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In a World where Hip Hop is usually looked down upon because of Rap musics image & misinterpretations shown in the media outlets of our society, it's hard for groups with a genuine love...

 If you call yourself a popper but you don't know who this man is, it's back to school time for you. Although The Tikas main focus normally highlights Hip Hop Culture and Consciousness, we...

Low and behold. It is I, the follower of Bokonon, the humble loopdigger who only leaves his existential crisis for a gram of Pollem and winegums. Shedding light on topics cloaked in darkness, revealing...

It's that Hidden Gems time again, you dig? Time to dig deeper in the enormous tunnels of quality hiphop! In this episode we travel from carefree jazzy vibes to contemplating life and death, with music...

DS: Before we begin I just want to say it's always nice catching up with the Audible Doctor. Thank you for setting aside time and rocking with us at The Tika. AD: Absolutely! Thank you...

"History repeats, so I loop beats" Even though I prefer the saying 'History doesn't repeat, but it rhymes', Thes One's line has always struck a cord. As a history student and beatmaker I've always felt...
Dr. Becket, Back2DaSource Records

As a new collaboration project for TheTika, we decided to link up with Belgium based label Back2DaSource Records; a newly birthed record label dedicated towards pressing & preserving new, rare & unreleased Hip Hop Music...

 You got great producers, and you got superb producers, that can rap the hell out of any beat. Godfather Don was one of those legends that did both on a higher level. An introduction Godfather Don,...

I just caught myself rejecting this 'New Testament' project from the moment I heard about it; expecting a self-praising and ego-infused biographical book with all 'the answers'. I don't doubt the Sway incident, the paparazzi incident,...
essenchill records ed rowe concept

In Inside the Indie Label we introduce a couple of really good, but lesser known in the world, record labels. Split into two, we started part 1 with Introducing Essenchill, and we continue the...

Welcome to the second installment of this ongoing musical excavation, in which I will present you some fine gems that I gathered through years of digging. Well, let's grab the mental pickaxe and dig...
krsone

Today I was introduced to what is the suggested list of artists whose new music is banned, blacklisted from airplay on BET. Apparently it has been around the web since 2005, patently upsetting Hiphoppas...
KDef

An introduction I asked myself the question: There are so many dope producers on this earth, what is THE man people probably want to know and learn more about and at the same time I...
brother-ali

This is for the Hip Hop scholars out there. I came across this speech from the Chicago Ideas week and got sucked in by Brother Ali's vision. "Brother Ali will be talking about hip-hop inequality...
chief69

Photos by Francisco Reyes / Mamboso.netThe Bboy/Bgirl (Break/Bronx -boy/girl) is the pulse and heartbeat of Hip Hop as a viable and youth driven social movement. This dance goes back to the late 1960's and...
grandmasterflash

The reality we are facing, is that record companies and the corporations that control tv, radio, press and web media are dictating what we are listening to, and for the most part, is not...
Bettina Love

Watch this amazingly inspiring video of Bettina Love speaking on the resemblance of character strengths and sensibilities found in Hip Hop and those needed to succeed, from the March 2014 TEDxUGA event in Athens. "This...

“Graffiti is art and if art is a crime, please God, forgive me” – Lee Quinones This dope quote is from one of most outstanding writers in New York, who worked on groundbreaking projects in the...

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Low and behold. It is I, the follower of Bokonon, the humble loopdigger who only leaves his existential crisis for a gram of Pollem and winegums. Shedding light on topics cloaked in darkness, revealing...

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