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R.I.P. Lamont “Big L” Coleman (May 30th, 1974 – February 15th, 1999)

Posted in News with tags , , , on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Tim Althaus

February has always been a tough month for the art form of Hip-Hop; not only did J Dilla and Big Pun pass in February, but this month also saw the demise of Big L: one of the greatest emcees of all-time. It seems like the youngest people with the most amount of talent are always the first ones to go, and in Big L’s case, it’s no different. Although he didn’t have a long illustrious career in the rap game, many people still consider him to be one of the greatest emcees to have ever graced the mic. At the time of his death, it was rumored that Big L was in the process of signing to Roc-A-Fella records with Jay-Z and other members as a group called The Wolfpack.

There’s no telling what would have happened if Big L would have never been killed; would Jay-Z still be considered the greatest emcee of all-time? Would I be considering Elzhi the sickest rapper in the game? Who knows… but I can assure you that Mr. Coleman would be amongst the ranks of the most relevant rappers in this or any generation. Big L only released two studio albums while he was alive, and to this day, they both remain classics in the eyes of Hip-Hop heads around the world.

“Everybody keep your L up like that, and it don’t mean lazy motherfucker either”


R.I.P. J Dilla (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006)

Posted in News with tags , , , on Friday, February 10, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I still can’t believe that this man is gone because it always saddens me to think about Jay’s passing. Jay Dee truly was a producer’s producer, and no one will ever be able to top Dilla’s abilities. I feel as though I am a very fortunate human being; experiencing and finding out about Dilla’s music is truly one of the greatest things that has happened in my life. His music is something that I will always be able to confide in whether times are good or bad, and I thank him for that. For those of you fortunate enough to be in the D today, I salute you, and I hope you have an incredible time on Dilla Day.


R.I.P. Tero “Camu Tao” Smith

Posted in Media, Music News, Video with tags , , , , , , on Monday, May 25, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Camu It was exactly one year to the day that I was at Soundset last year. Aesop Rock took the stage and looked visibly shooken. He made the announcement over the microphone that long time friend and associate Camu Tao had passed away. Yesterday at Soundset El-P made sure to remind us that he’d appreciate it if we kept his great friend in our prayers.

Camu Tao was an incredibly integral part of independent Hip-Hop. He was a part of The Weathermen, MHz, Nighthawks (with Cage), Central Services (with El-P) & also a member of Cardboard City. Camu was a great emcee and a great fucking producer. He was a very talented man, and he will be missed for a very long time to come. Throw your “WM’s” up today for Camu and be as loud as you can to show your appreciation.

R.I.P. Tero “Camu Tao” Smith (June 6th, 1977 – May 25th, 2008)

I’ll put up this vid because Aes said it was one song that Camu loved to get live to:

Aesop Rock: “Daylight”

R.I.P. Biggie Smalls (5/21/72-3/9/97)

Posted in News, Video with tags , on Monday, March 9, 2009 by Tim Althaus

fp8997notorious-big-posters Today marks the passing of one of the greatest emcees of all time, Christopher Wallace A.K.A. The Notorious B.I.G. I admit all the time that I don’t listen to Biggie enough, but he is literally one of the most ferocious emcees I have had the pleasure of hearing. This guy tore everything in his way apart, from crack to rap he had the game sealed in every aspect. It really didn’t matter who was on the beat, it could have been Premo or Pete Rock, either way Biggie killed it. Everything that this guy did was ahead of his time. His lyrics were totally on point and he coined some of the best lines that anyone has ever heard. Continue reading