Interview Series: Taboo – Question 5

Taboo is back with the fifth part of our ten part series, this time going in on his writing process and how he constructs his bars.   The man is just so gifted as a writer.  He has the ability to make you think, set the mind adrift, and get you contemplating.  He also has the penchant for just delivering you raw and unfettered destruction.


Interview Series: Taboo – Question 4

We are back to continue our video interview series with Taboo.  Here we are on question number four where Taboo goes in on the things that challenge him as an artist.   Enjoy, we are going to be completing this discourse  over the course of the next couple of weeks so enjoy.

Also enjoy this track from his Bookowski project!  We didn’t go into this particular project for the purposes of this interview but there is mad depth to be found there.


Interview Series: Taboo – Question 1


We here are Hip Hop Dependency are really excited to bring you our first interview feature in years!  And this really came to fruition out of true admiration for a man and his craft.  Taboo has been one of the most creative rhyme writers over the course of the last few years.   His music only gets better with time.  His concepts and lyricism vary in range but ultimately are consistent in artistry and quality.

We really wanted to take the time to showcase and perhaps introduce Taboo to our readership in a way that provided depth.  The man took the time to video his responses to our questions, giving this series a depth we hadn’t seen before.  I really hope that you all will take the time to watch this series, so that you too can appreciate his unique and talented contribution to hip hop.  Every day, for the next ten days we will be delivering his answers to our questions and showcasing some of our favorite music from him.

Artist Spotlight: Stryfe (2014)



As Stryfe (Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Website) gets ready to release his next project, Rare Form Vol. 1 in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be a good time to let the HHD audience get a closer look at a great talent coming out of Detroit.  When I first heard Stryfe and Marc Byrd’s album, The Last Resorts, I was sold that this was a talent that we would be following for a long time to come.   So enjoy the interview, enjoy the music, and tell a friend!

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2-Man Cypher Interview (2014)


This interview has been a long time in coming.  When I heard the 2-Man Cypher (Sleep and Cain) album, Queen City Bastards,  I was made into an instant fan.  The realism of that album, enhanced by the sheer skill of the emcees was nothing short of amazing.  I am of the frame of mind that 2-Man Cypher is going to the top.  How can they not?   They have all the intangibles.  Make sure you pass this interview along and cop that album at all costs.  Also, check for their future music projects.  It’s all next level material.

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Producer Of The Year: Alterbeats (2013)


HHD has never done  a Producer Of The Year accolade in our previous two years of existence but this award is warranted in 2013.  No one is responsible for more ill beats in my iTunes collection from this past year than producer extraordinaire, Alterbeats (Twitter, Website, Facebook, YouTube).  He has made bangers for some of my favorite artists along with crafting his album, Class Struggle.   He is one of the hardest working producers in the game, and emcees know that if they need some heat, they can check in with this Parisian Producer.   Be sure to check out Alterbeats’ projects and song credits.  You can check many of them by checking this LINK.  So please congratulate Alterbeats on this inaugural award on any of his social networks and be sure to check some of his favorite hand picked tracks below:

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Producer Spotlight: IMAKEMADBEATS (2013)


It’s time for another Producer’s Spotlight and this time we are going more domestic than imported. IMAKEMADBEATS is the first producer from the United States to be featured in this segment and we are really proud to showcase his talents on HHD.  He’s worked with some incredibly talented artists but some of his best work can be featured on MidaZ the Beast’s new album, AU: Another Universe.  Definitely make sure you check that release out if you have not already.   You should also check out IMAKEMADBEATS’ Daylight/Nightlight EPs.

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Artist Spotlight: Big O (2013)

Big O

Hip Hop Dependency is designed to support artists that I believe in, and I can’t think of too many more artists that I support more than Big O.   I am a fan of Big O because he brings that raw boom-bap unfiltered to headphones everywhere.  He’s got a gritty flow and a hunger to rock these lines for the people which you just don’t hear anymore.

Today also marks the release of his new album Gravel Engravement which can  be found online anywhere and everywhere they sell albums.  And while I may have gotten the album title twisted in the interview below., I didn’t get this twisted:  This album bangs!

So check the interview below and make sure you ride with the homie Big O and cop that album.  If you like that head nod flavor, you are going to enjoy this.

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