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Why Authenticity Doesn’t Matter (Or, At Least Doesn’t Matter That Much) [2012 In Review]

We’ve been scouring the MIMO vaults this month for some of 2012’s more intriguing posts. Today we came across this gem from Shane Danaher, first posted in August, discussing the issue of authenticity in the hip-hop scene. His poignant insights are always fun to read, and give food for thought. -Ed   The buzz for Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t has outgrown the scale of conventional pre-release marketing to take on […]


What Justin Bieber and the Odd Future Have in Common [2012 In Review]

We’re highlighting some of MIMO’s more interesting posts from 2012. Last fall, hip-hop writer Shane Danaher turned in this interesting comparison between Justin Bieber and the Odd Future. Some interesting insights about the state of the music industry. -Ed The most interesting anecdote from The New Yorker’s recent profile of Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, came when Braun explained how he had turned “the most Googled person on the planet” into […]


The Black Album (or, Goodbye For Now)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Regretfully, we are saying “goodbye for now” to Shane Danaher, who has been our correspondent in the hip-hop category almost since MIMO began. We’re grateful for his contributions to this site, and we wish him well in his new adventure.–Jeff McQ *** Though I’d like to say that I’m moving to Thailand for reasons far sexier (say, to escape a life of counterfeit microwave sales), I’m in fact […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 11.17.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 17, 2012.   Action Bronson & Alchemist ft. Big Twin and Sean Price, “Blood of the Goat” Provided the album art for Action Bronson’s forthcoming Rare Chandeliers hasn’t already melted your brainpan, this advance single should provide some healthy, mental stimulus. A collaboration with hip-hop tinkerer extraordinaire the Alchemist, Rare Chandeliers should add to the existing wealth of Action Bronson’s gonzo, shred-hop ridiculousness.   […]


R&B’s New Rhetoric

With the recent release of The Weeknd’s Trilogy, this year’s pleasant aberrations in R&B have gathered enough momentum affect a sea change in the genre. The release brings Weeknd into the same echelon as Frank Ocean, who earlier this year chalked up a game changing, commercial and critical hit with his debut record, channelORANGE. Even if, in Weeknd’s case, the “critical” portion of that success threatens to overshadow the “commercial,” […]


The Weeknd, “Trilogy” – Album Review

XO/Universal Republic Records (2012)

Despite the things that producer cum R&B star The Weeknd does right on Trilogy, his studio debut, the songwriter’s tendency to do too much simply because he can threatens to diminish his significant accomplishments. Trilogy, as its moniker implies, consists of not one, but three, ten-track albums. Most of this material has been culled from The Weeknd’s earlier mixtapes, but with the inclusion of a few new tracks and a […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 11.10.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 10, 2012.   Mac Miller, “One Last Thing” Lest we forget, there’s another white rapper whose stage name begins with “Mac” and who, at the end of the day, is a pretty talented dude. Mac Miller got the drop on Macklemore in terms of the whole, “debut album” thing by about a year, and he has spent many of the past 365 days trying […]


Lil Wayne Loses Lawsuit Against Quincy Jones III

It’s sad news for sure, but Lil Wayne has abandoned one of the most entertaining roles of his career—irate litigant. Earlier this week, the news leaked that Weezy had lost his lawsuit against documentary filmmaker Quincy Jones III (son of the illustrious composer who contributed his namesake) and thus become stuck with a $2.2 million price tag. This is the same lawsuit that, earlier this summer, yielded one of the […]


E-40 & Too Short, “History: Mob Music” – Album review

Sick Wid It (2012)

To borrow a forced metaphor from Ghostbusters, were E-40’s creative output a Twinkie, the past three years would have seen that Twinkie expand to the relative size and shape of the Chrysler Building. The Bay Area MC released three albums last year alone, and if we’re counting this joint venture with Sick Wid It label-mate Too Short, he has produced a stunning five albums in calendar year 2012, not including […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 11.3.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 3, 2012.   Swizz Beatz, Chris Brown and Ludacris, “Everyday Birthday” Though he has occupied himself of late with his work as one-third of the triumvirate that controls Justin Bieber, Ludacris once made his living as a purveyor of raps. On “Everyday Birthday” he reminds us of that legacy, but fails to stick around long enough to own up to it. With its dance-floor […]


Mini-Reviews of This Week’s Hip-Hop Album Release Hurricane

This Tuesday saw the release of at least 10 hip-hop albums, and while I’d like to weigh in on all of them, this hurricane keeps knocking out my power up here in Oregon. So in the interest of paying credence to some interesting releases, I offer these mini-reviews of the finest of the crop. Also, I’m writing this on Halloween, so we can call them “bite-sized.”   Sean Price, Mic […]


Meek Mill, “Dreams and Nightmares”—Album Review

Maybach Music Group (2012)

In the five months since the release of Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape, Mill, along with Maybach Music honcho Rick Ross, has undertaken a relentless marketing campaign, betting that his electrifying, nimble rhymes contain the seed of major league stardom. Dreams and Nightmares confirms these expectations by offering a solid debut on which Philadelphia’s heir apparent sometimes provides stunning work and, even on his lesser tracks, avoids falling short of […]


A Guide to RZA’s Soundtrack Work

This week marks the debut of The Man With the Iron Fists, a film so enamored of its own ludicrousness that it could only have come from minds such as those possessed by Wu-Tang super-producer RZA and pop-culture singularity Quentin Tarantino.   While the movie guarantees a near-lethal helping of the Wu-Tang Clan’s pet eccentricities–Kung-fu, violence, chess (I hope)–it’s far from the RZA’s first foray into the world of cinema. […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 10.27.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape October 27, 2012. Kendrick Lamar, “Backseat Freestyle” Joining a chorus composed of just about every other human being with ears, I took to the Internets earlier this week to load some praise onto Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. One of that album’s salient qualities that escaped mention in my earlier ramblings was how consistently it scores by avoiding the easy, cheap and […]


Kendrick Lamar, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” – Album review

Interscope/Aftermath Entertainment/Top Dawg Entertainment (2012)

There’s a temptation to lump Kendrick Lamar in with the cabal of internet-famous MCs whose talent at crafting verses remains far outstripped by their talent at commanding a media cycle. The astounding quality of good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar’s sophomore LP, not only establishes him as an outlier from this group, but also suggests that his artistic talent places him in another league entirely. A Compton-based rapper and a member […]

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