Raw Power | Marcus Oliveira in Topeka Magazine winter 2013

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Story by Melinda Briscoe

Photography by Bill Stephens

The Hip-Hop Generation Four young musicians represent a coming of age for their musical sound

In the ’80s, hip-hop was associated with the East Coast. In the ’90s, West Coast artists made names for themselves. The new millennium brought a new sound from Atlanta-based rappers, otherwise known as the “Dirty South.” Along the way, talented artists emerged throughout the nation, including in Topeka. Young and drawing from a variety of inspirations, they bring exuberance, ambition, and know-how to the microphone.

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Self-described as a “mom, writer, thinker and occasional bum,” Melinda Briscoe is a freelancer who also works a 9-5 for the government.