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Action Bronson Is Eclectic and Consistent on ‘Mr. Wonderful’
Mr. Wonderful is the title of an obscure 1968 Fleetwood Mac album featuring a shirtless, lanky individual on the cover. Nearly 50 years later, Action Bronson appears on the scene as the well-over 300 pound antithesis. The origins of the former chef-turned-rap-phenomenon are well-documented in the ca…
G-Unit Is Confident and Brash on ‘The Beast Is G-Unit’
That it took more than six months to get another six songs from G-Unit is another testament to the fact that times have changed; a decade ago, the same time frame would have produced six mixtapes and maybe an album or two. But times—and the music industry—have changed and while 50 Cent, Young Buck, …
Migos and Crew Are Reliable as Ever on ‘Migo Lingo’
Though touted as a Migos mixtape, Migo Lingo acts more as a platform for the Atlanta crew’s YRN imprint, as well as the Quality Control label at large. The tape is hosted by DJ Durel and YRN Lingo and showcases 14 rappers in total, with the Migos trio taking the lead on just two of t…
Z-Ro Turns a Mirror Toward Himself on ‘Melting the Crown’
Z-Ro doesn’t leave much to interpretation. His songs are almost always tragically or hilariously to the point, and often both. On his latest album Melting The Crown, the Houston underdog balances the ups and down with the help of a new instrument-forward production team...
Fashawn Spreads His Message of Hope on ‘The Ecology’
Fashawn has been around for more than decade now. The Frenso, Calif. MC caught the attention of hip-hop heads with his 2009 debut album, Boy Meets World, an album that’s packed with real world commentary from the perspective of a Black child coming of age in urban America...
Big Sean Drops the Album Fans Wanted With ‘Dark Sky Paradise’
If heartbreak creates the best art, then Big Sean had the perfect platform to deliver his own version of 808s & Heartbreak. But life throws curveballs, and six months after breaking off his engagement to Naya Rivera Sean found himself back on his feet with new love Ariana Grande and an album ful…

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