Tyler, the Creator's previous two solo projects were critically-acclaimed pieces of work. The success of Bastard and Goblin allowed him to garner the crazed fan base that follow his every move, but with Wolf, the Los Angeles native has moved on to something new. Instead of the usual six-minute intro track where he discusses his angst-filled life with his shrink and...
Mar 28, 2013
Lil Wayne has always differentiated himself from us mere mortals, something he clearly set out to prove again with I Am Not A Human Being II, his tenth (and possibly final) studio album. He's explored the outer limits of the rap game with this one, bringing fellow rappers 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Future along for the ride.IANAHB2 is the sequel to Weezy’s 2009 album of the...
Feb 19, 2013
If there’s one
rapper out there that shows unfaltering consistency in his
melodic style and lyrical flow, it has got to be Gucci Mane. The
seasoned Atlanta rapper’s newest mixtape, Trap God 2,
unveils the same playful energy as Chicken Talk, which he put
out in 2006—a mere 27 mixtapes ago. As for Trap God 2,
Gucci’s classically lively beats and vocal intensity is back. Unlike some...
Feb 18, 2013
J.Cole is following the formula that seems to be the norm in the rap game nowadays. In a quest to drum up some buzz for his sophomore album, the Roc Nation rapper has released some new free music. Fans were a little disappointed when Born Sinner, originally slated for a late January release, suffered a few delays. To make up for the wait, J. Cole released Truly Yours, a five-track EP.
If this is...
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...
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...
Pusha T has by no means been quiet over the last couple of
years, but it has been a while since we heard a new mixtape from the G.O.O.D.
music signee. Push has kept himself on the blogosphere with a number of singles, and
his part in the G.O.O.D. Music compliation album, Cruel Summer. His name has also been in
the news for issues he has had with Young Money’s general, Lil’...
Kanye West has certainly gathered a nice squad of lyricists over at G.O.O.D. Music. None fit in better than CyHi The Prynce. Following the release of his fellow G.O.O.D. Music compadre Pusha T's Wrath of Cocaine mixtape, the Atlanta rapper drops Ivy League: Kick Back, which is a follow up to his widely popular Ivy League Club mixtape that was released to great fanfare in 2012.
The Kick Back tour...
Jan 25, 2013
In all honesty fans of Rockie Fresh's earlier tapes like Rockie’s Modern Life and Otherside may mark Electric City as a departure from the lyricism and alternative qualities of those efforts. The degree of departure will definitely vary between listeners, but overall the spirit of early Rockie Fresh is pretty clearly present here. More on that later.Rockie still finds himself on some...
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...