Review: Joe Budden's "A Loose Quarter"

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...

  • 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...
  • Review: Wiz Khalifa's "Cabin Fever 2"
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    It 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. Full 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...
  • Review: Xzibit's "Napalm"
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    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...
  • Review: Prodigy's "The Bumpy Johnson Album"
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    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...
  • Review: Twista's "Reloaded"
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    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...
  • Review: Lil Wayne's "Dedication 4"
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    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 and old,...
  • Review: Slaughterhouse's "welcome to: Our House"
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    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 Aftermath that...
  • Review: Busta Rhymes' "Year Of The Dragon"
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    Brooklyn-born 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...
  • Review: Trey Songz' "Chapter V"
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    Trey Songz started off as a happy-go-lucky heartthrob, right from his debut single, “Gotta Make It”, featuring Twista. His singles and videos have always been in keeping with the excitable conventions of contemporary R&B, for which R Kelly is widely seen as the stage-setter. His latest release, Chapter V, marks the long way that Neverson has come from spinning his own “In The...
  • Review: DJ Khaled's "Kiss The Ring"
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    As the release of Kiss The Ring approached, many wondered aloud, “What does DJ Khaled do exactly?” What he’s been telling us all along, he makes hit records! Time after time the president of Def Jam South has produced the most incredible compilations. This time things are different however, this time he’s expressed his appreciation while asking for the same. Why? Because he’s an...
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