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2 May, 2013 5:23 pm

With his last release, WZRD, Kid Cudi got experimental by teaming with producer Dot Da Genius and releasing what was his take on a rock album. While the reviews were mixed (we liked it, others didn’t), this would give us a glimpse into where he’d take his music next. On his new album, Indicud, the [cont.]

29 April, 2013 5:14 pm

Ghostface Killah has never explained why he wore the mask. In the early days of the Wu, the most mysterious member of the Clan was Tony Starks, who shrouded his face in early videos and promo pics, creating a mystique for himself greater than that of his peers. While we were just getting know all [cont.]

24 April, 2013 3:59 am

There is a lingering affection among hip-hop heads for the grimy New York sound that was prominent in the 1990s. Today there’s something almost comforting about those rugged beats and rhymes, especially in contrast to today’s rinky dink production and de-emphasis on lyricism. Styles P, formerly of the Lox with Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, is [cont.]

23 April, 2013 10:24 am

It’s no coincidence that Major Lazer’s Free The Universe and Snoop Dogg’s Lion’s Major Lazer produced reggae record, Reincarnated, are being released within a week of one another. At the helm of both of these projects is Diplo, the forward thinking, genre-defying producer who moonlights as one of the country’s top paid DJ’s, while making [cont.]

15 April, 2013 12:55 pm

Tyga is having one of those rare bursts of creativity in music. It’s reminiscent of Kanye when he put out My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy concurrently with the GOOD Fridays sessions, or Bruce Springsteen’s wealth of material that came out of the Darkness on the Edge Town recordings. Well, okay, maybe Careless World, the Well [cont.]

13 April, 2013 5:43 am

The work of collective Odd Future has a love-it-or-hate-it relationship with its audience. While Tyler has received his fair share of criticism and attention for his profane shock and horror lyrics and homophobia, the Odd Future sound isn’t really intended for anyone seeking an intelligent or even coherent thought. It’s most likely for high school [cont.]

10 April, 2013 4:23 pm

Our favorite workhorse, Alchemist, has no shortage of completed projects in the vaults, ready to have the trigger pulled on them at any time. The latest is Durag Dynasty, a group effort produced entirely by him, spearheaded by Planet Asia, alongside Tristate and Killer Ben. 360 Waves is the album, a rugged and raw record [cont.]

9 April, 2013 7:47 am

“I would talk about my dick, but man that shit would be a long story!” boasts Lil Wayne on his tenth (!) studio album, I Am Not A Human Being 2, the sequel to the 2010 fluke LP released in place of Tha Carter IV, during Wayne’s stay at Riker’s Island. The original was a [cont.]

4 April, 2013 7:53 pm

Ill Bill has been putting it down on wax for almost two decades now, first making noise as a part of Non-Phixion, which was birthed officially in 1994. He survived the fall of the indie hip-hop movement by carving out his own niche for himself, and over the years has musically branched out from his [cont.]

20 March, 2013 2:12 pm

As long as they’ve been putting it down in the game, it’s hard to believe there’s never been a Demigodz full-length LP before. We did see a little heard EP back in 2002, courtesy of Ill Boogie Records, which would lay the foundations for this very album. Ten years later, Apathy, Celph Titled, Esoteric, Ryu, [cont.]

14 March, 2013 2:42 am

Longtime London 90′s duo of Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba return as The Herbaliser, this time collaborating with The Easy Access Orchestra for their seventh album, There Were Seven. The result is a set of infectious new grooves from The Herbaliser we all know and love, yet this time with a much fuller, crispier sound. [cont.]

11 March, 2013 6:57 am

Inspectah Deck had a rough go round during the first generation of Wu-Tang solo LP’s. While each Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, GZA/Genius, Raekwon, and Ghostface were blessed with debut albums produced exclusively by RZA (save one or two tracks), Deck’s debut, Uncontrolled Substance, was one of the first LP’s to largely employ many of [cont.]

11 March, 2013 6:32 am

Dan The Automator has been quite nomadic in recent years. Just a decade ago, we found him at the helm of high profile projects like Deltron 3030, Handsome Boy Modelling School, and Gorillaz, before going off to produce rock acts like Head Automatica and Kasabian. So it’s been a while since we’ve heard the more [cont.]

4 March, 2013 4:41 pm

No, you didn’t download the wrong album. It is certainly dead prez you’re listening to, not FloRida. Or 2 Chainz. Or like, Weezy or something. This deluxe reissue of Information Age is classic DP content paired with some melodious curiosities. Still, the physical release would have been adequately enhanced with half of the six additional [cont.]

28 February, 2013 4:33 pm

There is something to be said about the career of Joe Budden to this point. Though he has never really achieved huge commercial success, his introspective lyricism has been winning fans over for years. With his latest album No Love Lost, he seems to find himself at what appears to be a new peak for [cont.]

22 February, 2013 3:01 pm

The extra-hard working Curren$y defeats all stoner-stereotypes, releasing multiple projects each, suggesting that every day he is on his grind. Yet once you experience his music, you realize that sitting around, smoking weed, and just happening to spit some lyrics over beats is a big part of it. So maybe he’s found his element. With [cont.]

21 February, 2013 3:25 pm

Since his temporary withdrawal from The Clipse, Pusha T has hustled hard to build his solo career over the last few years. Most recently we’ve seen him become full integrated into the G.O.O.D. Music family, helping propel tracks like “I Don’t Like (Remix)” and “Mercy”, into nightclub bottle-selling anthems, raising his profile in a heavily [cont.]

18 February, 2013 4:34 am

DJ Muggs is most famous for his work as the backbone of Cypress Hill, responsible for two arguably classic LP’s from the crew, not to mention a more-or-less strong catalog, despite a few missteps along the way. His solo career has been largely defined by his Soul Assassins series of hip-hop compilations, which found him [cont.]

5 February, 2013 9:15 am

NY rapper A$AP Rocky has found a quick road to stardom, after creating a heavy buzz with his Live.Love.ASAP mixtape, which almost instantaneously found him as part of the major label system. Landing at this moment now, Rocky is holding a massive hit with the posse cut with “Fuckin’ Problem”, and a sure shot follow-up [cont.]

14 January, 2013 6:22 am

In six years, Flying Lotus has released four albums, starting with 1983 leading to his newest, Until the Quiet Comes. Beginning with a foundation of electronic music and hip-hop, he’s quickly evolved, digesting unique sounds and genres, blending samples, live music, and vocals to create something that you can’t prepare for. For those who listened [cont.]

  Mixtape D.L.
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