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The Best of the Odd Future

The Best of the Odd Future

It might be harder to reconcile yourself to the existence of Tyler, the Creator—frontman of the L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future—if the man didn’t live up to his name. The Odd Future (“Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All” if you want to get technical about it) seems like it produces more media on a daily basis than Time Warner produces in a year. In its scant two years of […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 4.6.12)

Here’s this week’s edition of Weekly Mixtape, highlighting some of the best hip-hop tracks of the week. You’re welcome. Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap” Sure, Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded turned out to be an inconsistent specimen, but let us not judge the whole by the weaknesses of its lesser parts. “Beez in the Trap” features a trickling, reverb-laden beat on top of which Nicki Minaj avows the […]


Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, “The OF Tape Vol. 2”: Album Review

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, “The OF Tape Vol. 2”: Album Review

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All —the L.A.-based hip-hop collective that released The OF Tape Vol. 2 this past week—is like the Jackson Pollock of hip-hop in that no one can rule definitively on whether they’re brilliant or an embarrassing con. Since exploding onto the national hip-hop scene last year, Odd Future has followed the dictates of ringleader Tyler, The Creator into an expanding array of multimedia projects. From their […]


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Album Review: Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded”

Not to say that Nicki Minaj’s talent as a rapper is worth dismissing, but if she attains the level of genius, it’s in the field of branding, rather than lyricism. Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded (Minaj’s sophomore LP) comes on the heels of a marketing campaign so beautifully orchestrated and assiduously executed that the album itself is almost an afterthought. In the past few months, Minaj has pursued her full-court press with a […]


Studies in Grandiosity, Courtesy of Hit-Boy

Studies in Grandiosity, Courtesy of Hit-Boy

Southern California producer Hit-Boy is only five years into his career, but in that short time he has made himself into one of the most well regarded hit-makers in the hip-hop world. After being discovered on MySpace (remember that thing?) in 2007 by Polow da Don, Hit-Boy embarked on a meteoric rise that culminated with his signing to Kanye West’s [http://kanyewest.com] G.O.O.D. Music collective. Hit-Boy (yes, the hyphen is necessary) […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks

Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks

Welcome to Weekly Mixtape, where we handpick the week’s best tracks for your auditory enjoyment. No need to thank us, it’s cool. Meek Mill, “Lean Wit It” This one isn’t exactly hot off of the presses, but Meek Mill has dressed his latest bit of swagger in an impressive negligee of grayscale filters and dirt bikes, so it’s at least worth a second look. Like everything Meek Mill has ever […]


Wiz Khalifa, “Taylor Allderdice”: Album review

Wiz Khalifa, “Taylor Allderdice”: Album review

Wiz Khalifa’s largely self-constructed reputation as a party hound has persisted through three studio albums and at least as many mixtapes without so much as a chink marring its heavily hot-boxed armor. While Taylor Allerdice doesn’t exactly torpedo this notion, it at least begins calling it into question, which makes the mixtape one of Khalifa’s most interesting releases to date. If you’ll recall, we last left Khalifa in 2011 when the Pittsburgh-based […]


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Cheat Sheet: Del the Funky Homosapien

Keeping tabs on all the great hip-hop artists out there can take some time. To help you out, Cheat Sheet is a regular feature in which we give you the quick facts on some of today’s hottest and most influential artists. This week’s Cheat Sheet is on Del the Funky Homosapien. Who: To say Del the Funky Homosapien is the weird cousin of West Coast hip-hop is both literally and […]


Cheat Sheet: Big K.R.I.T.

Cheat Sheet: Big K.R.I.T.

Who: Big K.R.I.T. (born Justin Scott) is a Mississippi-based producer/rapper whose credits include work for Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Ludacris. In addition to supplying tracks for these established players, K.R.I.T. has maintained a healthy solo presence, releasing a series of free mixtapes that recently culminated in his signing to Def Jam Records. With a Def Jam debut imminent, Big K.R.I.T. just released what will be his final free mixtape […]


WZRD “WZRD” (self-titled): Album Review

WZRD “WZRD” (self-titled): Album Review

WZRD, a collaboration between Kid Cudi and longtime producer Dot da Genius, owes a debt both to the MGMT school of vowel removal, and the L’il Wayne academy of inadvisable rock albums. There was a strange moment halfway through Kid Cudi’s [URL: http://www.kidcudi.com] 2010 LP Man in the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager wherein Cudi decided to ditch this whole “rap” thing for a minute and try his hand […]


Things Andre 3000 Is Doing Instead of Making Music

Things Andre 3000 Is Doing Instead of Making More Outkast Albums

If we’re not counting the 2005 soundtrack to Idlewild (and I’d really rather not), then it’s been seven years since Outkast released an actual album. I’m not laying this hiatus strictly at the feet of Andre Lauren Benjamin (a.k.a. Andre 3000), but Dre’s finicky attitude toward the grind of live performance certainly had a hand in the duo’s moving on to non-Outkast pursuits. In interviews, Big Boi and Andre 3000 […]


Album Review: Young Jeezy Thug Motivation: 103 Hustlerz Ambition

Album Review: Young Jeezy Thug Motivation: 103 Hustlerz Ambition

Thug Motivation: 103 Hustlerz Ambition, the third full-length from Atlanta MC Young Jeezy, has suffered an unusually troubled genesis. The LP accumulated so many blown release dates that at some point people stopped referring to it simply as an “album” and began shouldering it with the modifier “comeback”. So here we are, in early 2012, with a Young Jeezy comeback album, though it’s unclear where exactly he’s coming back from. […]


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