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Digital Delights: 2012’s Dopest Rap/Hip-Hop Mixtapes (Part 1)

I spent a lot of my free time downloading music this year. My laptop’s hard drive is almost filled to capacity, plus my 20GB iPod (Old School Brick Edition) has no more room for new tunes. Those two problems are huge problems in my eyes because I might not have any space for some of the mixtapes I might have missed, plus I can’t take my recently downloaded music out […]


T.I. “Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head”–Album Review

Atlantic Records (2012)

T.I. has definitely returned with a vengeance. After constant legal troubles landed the rapper in prison for multiple stints, T.I. went back to the drawing board and reconfigured his focus. That strong focus can be heard through your speakers on T.I.’s latest, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. This return to form is exactly what T.I.’s fans have been clamoring for. The “Kang” of the South reclaims his crown and […]


The Current State of The Femcee: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go

Let’s all give a well-deserved round of applause to Miss Nicki Minaj. I know, I know. Some of you music heads absolutely abhor her. But there’s one thing you can’t deny: her rise to fame has helped usher in the next rise of female rappers. The femcee’s (female emcees) have been around as long as their male counterparts, but Minaj’s spotlight has now helped shed a brighter light on the […]


Their Moment: 10 of 2012’s Best Rap/Hip-Hop Collaborative Songs

2012 is soon coming to an end. Is life as we know it coming to an end, too?  Let’s hope the Mayans were wrong about their little doomsday prediction. But just in case they’re not, let’s make sure we all party till we can’t party no more. The DJ at this world ending party better have these songs on deck! These rap/hip-hop songs feature a wide variety of the biggest […]


The Game “Jesus Piece”: Album Review

Interscope (2012)

40 Glocc doesn’t like him. Shyne certainly doesn’t either. And now religious zealots are probably condemning him to that not-so-nice place downstairs. But longtime fans like me still appreciate The Game, a West Coast-bred spitter who has attracted plenty of hate since his arrival. The one thing you can’t hate about him is his penchant for dope rhymes, as evidenced by his latest major label album effort called Jesus Piece. […]


Wiz Khalifa “O.N.I.F.C.”: Album Review

Atlantic Records (2012)

The Taylor Gang official has come a long way–so much so that his 2nd major label album reflects his rise to the top through its album title, O.N.I.F.C. (short for “Only N***a In First Class”). Wiz Khalifa has already garnered plenty of buzz with the album title and the appropriately swagged out cover, but can he keep that buzz intact with the actual music itself? Wiz’s sound is a familiar […]


A$AP Rocky’s Major Label Debut Finally Has a Release Date

Harlem and the entire NYC rap/hip-hop conglomerate must be proud of one of the dopest MC’s to arrive on the scene in years: that flashy MF’er, A$AP Rocky. Fans have been waiting on word about the scheduled release date of his debut album for a minute now. Well, there’s no need to wait any longer. Long. Live. A$AP. January 15th, 2013. Elliot Wilson, one of the biggest names in hip-hop/rap […]


All Gold Everything: The Age of the Swag Rapper

Old-school rap heads must be throwing their Timberland boots and FUBU coats at their computers in anger. The golden era of rap/hip-hop, in their minds, has officially come to an end. Radio stations no longer feature the type of boom bap rap and hard-edged performers that they’re used to hearing. Nowadays, you’re more likely to hear the latest Southern rapper spit game about how pretty his candy paint ride is […]


“Girl On Fire”: Alicia Keys Re-Kindled

RCA Records (2012)

By many standards, R&B songstress Alicia Keys seems to be an anomaly. With all the pressure upon artists in the R&B and pop markets to outdo one another in the over-the-top department—to say, wear and/or do more and more outrageous things—Keys has stayed quietly out of the fray, militantly refusing to shake her booty to sell her records, demanding that she be respected as an artist on the basis of […]


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 […]

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