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30 July, 2013 1:59 am

Editor’s Note: Initially we rated this album 2 out of 5. The author’s intended rating was 2.5 out of 5. Our bad. Motown and Hip-Hop have a lot in common. Both are groundbreaking entities that have shifted the landscape of music and introduced us to brilliant artists that enriched our lives beyond their artistic offerings. [cont.]

26 July, 2013 12:30 am

Rapper and famed urban activist Immortal Technique explains how he feels about the marches in support of Trayvon Martin, revealing that he thinks they should continue, so they can make a change.

24 July, 2013 9:58 pm

Florida native Ace Hood got some unwanted publicity recently when his supposedly Rolodex watch fell to pieces during an interview at the BET Awards. Whoops. It was an embarrassing moment for a guy who rubs shoulders with bigwigs like Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, and is signed with DJ Khaled and [cont.]

15 July, 2013 7:11 pm

“Prisoner Of Conscious is a record that’s really about where I am now, and what kind of songs I want to make, versus what kind of songs people want me to make…. It’s my job as an artist to continue to challenge myself, and then, challenge my audience,” Talib Kweli told HipHopSite.Com almost two years [cont.]

14 July, 2013 2:50 pm

Last year, El-P broke the mold forged by his legendary Def Jux imprint, by travelling slightly outside of his comfort zone. Rather than working with another one of his like-minded subterranean labelmates, he opted to go for a more street level artist, producing an entire LP for loose-knit Outkast / Purple Ribbon Allstars affiliate, Killer [cont.]

9 July, 2013 9:12 pm

A title like Watch The Throne was basically a millennial take on 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me concept. Both suggest that when these men speak, people drop everything and listen. This was true in 2Pac’s era, and it has most certainly been proven true over the last few weeks for Jay-Z and Kanye West. The [cont.]

8 July, 2013 8:34 pm

In a summer where Hip-Hop has seen it’s fair share of major releases, it’s easy to overlook an album like Wale’s. While he may not of had the same amount of hype going into his latest album as some of his other rap peers, the MMG artist was determined to leave his stamp on the [cont.]

7 July, 2013 2:26 pm

Over the past year or so, Action Bronson has emerged as one of the most unique characters in hip-hop music, with a level of strangeness to him that rivals that of Kool Keith, but with less flash. Action trades the capes and wigs for a more basic tank top, shorts, and viking beard ensemble, although [cont.]

2 July, 2013 5:09 pm

If you read the description of Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill’s Ugly Heroes project on the Mello Music Group website, you know their definition of “an ‘ugly hero’ is the everyday blue collar individual that makes the world go ’round.” And hey, who doesn’t want to honor those guys? With gratuitous celebrity running [cont.]

22 June, 2013 8:22 am

Released on the same day as Kanye West’s Yeezus and J. Cole’s Born Sinner, Mac Miller’s second studio album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off seems like almost an afterthought. But instead, it acts more like a balm. While Kanye and Cole’s releases have a darker, hopeless feel, Mac Miller comes off almost enlightened. Listen [cont.]

22 June, 2013 5:55 am

After bringing Drake out for a surprise performance during Dollar and a Dream show at the Irving Plaza in New York, J. Cole and Drake headed straight to the Best Buy in Union Square to purchase Born Sinner.

21 June, 2013 9:13 am

Over the past year, we’ve seen a series of strange episodes from Kanye West, which have included performing dressed in a mask and straight-jacket, and embarking on long, screaming rants during said performances. This, coupled with his very public pregnancy with girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, has almost escalated him to Michael Jackson levels of interest to [cont.]

19 June, 2013 12:47 am

Late on Born Sinner, J. Cole issues one of the most unnecessary apologies in hip-hop history. On “Let Nas Down,” he goes into great detail about how in his desperation to come up with a single for his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, he disappointed his idol: “Dion called me when it dropped, [cont.]

18 June, 2013 7:43 am

It was a sad day in the year of the group’s 20th anniversary, that we saw Mobb Deep suddenly break-up, after Havoc publicly blasted Prodigy via Twitter, followed by a leaked audio recording of Hav spitting more vitriol towards P. While rumors of the group’s demise date back almost a decade, they have always kept [cont.]

12 June, 2013 3:35 am

All relatively recent missteps aside, LL Cool J is one of the most celebrated names in hip-hop, with almost three decades in the game and a dozen albums under his belt. He’s on the short list when it comes to longevity and successfully parleying rap prowess and personality into a multi-platform career. Authentic, his thirteenth [cont.]

12 June, 2013 3:24 am

Despite only having two albums to his credit, R.A. The Rugged Man is a legend in every sense of the word. Hardly over-exposed, Rugged Man’s past antics have included getting dropped from his label in the 90′s (as Crustified Dibbs) due to “violent & disgusting behavior”, submitting a song to Jive called “Every Record Label [cont.]

12 June, 2013 1:09 am

Papoose is both a victim and a victor of the American dream and the endless pursuit of happiness. He was signed to Jive Records back in 2006, but entered what he and Kay Slay referred to as “A&R hell”, leading to endless delays of his debut album, The Nacirema Dream (that’s “America” spelled backwards, for [cont.]

30 May, 2013 6:54 pm

French Montana is neither from France or Montana, but instead is an American emcee whom was born in Morroco, so maybe a more appropriate name would be Rocco Americana, but that’s neither here nor there. What you do need to know about French Montana, is that 1) he came up in the mixtape game, working [cont.]

27 May, 2013 7:30 pm

While the 90′s are often referred to as hip-hop’s golden era, the dark, sample heavy beats that dominated New York rap at the time is a sound long lost. While artists like Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson have successfully sprinkled that sound into today’s style, a lesser popular crew called The Doppelgangaz have embraced the [cont.]

20 May, 2013 8:15 am

Producer Blockhead is best known for his series of instrumental albums released on Ninja Tune, as well as beats for several of Aesop Rock’s critically acclaimed Def Jux LP’s. Illogic is sort of a best kept secret emcee from Ohio, who regularly keeps the company of fellow forward thinking artists like Blueprint, Slug, and Abstract [cont.]

  Mixtape D.L.
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