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Green Velvet: The Percolator

Don't start Curtis Jones talking about Jesus–you'll likely never get him to stop. "I have no problem tellin' it like it is, 'cause I know I'm going to live on forever!" he laughs on the phone, nodding to Christianity's promise of an eternal life in heaven. Though Jones–the production veteran you know as Cajmere and Green Velvet–is easygoing enough to crack a joke or two about his religion, nothing about his devotion is less than sincere.

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Time Traveling

For this month's installment of "You Betta Ask Somebody," XLR8R asks: "If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

Adem
"I would travel to a time not too long ago and whisper in the ear of someone dear, 'Don't do it; I promise it'll be okay.' They probably wouldn't listen to me, but at least I would have tried."

Jibz Cameron of Dynasty Handbag
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Busdriver: Prose & Cons

If you didn't know that Regan Farquhar is actually Busdriver–second generation Project Blowed rapper, stalwart of the L.A. indie rap scene, architect of a fifth solo album of impassioned and impressionistic raps–you might think he was a grad student in literature. He looks the part, seated outside a café in L.A.'s hipster Silverlake hood, with a copy of Haruki Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World resting atop a composition book.

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Somewhere: Stockholm, Sweden

Neither Arctic chill nor a buttoned-down reputation has kept a healthy homegrown hip-hop scene from taking root in Stockholm. The capital city teems with record stores, where you can pick up the latest from local labels like JuJu Records, DvsG (David vs. Goliath), and Raw Fusion, which has successfully exported beat-makers like Up Hygh and Freddie Cruger to the US. Numerous American acts have performed here, especially at now-defunct clubs like Fatmilk and the Jump-Off. You can even check out the "hip-hop school" in the suburb of Farsa, where students learn breakdancing and beat-making.

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Bole 2 Harlem: And Back Again

Haile Selassie–the long-reigning Ethiopian king and, to Jamaican Rastafarians, incarnation of God on Earth–stared down at David Schommer from the walls of his childhood home. In his youth, Schommer would leave his mandatory piano and dance lessons at the local community center and sneak into an upstairs room to learn hand drumming from a Guinean teacher. But while Africa, and Ethiopia in particular, was close to his family's heart, it was far from their home in the collegiate Chicago suburb of Evanston, IL.

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