Jul 22, 2013
After three studio albums and countless mixtapes, it seems Ace Hood is as determined as ever to prove himself with the release of Trials & Tribulations. His first studio album since 2011’s Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Ace has spent the past two years soaring upward through the Hip Hop ranks on the back of monstrous singles and star-studded remixes such as DJ Khaled’s “Bitches & Bottles” 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...
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...
Feb 28, 2014
When we last heard from CyHi the Prynce, he was cruising around college campuses with his Ivy League: Kick Back mixtape early last year. Now, ready to show us what he’s learned, he takes us back to school with Hystori: Black History Project. His most socially conscious body of work yet, CyHi gives us a history lesson throughout the project.
BHP opens up with an elementary school...
More than two years ago Rockie Fresh and Casey Veggies teamed up for the first time together on “Duckin N Dodgin,” which winded up on Fresh’s The Otherside Redux. The song pitted the two up and coming rappers together and although they were from different time zones, the chemistry between the two was obvious. Fast-forward to the present. Rockie Fresh found a home on Rick...
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...
Nov 11, 2013
The Marshall Mathers LP dropped in 2000 and became the fastest selling solo album of all time, influencing a whole generation of artists with its unique and in-depth look into the bizarre world of Eminem. The album was sandwiched in between Slim Shady LP and The Eminem Show – two other classic albums that are every bit as influential today as they were a decade ago. The same cannot be said of...
Oct 28, 2013
DJ Khaled has been behind some of the hottest records of the last few years and if there's one thing he's made consistently clear it's that he has a winning formula for hits. This is also his greatest fault.
It's never been so clear how one dimensional DJ Khaled's music really is than here on Suffering From Success, the DJ's seventh studio album.
Regardless of what the title suggests, Suffering...
Apr 26, 2013
Cassie seems to have finally grown into her own, after suffering a few career stumbles early on. After guidance and direction from Bad Boy records, and no doubt her boyfriend, Diddy, her progress as an artist can be heard on her new mixtape, Rockabyebaby.
Nine out of the thirteen tracks on Cassie's new mixtape, Rockabyebaby, features either an in-demand rapper or an R&B hit-maker. This key...
Action Bronson is not your typical rapper. The portly fire-flame gourmet chef turned rapper with a shock of curly red beard, whose father is an Albanian immigrant and mother is a Jewish New Yorker, looks nothing like his peers. Sharpening his lyrical skills with several mixtapes, Bronson dropped his major label debut EP Saaab Stories a few months ago. Still not wanting to fit in with the pack,...
Apr 17, 2013
The snare and synth-filled beats, the arrogance in the rhymes, and the claims to fame are all reasons why Tyga has gained so many followers, and this shines through on the first three tracks of Hotel California. It's this familiar, blanket sound that has garnered him the success he so rightfully brags about. But by the fourth track, "Diss Song", Tyga starts to demonstrate more maturity as an...
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...
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...
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...
From the moment they came onto the rap scene with their debut
album in 1994, Outkast proudly wore their individualism on their sleeves and in
their music. Always one step ahead of the curve, Outkast coupled dirty Southern
rap with funkadelic beats and became one of the most successful hip-hop groups
ever. 16 years and 25 million albums sold later, Big Boi left the comfort
and safety net of a...
Sep 12, 2013
The Def Jam rapper explained that B.O.A.T.S II: #METime would be the ultimate record to self-reflect to, or gain some ‘me time’ as 2 Chainz calls it. Self-indulgent it certainly is, and we would expect nothing less from 2 Chainz, considering his swag and confidence. Before the album even dropped we knew we were in for some serious #TityBoiTime as 2 Chainz reveled in his success on the...