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...
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,...
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,...
Aug 24, 2012
rapper Busta Rhymes has always been known for the speed and intricacy of his
raps. Since his start with Leaders of the New School in ’89, Busta has released sixteen studio albums, with a
staggering third of those going platinum. Frankly, Busta is a force to be reckoned with
in the world of hip hop. His latest project, Year of the Dragon, cannot be compared to When...
Joe Budden has been known
to let it all hang out musically,
and A Loose Quarter is no different. This is Joe’s first solo project that
wasn’t named Mood Muzik since Halfway House. There has been a lot of
the self proclaimed King of New Jersey surrounding his relationship with his new
girlfriend, Kaylin Garcia, and his addition to the upcoming season of "Love and
Oct 24, 2012
only seems appropriate that Wiz would treat us to some of his new
sounds, giving us a taste of what to expect on O.N.I.F.C.
of chilled out, smoking vibes and plenty of party anthems, Cabin Fever 2 resembles a chilled bottle of Bombay Sapphire that sprouted
legs and just walked out of the champagne room with a joint in hand.
With great features from Problem, French Montana and the...
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...
O.N.I.F.C. is a solid project on the whole, but fans of pre “Black and Yellow” Wiz Khalifa may notice a seeming lack of inspiration and conviction. More on that soon, but the positive aspects of the album must be lauded.Wiz’s flow is deliberate and consistent throughout the project. Though slightly repetitive, Wiz’s delivery is among the most unique in the game. He has the instant...
Nov 24, 2012
Montana’s latest mixtape, which released November 20th, is a
project that suffers many of the ills that plague mass appeal works. Mileage
will vary by entire degrees here. For better or worse, Mac and Cheese 3 is a testament to the shift in rap culture toward
more niche work.
For all of that, the mixtape itself straddles the fence; it
isn’t terrific or terrible.
The most laudable aspect...
Jun 27, 2012
Maybach: over a century old now this luxury automobile brand will soon cease production for the second time during its illustrious reign. From tanks to trains, and of course Exelero’s and Landaulet’s, Maybach has a history to be proud of. That said their legacy in the rap game is just beginning.Rick Ross began utilizing the moniker for his music group in 2008. And though the recession proved...
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...
Sep 23, 2013
Mmmmaybach music. The heaviest group in hip-hop presents the third volume of their Self Made album series. Formulaically, the self-proclaimed untouchable Maybach empire haven't missed a step. Likewise previous installments in the series, Self Made Vol. 3 is packed with speaker-knocking beats driven by Rozay and company. Little new is brought to the table, but that doesn't mean the double-M G crew...
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...
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...
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...
Aug 29, 2012
Although Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Joell Ortiz, and
Crooked I all struggled independently for years, in 2008 all of that changed
when they collaborated for a song on Budden’s Halfway House album. Thereafter
they took the title of said song and made a group out of it. Slaughterhouse
even released an independent album. Yet, it wasn't until they signed to Shady