Huntsville, Alabama is the home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and its massive, 363-foot-tall Saturn V. But as David Peisner writes in Rocket Men, there are more stars on the ground in the 180,000-person city now than ever before thanks to a shockingly vibrant rap scene that's been expanding in the past decade. At the center of it all is G-Side, whose November disc Islands is one of the most anticipated albums of the year. ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova took SPIN on a tour of their home base, giving us a close-up look at the record shop that stocks their local favorites and the studio where all the magic happens.
More From SPIN's December 2011 Issue:
• Live from the New Underground: SPIN Celebrates Hip-Hop's DIY Moment
• Photos: A Close-Up Look at Rap's New Underground
• G-Side Launch a Hardscrabble, Regular-Dude Revolution
• An Insanely Obsessive Infographic Tries (in Vain) to Diagram the Hip-Hop Galaxy