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Why Is a Deep Ellum Club Owner Banning Genres of Music in the Name of Safety?

DJs Christy Ray and Ursa Minor refuse to change their formats after a crackdown on trap and turn-up, because it really isn't about that.
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For This Dallas Producer, Friendly Competition is a Way to Help Survivors of Violence

Joel “Sikwitit” Garcia gives his peers visibility by organizing beat battles. He's extending his reach at SXSW.
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Rakim Al-Jabbaar Keeps And Makes History With No Pen Theory

The namesake of lyricist Rakim and son of Nemesis' Big Al improvs with all the dynamic of jazz.
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Concert Review: Lil B Stages a Revival in the Name of a ‘Based God’ at Prophet Bar

The Prophet Bar's main entrance sports polite-but-unnecessary directions: you actually find their "Big Room" by the sea of Lil B fans spilling onto Main Street. You can't mistake the swarm of pink bandanas and floral print shorts: this is soon-to-be legendary ground, marked specifically for California-based rapper Lil B's first Dallas performance. Teenagers spill into two equally impatient lines in front of The Prophet Bar's dark-bricked, sticker-covered venue, and I fit in comfortably in the "no ticket" line with my fellow procrastinators. Waiting only takes an uncomfortably warm 45 minutes, which is more than enough time to spot more than 10 floral print T-shirts, two Supreme 'fits,  and five band shirts that have nothing to do with Lil B (but undeniably look cool, which is always important.) The group of dudes behind me crack jokes about the parking; the girls in front of me look at me funny, which I understand: I am wearing a floral print button-up myself but, unlike the boys in line, I'm not boasting about its fit.
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5 Questions With Hip Hop Duo The Mohicans

You won't hear them tell it, but The Mohicans are something like modern day hip-hop superheros. The duo talks to us about future plans, Houston hip-hop, and dream collaborations.
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STRFKR, Onra, Ben Aqua Will Headline Second FrontRow Live on May 31

On May 31 we will host the second edition of FrontRow Live at the Dallas Contemporary. First things first, we locked down our headlining performers: Portland electro-pop act STRFKR, French musician Onra, and Austin-based DJ Ben Aqua.
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How Terry ‘Pikahsso’ Jones Just Might Save Local Hip Hop’s Soul

Dallas-Fort Worth hip hop has a history, and now one of that history's main protagonists is trying to preserve it.
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Interview: Astronautalis Honed His Wandering Hip-Hop Skills in Dallas, A City He Still Loves

Texas as a whole is often the brunt of hipster ire, a foil of mythically large hair, bulging wallets, and Porsches. But where your average American hipster sees a land of oil-slick grins, Astronautalis, the non-native, sees a heap of virtue. "Texas has been independent and been locally focused since way before it was cool to be independent and locally focused. It's amazing to me that there is this push and support for Texans to support Texans. I think that the beauty that goes on inside the state is quite often overlooked. And what I think is more amazing about that is that Texas doesn't really care that nobody cares. "
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