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Interview: Hip-hop collective Doomtree on Midwestern living and the upcoming Witching Hour festival

Doomtree The Englert Theatre — Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 Indie hip-hop collective Doomtree could be dubbed an artistic smorgasbord. Comprised of five emcees and two producers, the band has been active since 2002, though most of its members met earlier as high school classmates in Minneapolis. Despite each artist’s robust solo career, the group […]

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These 319-area emcees want to know who’s best

319 Cypher

The Cypher Committee released its first-ever 319 Cypher this week. The video is a joint collaboration among primarily Cedar Rapids-based rappers, though it’s packed with plenty of shout-outs (The Hawkeyes are a big hit), so there’s quite a bit to bite on if you’re a navel-gazing Iowan like myself. The group encourages viewers to jump […]

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Album Review: Testifi | 2 the World

Testifyi 2 The World www.myspace.com/testifyi There’s a lot of recording artists now that give credit to God for their success, but their music has nothing to do with religious themes. Testifyi takes a different approach: There’s nothing but religious themes on “2 The World.” Testifyi has mastered the style of modern hip hop; if you […]

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