Jun 19, 2013
June 18th might as well have been Christmas Day for hip-hop fans. Kanye West’s highly anticipated album Yeezus finally hit the shelves. Determined to go against one of the heavyweights of rap, J. Cole decided to move up his sophomore album Born Sinner to compete with West. While many will debate who has the better album between the two, Mac Miller’s sophomore album has undeservingly garnered...
May 13, 2013
Throughout Welcome to Forever Robert Bryson Hall II reflects upon the last year of his career. The opening title track recalls when Logic met Nas for the first time in the line, “Shook his hand then he started quoting my lines? God damn this is real life!”
A certain hunger and drive are present in the Maryland native's voice. The intensity and the leisurely style that he rhymes with have...
Nov 17, 2013
Stunning. If Jhene Aiko wasn't already a household name, she ought to be by now. The 25-year-old singer has appeared on numerous hip-hop tracks throughout the year, most notably Drake's "From Time", J. Cole's "Sparks Will Fly", and Big Sean’s radio smash "Beware". Sail Out* is Jhene’s first major label EP, and what a debut it is. The seven-track Extended Play is smoked out, dreamy and...
Jan 24, 2014
If the first Starvation mixtape proved to be a metaphor for Ace Hood’s unmitigated hunger for the level of super stardom usually reserved for rappers like his friend, Lil Wayne, then Starvation 3 makes Ace Hood sound as hungry as ever, except this time around, the production values are a lot better. Of course Ace Hood is a lot closer to his goal than he was when the first Starvation...
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...
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...
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...
Jul 10, 2012
Chris Brown has never been content with
being just an R&B singer. Furthermore, he has never been satisfied with reaching
a certain demographic, and has played within the pop genre to continuously open
new eyes and ears. With four albums already under his belt, Fortune acts as a compilation of all of
his previous experiments. Seeing that is
a mix of gold and platinum plaques, as...
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...
Hip-Hop has become synonymous with American Pop Culture. Its styles and sounds have not only infiltrated every aspect of media, but also every neighborhood as well. Infinitely adapting to the taste-buds of today’s youth, it’s tough to remember how it all started at 1520 Sedgwick Ave.
In 2009, this party enthused essence returned with the rise of the Jerk movement. Leading it were two...
In February of 2012, Pro Era’s Joey Bada$$ and Capital STEEZ dropped the visuals for their collaboration “Survival Tactics,” which quickly went viral. Crowned the future of New York rap, Bada$$ served the perfect blend of youthful, braggadocio-tinged rhymes, and laid-back flows-- not to mention an ear for classic 90s-referencing production that would make Gangstarr proud. With...
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...
Feb 12, 2013
It’s been a while since Joe Budden has blessed fans
with an album, as the last studio album he released was Padded Room in 2009. Fans that have been listening
to Joey since his mixtape days will be able to identify with Mouse’s new found
maturity and growth on this album, which is appropriately titled. New fans, on the other hand, should able to see how the Jersey MC is not afraid...
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...
Dec 24, 2013
Bobby Ray is often cited as one of today’s underrated rappers. In the past, his hip hop game has come under fire for infusing pop and rock into his music. He’s also been dubbed a “sell-out” many a time, for creating radio winners. On Underground Luxury, he fights the critics bringing more of a hip hop feel. B.o.B manages to deliver a good set of tracks here, as the album...
Oct 15, 2013
To answer the above question, yes, mostly. His recent headlines alone show that there’s something to Nipsey Hussle, and we do get a glimpse of what that 'something' may be in Crenshaw.
Overall, the tape is a good listen and a sound effort.
The production is absolutely amazing. From top to bottom, there’s not a single whack beat on this project. Nipsey’s beat selection is one of his best...