of Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg’s Deep Cover track, they delivered a classic.

Did you know that “It Wasn’t Me” was never intended to be released as a single off of Shaggy’s album “Hot Shot”? As the story goes, DJ Pablo Sato out of Hawaii downoaded a pre-released version of the album back in 2000. Realizing that “It Wasn’t Me” was the standout track, he played it on American airwaves the next day and the rest is history. “It Wasn’t Me” features the vocals of RikRok and the...

From the early beginnings of Guru, DJ 1, Mike Dee and producers Donald D, J.V. Johnson and DJ Mark the 45 King to the most popular version of the group featuring Guru and DJ Premier, Gang Starr has held legendary status for almost 30 years. Gang Starr’s single “Mass Appeal” is from the album Hard to Earn off of EMI Records which also featured tracks such as “DWYCK” featuring Nice & Smooth, “Code of the...