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Rick Ross Delivers A Winning Formula On ‘Mastermind’

When Rick Ross' car was riddled with 18 bullets in a drive-by shooting last January, it affected the rapper more than he let on at the time. And that brush with death—which caused Ross to veer off the road and collide with an apartment building, luckily leaving no one injured—informs Ross' sixth album, Mastermind, more than most might have thought; the lushly produced project dwells early and often on the subjects of mortality, violence and the costs of being The Bawse...

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Kid Cudi Pushes The Envelope Again On ‘Satellite Flight’

Cudi released Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon—the EP turned LP—through a digital-only drop with little warning. It felt like Cudi was sticking to his mantra that he does what he wants, when he wants...

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Pharrell Continues His Hot Streak With ‘G I R L’

These days, Virginia Beach producer and vocalist Pharrell can do no wrong. Whether it’s producing Marvin Gaye-inspired pop hits, crooning over cheesy French disco or wearing a hat that looks like it was tailored for Smokey the Bear, the seemingly ageless falsetto manages to always come off cool...

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Shy Glizzy Is Impressive On ‘Young Jefe’ Mixtape

President’s Day marked a brand new release from DC rising star Shy Glizzy, with Young Jefe, an 18-track tape hosted by DJ Bigga Rankin, and featuring production from Zaytoven, Cardo, Roger Beat and others...

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Juvenile Can’t Get The Party Started On ‘The Fundamentals’

Watching a veteran rapper hit a cold streak that he can’t seem to snap out of is not fun. We've unhappily watched many former stars fall on hard times, and while some find ways to resurrect their careers, others never bounce back...

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ScHoolboy Q Battles For Rap Supremacy On ‘Oxymoron’

Having dominated 2012 with “There He Go” and “Hands On The Wheel,” ScHoolboy Q took his time building himself as the next big thing out of TDE...

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Curren$y Drops Lyrical Gold On ‘The Drive In Theatre’ Mixtape

In 2013, Curren$y was on a tear, releasing five projects, which included a slew of EPs, one full length mixtape in New Jet City, and the 20-minute Jetflix documentary...

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Rocko Misses The Mark On ‘Lingo 4 Dummys’ Mixtape

If Rocko's latest mixtape, Lingo 4 Dummys, had dropped around 2005 when the dirty south was taking over, then by all means this mixtape might be considered a cult classic...

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Pro Era Sets The Mood Right On ‘The Secc$ Tap.e 2′ Mixtape

The young rising Brooklyn natives Pro Era released their highly anticipated mixtape The Secc$ Tap.e 2. The compilation comes two years after the release of The Secc$ Tap...

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The Doppelgangaz Stick To A New York State Of Mind On ‘Peace Kehd’

New York struggles to effectively hold the title of its status as the birthplace of hip-hop, and this is evident more and more with each new wave of Empire State MCs...

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