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Where’s The Beef?: Cassidy vs. Meek Mill

Philadelphia is a breeding ground for hard rappers who, as I’d like to put it, are about that life. Beanie Sigel scares the life out of me every time he mean mugs the camera. Black Thought may be one of the most underrated rappers of all time…and he may just be ready to snap on a fool who thinks otherwise. Two Philly MC’s have been in the news lately – […]


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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 […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 8.23.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape August 23, 2012.   DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West & Rick Ross, “I Wish You Could / Cold” Oh Hype Williams, where would we be without you? If not for Hype, modern pop music would never have known the visage of Will Smith decked out in full Pharaoh garb, or the artistic possibilities inherent in combining shaky cameras with dimly lit sewer tunnels. This mega-cut […]


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The Week in Hip-Hop Footwear

If you had doubts as to the state of hip-hop’s love affair with athletic footwear, this past week should have put them to rest. Three of the biggest names in the genre—Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Lil Wayne—rolled out new sneaker deals that should add considerably to their collective fortunes.   Artist: Rick Ross; Shoe Brand: Reebok; Who’s getting the better deal?: Reebok Presenting the corpulent Rick Ross with a […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 7.27.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape July 27, 2012.   Rick Ross ft. Andre 3000, “Sixteen” While far from living up to its sizable potential, this track still presents a fine opportunity for hearing two hip-hop godheads in one concise package. Andre 3000 turns in the better verse on this one, seeing as slow and sensitive are two modes with which he has a practiced facility. The same cannot be said […]


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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 6.23.12)

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Mixtape. Here are some of the week’s best tracks. You’re welcome.   Nas ft. Rick Ross, “Accident Murderers” (prod. No ID) Much as he insists on toeing the line of oversaturation, Rick Ross, with his increasing ubiquity, has yet to become all that grating. You can still press “play” on a track by Nas and register pleasant surprise when, halfway through, Nola’s prince regent cedes […]


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Meek Mill, “Dreamchasers 2”

Maybach Music Group (2012)

Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape opens with a particularly unhinged audio clip from one of the past decades’ most unhinged personalities—Mike Tyson. While Mill certainly has a penchant for self-aggrandizement, his boasts are (thankfully) set forth with more wit and self-awareness than Tyson’s uncomfortable promises to “eat your children.” Excepting their varying facility with the English language, Tyson and Mill actually have some points of commonality. Both used their humble […]