Local hip-hop go-to

Without a doubt, the best Baltimore hip-hop, club and R&B blog is Government Names.

It's run primarily by Al Shipley, who also writes for the City Paper.

Shipley posts album reviews, show fliers (like the one pictured at right), songs and all kinds of artist/industry gossip.

If you're looking to get into the local scene, Government Names is the place to start.

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