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Ryan Harrison
20 November, 2010 10:03 pm

Let’s discuss a trend that has been circulating in hip-hop for a little while now, the sequel album. It seems as If a lot of artists right now are coming out with the “sequel” to either their most critically acclaimed or commercially successful albums. Now, at first there was nothing wrong with this concept, but [cont.]

21 April, 2010 2:50 am

Devin the Dude has to be one of the most honest rapper on the scene. He is not one to rhyme about things that he does not do, he’s just a guy who likes the ladies and his weed, which is reflected in his music. Suite #420 does not stray away from the usual script, [cont.]

6 March, 2010 7:08 pm

“Between your future and your present, between what’s real and what’s fake, between where you are and where you want to be, lies the land of make believe…” This is the underlining theme of the latest album from emcee Naledge and producer Double-O, better known as Kidz In The Hall, for the album Land of [cont.]

23 April, 2009 6:09 am

Bob Dylan once said, “the times are a changing,’” and for the music business that couldn’t be more true.  With music becoming more accessible, it would only be natural for the expansion of different market bases.  With more people buying different kinds of music from different mediums, purchases will more than likely reflect the listener’s [cont.]

23 April, 2009 6:05 am

There is a thin line between fantasy and reality.  Where is the difference and in who’s mind and judgment constitute it? But if you believe it, wouldn’t that make it true?  This is the dilemma that seems to revolve around Rick Ross.  With his music depicting one way of life but accused of living another, [cont.]

22 March, 2009 7:15 pm

It has been a while since the R&B genre has seen a talent as impressive as The-Dream.  With intricate production and songwriting, Terius Nash comes off as a breath of fresh air in this post R. Kelly era. (Not disrespecting Kells, but he is obviously nowhere close to his zenith of the late 90s/Early 2000s)  [cont.]

30 January, 2009 1:38 am

Being a member of a critically acclaimed group, creating a hip-hop masterpiece, and then going on to produce for some of the most notable emcees to ever do it, Large Professor is a staple in the hip-hop community.  It can be argued that many opportunities were missed, Extra P still managed to keep himself relevant [cont.]

30 January, 2009 1:34 am

Truly standing out as the late coming member of the acclaimed group Slum Village, Elzhi basically had the difficult task of filling the void left after J Dilla’s departure.  Well, with impressive talent through sharp lyricism, Elzhi lived up to the expectations set by wowing listeners on Slum Village projects, as well as guest appearances.  It [cont.]

30 January, 2009 1:31 am

The times are changing.  With the evolution of internet based music it seems that not only style and substance are enhancing, but just the overall approach to hip-hop in general.  Subject matter is starting to become more diverse while experimentation with production is being heavily explored.  So who are The Knux exactly?  Comprised of brothers [cont.]

16 January, 2009 4:56 am

For about 15 years now E-40 has been doing his thing.  He has been around to see a lot and also to live through it.  This covers every aspect, from an emerging Bay Area scene, when he was a lone representer of it, all the way to its resurgence with the Hyphy Movement, by being [cont.]

4 December, 2008 10:52 am

In most music circles, Raphael Saadiq is not an unfamiliar name.  The Oakland singer, songwriter, and producer first found success with his brother and cousin in Tony, Toni, Tone, which garnered commercial and critical acclaim all throughout the 1990s.  He later went on to form the R&B/Soul super group Lucy Pearl with other heavyweights Dawn [cont.]

20 November, 2008 1:52 am

Not many artists have had the chance of being a member of one of the most influential hip-hop groups ever, and find success as a solo artist. Q-Tip has been a beneficiary as the front man for A Tribe Called Quest and with his debut solo album Amplified. The later found commercial success, but many fans [cont.]

13 November, 2008 5:46 am

For years now, Devin has been delighting us with his southern syrupy tales of his way of life, one that consists of lots of weed, drinks, and women.  But this is mainly due to the fact that we all know a “Devin”, some of them are in our families, friends, or if you don’t know, [cont.]

5 November, 2008 6:41 am

It is clearly evident that the economy is in dire straights.  With record breaking home foreclosures, unemployment rising, and not to mention fluctuating gas prices, it is obvious that things are bleak.  So this seems to have trickled into the hip-hop world by that now your favorite baller is even feeling the pinch.  This is reflected [cont.]

5 November, 2008 6:35 am

Back in the mid 90’s it was undeniable that Mobb Deep was one of the premier hip-hop groups emerging on the scene.  Albums like The Infamous, Hell on Earth, and Murda Muzik were stellar with great beats mixed with phenomenal lyrics.  Prodigy later went on to release H.N.I.C. in 2000 that was received very well [cont.]

30 September, 2008 4:32 pm

Undeniably, The Game is one of the premier hip-hop artists out right now.  Besides Lil’ Wayne and Kanye, who else has captivated fans, both positively and negatively, while putting out stellar albums that can arguably be called classics?  But with L.A.X., it seems as if the sophomore jinx waited one album late to rear its [cont.]

23 July, 2008 5:40 am

The word “nigger” is defined as (1) a hateful slang term for an African-American person or (2) a member of a socially disadvantaged class.  Perhaps the most derogatory term in the English language, it managed to become a term of endearment, a symbol of comradory, an in a sense, instilling the feeling of social/emotional acceptance.  So is it still offensive?  [cont.]

26 June, 2008 4:48 am

On the low, the Midwest has been on the rise.  Since the early 2000s, Midwest emcees have been the recipients of both commercial and critical acclaim.  This is evident with the success of artists like Eminem, Nelly, Kanye West, Common, and Lupe Fiasco. So now the gates are open and it is up to the [cont.]

26 June, 2008 4:44 am

With the success of The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey made a comeback that many artists at their crossroads could only dream of, from being on the brink of being written off as a tragic story to returning with one of 2005’s best R&B albums. So to follow up the groundbreaking LP, Carey returns with the [cont.]

21 May, 2008 4:05 am

It is rare nowadays to see a producer and an emcee form a collaboration that is just mutually between the two of them.  Maybe within a group, you see one member take the helm of the production, while the other concentrates on the rhyming (for example Mobb Deep), but for two established artists in their [cont.]

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