Review: YG's "Just Re'd Up 2"

 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...

  • Review: YG's "Just Re'd Up 2"
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     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...
  • Review: Gunplay's "Cops N Robbers"
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    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...
  • Review: Juelz Santana's "God Will'n"
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    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...
  • Review: A$AP Rocky's "Long.Live.A$AP"
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    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...
  • Review: Ace Hood's "Starvation 2"
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    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,...
  • Review: Chief Keef's "Finally Rich"
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    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...
  • Review: Game's "Jesus Piece"
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    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...
  • Review: Big Boi's "Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors"
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    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...
  • Review: Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C."
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    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...
  • Review: Joe Budden's "A Loose Quarter"
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    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 talk about 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 Hip-Hop"....
  • Review: Fabolous' "The Soul Tape 2"
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    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...
  • Review: French Montana's "Mac and Cheese 3"
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    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...
  • Review: Meek Mill's "Dreams & Nightmares"
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    Studio 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...
  • Review: RZA's "The Man With The Iron Fists" OST
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    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...
  • Review: Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d. city"
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    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...
  • Review: Yo Gotti's "CM7: The World Is Yours"
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    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...
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