Kronick Online ISSUE30:2001
SNOOP DOG - In The Dogg House
It ain't easy being the World's Greatest Rapper these days. Just ask Snoop
Dogg. He's seen it all in his career that spans over a decade. He started
out on top with Dr. Dre and after ten hard years, he's come full circle.
There was a time when many critics and fans from coast to coast thought
Snoop was played out when he went down South. But that could never happen as
long as Dre is there to provide optimum Gangsta beats.
CAPONE 'N NOREAGA - Back Together
I'll always remember the first three times I met Noreaga of C-N-N. The first
was on the day of his Los Angeles release party for the NORE album. He was
in town and we happened to bump into each other in the elevator at the BMG
building, or I should say my crew and his bigger crew crossed paths. At the
time, I remember hating on him that very day to my mens telling them, "Who
the fuck is this Nore muthafucka anyway?! What?!?"
TALIB KWELI - New Testament
Perception can be a tricky thing. It can lead one to believe things that may
or may not be true. In the case of Talib Kweli the preparation was standard
and he didn't make it any easier for this scribe. The interview started cold
and there were a lot of deleted short answers. It took longer than
anticipated because for the eleven questions and answers printed here, there
were twenty-two others that at times seemed like verbal sparring, with this
writer getting jabbed repeatedly.
BEENIE MAN - Bless-ed Soul-jah
We asked to Cover the most preeminent Worldwide Reggae Artist; it's true, it's true.
And so to Jamaica Blaq, Chan & Pupecki flew. This Artist was loved by most, yet by
some he was hated too. From the time we set foot 'pon Kingston, everybody knew. So
what did we do? What did we do?
DE LA SOUL - Historically Significant
De La Soul is the name, you know the game. Makers of good and honest Hip Hop that has
weathered the test of time. They've been in it long enough; 4 albums in over 10 years
and a hardcore worldwide fan base that spans from the UK to Japan.
CARL THOMAS - Cool & Deadly
Carl Thomas is one of the chosen few. Many compare him to Marvin Gaye while others compare
him to a ghetto Stevie Wonder. One thing is for certain; Carl Thomas is the first Bad
Boy artist to have his own video without P-Diddy all up in it. He also stands apart from
most, if not all others by way of composition and melody. He gets respect in the streets
of Hip Hop while impressing the soft-shoe R&B audience enough to share the best of both worlds.
EMINEM - Fat Chance
Eminem, Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers. Who is he? Why do we see him all
over magazines and television shows that no other rapper has graced
before (Except Snoop) for all the wrong reasons? What's all the ruckus
surrounding him anyway? Where is he going lyrically? When exactly did Dr.
Dre see the light in this white kid from middle America and when will the madness diminish?
SCARFACE - No Misunderstanding
Brad Jordan is an ordinary guy based on every conversation we've had over
the years. This is my opinion. He's not insane like some in this Hip Hop
media portray him. He's not this large and imposing figure as described
physically, so much as possessing a thunderous voice of authority and conviction.
SADAT X - Full Circle
After four group albums and a solo album to boot, Sadat X has returned with a
new dolo outing entitled The State Of New York vs. Derek Murphy. For all intents
and purposes it looks like Sadat X has come FULL CIRCLE
SHAGGY - Reggae Go Pop
From "Oh Carolina" to "Boombastic", "That Girl" and "Love Me, Love Me", the
man is gonna make you "Dance & Shout". Funny thing is Shaggy already blew up
years ago and he still makes REGGAE GO POP
COMMON SENSE - Artistic Equipoise
It's a small miracle in the year Duece triple-O that an artist has a
catalogue of music that can be looked upon as a complete body of work.
And out of the handful of artists or groups that meet this highest of
high standard, Common has to be considered the one with yet the most
STEVIE WILLIAMS - Skateboarder Exhibit #1
It's never been a better time for skateboarding. Just ask Stevie Williams, a 20
year old professional skateboarder from Philly. He can tell you about how he
struggled for years riding for weak companies until finally finding a home at
THE FACTS OF LIFE - User Friendly Guide to West Coast Rap
In this new millenium we can't expect the passage to manhood to be any less
complicated than decades past. I've heard that Hip Hop is the "voice of the
next generation". With this in mind I've decided to delve deep into the
inner core of Hip Hop to find out what advice these rappers are giving
young men through their undeniably powerful lyrics.
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DJ KRUSH - Kracking the Code
In 1986, at breakdancing's height in Japan, he spun at Yoyogi Park for the
dance crews and competed with other DJs. Together with MC Muro and DJ Go,
he formed the Krush Posse a year later. They recorded two tracks together,
but as Hip-Hop declined, his group disbanded and he went solo. Frustrated when
no one would show him or Hip-Hop love up in the club (and the studio), he took
his slow, jazzy, beat-heavy sound to Europe.
JAYO FELONY - Righteous Indignation
While most MC's of prominence on the West Coast are knowledgeable of the
skills possessed by Jayo Felony, the general public may only know about him
from the song he did with Method Man and DMX. He proved that he could give it
to you, but what you gonna do with it?
FIELD MOB - Southern Exposure
A couple of hours south of Atlanta just shy of the Florida border rests a
small town called Albany, Georgia. Out of that town come a dynamic duo that
do nothing but varnish, not tarnish the Southern image we have as
Dirty-Dirty. These kids are part of a Mob from the Fields.
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NEPTUNES - Revenge of the N.E.R.D.S.
How many kids did you know in High school that weren't "Cool" or belonged to the "In crowd". You know, the cats who weren't exactly on the football or basketball team, but rather in the Honor Society or the halftime band? The ones you saw but never knew their names, or didn't really bother to know because they were always quiet and to themselves?
TASH - Off Shore Flow
Fast talkin', pimp walkin' and street hawkin' is that dude from The Likwit Crew with more styles than Snapple got juice. Tryin' to have a straight conversation with him ain't easy when every other comment is peppered with wisecracks and jokes about whatever sporting event might flash across the boob tube.
KELIS - Pretty in Pink
Upon first sight, I thought she was a model. After speaking with her I realized she was a cross between around-the-way & Uptown girl. In fact she was all that and then some.
LEE SMITH - Skate Life
Let Axion Shoes' Lee Smith take you through the Skate Life.
GENASIDE II - Process of Elimination
England's DJ Kris expounds on the motivations behind his newest project.
LIL' WAYNE - Dirt Clean
Direct from the set of Baller Blockin': The Movie, Lil' Wayne busts
out the update on his life and rhymes.
Kronick Online ISSUE23
Who We Askin'? - the definitive hip hop survey!
Does your thugged out collection of music keep you ice grilled and your gat cocked? Are you
too busy counting your Benjamins to realize what lifestyle you're livin'? Who's to say what the definitive
Hip Hop lifestyle is? Relax, we've thrown together a little quiz for you to figure out where you fit into
the nut grabbin', cypher flowin', one stackin' scheme of things.
Bust A Bust - Women and Hip Hop
What started as a grandiose idea to do an all female issue had been reduced
to a simple staff symposium on our music's "other half". I proceeded with a painful and
unrelentless interrogation with our ain't-nothin'-soft-or-sweet staff in hopes to make
some people around the office admit to some things that they were either unaware of or
just too ashamed to say.
Black Rob: Mistaken Identity
The night we knew we were gonna interview Black Rob, all bets were on from our DJ Ashknuckles tape we got seven months ago. By now, everyone knows who Madd Rapper is. That's no longer a secret. But it's the government name of the Angry Producer that everyone (including Kronick's very own) is clamoring for.
Caine Gayle: Keep It Movin'
Caine Gayle has been rockin' it steady ever since the days of H-Street. He's seen and lived through all the trends, bad and good. He's even reached platinum skate status with appearences on ESPN's X-Games. Caine rides for All City skateboards, Axion shoes, Droors clothing, and Nixon watches.
MC Eiht - Hoods, Raps, and Straps
GZA: Phonetic Intellect
Welcome to Hip Hop 2000 where there is very little time to say a whole lot. All that rushing about to drop an extra album, or rearranging one's whole format to fit in with their supposed "Karmic Rebirth" is dead. But there was one who came in `99 named Genius bearing the same lyrical prowess that Liquid Swords utilized to take a slew of heads with one fell swing.
Screwball - Knuckle Up
The future of the QB now rests in the hands of crowd movers like Nature, Cormega, and the fellows who gave us our guided tour thru their Hood. They go by the name of Screwball.
Terror Squad: Loved and Feared
Fat Joe, Big Pun, Seis, Prospect, Armageddon. Kronick breaks it down.
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Afu Ra - Dechipher the Code
You remember him as Jeru's right hand man from both the Damaja's albums, and
the charismatic and dialectic Afu also left an indelible mark on the face of Hip Hop that won't easily be forgotten.
In fact Ra is one of the most sought after, yet hard-to- find MC's on the NYC landscape.
Alcohol! - Can't Live Without It!
BG: The Franchise
Gang Starr - Lock 'n Load
Guru and DJ Premiere expound on the phenomonon that is.. Gang Starr.
Kid Rock - The Unforgiven
The one and only white trash hip hop underground rocker America has recently embraced, but can he shake the shadow of Vanilla Ice?
NAS - Above It All
All regional travels and additional features aside, who we want and who we get most often works out for the best albeit nothing EVER goes as planned. And that-there is the beauty of this Cover.
It just so happens that on our way home from NY, who just-so-happened to be ridin' high in the "Nicest Skies"? Guess one could say we were "United" with Nas on Cloud 9...
Kronick Issue 19, Online Version
New Daily Dread! The Madness Continues
[Daily?] Meshack is back?!? Check out whats cooking!
BLACK MOON Act Two
[07/11] Evil Dee and Buckshot Shorty lay it out.
BRAND NUBIAN True and Living
[04/14] A interview with Brand Nubian's Jamar, Sadat, and DJ Alamo.
New Orleans Road Fools The Murder Capital of the US!
[04/01] Check out the Kronick crew's latest adventures abroad!
Daily Dread New Orleans / New York Meshack on Meshack
[Daily] Be sure to peep our online Road Fools xxxclusive!
SHIRT OFF MY BACK You Know His Steeze
[3/8] How I learned to stop fearing the swag and love it.
PRODIGY The 41st Side of Things
[3/5] The one you got your rhyme style from.
CHAD MUSKA Beats, Grinds, and Life
[3/5] What can't he do?
DAEWON SONG Don't Sweat the Tech
[3/5] The MATIX man puts it down!
Kronick Issue 18, Online Version|
TRICKY Wicked Ways
Tricky? On the cover? Who the fuck is he anyway? And what the fuck is his music about? You're joking, right?
THE ROOTS Under Growth
What some fail to realize is the height of any tree in the sky has roots that go twice as deep inside the earth. So for perception's sake Kronick takes you deeper than most by going to the core. Like atoms to molecules, cells to organisms, Jazz to Hip Hop, MC's to Drums, afros to dreads, we got Thoughts & Questions; as in BLACK THOUGHT and ?UESTLOVE.
Lyrical dexterity & thought-transference: you can count the number of MC's on one hand that are able to transcend time and space with the utterance of a verse. Ras Kass is one of those less-than-a-handful Universe-movers. His are rhymes consisting of substance, style, street, and sophistication all wrapped in eloquent deliveries and incisive, yet meticulous flows.
TIM GAVIN Get Your Grind On
Tim Gavin a.k.a. the Gavinator has seen alot of skating at the ripe age of 24. With over 5 years of pro skate experience, his own skate shoe company, and now a new clothing company Matix under his belt he's a busy guy to say the least. I found he was a very humble and easy person to talk to, even if he didn't smoke weed.
THE GALLERY What is not seen
The continuing adventures of the Kronick crew, with never-before-seen photos and more misguided fashion statements.
THE GUESTBOOK Speak Your Piece
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