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A Posthumous Sean Price LP Keeps the Rapper’s Rugged Spirit Alive

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On August 8, 2015, the Philadelphia-based beatmaker Small Professor received a message from a friend asking if he’d seen the latest Instagram post from DJ Premier, the legendary producer and spiritual godfather of the hip-hop underground. When Small Pro checked, he was faced with terrible news: rapper Sean Price had died. Price’s departure, at just 43, was felt throughout hip-hop. The husky-voiced MC was beloved for his brawny, punchline-packed lyrics and remarkably fluid flow, coupled with his no-holds-barred sense of humor. “The whole rap world kinda stopped when they heard,” says Small Pro. The news hit Small Pro especially hard; unbeknownst to most of the world, he had been working on an album with Price.

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A Guide to Coalmine Records’ Gritty, ’90s Revivalist Hip-Hop

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When Matt Diamond was fired from his first two jobs after college, he said to hell with the corporate grind and decided to launch a hip-hop label. At the time, the Brooklyn-based Diamond admits he had no music industry experience—“No internship, apprenticeship, job, career, nothing; I didn’t even work at the local record store after school!” He was putting faith in his psychology degree “preparing me well to deal with rappers and various forms of industry bullshit.” In 2005, he founded Coalmine Records and released the venture’s first project in April of that year.

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The Best New Hip-Hop on Bandcamp


This month’s crucial hip-hop picks include indie rap veterans who are embracing their years in the game, video game fiends paying tribute to the late, great Frank White, and a rapper who at one time had the whole Internet convinced he was actually an alias of Nas. In a break from the normal U.S.-based selection, we also take a detour to Auckland, New Zealand where a whole bunch of rap cats are mustering up their own brand of creative hip-hop.
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