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Hip-Hop Takes On Michael Brown, Ferguson With J.Cole’s “Be Free”

As angry protests rage on in Ferguson, Missouri, it seems like Trayvon Martin all over again. Another unarmed young black teenager, Michael Brown (18), has been shot and killed – this time by the police, and possibly in cold blood. Witnesses say his hands were up. He was shot at least six times – twice to the head, autopsy reports say. Protests with placards reading, “Hands up! Don’t Shoot!” have […]


J. Cole “Born Sinner” – Album Review

Roc Nation (2013)

If you’ve seen Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, chances are you missed J. Cole’s cameo. At the time that festival was filmed in Brooklyn, Jermaine Cole was still just a St. John’s University student who had yet to be signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, had yet to release his acclaimed mixtapes. He wasn’t on the stage as an opening act, either; the lanky Cole was smack dab in the middle of […]


June 18: Biggest Day For Hip-Hop This Summer?

The hype is palpable. It all started when Kanye West tweeted “June Eighteen.” The rumor mill went into overdrive as people speculated that the date represented Kanye’s new album release date. Sure enough, the night before the speculation was going to be put to rest with his appearance on Saturday Night Live, Kanye again tweeted about the debut of a new song on projections in 66 cities worldwide within a […]


J. Cole “Truly Yours 2″ – Mixtape Review

Roc Nation (2013)

J. Cole, Jay-Z’s first signee to Roc Nation, is only comparable to Drake in his appeal to both a mainstream fan base and hardcore rap fans. He sold a lot of albums with his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story and has had numerous hit singles, including the latest, “Power Trip” featuring Miguel, which is a mainstay on urban radio. Through all the success, one of the greatest trademarks […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 9.29.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape September 29, 2012–a collection of handpicked tracks for your hip-hop listening/viewing pleasure.   Shyne, “Fred Hampton (50 Cent Diss)” You know what? It’s been a while since 50 Cent has been involved in a good, old-fashioned beef. Like Superman and the light of a yellow sun, Curtis Jackson cannot tap the true nature of his powers without the acrimony of his fellow MCs. Fortunately, this […]