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19 December, 2013 2:41 am

Necro has been putting down for years in the underground hip-hop scene, with a loyal legion of fans that follow his every move, and violently populate the Psycho+Logical-Records message boards. He’s built up a strong catalog of releases for himself and other members of the Non-Phixion crew, and made a lot of noise during the [cont.]

18 December, 2013 8:34 am

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of “vanity projects” in rap music. For some reason, people seem to think hip-hop is “easy”, and many times we see actors and athletes attempt to extend their particular talents to a rap album. 90% of the time, these things fail, yet these celebrities are so rich and [cont.]

11 December, 2013 9:15 am

As we discussed in our review for World’s Fair Bastards Of The Party, the state of New York hip-hop has been in bad shape as of late, with the most popular artists in the region subscribing to Southern styles of rap. While we all dig the South as well, we expect more from the birthplace [cont.]

6 December, 2013 6:44 pm

Reincarnated is a documentary film from VICE films that chronicles Snoop Dogg’s transformation into Snoop Lion, and the recording of the album of the same name, alongside Major Lazer. The film offers insight into why Snoop chose to go this route, and had it been packaged with this album, may have given listeners a better [cont.]

6 December, 2013 5:55 pm

Houston’s Trae Tha Truth is an artist that receives respect from much of the industry as a whole, despite being blackballed from his local hip-hop radio station, after a tragic shooting at one of his Trae Day events in 2009. After a jock at the station said Trae was inadvertently responsible for the violence because [cont.]

5 December, 2013 5:56 am

The state of New York hip-hop has been in flux over the past decade or so. Major labels do not want to support the boom-bap foundations that this art was birthed upon, leading to the more polished sound of artists like Jay-Z, Ruff Ryders, or 50 Cent, who dominated the scene during the Bush era. [cont.]

26 November, 2013 8:43 pm

Detroit’s Black Milk has a long, storied history as a part Slum Village’s extended family, and even has collaborated with J. Dilla early in his career. Which is why it makes sense that despite Dilla’s passing, his sound looms heavy over that of Black Milk’s, who carries on his legacy years after his death. No [cont.]

20 November, 2013 5:42 pm

When hip-hop took a turn for the worse, this critic remembers looking far into the future, and seeing, well, nothing. Nas declared “Hip-Hop Is Dead” at a point when it was making more money than ever, however he was referring the death of its original, unpolluted form. That original form was replaced by its more [cont.]

14 November, 2013 2:30 pm

Detroit’s Boldy James has been a relative unknown on the scene, but has popped up in various places over the last year or so, such as on the ill-fated Dilla release, Rebirth Of Detroit, and his Grand Quarters EP via Decon. But he makes his official debut on My First Chemistry Set – an album [cont.]

11 November, 2013 6:47 pm

Editor’s Note: This review applies to the standard edition of the album. “You ain’t even impressed no more; you’re used to it,” said Eminem on 2002′s “Business” from The Eminem Show. While Em’s first two albums trail-blazed the music industry, with 2000′s The Marshall Mathers LP arguably being his greatest work, its follow-up literally pulled [cont.]

8 November, 2013 3:14 pm

On 2003′s Weatherproof EP, Cage lamented on “Haterama”, “Even Bobbito said ‘Fuck it I quit’.” At the time, the indy hip-hop scene was in full swing, despite Stretch & Bobbito’s retirement from a scene they largely helped create. The movement would still flourish healthily for another five years, built upon the sales of 12″ vinyl [cont.]

3 November, 2013 9:05 am

Earlier this year, Planet Asia teamed up with Killer Ben and Tri-State to form the Durag Dynasty, for a collaborative album produced entirely by Alchemist called 360 Waves. The end result was a fun, solid LP, but one that only paved the way for Al’s stellar collaboration with Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Albert Einstein (which [cont.]

27 October, 2013 7:32 am

RJD2 has had a long and storied career as one of the defining artists of the indie hip-hop movement, largely responsible – alongside El-P – for shaping the sound of Definitive Jux Records, and many of the label’s affiliated artists. Largely an instrumentalist, RJ took the world by storm with his earliest releases, Dead Ringer [cont.]

22 October, 2013 8:52 pm

Detroit’s Danny Brown originally wanted to call his sophomore album O.D.B. – an acronym that would stand for “Old Danny Brown” – and obviously pay homage to the late great Russell Jones. Like Dirt Dog before him, both Danny’s rhyme style and outward appearance suggest that he’s a little bit off, hence the comparison. While [cont.]

16 October, 2013 8:35 pm

During the late 90′s / early 2000′s indie hip-hop boom, one of the crews that most impressed us the most was NYC crew Natural Elements. After serving up two classic singles for each Tommy Boy Black Label and Stretch Armstrong’s DOLO imprint, they pretty much disappeared forever. Although the crew was made up of eight [cont.]

15 October, 2013 6:32 pm

After the runaway cult success of Dr. Octagon, an out-of-nowhere 1995 record that teamed Kool Keith with DJ Q-Bert and producer Dan The Automator, the relationship between the crew went sour. While everyone’s got a different take on what really went down, Automator never looked back, and moved forward with a similar kind of project [cont.]

10 October, 2013 7:23 pm

“This is educated thug music…” said Jay-Z years ago on “N.Y.M.P.”, from Vol. 3: The Life & Times Of S. Carter. This was years before he was lounging in beach chairs with Beyonce and Blue, still building his empire, giving us countless visual tales of his drug-running, pre-rap lifestyle. Despite our upbringing on Public Enemy [cont.]

10 October, 2013 7:22 pm

Three 6 Mafia have managed some amazing feats in their time, as the duo of Juicy J and DJ Paul, not only have created some anthemic hits like “Tear The Club Up”, “Sippin’ On Syrup”, and “Stay Fly”, but also have 1) beat Martin Scorcese to his first Oscar (that’s Oscar, not Grammy) and 2) [cont.]

7 October, 2013 5:25 pm

It’s been said, famously, that there’s no 401k in hip-hop. That might not be completely true for the Jay-Z’s of the world, but certainly for the J-Zone’s. It’s been almost a decade since Zone’s last proper solo album, A Job Ain’t Nuthin But Work, and his latest album, Peter Pan Syndrome, suggests that it’s been [cont.]

1 October, 2013 2:20 pm

Looking back at the past year or so, it’s kind of strange that Drake had a beef with Common, considering that Drake’s sound is actually closer to Common’s than it is to his Young Money label mates. Wayne is a tried-and-true misogynist with a heavy southern sound, while Nicki is an almost cartoon-like, crossover caricature [cont.]

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