Review: R. Kelly's "Black Panties"

There has been a heavy influx of modern and neo r'n'b in the past few years, but R. Kelly will always remain an important figure in what we now consider “old school r'n'b”. With...

  • Review: R. Kelly's "Black Panties"
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    There has been a heavy influx of modern and neo r'n'b in the past few years, but R. Kelly will always remain an important figure in what we now consider “old school r'n'b”. With his twelfth studio album Black Panties, Kelly explained that he wanted to return to his classic sound, “I wanted to change lanes with this new album and remind people of...
  • Review: Curren$y's "The Drive In Theatre"
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    Only a handful of artists release as much content as Curren$y does. Some can match the quantity, but none can top the quality. Spitta Andretti is known for releasing album-quality mixtapes at a constant rate, giving fans all they can digest. 2013’s New Jet City was one of the hottest mixtapes of the year, and his latest offering The Drive In Theatre doesn’t disappoint either. The...
  • 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: Lil Wayne's "Dedication 5"
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    There was a time not too long ago when Lil Wayne was widely considered the best rapper alive. Since 2009's No Ceilings, Lil Tunechi has left fans scratching their heads and wondering what happened to the once dominant Mixtape Weezy. All that mediocrity recently caught up to the Young Money star. Tunechi wasn't nominated for this year's MTV VMAs or the BET Awards. Instead of complaining, he went...
  • Review: The-Dream's "Royalty: The Prequel" EP
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    The North Carolina-born and Georgia raised singer-songwriter and producer set out to pay homage to hip hop and his Southern roots on the follow up to his 2013 album, IV Play. Sonically, more like the follow up to his first free release, 1977, which was released under his government name, Terius Nash in 2011 and rereleased by Def Jam for commercial sale the following year. Royalty: The Prequel is...
  • Review: King Los' "Becoming King"
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    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...
  • Review: Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out"
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    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...
  • Review: Nispey Hussle's "Crenshaw"
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    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...
  • Review: Chief Keef's "Bang Pt. 2"
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    After months of anticipation, Chief Keef finally released Bang Pt. 2 on his 18th birthday, August 15th. Bang Pt. 2 is Sosa’s first project following the release of his major-label debut album Finally Rich, and much has happened since that time. The GBE rapper spent 60 days in a juvenile detention center for violating a gun probation, and also signed with Gucci Mane to become the newest...
  • Review: Fabolous' "Soul Tape 3" Mixtape
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    In November, Atlanta rapper Trinidad James caused a firestorm with comments he made while performing in Brooklyn, New York City. After multiple rappers (most notably Maino) called him out for stating that ATL rappers run NYC musically, the Def Jam signee finally admitted he chose the wrong venue. Veteran Brooklyn rapper Fabolous chose not to respond to James publicly, instead choosing to let...
  • Review: Gucci Mane's "Brick Factory Vol. 1"
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    Even while behind bars, Gucci Mane has proved that he can produce quality music no matter where he is. His newest mixtape, also available on iTunes, Brick Factory Vol.1, is assumed as one of several compilations to follow, and the series is off to an impressive start. Featuring work with both old and new collaborators, some of whom fall under his label 1017 Brick Squad Records, Gucci...
  • Review: Childish Gambino's "Royalty"
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    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...
  • Review: Mac Miller's "Watching Movies With The Sound Off"
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    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...
  • Review: Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip's "The Abstract & The Dragon"
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    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...
  • Review: Trinidad James' "10 Pc. Mild"
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    2012’s Don’t Be S.A.F.E. flew under the radar for the hip-hop masses. Aside from smash hits “Female$ Welcomed” and “All Gold Everything”, nobody quite knew the true identity of Trinidad James. Many eyebrows were raised when James inked a deal with Def Jam worth $2 million. Skeptics argued that he would be a one-hit wonder, and fail to live up to expectations. With verses in both A$AP...
  • Review: Tyler, The Creator's "Wolf"
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    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...
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