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18 February, 2015 11:00 pm

My review of Drake’s new surprise album has gone longform, in a new thinkpiece over at Cuepoint called “How Drake Disrupted Kanye.” Read on, true believers… How Drake Disrupted Kanye

14 February, 2015 4:55 pm

20 year-old Brooklynite Joey Bada$$ has been hailed as the torch-bearer for the return of the “golden era” sound, despite being born at the end of the era in 1995. Nevertheless, one can only imagine that songs from Black Moon, Mos Def, and Jeru The Damaja were playing in his neighborhood growing up, as he [cont.]

14 February, 2015 4:22 pm

Being young can have both its advantages and disadvantages. On the one side, it gives the opportunity to live free, not to have a care in the world. On the other side, it can be daunting and confusing, not clearly defining oneself or their ambitions. Both seem to be the case for Swae Lee and [cont.]

13 February, 2015 1:11 am

The best selling hip-hop album of 2014 was J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which as of February 2015 is just shy of Platinum. Beating out Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Iggy Azalea, and a ton more, Jermaine Cole’s surprise year-end album had no major single to propel it and was his last contractual album [cont.]

2 February, 2015 11:41 pm

History tells us that it is really difficult to make a decent group album. The larger the group, the more unlikely that you can make more than one great album, just ask Wu-Tang. If I was a white girl in college this is the kind of hip-hop I would be into. People used to call [cont.]

28 January, 2015 7:48 pm

Lupe Fiasco expounds and expands on his fifth studio album Tetsuo & Youth. Those expecting a significant dose of anime imagery hinted at the title, prepare to be disappointed. Those looking for an innovative take on hip hop, look no further. Forget the twitter beefs, dude delivers a serious album. Yes, it sounds like it [cont.]

10 January, 2015 2:30 pm

Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. has steadily been making a name for himself over the last few years, through a series of critically acclaimed self-made mixtape/street albums, which found him taking on the role of each rapper, singer, and producer. This led to a deal with Def Jam, with his 2013 debut for the label, Live From [cont.]

5 January, 2015 11:55 pm

It seems like ever since we lost Guru, DJ Premier has pulled back on the amount of beats he’s producing for folks. It’s hard to imagine there was a time when Preem would produce entire LP’s for people – not just Gang Starr, but also affiliated acts like Jeru The Damaja and Group Home. Of [cont.]

31 December, 2014 1:35 am

While Rick Ross builds the Maybach Music Group powerhouse by releasing new content almost daily from his stable of artists, it feels like there is definitely a lack of quality control. For Ross it’s a numbers game that finds him throwing anything and everything at the wall, in hopes that something will stick. And something [cont.]

27 December, 2014 1:52 am

Over the course of his last three albums or so, Rick Ross has proven that he is more than just a guy that makes nightclub drug dealer anthems like “BMF” and “Hustlin’.” But you wouldn’t know that from his singles; you’d have to dig deeper into his catalog to find his brand of more soulful [cont.]

18 December, 2014 2:09 am

Earlier this year, a Reddit user with a vivid imagination proposed that a buzzworthy Coney Island, NY rapper named Your Old Droog was actually one Nasir Jones, doing a secret underground side-project, and pitching his voice down to remain anonymous. When listening to his self-titled EP with that in mind, you might have even been [cont.]

12 December, 2014 6:42 pm

I’ve done a dual review for Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow and Ghostface Killah’s 36 Seasons, however it is a very in-depth piece – 4500 words – which explores the history of the Wu-Tang Clan leading up to A Better Tomorrow, so this had to go over to Cuepoint, where you can read it in [cont.]

29 November, 2014 12:38 am

Certainly to be one of the most controversial hip-hop albums of the year, Ras Kass and Apollo Brown’s, Blasphemy, is a concept LP that is more or less a crusade against organized religion. It’s also one of the best albums of the year, and quite possibly the most concise album that Ras has ever recorded. [cont.]

28 November, 2014 11:29 pm

It wouldn’t really be fair to compare the sound of Blockhead to that of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing every time we review one of his records. However that is the frame of reference that most people can identify with, so in the interest of turning more people on to his music, just imagine that DJ Shadow [cont.]

20 November, 2014 1:32 am

On one hand, you have to hand it to Game; even after being exiled from the Aftermath camp after a lengthy battle with 50 Cent, he has still managed to make new friends and keep his name in the, uh… game. With Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf, Game hopes to get his damn label [cont.]

17 November, 2014 11:13 pm

If you caught J-Zone’s recent article, Can We Finally Bury The Word “Hater?”, one of the takeaways from it was that hip-hop has completely lost its edge. Everyone is so afraid to hurt their “brand,” that rap music is no longer “scary” in his words, and never challenges the status quo. Sure, there’s plenty of [cont.]

3 November, 2014 12:35 am

After completing his contract with Atlantic Records, what does the self-proclaimed and eventually deserved “king of the south” do to keep things interesting on his first album for Columbia, Paperwork? Team up with Pharrell, of course. The two made magic together on one of the biggest breakthrough singles of 2013, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” so [cont.]

30 October, 2014 2:41 am

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is very much a product of “Internet rap,” or as the title of his last album would tell you, he exists as an emcee Because The Internet. With the release of that project, he embraced online culture completely, releasing an interactive screenplay / short film built around the album. The [cont.]

24 October, 2014 12:35 am

Zev Luv X entered the rap game at 17 years old, as 1/3 of a group called Kausing Much Damage, or KMD for short. They’d later change the letters to stand for “a positive Kause in a Much Damaged society,” as “positivity” and dropping knowledge was kind of an “in” thing in hip-hop at the [cont.]

22 October, 2014 11:40 am

One producer that doesn’t really get his due props is Compton’s DJ Quik. Sure, the man has produced some defining LA classics, even spotted working on Dr. Dre’s Detox at one point, after producing Truth Hurts’ “Addictive” for the Beats mogul. Despite his old hits being mined for new DJ Mustard songs, people don’t usually [cont.]

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