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WHAT’S UP WITH … S-FIVE

Background: Steven C. Johnson Jr., aka S-Five, is a West Oak Lane rapper who once spent 60 days in prison—half of them in solitary confinement—for beating the man he caught in bed with his then-gir…

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WHAT’S UP WITH DJ VEX

Brian “DJ Vex (Versatile Entertainer Xtraordinaire)” Lewis, 36, is a 19-year veteran of the DJ game. In January ‘05 he was the victim of an armed robbery. Legally licensed to carry a firearm, Lewis …

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WHAT’S UP WITH … OMILLIO SPARKS

West Philly rapper/actor Omillio Sparks (born Kenneth Johnson) is back in the limelight with his solo debut The Payback in stores now. The album marks a departure from Sparks’ former home at Roc-A-Fe…

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WHAT’S UP WITH … DJ BROTHER JAMAR

“DJ Brother Jamar” Ferrell, 37, is somewhat of an anomaly on the Philly radio dial. For the past six years he’s been the DJ host of Tiffany Bacon’s Inner City show, showcasing the soulful, more organi…

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WHAT’S UP WITH … DJ SEGA

Robert “DJ Sega” Taylor Jr. isn’t your typical young bol. Only 20 years old, he espouses a knowledge of and enthusiasm for the finer points of music better than heads twice his age. Taylor’s father D…

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“Best-kept secret” is an overused term, but in the case of Brian “Fyah” Redman it couldn’t be more appropriate. He’s a highly skilled and innovative reggae DJ, but it’s his dedication to the art of t…

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D.C.-area native Jamica “DJ Afrodjiak” El (aka Josey) moved to Philly four years ago. Originally a staunch advocate of hip-hop’s more “conscious” side, she quickly realized there was more to her craf…

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It’s no secret the hip-hop game is predominantly male. While plenty of lady MCs have broken down gender barriers, the role of women DJs, producers and promoters has been overlooked and marginalized. …

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Houston’s long and storied hip-hop game claims a fair share of rap royalty. From the Geto Boys and Screwed up Clique reppin’ the Southside, Michael Watts and Swishahouse on the North, and the Undergr…

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After meeting at a Spank Rock show in Seattle, Wash., Pearl Nelson, aka Pearl Dragon, impressed Spank Rock MC Naeem Juwan with his freestyling hip-hop prowess. The two stayed in touch, and six months…

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