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Nick Tylwalk
9 August, 2010 9:25 pm

It’s probably a little bit of a stretch to say that Bun B is underrated. He had a good run with the late Pimp C in UGK, he’s had two well regarded solo albums and it’s pretty much the consensus opinion among hip hop fans that he’s dope on the mic. Still, it’s fair to [cont.]

4 August, 2010 3:24 am

Just like a top pro athlete, Paul Wall has his eyes firmly locked on the title. In his case, it’s the crown he wears as the self-proclaimed People’s Champ, and he’s clearly in a frame of mind to defend his gold on his latest studio effort, Heart of a Champion. Right from the opener, “Take [cont.]

28 July, 2010 4:11 pm

Weed and hip hop have a relationship that goes way, way back. As a a result, this reviewer remembers one person assuming I must be smoking back in high school because “you listen to rap, don’t you?” Few current rappers get as much mileage out of the pleasures of lighting one up as Curren$y. The [cont.]

28 June, 2010 12:00 am

It’s sad to say, but even in this day and age, some people need to be convinced that “rap music” actually deserves its label. Fortunately, it’s easy to point them to The Roots, as the Philly collective always shows off plenty of musicianship, and point man Black Thought can rhyme with the best of them. [cont.]

17 June, 2010 5:55 pm

As far as artists trying to have it both ways – that is, keeping their street cred intact while selling records at the same time – few currently have it figured out like Plies. The Florida-born rapper made sure everyone knew how real he was by including the word in the titles of his first [cont.]

24 April, 2010 6:17 am

Fans of Little Brother will probably agree that the group’s history is like a microcosm of most of the last two decades in the rap game. After all, they’ve already had label trouble, video controversy, people trying to pigeonhole their sound and internal strife – and all of it has happened since 2003. Now it [cont.]

1 April, 2010 2:05 am

There’s something to be said for persistence. That’s especially true in music, where it’s admirable for an artist to stick to it and keep releasing new material because he loves what he’s doing, even if it never blows up. Inspectah Deck has certainly had his share of heady success back in the heyday of the [cont.]

21 March, 2010 8:23 pm

A concept album always seems like a bit of a conceit. That’s especially true in hip hop, where the results of such projects have ranged from incredible (think Masta Ace’s A Long Hot Summer) to average (like, say, T.I. vs. T.I.P.) to forgettable (examples too numerous to list). Bringing Ludacris and Shawnna together for a [cont.]

12 March, 2010 9:24 am

If you were able to get Ludacris, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Nelly, plus R&B superstars Usher and John Legend, all to appear on your album, you would probably have no doubt it would be the hottest thing out there. Thus, you can hardly blame DJ Khaled for [cont.]

20 February, 2010 10:21 pm

Call it the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup plan: two great tastes that taste great together. It’s worked out pretty well in the past for pairings like Buckshot and 9th Wonder, so the combination of mixtape ace/producer DJ Green Lantern and respected New York rapper Styles P would seem like a no-brainer. The fruit of that [cont.]

3 October, 2009 7:34 am

With the exception of Wu-Tang Clan, which was introduced to the world fully formed, the concept of the hip hop supergroup is one that’s inspired plenty of anticipation with very little pay-off over the years. Putting several good emcees together has always seemed like a good idea, but whether the product couldn’t live up to [cont.]

5 August, 2009 7:56 am

The list of emcees who have struggled with finding the sweet spot between what’s heartfelt and what’s commercial includes, well, just about everyone, but few have embodied that dichotomy quite as well during the 2000s as Brooklyn’s Fabolous. Though he’s had both the lyrics and the legal entanglements to keep his street cred intact, he’s [cont.]

16 June, 2009 2:15 am

Mos Def is a tough cat to figure out. His first solo album was straight (and good) hip-hop, his second made him sound like he wanted to be a rocker, and his third – released with no cover art and no promotion – almost made it seem like he was embarrassed by it. Add in [cont.]

16 June, 2009 1:32 am

No need to double-check your calendars. Though we’ve received several solo albums from each of them, it really has been nine years since we’ve had a group effort from Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss, whether you like to call them D-Block or The LOX. The reasons for that are well documented, and as it [cont.]

5 June, 2009 8:01 am

It seems kind of strange that someone could have multiple hip-hop studio albums without rapping or producing any of the songs, but such is the life of DJ Drama. The self-proclaimed “mixtape president” has taken some time off from dropping street records and putting in work with Aphilliates Music Group to create Gangsta Grillz: The [cont.]

15 April, 2009 5:42 am

Let’s get one thing straight: Jadakiss is not retiring. Yes, his new joint is called The Last Kiss. but it’s not because he’s thinking about leaving the rap game. Instead, he sees it as the final part of a trilogy (with 2001′s Kiss Tha Game Goodbye and 2004′s Kiss of Death), even if a label [cont.]

7 January, 2009 10:59 pm

Underrated is a word that gets tossed around much too casually in modern society, particularly when it pertains to music and entertainment.  Still, it seems to fit Termanology, the Massachusetts-by-way-of-New York MC who finally gets a chance to have some of the spotlight for himself on his first official solo album, Politics As Usual. Term [cont.]

4 December, 2008 10:47 am

There’s no question that Akon pretty much has the R&B/hip hop game on lock. Between his production efforts and frequent guest appearances, it’s hard to go half an hour on any radio station playing an urban or Top 40 format and not hear something he’s touched. He’s been successful with his own songs too, going [cont.]

26 November, 2008 11:22 am

Chris Bridges could be forgiven for coasting at this point in his career. It would be perfectly understandable if he put it on cruise control, content to cash checks from his blossoming acting career and occasionally dropping a hot 16 on someone else’s song. It’s to Ludacris’ credit, then, that he sounds as committed to [cont.]

9 September, 2008 10:21 am

Anyone who’s been down with the Wu-Tang Clan since day one knows the legend that nobody wanted to follow GZA on posse cuts, ensuring that he always rhymed last. The Genius may not always run the anchor leg when the Clan gets together these days, but his gift for lyricism is still on display on [cont.]

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