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19 August, 2014 3:42 am

One could surmise that the stateside explosion of EDM is in part thanks to the slowing down of hip-hop tracks over the last decade. The raucous element of stadium/Tunnel bangers like DMX’s “Party Up,” T.I.’s “Bring Em Out,” or Lil Jon’s “Get Low” was traded for scaled back, double-time, southern bounce anthems, which lacked the [cont.]

6 August, 2014 4:35 am

Buckshot Shorty was arguably the first rapper to rock a backpack as a fashion statement, way back in 1993′s video for Black Moon’s “Who Got Da Props?” This seminal track would be the first brick laid in the building of the Boot Camp Clique and the Duck Down Records empire, a year before the release [cont.]

28 July, 2014 9:49 pm

Queensbridge legend and one time member of The Firm, Cormega, returns with his first new album in several years, Mega Philosophy. Under the watchful eye of The Large Professor, whom produces the entire thing, Cormega’s latest is less about the struggle, and more about life lessons he’s learned throughout his time in the rap game. [cont.]

24 July, 2014 12:35 pm

Pretty much every album that Common has released since One Day It Will All Make Sense has been reviewed on this site, and been rated @@@@ or above. With the exception Universal Mind Control, even his critically panned Electric Circus scored highly here, despite everyone complaining that Com was under a spell of “Baduizm” at [cont.]

18 July, 2014 5:01 am

Putting it down on the mixtape scene over the last five years, G-Eazy has carved out a name for himself with a series of six mixtape releases, his last being 2011′s critically acclaimed The Endless Summer. A white rapper from the Bay Area, G-Eazy doesn’t really sound like anyone else from region, yet wisely gets [cont.]

11 July, 2014 2:30 am

If you really look back on the career of Jeru The Damaja, the takeaway is this. Here was a man from the borough of Brooklyn, who released two underground classic LP’s in the mid 90′s, both produced entirely by DJ Premier. Yet this event happened during a transitional phase that hip-hop was going through, that [cont.]

6 July, 2014 4:39 pm

One of the last remnants of the Project Blowed school of emcees, LA’s Open Mike Eagle is quite easily one of its brightest stars. Catching our attention early on with songs that poked fun at hip-hop, such as “Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes” and “Your Backpack Past”, not to mention “Billy’s Quagmire” with Blockhead, [cont.]

1 July, 2014 2:55 am

After recent successes with Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.a.a.d. city and Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, all eyes on are the TDE camp, and more specifically, Ab-Soul. Ab has been impatiently waiting to get his album out to the fans, even going as far as to tweet at his label publically that he wanted it out quickly, [cont.]

23 June, 2014 4:02 am

It’s been four years since we’ve heard an album from Sage Francis, with 2010′s Li(f)e for indie rock imprint Epitaph. The album fused Sage’s heavy poetics with live instrumentation, including collaborations with members of Death Cab For Cutie and French composer Yann Tierson, among other standout moments. Between that and being an album with a [cont.]

18 June, 2014 12:27 pm

If you came of age in the 90’s golden era, you know that Onyx’s introductory album Bacdafucup was a hip-hop staple. Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Sonny Seeza and Big DS (R.I.P) were angry, spastic and totally captivating on the mic. Subsequent albums became soundtracks for New York City ruffnecks and ruffneck sympathizers across the world. [cont.]

16 June, 2014 2:27 am

After the runaway success of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent was championed as both a top selling artist, and an astute businessman. The Curtis Jackson brand took on a life of it’s own, and within the period of a decade, 50 had released an autobiographical novel, a collaborative chapter in Robert Greene’s 48 [cont.]

11 June, 2014 11:12 pm

Apathy has been putting it down for almost twenty years now, with Connecticut Casual marking his fourth solo album in the can, not counting various projects with The Demigodz, The Get Busy Committee, and Army Of The Pharaohs. We’ve seen him kill it multiple times with his vocabulary rich, breathless brand of lyricism, so there’s [cont.]

11 June, 2014 12:28 am

To use a cliché, Masta Ace is like a fine wine. As with the best that the bottle has to offer, he has become better with age. Most emcees of his era have steadily declined, usually coasting on their name and past merits, and lacking the ability to create anything relevant, choose good production, and [cont.]

9 June, 2014 2:50 pm

The album title, Respect the Architect – borrowed from a 1995 Guru Jazzmatazz track – seems a bit forced, but luckily for the longtime fans, and new heads seeking quality over gloss, the title is the only thing that is out of place in this effort. The title and the artist demand consideration, calling to [cont.]

5 June, 2014 11:00 pm

Coming from the Outdoorsmen camp, which also includes Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren builds upon an already solid underground fanbase with his latest release, Silk Pyramids, produced by legendary DITC beatsmith, Buckwild. The state of New York street-hop has been in flux, as of late, as many artists from the city have chosen to ride with [cont.]

5 June, 2014 10:33 pm

Hot of the heels of his collaborative album with Madlib, Pinata, Freddie Gibbs teams with Oakland producer DJ Fresh, aka The World’s Freshest for The Tonite Show. A concise ten tracks – three of them skits – Gibbs delivers an equally solid follow-up, with a slightly different flavor. Spending time in L.A. has definitely influenced [cont.]

28 May, 2014 5:23 am

The worst Roots album is still better than roughly 90% of whatever other modern hip-hop records you are listening to. …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, their highly experimental, conceptual, and exceptional eleventh album is far from their worst record, however many may initially see it that way. The information age – or, scratch that [cont.]

21 May, 2014 5:31 am

Thes One and Double K, better known to most as People Under The Stairs, have been putting it down for years, with their own brand of honest, crate-dug, neighborhood rap. Now on their eighth full-length album, and eleventh project overall, the duo return with another incredibly solid release, with no sign of letting up anytime [cont.]

15 May, 2014 10:04 pm

Asher Roth fought long and hard to shed the frat boy image created by his debut single, “I Love College”. At the core of this artist is a backpack rap, lyrically driven hip-hop head, but you’d never know that from the way he was initially marketed. He did truly redeem himself on his 2012 Pabst [cont.]

14 May, 2014 3:03 pm

Southsiders is Atmosphere’s follow-up to their lush, highly musical 2011 album, The Family Sign. The veteran Minneapolis hip-hop group’s last album was a culmination of their evolving sound. Their newest offering, though, is a bit more rugged, with traditional hip hop beats and distorted samples from producer Ant taking the place of live guitar and [cont.]

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