Jan 24, 2013
Right off the bat, YG’s fifth mixtape Just Re’d Up 2 illustrates just what the Californian rapper is all about. Starting bold from the second track with bumping 808’s and underscored by synthesizers, “Im 4Rm Brompton” really sets the tone for the mixtape’s high energy. With countless notable features, such as Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J, Just Re’d...
Gunplay has a very classic approach to mixtapes. The tapes he's put out recently have followed the template set by vets like 50 Cent, and Dipset, back when you still got mixtapes on the corner, rather than through a zip file. This means an awful lot of this tape is made up of going in over other people's beats, recycled features, and less-than-desirable audio quality. It seems a...
Jan 17, 2013
Juelz Santana is back with vengeance and we can only hope that he's here to stay this
time. God Will'n is the first mixtape from Santana since Blow, which was a
joint mixtape with Lil Wayne. Fans of the Diplomats rapper have
been waiting for him to get back on the scene for quite sometime. The Harlem native has promised new material a...
Jan 15, 2013
Most of the album's best qualities are present in the intro and and title track: catchy hooks, hard-hitting lyrics, confidant flows, obscure topics and absolutely amazing production.
A$AP Rocky’s Houston-inspired production is obvious in the deep, roiling baselines throughout the project. However, the bass is not the star component of these beats. Under Rocky’s executive production, Hit...
Jan 14, 2013
Starvation 2 kicks in and you realize you're hungry for an Ace Hood track as the synth-heavy, hi-hat hitting "Root of Evil" starts and the production is instantly impressive - with lyrics that come off as a warm-up, as it's just the opening track. A few songs into the tape, however, from "Root of Evil" to "Fuck Em All", one realizes that the production sounds eerily alike,...
Dec 22, 2012
Probably not as Finally Rich falls short of the hype surrounding it.Finally Rich certainly does have an allure to it. Keef’s undeniable talent for catchy hooks and his ability to transmute energy to sound is appealing. Plain and simple. However, this appeal is primal, subliminal. Much like reality TV and street fights, Finally Rich is filled with culturally “low-brow” content that is...
Dec 16, 2012
Though he did fall off the map for a while, fans will remember 2012 as the year Game made his triumphant comeback. First, he released The R.E.D Album to critical acclaim and followed that up with the recent release of Jesus Piece - an album that could go down as one of Game's best. From the eerie synth in the opening seconds of "Scared Now" to the last thought-provoking lyrics of "Blood...
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...