State of Hip-Hop
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Burnin’ Down The House

“So whenever that House Negro identified himself, he always identified himself in the same sense that his master identified himself. When his master said, “We have good food,” the house Negro would say, “...
by Layne Luv


Shop Talk: DJ Layne Luv chops it up with Mr. Cheeks (LB Fam)

There are times when people in the spotlight have to take a hiatus from the chaotic demands of the business. The beauty of that time away is when you can refocus for the plan to expand, and to see the fruits of that expansion. ...
by Layne Luv


Quan Howell: The Familiar Stranger

Have you ever seen a public figure from a movie or singing group and said “That’s uhhhh” or “Didn’t you used to sing with uhhhh”? Or you see them out on the street and you know they’re ...
by Layne Luv



One 4 Da Family: Big Leto of LB Fam… by DJ Layne Luv

I’ve been in this industry long enough to know who’s really from the soil and who isn’t. Even with the protection of (my brothers & father) from street activity, it’s where I’m from, so I know...
by Layne Luv


Shop Talk: @DJLayneLuv Chops It Up Wit @NeekTheExotic of Main Source

2016 was the year veteran rappers took matters in their own hands. It’s like they finally caught on to the lesson the millennial rappers have been doing all along. They are not waiting for labels to say what’s hot a...
by Layne Luv