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Nine Upcoming Rap/Hip-Hop Albums That Should Be On Your Radar (Part 3)

Now we’re down to the last three rap/hip-hop albums you should keep an eye out for in 2013. Trust me when I tell you – these LP’s may wind up being some of the best musical presentations our MP3’s will soon play host to.   3. Unit 6 by Ab-Soul and JMSN – Top Dawg Entertainment is home to one of the most intelligent, most thought provoking rappers of our […]

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Nine Upcoming Rap/Hip-Hop Albums That Should Be On Your Radar (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of my list of nine upcoming rap/hip-hop albums you should be prepping for. This time, I’m going to delve into two MC’s who are getting ready to drop their first solo albums, plus one controversial kid whose second LP will undoubtedly shock the world.   6. My Name is My Name by Pusha T – Pusha’s potential as a dope solo MC has finally been realized. […]


Nine Upcoming Rap/Hip-Hop Albums That Should Be On Your Radar (Part 1)

While 2013 has just begun, so many quality rap/hip-hop albums have dropped in the span of only two months that it seems like an entire year has passed me by. Off the top of my head, I can already call out a couple top notch releases that will probably end up on my best of year end list: – LongLiveA$AP by A$AP Rocky – Life Changes by Casey Veggies – […]


Who SHOULDN’T Be On XXL’s Freshman 2013 Cover

Okay, I think I’ve spread enough love with the last two posts. Now it’s time I shed some light on some of the untalented crop of artists that are polluting rap/hip-hop. XXL’s Freshman 2013 cover should include rappers who exhibit quality and provide excellent music. It should not give any cover space to lame duck busters and one hit wonders in the making. If these super whack MC’s (and I […]


Who Belongs On The XXL Freshman 2013 Cover? Part 2

Continuing from the last post…here’s the second part of my list of 10 MC’s who need to be featured on XXL’s 2013 Freshman Class cover:   5. Action Bronson – Action Bronson (what an awesome name!) is this generation’s version of Ghostface Killah. His flow stays in and out of pocket, but it’s always pleasing to the ears. His voice would convince you that he’s a brother, but you might […]


Who Belongs On The XXL Freshman 2013 Cover? Part 1

XXL Magazine has established an annual event that builds anticipation amongst rap/hip-hop fans and industry execs alike. Their “Freshman Class” issue is indeed something special – it groups together some of the best newcomers in the game. The group that XXL chooses to grace the cover of this celebratory publication is defined as the next to blow, the best the industry has to offer and the future of music as […]


Valentine’s Day: Your Musical Guide to Scoring Some Loving

Valentine’s Day is a joyous occasion for all the lovers out there. Hands will be held ever so tightly and lovely gift exchanges between couples will become commonplace. Roses, chocolates, teddy bears and five star restaurant reservations play a huge part in guaranteeing you some good loving. But the lovely sounds of passionate R&B music can seal the deal even more. There’s going to be a period where the hugs […]


Started From The Bottom: Drake’s Newest Single & Its Freestyle Spinoffs

“October’s Very Own” is back with a vengeance. 2011 was Drake’s year, as evidenced by the success of his second LP Take Care. Young Money/Cash Money’s Canadian superstar blew up the internet when he announced that he was in the middle of putting together his third album. The lead single for that next album, titled “Started From The Bottom,” was set to be heard around the world on the evening […]


Destiny Fulfilled: Destiny’s Child Loveliest Songs

One of the biggest stories coming from the Superbowl was the major blackout after the halftime show. The lights went dim for close to half an hour and everyone flocked to Facebook/Twitter to give their witty opinions on the matter. One of the biggest reasons why people thought the power went out? Because Beyoncé and her halftime extravaganza sapped all the power out of the stadium. I tend to think […]


Weekly Mixtape Mini-Reviews: Pusha T, Slum Village, CyHi Da Prynce

Having trouble keeping up with all the rap/hip-hop mixtapes coming available? We’re here to help keep you up to speed. Here are a few mini-reviews of some of the more noteworthy mixtapes fresh on the market.   Wrath of Caine by Pusha T –Pusha comes back with a short-but-definitely-sweet serving of “dope” music on this highly anticipated mixtape. He hops onto a bevy of great production that helps him deliver […]


What’s Coming Out Next, El? – Upcoming Rap/Hip-Hop Releases (February Edition)

The month of love and overpriced chocolates is going to be overshadowed by a lot of good rap/hip-hop. February is highlighted with new joints by Joe Budden, Curren$y and (hopefully) Big Sean. Lesser known but equally dope mixtape/album drops are coming courtesy of Jae Millz, Brotha Lynch Hung, Killah Priest and LL Cool J. Open your ears and your bank accounts ‘cause you’re going to be spending a lot of […]


Love & Soul: Upcoming R&B Projects You Should Know About

2012 was kind of a down year for R&B. Frank Ocean and Miguel may have presented most of the best music the genre had to offer, but they didn’t have much help from their melodic peers. Now that 2013 is here, we’ve already heard some glimmers of hope. Thank God that Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake entered people’s timeline’s and iTunes libraries with new music. Now that the R&B year […]


A Tribe Unto Himself: Q-Tip’s Best & Brightest Jams

Let’s get this out of the way first – A Tribe Called Quest stands as one of (if not THE) greatest rap/hip-hop groups of all time. They were the golden boys during the genre’s Golden Era, and their albums inspired many of today’s artists to pursue their own musical aspirations. Oh, and let’s not forget about their iconic album covers and strong usage of African tribal colors and famous faces. […]


Rockie Fresh “Electric Highway” – Mixtape Review

Maybach Music Group (2013)

Maybach Music Group is packed full of eccentric artists whose styles mix and match well. The newest member of the bunch, Rockie Fresh, is a Chicago native who has an appreciation for rock music and DeLorean rides. Rockie’s association with MMG is slowly playing itself out, while his futuristic mixtape (Electric Highway) coasts along at a perfect speed. Rockie proves here that he’s MMG’s next young gunner to blow. Rockie […]


Casey Veggies “Life Changes”: Mixtape Review

self-released (2013)

California is on the rise, thanks to a bunch of young ones who honor the respectable art of rap/hip-hop. Casey Veggies is an example of just that. His relaxed flow is his signature, yet it’s still powerful enough to evoke feelings of excitement and cockiness. He might be connected to Odd Future, but Veggies has paved a lane for himself that’s worth sticking to. His latest piece of musical introspection […]

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