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AN ODE TO (MY LIFE WITH) NAS04 / 06 / 2017

As a teenager, my greatest joy in life was to get high and watch Rap City on BET. Although I grew up in Cali, the sounds coming out of New York in the late 90s resonated with me and I quickly become a connoisseur of acts like Lost Boyz, MC Lyte, Redman, Salt-N-Pepa and Wu-Tang Clan…And then came Nas.
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Nothing at the time compared to how I felt the first time I heard Nas’ first album, Illmatic. To this day, listening to “Memory Lane” instantly alters my mood. The magic between him and DJ Premier was and still is undeniable. Listening to that record in its entirety is like visiting with an old friend. It feels as good to me now as it did when I was a teenager.
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INDIE ON THE MOVE: TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH DURING A TOUR04 / 06 / 2017

“I have a love/hate relationship with touring. For all the incredible memories I have from years on the road, it was also stressful, exhausting and emotionally taxing. I’ve read hundreds of DIY music blogs about touring that emphasize the importance of self care but only begin to scratch the surface. We all know the value of proper nutrition and exercise but emotional health is rarely discussed in depth. After years of DIY touring, I have learned some very specific tricks on how to take care of myself in order to stay sane in the middle of insane circumstances. This begins with prioritizing and being protective of essential things such as rest, quiet time, connection and personal boundaries.

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10 VERSES THAT A FEMALE MC BODIED04 / 06 / 2017

Here at g.o.a.t Hip—Hop we’ve been celebrating women’s history month by re-visting the history of women in hip-hop. I’ve always had an affinity for a woman who could spit and I came of age when there were a lot more of them getting mainstream airplay than there are now.

The more I thought about it, I realized that some of my favorite verses from a woman have been on tracks that she shared with her male counterparts, either as a guest feature or in the case of artists like Lauryn Hill and Ladybug Mecca, when she was in a group with men.

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GIVE IT TO ‘EM QUEEN: A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO QUEEN LATIFAH04 / 06 / 2017

Here at g.o.a.t Hip-Hop we’ve been talking a lot about our favorite women in the genre lately and there’s one name in particular that keeps coming up: Queen Latifah. Coincidentally, her birthday happens to fall on March 18, right in the middle of women’s history month. Although there is no blog article long enough to give proper shine to all of her accolades and milestones, I thought it would only be right to make a dedication piece entirely in honor of the Queen and her contributions to hip-hop culture.

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RECOVERY WARRIORS: 4 WORDS OF WISDOM FROM SOMEONE WHO’S BEEN THERE03 / 16 / 2017

My family is moving out of their home of almost 20 years next month. As you can imagine, there are a lot of memories stored in various corners of that house. We moved in right before I went away to college when my siblings were still small. Since then, I’ve lived here on and off many times. This was the house I lived in during my early years in recovery from anorexia.  It was also in this house where I finally surrendered and spent a summer checked into an in-patient rehab clinic for people with eating disorders.

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