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Kid Rapper Astro Jumps In The Rap Ring With ‘Champion’

New cut from Brooklyn rapper Astro (or The Astronomical Kid), of X Factor fame. Remember that kid on the show who smack talked Simon Cowell before launching into, “Stop Looking At My Mom?” Well, after melting the hearts of mothers everywhere, Hollywood came calling.  Astro rocketed into the big and small screens, co-starring in Person of Interest, Earth to Echo, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and Red Band Society.  Still […]


Jhené Aiko To Release “Souled Out” Debut Album

She sailed into the music scene like a gentle, barefooted breeze.  A Japanese/African-American/Native American singer who specializes in soft soul and sultry rap, Jhené Aiko stands out in a packed crowd.  With a charming knack for calm, she has even been compared to the likes of Sade.  Last year, Jhené released her EP, Sail Out, which was well received by critics.  Now she is slated to release her debut album […]

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Still…“The Infamous Mobb Deep” (Album Review)

Infamous Records (2014)

Nineteen years to the month since acclaimed East Coast rap duo Mobb Deep released their breakout album The Infamous,  rappers Havoc and Prodigy have decided to start the 20-year celebration early with an appropriately titled new record, The Infamous Mobb Deep. “Infamous” for being part of the East Coast / West Coast dissing rivalry (a rivalry that ultimately ended the lives of Tupac and Biggie), Mobb Deep peddled the gritty […]

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Eminem’s Stellar Sequel “Marshall Mathers LP2″–Album Review

Shady/Aftermath/Interscope (2013)

By now, you should have been served notice that Eminem is back. Over the weekend he both managed to win an award from YouTube and to be criticized for a lip-synced performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Needless to say, the dichotomy is something that the Detroit rhymer probably relishes, considering that it comes on the eve of the release of his seventh studio album Marshall Mathers LP 2 (abbreviated […]

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Pusha T “My Name Is My Name”–Album Review

G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam (2013)

Pusha T, one half of Virginia Beach-bred “coke rap”-pioneering The Clipse, seems to have taken forever to drop his proper solo album My Name Is My Name, which finally saw the light of day this week. It must not be easy having his pedigree, though; he can deliver clever street-level raps on one hand while contributing to club anthems on another. It has taken the rapper years to hone in […]

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Rock Rewind: Eminem “Lose Yourself”

Yeah, yeah, I know. This isn’t rock; it’s rap. But I’m the one making the picks, so deal with it. Actually, there’s a solid reason why I chose this tune for the Rock Rewind. While he would likely eschew this fact, Eminem is arguably one of the biggest crossover rap artists on the planet, and “Lose Yourself” is arguably his biggest crossover hit. Not in the sense that he blended […]

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The White Mandingos “The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me” — Album Review

Fat Beats Records (2013)

Parody rap has a place in the marketplace (see: Lonely Island). On the surface, The White Mandingos would suggest it is a project in the same vein. Comprised of L.A. indie rap hero Murs, Bad Brains guitarist Daryl Jenifer and ego trip co-founder and writer Sacha Jenkins, the oxymoronic name the trio have chosen as their name suggests a lighthearted, off-the-wall approach. In some ways, it is that, but in […]


Is Azealia Banks Destroying Her Own Career?

Named by The Guardian newspaper as the second best song of 2011, Azealia Banks’ breakthrough single, “212,” was unarguably worthy of all the plaudits – a thrilling attitude-laden, if utterly potty-mouthed, electro hip-pop banger which virtually rendered Nicki Minaj obsolete in one foul swoop. However, after threatening to become a global superstar, the 21-year-old has almost wasted all of the goodwill she built up with the track by spending the […]


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 […]

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