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Notable thread: "Battle Rap Vid Thread (KOTD, URL, iBattle, etc.)"
Philaflava's tagline says it all: "Skilled In The trade of That Ol' Boom-Bap." It is the go-to site for East Coast/"Golden Age" rap purists, although the board boasts plenty of contrarian personalities. Here, MCs such as Roc Marciano, Sean Price, and Ka are revered. The general tone of posts on Philaflava can be best characterized as nostalgic—even the threads on new-school emcees tend to harken back to the "good old days." That said, it is a very valuable resource for the East Coast-centric rap fan. It has also spawned two invaluable blogs: "T.R.O.Y.," which focuses on the rarities and forgotten MCs of yore, and "Steady Bloggin," which eschews the forum's old-school focus and takes a more progressive tack, covering a wider variety of newer hip-hop. The rolling "Battle Rap Vid" thread is also a must-see for anyone who is interested in the battle-rap scene.