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Wallpaper. Plays House of Blues Dallas –Concert Review

Wallpaper. may spell its name with a period at the end, but the band’s live show should end with an exclamation point. When the Oakland producer-performers, signed by L.A. Reid to Epic Records, take the stage, it’s an eclectic experience of eccentric proportions that includes a gumbo of hip-hop, reggae, dub step, and who knows what else. Although this week the “hip hop and pop music project” – if you […]


Malkovich

The MIMO Interview: Introducing Malkovich

Meet Malkovich, a rapping entrepreneur from L.A. who has logged more airline miles than most of us combined. Having returned to the U.S. from a prolonged stint in Namibia and Europe, just last week he released a new video for a song of his most recent studio album, Great Expectations, available on Bandcamp. The Iran-born, U.S.-raised rapper may be known in some circles for his “I Ran So Far Away” […]


Roc Marciano Pimpire

Roc Marciano “The Pimpire Strikes Back” –Mixtape Review

Man Bites Dog Records (2013)

Roc Marciano is your man if you’re looking for subdued, criminal slang-ridden New York rap. While he is not particularly lyrical nor seems to understand the concept of melodic phrasing, Marciano more than makes up for it with his gulliness – no spellcheck for that word – and jazzy boom-bap soundscapes. As an A&R executive at the indie powerhouse Man Bites Dog Records who is beloved by influential bloggers, he’s […]


Eminem MMLP2

Eminem’s Stellar Sequel “Marshall Mathers LP2″–Album Review

Shady/Aftermath/Interscope (2013)

By now, you should have been served notice that Eminem is back. Over the weekend he both managed to win an award from YouTube and to be criticized for a lip-synced performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Needless to say, the dichotomy is something that the Detroit rhymer probably relishes, considering that it comes on the eve of the release of his seventh studio album Marshall Mathers LP 2 (abbreviated […]


Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli Launches Web-Based Radio Station

On a day that finds Leimert Park’s own Dom Kennedy featured on Forbes.com for his entrepreneurial hustle*, veteran Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli has announced that he now has his own web-based radio station. Kweli’s Javotti Radio, which will broadcast at Radionomy.com/JavottiRadio, seems like a natural extension for Javotti Media, Kweli’s recently launched label that released his last full-length studio album Prisoner of Conscious. As far as I can tell, the […]


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Is REVOLT TV For Real or Not?

As I sat beside will.i.am at the mixing board inside one of the studios at the Record Plant in Hollywood, he queued up songs produced for Nas that didn’t make the cut for Hip-Hop Is Dead. I had already been floored to hear these exclusives, with enough ammo in my notebook to write a mini-profile about the Black Eyed Peas frontman’s foray into production. That’s the reason I was there, […]


DJ Khaled Suffering From Success

DJ Khaled “Suffering From Success” –Album Review

Cash Money Records (2013)

DJ Khaled is the consummate merchant of posse cut whose deal with Cash Money Records revolves around his superior ability to get as many popular singers and rappers on the same track as possible. He has branded himself so well in this lane that it overshadows even We The Best Music Group, his label with major label distribution. The Palestinian-American started out as a Miami terrestrial radio deejay, building up […]


Vic Mensa Innanetape

Vic Mensa “INNANETAPE” –Mixtape Review

Savemoney (2013)

If the name Vic Mensa sounds familiar, it’s because you may have heard of Kids These Days, a “hip-hop, blues, rock, soul” band, per Wikipedia. The band did what bands do – break up — and Mensa has ventured out West to establish his own brand. The first effort from this endeavor is a free mixtape called INNANETAPE. The rambunctious 14-track project finds the quick-tongued rapper pulling from such diverse […]


Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely

Dom Kennedy “Get Home Safely”–Album Review

Other People's Money (2013)

Dom Kennedy is a hometown hero, but to say that hometown is Los Angeles is erroneous. Kennedy is actually the hometown hero of Leimert Park, a progressive enclave of South Central Los Angeles better known for Project Blowed and Freestyle Fellowship than for the gang-infested neighborhoods around it. The distinction is important because it’s integral to Kennedy’s artistic DNA and helps explain his breezy vibes, tongue-in-cheek humor and, generally, what […]


Nipsey Hussle Crenshaw

Nipsey Hussle “Crenshaw”–Mixtape Review

All Money In (2013)

It definitely feels like a renaissance – or a deluge, depending on how you look at it – for Los Angeles rappers these days. With a new Game mixtape releasing out of the blue and Dom Kennedy’s highly anticipated album Get Home Safely dropping this week, South Central-bred, second-generation Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle sure picked an interesting time frame to release his latest mixtape, DJ Drama-hosted Crenshaw. Never mind that […]



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Pusha T “My Name Is My Name”–Album Review

G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam (2013)

Pusha T, one half of Virginia Beach-bred “coke rap”-pioneering The Clipse, seems to have taken forever to drop his proper solo album My Name Is My Name, which finally saw the light of day this week. It must not be easy having his pedigree, though; he can deliver clever street-level raps on one hand while contributing to club anthems on another. It has taken the rapper years to hone in […]


Young Buck

Welcome Home, Young Buck: Revisiting the Former G-Unit Member’s Catalogue

Remember Young Buck, the Nashville, Tenn., rapper who was rollin’ with G-Unit tough and was omnipresent on the group’s multi-platinum Beg For Mercy album? It’s okay if you don’t. The man born David Brown has been incarcerated for more than a year and finally came home a few days ago. Before he began serving his bid, Buck was involved in a bitter feud with 50 Cent, who famously recorded a […]


Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” (Album Review)

RCA (2013)

To say the least, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience comeback album was received well earlier this year.  The record sold 968,000 units its first week out, setting a bar that no other artist has met or exceeded since. Drake’s Nothing Was The Same fell well short, selling 650,000 units at retail since its Sept. 24 release. It wasn’t all that surprising, actually; Timberlake and super-producer Timbaland don’t know how not […]


Skeme Bare With Me

Skeme “Bare With Me” –Mixtape Review

self-released (2013)

As far as rap is concerned, any reference to the “west coast” is more than likely a reference to Los Angeles. To be even more precise, within the L.A. area, few cities have yielded more renowned rappers than Inglewood. Skeme, who reps the “City of Champions,” should by now be enjoying the level of success reached by Meek Mill and/or Wale, but the stars just haven’t aligned for him so […]


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