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Digital Delights: 2012’s Dopest Rap/Hip-Hop Mixtapes (Part 2)

Continuing my countdown of this year’s best rap/hip-hop mixtapes (you can catch Part 1 here), let’s take a look at my next three:   6. Talib Kweli and Z-Trip, Attack The Block – Brooklyn’s most underrated MC (in my opinion) is the great Talib Kweli. He’s capable of spitting some of the most thought provoking rhymes, while still being fun enough to rap about the party life and luxurious women. […]

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Hood Harmonies: 2012’s 10 Best Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B Collaborations

Method Man and Mary J. Blige seem to have perfected the rap/hip-hop and R&B synergy better than most. It seems everyone and their mother has heard “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” at least once in their lifetime. True rap/hip-hop and R&B heads look back on this song fondly, and the newer generation is just becoming familiar with the song’s brilliance. In 2012, the dopest […]


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 […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 11.3.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 3, 2012.   Swizz Beatz, Chris Brown and Ludacris, “Everyday Birthday” Though he has occupied himself of late with his work as one-third of the triumvirate that controls Justin Bieber, Ludacris once made his living as a purveyor of raps. On “Everyday Birthday” he reminds us of that legacy, but fails to stick around long enough to own up to it. With its dance-floor […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 10.20.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape October 20, 2012.   A$AP Rocky ft. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “F**kin Problem” This entry to the canon of collaborative promotional singles brings to the table a perfect mixture of star power, malleability and broader-than-hell themes. You have the aggressive, “back-off” attitude of the whole enterprise, combined with a beat that will kindly step aside and allow A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar to […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 7.13.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape July 13, 2012.   Frank Ocean ft. Earl Sweatshirt, “Super Rich Kids” Between a much-publicized announcement concerning his sexual preference, a monkeyed-with album release date and a possible snub by Target, Frank Ocean has had a busy week. Amongst his various newsworthy maneuvers, it’s almost possible to forget that Channel Orange, Ocean’s debut, is a fantastic, weird, stylistically singular example of R&B futurism. “Super Rich […]


Hip-Hop Summer Album Preview: Part 3

We’ve been taking a forward look at some of the most anticipated hip-hop releases for this summer. Check installments one and two for the albums due for release in June and July. Today we’ll take a look at the best of what’s coming out in August.   August (date TBA): Ghostface Killah, Supreme Clientele Presents…Blue and Cream: The Wally Era This LP has yet to solidify a release date, which […]