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Somewhere on the outskirts of New York a hip-hop moment twenty years in the making is about to commence. It?s the kind of frosty, January night that inspired the uncompromising verses and beats that defined an era: ?Escuchela La ciudad respirando….?
In one part of town a leader of hip-hop?s new school, 9th Wonder is holding a release party for his Jamla label at S.O.Bs. Despite being from North Carolina the producer and (and sometimes MC)has been an apostle for the gritty, asphalt-flavored brand of hip-hop that was born on nights like this in the city that never sleeps. His friend and collaborator Young Guru holds court in the belly of the venue along with Dres from Black Sheep, Statik Selektah and others.
However, a few clicks south fans have gathered at SRB in Brooklyn for another communion. Separated by one letter, a bridge and two decades of history…
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