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Joey Bada$$ – ‘Summer Knights’ Mixtape Review
On the start of Summer Knights, Joey Bada$$ lets us know he’s the “reigning champ, hailing from Flatbush, Brooklyn...” This grandiose, yet soulful introduction leads you to believe that there will be similarities from his highly regarded project, 2012&Clos…
Wale – ‘The Gifted’ Album Review
"We ain’t supposed to never have nothing/We ain’t supposed to never have shit,” Wale raps on his third LP. The MMG rapper speaks about his come up as if he’s still living that experience. You really can’t …
Young Dro – ‘Day Two’ Mixtape Review
In April 2006, before the start of T.I.’s legal troubles, DJ Drama introduced the world to Grand Hustle affiliate Young Dro with Day One. Dro, a wordsmith with a somewhat gargled country drawl, charmed listeners with witty wordplay and unmatched confidence...
J. Cole – ‘Born Sinner’ Album Review
J. Cole could have called his sophomore set Confessions Of A Born Sinner. The hour-long offering plays like a recorded rip of a confessional box sit down with Jermaine, who pours out his signature “from-the-heart-shit” throughout the album’s 16-tracks...
Album Review: Kanye West, Yeezus
From the May 1 announcement of Kanye West's sixth studio album Yeezus—via a subtle Tweet from West simply reading "June Eighteen"—fans and critics knew it was going to be a different album, reflecting Kanye's ascension to rap godliness. Without releasing a single or music video to help pro…
Prodigy And Alchemist – ‘Albert Einstein’ Album Review
Amid the drama that’s surrounded him in recent years, Prodigy’s music took a turn for the worse, digressing into something that sounded uninspired, and at times bored. After last year’s scattershot—and downright cringe-worthy at times—H.N.I…
Fat Tony – ‘Smart Ass Black Boy’ Album Review
Winner of the Houston Press Music Award’s Best Underground Hip Hop award from 2008-2010, Fat Tony’s been steadily building a rep as one of the more unique and talented young MCs out of post Swishahouse H-town. On his newest LP, Smart Ass Black Boy, the 25-ye…
Action Bronson And Harry Fraud – ‘Saaab Stories’ EP Review
After working exclusively with Party Supplies on 2012’s Blue Chips and then Alchemist on Rare Chandeliers, Action Bronson tapped longtime collaborator and NYC whiz kid Harry Fraud for his latest body of work, Saaab Stories. For Bronson, even with the steady brilliance and brash wit that made the afo…
Alley Boy – ‘War Cry’ Mixtape Review
Alley Boy follows a long line of southern real-life storytellers like Scarface, Lil Boosie and Yo Gotti. One of Alley’s favorite activities is calling out rappers whose rapsheets don’t match up with the gangsta personas on wax, like he did on “Your Favorite Rapp…

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