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...
Keeping it fresh with his signature, smoked out flow, Curren$y delivers a strong introduction with the title track New Jet City. Backed by a pompous instrumental, Spitta lays it down and lauds about his boss status. From “sittin in the back of his triple black, with picnic tables, twisting up sacks” to making double our life savings, he is clearly on some new boss shit. The triumphant...
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,...
Nov 15, 2011
Drake’s highly anticipated sophomore album “Take Care” was officially released today...but most likely you’ve been listening to it for the past week if you downloaded the leak, nonetheless now that it’s official let’s discuss it.
So I’m probably not the only one that thinks “Thank Me Later” was lacking, in fact, Drizzy himself said in a recent Q&A with GQ that if he...
2012 was an eye-opening year for Snoop Dogg. So much so that the West Coast rapper held a press conference in July to publicly announce that, after spending some time in the Caribbean island of Jamaica, he was a changed man. Snoop declared he was leaving the gangsta-image alone to adopt the ways and culture of a Rastafarian.
There was just one problem: Dog is a derogatory term in Jamaican...
Feb 21, 2014
With Chief Keef, King L, Lil Reese and Lil Durk signing to major labels in 2013, Chicago's drill scene saw all of its major stars graduating to more commercial successes, leaving vacancies in the underground mixtape scene that the genre was born from. Enter Lil Bibby and Lil Herb, two MCs ages 19 and 18, respectively, who seemed to be the "Heir Apparents" to the scene, especially after using that...
It’s official: Pharrell Williams is back. With the recent success of songs like “Get Lucky”, “Blurred Lines” and his newest Oscar-nominated single “Happy”, Pharrell has reclaimed his spot in the R&B royal family and is killing it. Not that he was ever really gone, since he’s been co-producing for other artists throughout. Either way, the artist...
Dec 19, 2013
Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes' new 28-track mixtape The Abstract & The Dragon plays like a documentary that any serious hip-hop head would enjoy - with its numerous remixes and skits, it's a welcome throwback to the traditional mixtape format. That being said, the tape may fall short for younger rap fans and/or advocates of the new school who prefer the turnt up trap approach to dusty New York...
Aug 24, 2012
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...
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...
Apr 18, 2013
Ever resilient and defiant, Big K.R.I.T. drops K.R.I.T. (King Remembered in Time) for hip-hop heads to feast on. Placing a stake in Mississippi, K.R.I.T. presents a project to deliver his message that he’s a force to be reckoned with in the rap game. The Southern rapper's latest mixtape delivers quality lyrics and content along with showcasing his musicality, by producing the...
Jul 11, 2012
Childish Gambino has definitely come a
long way from his I Am Just A Rapper days. He's found a better
voice and sound, that's for sure. His latest realease, Royalty,
had drummed up quite a bit of buzz before it dropped, and I was
anticipating its release as well.
The project does not disappoint,
however, Gambino still has growth to do as a rapper. Most fans are
aware that Childish Gambino...
Apr 23, 2012
It would be lazy, bordering on irresponsible, to run with the “future of rap” motif when looking at the hotly anticipated debut LP from Atlanta’s, Future. Fact is, the latest in a long line of talented ATL rappers, has a sound that’s not so much futuristic, as it is transcendent. Future has been open about simplifying his lyrics, but these simple hooks are so infectious, you...
Aug 21, 2012
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...
Ty Dolla $ign delivered his Beach House 2 mixtape just in time for summer. At first glance, the tape's tracklist looks iffy. There's at least one guest appearance on each song, something which is often frowned upon by devout fans and critics. However, flooding a project with features has been done successfully before, as was the case with The Game's 2012 album Jesus Piece. As for Beach House...
Since 1993, Sean “Diddy” Combs has always kept his finger on the pulse of trends in hip-hop music. When he founded Bad Boy, he assembled a roster that included one of the greatest rappers of all time. Never one to rest on his laurels, Diddy continued to reinvent his label to stay current with the time. In the past year or two, the music mogul has placed Bad Boy at the forefront...