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Inbox to Boombox #1

Peace. It has been a minute since we dropped something new on the blog, but thanks to everyone who has been logging on and adding themselves to the Facebook group.  Like everywhere across the globe, summer is a busy time for family, work, vacations, and music. Japan is no different. Recently, we have been flooded with new music and wanted to share some of this on the site. Typically those duties have been handled by our resident connoisseur StrongArm, but my inbox is full, so I am going to drop

The Hip-Hop of Asian America: An Interview with MORris Done

MORris Done is a San Francisco-based emcee. He forms part of Bay Area hip hop groups The People’s Tree and Still People, and specializes in introspective lyricism and complex rhyme structures. MORris is a rare breed of artist: a unique and compelling writer, a technically sound performer, and a fellow Asian American emcee. I caught up with MORris about his past and current projects, as well as how his heritage and life in the Bay have influenced his work. Check out MORris at: Alex Sun Liu is a

5 on 5: Jerry "Da Hermit" Dalalo

Welcome to the new interview/conversation here at Word for Word, where we chop it up with the tastemakers and culture bearers who are making waves either in their city, their country, or worldwide. 5 on 5 is not your typical ask a question and get a response. There are 5 music questions and then 5 life questions. Some serious and some off the wall. We hope you enjoy the format, as well as get exposed to some new ish. Our first guest is San Jose OG, Jerry "Da Hermit" Dalalo. He is a producer, art

A Few Unsung Hip-Hop Heroines

What’s up, hip-hop fam, MLS here.  As you should very well know, last month was Women’s History Month. At the Mega Late Show, we’ve been bumping some of our favorite women artists in celebration. It is indeed April now, but we all agree there’s never a bad time to highlight the contributions and importance of all women in the world. When it comes to the history of hip-hop, every era has had countless game changers further molding the culture.  Despite those contributions, even the most

Hip Hop: Out of The Closet?

I remember growing up in the early eighties. Both Hip-Hop and I were young and growing. Learning and experimenting. Living in Detroit in the eighties itself was an adventure and Hip-Hop provided the soundtrack to that adventure. Everybody I knew wanted to rap or break dance. I was no different. Besides the drug dealers, neighborhood hustlers, and gangsters, rappers were the men most of us wanted to be like. We emulated them, walk, talk and even dressed like them. Even spit their lines at girls (