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Mixtape Mini-Reviews: Cassie, Big K.R.I.T.

This week saw the release of two mixtapes in particular that are worth your attention. Here’s a quick review of each: RockaByeBaby by Cassie and King Remembered In Time by Big K.R.I.T.   Cassie – RockaByeBaby (Bad Boy Records) 3.5 Stars Since her 2006 Ryan Leslie-produced breakout “Me & U,” Cassie has managed to keep herself in the spotlight for seemingly everything but her music. Singles failed to chart, no […]


Tyga “Hotel California” –Album Review

Cash Money Records (2013)

Long a promising talent on the deep YMCMB roster, Compton-bred Tyga finally came into his own last year when paired with another Southern California native, producer DJ Mustard. Their resulting product, “Rack City,” became a runaway hit. Tyga’s raunchy rhymes, a nod to label boss Lil Wayne, somehow still managed to win over mainstream fans and make Tyga practically a household name. However, while the young rapper became a pop […]


Tyler, The Creator “Wolf” — Album Review

Odd Future Records (2013)

There’s an old adage that says that there’s a thin line between genius and crazy. This couldn’t be any more fitting to describe Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator. With his second full-length album Wolf, Tyler continues antics that will certainly be dismissed by some while praised by others. By now, though, with OF’s Frank Ocean gaining mainstream recognition, most listeners have become familiar with Tyler’s body of work, which […]


XXL Freshmen List: Does It Matter? (An Editorial)

A few weeks ago, the biggest deal to anyone who is a part of hip-hop culture was MTV’s Hottest MC list. Designed to ignite controversy, it indeed got everyone talking about who should and shouldn’t be included and where they ranked. Kanye West was so riled up about placing seventh that he called in to a radio station, breaking his self-imposed media silence, to whine and even bring up a […]


Lil Wayne “I Am Not A Human Being 2” – Album Review

Cash Money Records (2013)

TMZ had us all believing Lil Wayne was a goner last week. The news proved false, and not only is Weezy apparently alive and well, but, conveniently, his newest half-album, I Am Not a Human Being 2, is out this week. We say half-album because IANAHB2, just like its predecessor, isn’t quite an entry in the Carter series nor a mixtape; it’s somewhere in between. For what it’s worth, Lil […]


HS87 “All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of” – Mixtape Review

Hit-Boy is a force to be reckoned with. Responsible for last year’s biggest hit “N**as in Paris” for Jay-Z and Kanye West, the latter’s protege proved he has potential as a solo artist with HITstory, his first mixtape as a G.O.O.D. Music artist (and third overall). The project’s quality rivaled that of most albums and had a few songs that could’ve easily served as singles (“Old School Caddy” with Kid […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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