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Lloyd Banks Gets Introspective But Struggles To Connect On ‘F.N.O (Failure’s No Option)’ Mixtape

After some delays, Lloyd Banks released his F.N.O (Failure’s No Option) mixtape,the first of three planned mixtapes from his A.O.N (All Or Nothing) series...

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Roc Marciano Creates His Own World On Cinematic ‘The Pimpire Strikes Back’ Mixtape

“I grew up in a rough town,” warns Roc Marciano, referencing Hempstead, Long Island, as his new mixtape comes to a close. It’s rare that the muck-mouthed rapper is so vague...

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Yo Gotti Mostly Stays True To His Soulful Memphis Sound On ‘I Am’

Memphis rapper Yo Gotti has a lane and, for the most part, he’s stuck to it. His brand of southern-fried street hop has remained relatively unchanged over the past decade, with the only exceptions coming when the 32-year-old rapper has tried—and usually failed—to fit in with the rap du jour. “LeBron ...

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Bun B Keeps It Trill But Loses Some Energy On ‘Trill OG: The Epilogue’

It's often said that hip-hop is no country for old men. It's a statement that's been put to the test this year as more and more of rap's biggest stars have started to grow old with grace, releasing albums that touch on the importance of legacy while still trying to forge new ground...

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Troy Ave Recaptures Some Old School Magic On ‘New York City: The Album’

"It was Big, Jay Z, now Troy Ave here after/But Kendrick Lamar's just a weirdo rapper," says Troy Ave on "New York City," his hometown celebrating single which features prototypical New York rappers Prodigy, N...

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Curren$y And Smoke DZA Stay In Their Lane With ‘The Stage’ Mixtape

The Jet-Life movement has been quietly on fire in the past year. Curren$y has been on a tear since the release of his album, dropping EP’s left and right, while Smoke DZA's fan base continues to expand at a rapid pace following the release of K...

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Action Bronson And Party Supplies Make Magic Again On ‘Blue Chips 2′ Mixtape

In an age of Internet transparency, constructing a creative narrative has almost replaced projecting authenticity as a viable marketing strategy...

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Eminem Battles Slim Shady On ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2′

Eminem Battles Slim Shady On 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'

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MellowHigh Gets A Little Too Mellow On Self-Titled Album

Who is MellowHigh? Easy enough: It’s the not-that-new combination of producer/rapper duo Left Brain and Hodgy Beats with an always game Domo Genesis...

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Starlito And Don Trip Balance Pleasure And Pain On ‘Step Brothers 2′

For a rapper that was Cash Money-affiliated at one point (Starlito) and another who had a hit song with Cee-Lo that led to an Interscope deal (Don Trip), you’d think the pair's new project would be a bigger deal to more people than it is...

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