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9 May, 2014 1:41 am

When major labels stopped investing in acts that were built around sampling, those artists went the do-it-yourself route, resulting in the great indie hip-hop boom of roughly 1996-2006. This movement saw smaller artists pressing up their own vinyl and CD’s, and gave birth to this site as well. J-Live was a part of this school, [cont.]

1 May, 2014 2:40 pm

Future’s unmistakable voice and “old man” drawl has rewritten the rules for contemporary urban club music, even in the wake of the post-T-Pain / “Death Of Autotune” landscape. Upon first listen to any one of his tracks, our usual response is something like, “This is awful!”, however, in the end, Future’s hypnotic vocals eventually draw [cont.]

23 April, 2014 11:57 pm

One can only imagine what its like to be recognized as one of the top performers of your craft, name-dropped by the biggest rapper in the world, yet still a face of anonymity to most. What must it be like, when success has been awarded to you via a hit single called “Simon Says”, only [cont.]

21 April, 2014 3:10 pm

On the 15th anniversary of MF Doom’s seminal debut album, Operation Doomsday, we present our original review of the album, published on HipHopSite on April 20th, 1999. Our original rating was 4 out of 5, but today we recognize this as a 5 @ classic that it is. MF Doom – Operation: Doomsday – @@@@@ [cont.]

17 April, 2014 6:27 am

In 1994, just as in 1988 for hip hop, an incredible musical wave gave birth to some classic albums, trend-setting artists and dynamic songs that we’ve noticed throughout its history so far. Amongst this batch of history, the elite roster of artists who were born before, but didn’t really show signs of teeth until 1994, [cont.]

16 April, 2014 7:20 am

The Bay Area’s HBK Gang has been slowly infiltrating the club scene, led by IamSu’s multiple appearances on hits like E-40′s “Function” and Jonn Hart’s “Who Booty”. But most recently, HBK made a name for themselves through Sage The Gemini’s twin hits “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose”. This pair of mellow, grooving hits defied the [cont.]

8 April, 2014 9:33 am

Nobody really knows what went on behind the scenes between Havoc and Prodigy that culminated in a very public beef that took place a few years back on the Twitter stage. However with P’s incarceration and the group’s falling out, it’s been eight years since the group’s last album together, 2006’s Blood Money. With all [cont.]

31 March, 2014 2:04 am

Kid Cudi has always been a bit of an enigma. Do mainstream music fans, the ones that throw their hands in the air, and wave them carefree-like every time that “Pursuit of Happiness” or one of its million remixes comes on in the club, really get Cudi the way that Sidney Deane got Jimi? If [cont.]

27 March, 2014 6:50 am

YG broke through in 2010 with a 50 Cent remixed hit single, “Toot It & Boot It”. The song is quite easily one of the most detrimental-to-society rap songs in existence, as YG rapped so famously: “I asked her name and then I said I wanna fuck / and I’m YG and you know I [cont.]

24 March, 2014 4:53 pm

Ten years ago today, we reviewed and rated MF Doom and Madlib’s Madvillainy LP a perfect score of 5 @’s. At the time, we were one of the only rap “publications” to do so. Read on, true believers. Read: http://www.hiphopsite.com/2004/03/23/madvillain-madvillainy/

24 March, 2014 3:42 am

On Place in the Sun, the eighth album from LA Latino funk collective Ozomatli, the band eschews its grittier, politically charged earlier ethos in favor of a more pop sound. While this critic has missed most of the last few Ozomatli albums, so it’s unclear if this is a completely new development, but it’s really [cont.]

21 March, 2014 4:25 am

Gary, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs has built up a solid buzz for himself over the last couple of years, being recognized as one of XXL’s Freshmen cover stars and landing a short-lived deal with Young Jeezy’s CTE imprint. With a long list of pending projects, perhaps the most anticipated of these was what was once called [cont.]

16 March, 2014 11:49 pm

Upon watching Avicii’s performance at Ultra 2013, the young EDM audience did not know what to make of it, as he fused organic instrumentation and live vocalists into his set. While many were scratching their heads at the spectacle, the words that came out of this critic’s mouth were, “Holy shit, that’s Aloe Blacc!”. (And [cont.]

12 March, 2014 9:08 pm

You might not be familiar with The Doppelgangaz, but they are four albums deep, with a rapidly expanding fanbase, despite no mainstream radio play. This is largely because this black and white, hooded duo of Ep and Matt Of Fact have tapped into the lost 90′s hip-hop sound, which comes through in their beats, their [cont.]

12 March, 2014 6:41 pm

Overall the new Curren$y joint The Drive-in Theatre is a solid throwback to the smoked out hip-hop albums of old, but it doesn’t feel complete. Curren$y solidifies his place in the game with solid wordplay and metaphors, while conveying the pimp and hustler southern player lifestyle through his choice of subject matter. His silky smooth [cont.]

7 March, 2014 2:15 am

If Ice Cube held the honor in the 90′s, Rick Ross is this generation’s version of “the rapper you love to hate”, for many reasons. Although he purports to be a big drug dealing gangster, his past actually reveals that he was at one time a corrections officer. He’s made some truly ignorant tracks in [cont.]

6 March, 2014 1:12 am

After somewhat of a Neptunes dry-spell, Pharrell surprisingly took the industry by storm last year, appearing on three of the year’s biggest hits, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, and “Happy”, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The first two placed him front and center back in the spotlight, while “Happy” was like [cont.]

3 March, 2014 3:16 am

Following Kendrick’s lead, Schoolboy Q is the next Los Angeles rapper to wave the Top Dawg Entertainment flag high from atop the Interscope mountains. While he has released independent projects leading up to this moment, his official debut album is Oxymoron, a record that will, for many people, be their first introduction to this promising [cont.]

24 February, 2014 12:25 am

One thing that Prince Po and Oh No have shared throughout their respective careers is being overshadowed by their peers. Pharoahe Monch always stole the show from Po during the Organized Konfusion days, while Oh No lived in the shadow of his older brother, Madlib. However both have carved out respectable individual fanbases for themselves, [cont.]

12 February, 2014 5:03 pm

A relative unknown until his signing with Black Hippy imprint Top Dop Entertainment, Isaiah Rashad is introduced to the world through Cilvia Demo, a fourteen track album that clocks in just under an hour, that is somehow marketed as an EP. Coming out of Chattanooga, TN, but then moving to Carson, CA, the album documents [cont.]

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