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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 alb…
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 co…
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. Despite touching on familiar subjects, Young Jefe has its memorable moments, and when taken to…
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. Q represents a quarter of the Black Hippy crew, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, but his independent releases, as well as collabos with the l…
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. Continuing to think outside the box and carve his own lane, the Jet Life head honcho collaborated with BitTorrent for the Jet Life B…
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. Rappers could be spitting slang he's created on Lingo to this day. Hip-hop has had a resurgence since then, however, a…

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