Def Squad

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Head Bangers And Hardcore Hits: A Ten-Track Hit Squad Collection

    Tail-end golden era rap fanatics rejoice—the Hit Squad is back! Emerging after Long Islanders Erick Sermon and Parish Smith found fame as EPMD, the Hit Squad drafted in the duo's pugnacious rap mates Redman, K-Solo, Keith Murray and Das EFX and reigned as one of the most beloved rap posses of ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Ten Hip-Hop Covers Of Rap Songs

    ​Last week, the Detroit-based rapper and one-time J Dilla collaborator Elzhi released Elmatic. It's the second time a rapper has re-written and re-made Nas's hallowed Illmatic, with Fashawn attempting a similar feat last year. As a listening experience, Elmatic is less than convincing, leaving ... More >>

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    December 15, 1998

    Consumer Guide

    Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.