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Riff Raff Showcases His Musical Palette With ‘Neon Icon’
It’s fitting that Riff Raff opens his debut album, Neon Icon, in the character of a Spring Breakers-sounding bro. “The Neon Icon album, it finally came out today bro.” Finally. From 2012 to 2014, Riff Raff recorded over 100 songs for the album, had numerou…
Ab-Soul Crafts A Lyrical Masterpiece On ‘These Days…’
Barbershop deliberation has broadened its conversational arc in recent years, temporarily laying rest to the Kobe-or-LeBron debates and the mysterious absence of Tim Duncan in exchange for who’s the best MC in TDE? Kendrick, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, or Ab-Soul...
G-Eazy Pushes Genre Barriers On ‘These Things Happen’
On G-Eazy’s “Almost Famous,” the 25-year-old Bay Area MC raps, “So if you don’t fuck with me I’m OK with that.” What might at first seem like just another line reads as more of a mantra after listening to These Things Happen, which may inspire admiration in some of the newer segments of hip-hop’s ev…
K Camp Lacks Direction On ‘SlumLords’ Mixtape
This isn’t K Camp’s first time on the verge of blowing up. Back in 2009, the Atlanta MC scored a local smash with the Roscoe Dash-leaning “All Night,” after performing at open mics with Waka Flocka Flame and Travis Porter. The latter two as…
¡Mayday! And Murs Craft A Ripe Summer Album With ‘¡MURSDAY!’
When Murs signed with Strange Music earlier this year, it raised more than a few eyebrows. How would this West Coast MC with a famously relaxed and buoyant flow, fit in with such an infamously dramatic crew? With the release of his first album on the independent label, a collaboration with the Stran…
Nitty Scott, MC Offers Smooth Vibes On ‘The Art Of Chill’
“Born in Michigan, made in Florida, paid in New York.” Nitty Scott, MC brings a different perception into the life of a female rapper. As a self-proclaimed progressive hip-hop artist, Nitty Scott talks about more than shoes and shopping as she states are part of the &ldqu…
50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’ Proves Hip-Hop Still Needs Him
Do fans still care about 50 Cent? Five years ago, with the commercial flop Before I Self Destruct selling a shockingly low 159,700 copies in the first week, it seemed like they didn't. 50 saw a gradual decline in his popularity after he took an L from Kanye West during their competitive album s…

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