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“The only constant is Change” – Heraclitus It may sound cliché, but times are changing. Indeed, history repeats itself. Each new generation may seem more alien to us than the last. We may be experiencing what our parents did, as did their parents before them. New laws and regulations, advancements in technology, even changes of style, can all bring on this feeling. But could art be in jeopardy? Where we are now is a time where instant gratification is sought out. Technology has advanced to the point where everyone has access to the internet. Radio and television are no longer...

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We had to give a shout of mad love and respect to the Fatbol Cypher General, The one and only Nac One. Here’s what he’s been up to… Nac started plugging in deeper into the matrix this year by Launching fantastikfammusic.net and releasing the long awaited first album from the Fantastik Fam called Family Heirlooms. He is releasing all the Fam music this year to signify the change in climate in the music industry, and standout in a time when the underground is getting some shine again! Hip Hop is only dead when those who practice the art stop practicing. Since He...

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A Path to Stardom Episode One is the first in a serious of articles written by FATBOL guest writer Hiway.  Each story offers details of rise to notoriety of various artists.  Enjoy! A boy was born on a September day in Brooklyn, New York. One of two boys, actually. Their father a truck driver and mom a nurse. As this boy grew up, so developed in him a deep interest in martial arts movies. Every Saturday afternoon at 3:00 and Sunday at 1:00, he would tune in to Kung Fu Theater on channel 5. No matter how serious a game of...

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FATBOL asked Hiway about his Unconditional Love For Music, here is his response: For many artists and fans alike, it is often difficult to follow the evolution of music rather than resent it. What many of us fail to realize is that there is no destruction or sabotage of art in general. What we are in fact seeing (or not seeing) is the natural curvature of art. Music is math, music is critical thinking, music is imagination, music is therapy, and in the broadest sense, it is discovery. It runs parallel to humankind itself. We forever inch forward, with many...

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The man, the legend –  Chali 2na, aka The Verbal Herman Munster, has enjoyed a quite illustrious career.  Moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, he established himself as a very serious artist early on.  He joined Ozomatli, an amazing and ethnically diverse group which blended many genres, with Chali being the sole MC.  He also formed the hip hop group Jurassic 5, which achieved widespread success, including videos on MTV and being featured in major motion pictures.  But in addition to being an incredible rap artist, Mr. 2na is also an amazing painter and photographer.  All three of which, lately, has taken...

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