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King Louie – ‘Jeep Music’ Mixtape Review
Clocking in at a relatively brief 40 minutes, King Louie’s Jeep Music, is a familiar yet enjoyable and comforting dose of new material from one of the preeminent figures at the front of Chicago rap’s recent resurgence. It’s become easy to lump the hotbed of talent coming out of the Windy City into o…
YMCMB – ‘Rich Gang’ Album Review
Cash Money's Birdman-helmed posse album Rich Gang finally hits stores this week after several delays from its original Spring release date, and with it comes an album full of synth beats and guest appearances. The majority of the YMCMB roster fills out the features list—Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Busta…
Kevin Gates – ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ Album Review
Baton Rouge native Kevin Gates has come out with his debut retail album, Stranger Than Fiction. After years of building regional acclaim with a slew of mixtape releases, Gates transcended to a national level thanks to his standout appearance on “Trust You” by Pusha T, off…
Ace Hood – ‘Trials & Tribulations’ Album Review
Ace Hood is still trying to figure it out. After releasing three albums and a bevy of mixtapes, the Florida rapper has yet to find a winning formula for success, both in terms of the quality of his music and in album sales. Certain projects, like last year’s reflective Starvation mixtape, have shown…
Freddie Gibbs – ‘ESGN’ Album Review
What Freddie Gibbs has managed to do very well on ESGN is showcase his signature sound. Tales of Gary, IN. street life are peppered in an album of hard-hitting trap beats, making it clear that he hasn’t compromised his aesthetic in order to sell albums...
Jay-Z – ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Album Review
As much as Kanye West might've wanted Yeezus to be the cultural high water mark of the summer, even he can't compete with the sheer magnitude that accompanies every Jay-Z release. And while Yeezus garnered plenty of headlines for its marketing rollout, only Jay could game the system to the point tha…
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...

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