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A Bonus Cut Feature: An Interview With DJ Soko


By: Gus Navarro

Last week I was in New York City visiting a friend and was able to sit down with Michigan native DJ Soko, a current resident of Brooklyn. Soko has been involved in hip-hop for over ten years but his emergence onto the scene as an artist is still relatively recent. That being said, he has been extremely active on the 1’s and 2’s between DJ’ing at parties and for MC’s such as Journalist 103 and Kopelli. In 2010 he teamed up with Journalist 103 and Apollo Brown to form The Left. The trio put out Gas Mask, one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of the past five years. Soko is somebody that is very proud of where he is from and the particular sound and image that is associated with the Detroit hip-hop scene. On top of that, he is an artist that loves what he does and cares deeply for the integrity of his craft. It was a true honor to have the chance to sit down and talk with him about his experiences and passion for hip-hop.

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Tuning Into Some Turntablism

via Kester Brewin

via Kester Brewin

By: Daniel Hodgman

One of the many reasons why hip-hop culture is so appealing to me as a student is that of its depth. When some people think about hip-hop, they think purely about the musical aspect. They sometimes associate rap, or even more so, mainstream rap, with what hip-hop is all about. The fact is that hip-hop is so much more. Along with MCing, hip-hop also consists of the physical realm of breaking (b-boys/b-girls), the visual realm of graffiti art and the phonic realm of turntablism. And to me, turntablism may be the least talked about realm of hip-hop culture, when really, it shouldn’t be.

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