From the moment they came onto the rap scene with their debut
album in 1994, Outkast proudly wore their individualism on their sleeves and in
their music. Always one step ahead of the curve, Outkast coupled dirty Southern
rap with funkadelic beats and became one of the most successful hip-hop groups
ever. 16 years and 25 million albums sold later, Big Boi left the comfort
and safety net of a...
O.N.I.F.C. is a solid project on the whole, but fans of pre “Black and Yellow” Wiz Khalifa may notice a seeming lack of inspiration and conviction. More on that soon, but the positive aspects of the album must be lauded.Wiz’s flow is deliberate and consistent throughout the project. Though slightly repetitive, Wiz’s delivery is among the most unique in the game. He has the instant...
Joe Budden has been known
to let it all hang out musically,
and A Loose Quarter is no different. This is Joe’s first solo project that
wasn’t named Mood Muzik since Halfway House. There has been a lot of
the self proclaimed King of New Jersey surrounding his relationship with his new
girlfriend, Kaylin Garcia, and his addition to the upcoming season of "Love and
Nov 26, 2012
Fabolous hasn't released a studio album since 2009 but has dropped four strong mixtapes in the three years since, the latest of which was The Soul Tape 2, a mixtape that should convince label heads to give Fabolous the distribution he deserves. The first two tracks are dope and gives hope that this will be a classic mixtape by the Brooklyn rapper, but then he segways into...
Nov 24, 2012
Montana’s latest mixtape, which released November 20th, is a
project that suffers many of the ills that plague mass appeal works. Mileage
will vary by entire degrees here. For better or worse, Mac and Cheese 3 is a testament to the shift in rap culture toward
more niche work.
For all of that, the mixtape itself straddles the fence; it
isn’t terrific or terrible.
The most laudable aspect...
albums have a way of working as a litmus test for hip-hop's up and
comers. Mixtapes and guest appearances are one thing, but for an
artist to prove that he/she can create a strong cohesive album while
delivering on lyrics, beats, and bravado is another. Meek Mill seems
capable of preforming this balancing act with Dreams
& Nightmares, a
solid effort that shows glimmers of...
To put it simply, this
is a great album with plenty of oriental flutes, imaginative lyrics and an
eclectic cast to rival its namesake film.
Kanye West, Talib Kweli, The Black Keys and Kool G Rap are just a few of
the many featured artists. Of course, good things always come when the Wu gets
together and makes music. Although at
its core The Man with the Iron Fists
OST is just...
Oct 25, 2012
Kendrick Lamar is leading the charge in the
revival of West Coast hip hop. After rising to prominence on the back of his
mixtape, Overly Dedicated, and
arguably 2011's best album, Section.80,
fans were due another masterpiece from the Compton native. After teasing fans
with a collaboration with Dr. Dre, “The Recipe”, and pushing the release date
back twice, Kendrick Lamar's highly...
Yo Gotti has been in the rap game for well
over a decade. Though he has been popular in his hometown since the beginning,
Yo Gotti tirelessly worked the mixtape and underground circuit, steadily
building a buzz by collaborating with various artists such as Lil Wayne, Nicki
Minaj, Gucci Mane, Birdman, Bun B, 8Ball and Jadakiss. His studio debut suffered
a series of delays but Live From...
Oct 24, 2012
only seems appropriate that Wiz would treat us to some of his new
sounds, giving us a taste of what to expect on O.N.I.F.C.
of chilled out, smoking vibes and plenty of party anthems, Cabin Fever 2 resembles a chilled bottle of Bombay Sapphire that sprouted
legs and just walked out of the champagne room with a joint in hand.
With great features from Problem, French Montana and the...
News flash, Xzibit doesn’t just pimp rides. Every now and then when X wants to he has proven he can spit, and this was very apparent at this years BET Awards show. His verse at the BET Cypher this year was nothing short of memorable, and his album follows suit.Napalm is X’s first commercial attempt since his last studio album Full Circle, which was released in 2006. This time around he proves...
It hasn't been too long since we've heard
from the other Mobb Deep member, Prodigy, who just released an album in July,
but he's back again with his second release post-prison. There has been a lot
of talk about Prodigy lately, regarding the controversy surrounding his
relationship with the other half of Mobb Deep, Havoc. This time around though
Prodigy allows the music to do the talking as...
After a bit of silence in the mainstream rap world, Twista is back at it again with his Don Cannon hosted mixtape, Reloaded. He definitely didn’t disappoint as he dropped a ton of new material to hold us over until his album The Dark Horse hits stores. In total there are 15 tracks on the mixtape, mostly original with some remixes. If you were wondering if Twista had lost any of his lyrical...
Lil Wayne hasn’t stood center stage since Tha Carter IV dropped.
Furthermore, he hasn’t released a mixtape since Sorry For The Wait. So when
Dedication 4 was announced the excitement went into a fever pitch. Now after an
array of delays Wayne and Drama have unleashed the latest chapter on the world.
Similar to the volumes before, number four is a collection of beats, both new
Aug 29, 2012
Although Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Joell Ortiz, and
Crooked I all struggled independently for years, in 2008 all of that changed
when they collaborated for a song on Budden’s Halfway House album. Thereafter
they took the title of said song and made a group out of it. Slaughterhouse
even released an independent album. Yet, it wasn't until they signed to Shady
Aug 24, 2012
rapper Busta Rhymes has always been known for the speed and intricacy of his
raps. Since his start with Leaders of the New School in ’89, Busta has released sixteen studio albums, with a
staggering third of those going platinum. Frankly, Busta is a force to be reckoned with
in the world of hip hop. His latest project, Year of the Dragon, cannot be compared to When...