Eazy-E. Ice Cube. Snoop Dogg. Rakim. Mos Def. Talib Kweli. Nas. Jay-Z. Master P. 2Pac. The Notorious B.I.G.. Outkast. Bone Thugs n Harmony. Lil’ Wayne and T.I.. The Wu-Tang Clan. Eminem. Kendrick Lamar, J Cole and Big KRIT.


What do these and the many other artists that embody the genre of Hip-Hop have in common? They are all MC’s. The quintessential element of the 5 that make up this movement, the emcee wields the power to persuade and captivate the masses through their mastery of composition. To move the crowd is the objective, and over dope instrumentals they master the ceremony. See what I did there?

Punchlines and metaphors are the weapons of choice for any MC. The intricate placement of these coupled with timing and delivery can either tell stories, drop knowledge or simply style on a sucka MC thinking they’re better. Hip-Hop thrives because the emcee has evolved over its 40-year odyssey.

The cultural effect Hip-Hop has on society is evident and the emcee is the spokesperson of the movement. They have influenced us as fans for years to either keep our heads up through adversity or to scream fuck the police when we’ve had enough. I’ve heard lines of some of my favorite MC’s used in movies, TV shows and commercial jingles for years now. Rapper’s Delight by the Sugarhill Gang is the most recognizable song because of the three MC’S that were rappin’ through the beat.

From the gangsta rapper to the backpacker, the emcee is more than just their industry label. They are the correspondents of their environment, giving us the exclusive on their realities. Songs like Respiration by Black Star feat. Common are a perfect example of this as Talib Kweli paints a picture of New York life unlike those portrayed in film:

Lookin in the skies for God/what you see besides the smog/is broken dreams flying away on the wings of the obscene/thoughts that people put in the air/places where you can get murdered over a glare/but everything is fair


The emcee has taken several forms, spawning sub genres that would further diversify Hip-Hop. From the humble yet brash beginnings of artists like MC Shan and KRS-One to the hard-core MC’s like Brotha Lynch Hung and Tech N9ne, every artist has their blueprint implemented on the genre. Let’s not forget that some of the best MC’s were female. Pioneers like MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Da Brat and Left Eye were lyrical femme fatales that held their ground among their male counterparts.

Hip-Hop lives and breathes through the MC. Combined with the other 4 elements, this lifestyle and culture will proceed to give you what you need for 50 years and forever.


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[FLASHBACK FRIDAYS] We’re Back!! via @TenthLetterMed

We’ve been away for a few weeks and while we were able to secure our own server, we would never want to sever the connection to you our readers. TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine would like to apologize for our absence and get back to our thing on bringing you the lifestyle and culture of Hip-Hop!!

With the holiday season upon us, we’ve fallen into the giving aspect of this time and reach out to all artists, DJ’s, and producers seeking promotion of any upcoming or current projects. Contribution to the culture is what fuels this movement and we are down to ride with you down the line! Just like, share and comment down below. Now let’s get back to FlashbackFridays on TLM & SOMag!!

#DueSeason #GetSOM


The saying that good things are worth the wait directly relates to the rapper from Harlem in anticipation of his fourth studio project under the trinity of Roc-a-Fella Records, Diplomat Records and Def Jam Recordings. With a collective of producers including Kanye West, Charlemagne and The Legendary Traxster this album was sure to be one worthy of the inconvenience. Cam’s witty rhyme scheme coupled with samples from Marvin Gaye and The Ohio Players would project the album to a #4 spot on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts and inevitable Gold certification. Even with the single “Get Em Girls” dropped prior to the celebration of Pearl Harbor Day, Cam already had the bomb dropped on this dope album!



One of Hip-Hop’s most iconic artists would posthumously bless us with his third project under Bad Boy Records. The Brooklyn MC who epitomized East Coast Hip-Hop was sadly taken from the world in March of ‘99 and this album also doubled as a compilation joint amongst the genre’s elite. The album was an immense success with #1 spots on both Billboard Top 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop charts locked! The singles on the album showed the range of artists that were featured and B.I.G’s impact on the culture. My personal favorites includes “Dead Wrong” feat. Eminem and “If I Should Die Before I Wake” with Black Rob, Ice Cube & Beanie Sigel. This is a must-have in any Hip-Hop head’s collection!!



A coming of age is necessary for anyone in life and in Hip-Hop it’s vital to an artist’s success. Memphis Bleek would step back in the booth for his sophomore effort under Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam/Get Low Records. Bleek’s rapid delivery and lyricism would mesh nicely with production from Just Blaze and Timbaland to name a few. The features on the album included Carl Thomas, Jay-Z and Twista who were both on the lost verses of “Is That Your Chick” with Missy Elliott and the song is crazy!! The album would go gold in 2002 and continue to be a staple in Bleek’s career in the game and serve as part of his evolution in Hip-Hop.

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