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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…
DJ Mustard – ‘Ketchup’ Mixtape Review
The name DJ Mustard might not ring a bell to the casual consumer of hip-hop, but they’ve almost certainly heard his trademark drop “Mustard On The Beat Hoe.” Despite only having taken up beats less than four years ago, the DJ turned producer is responsible…
Sir Michael Rocks – ‘While You Wait’ Mixtape Review
Sir Michael Rocks’ post-Cool Kids career is a work in progress. The Midwest native has released a handful of well-received mixtapes in the last year two years in addition to aligning himself with Curren$y’s Jet Life imprint, though neither have fully materealized in M…
LE$ – ‘E36′ Mixtape Review
With a markedly cohesive feel courtesy of it’s dreamy production, LE$’s newest mixtape may be the most complete project the Houston rapper has put out to date. E36 arrived earlier this week with smooth, feel good records that are about as car-stereo ready as you can g…
Kid Ink – ‘Almost Home’ EP Review
Kid Ink has proven through numerous mixtapes that he's a viable rapper coming out of the West Coast scene. Since carrying the torch for Los Angeles alongside Hopsin on the 2012 XXL Freshman cover, Ink's transitioned from an indie success story (Up & Away&nb…
Ludacris – ‘#IDGAF’ Mixtape Review
The acronym of Luda’s latest mixtape, #IDGAF, sums up the release pretty accurately. From the beginning of the tape, it’s apparent that Ludacris indeed does not give a fuck, particularly when it comes to making any changes to his club-anthem approach to making music o…
Travi$ Scott – ‘Owl Pharaoh’ Mixtape Review
On first listen, Travi$ Scott's long-awaited advent project plays out like a high-octane scene from the 1982 cult film, Blade Runner. There are raging, futuristic synths, bombastic bass lines, and they’re all layered under this mysterious, trippy ambience...
Album Review: French Montana, Excuse My French
What French Montana has always lacked in technical ability, he’s made up for with personality. French is a stone cold charmer; a Waka Flocka Flame with less energy in many ways. Like Waka, his approach to music is similar to that of a high school football jock who decides he can do anything—act in p…
EP Review: Mykki Blanco, Betty Rubble: The Initiation
It’s been a year since the release of Mykki Blanco’s breakout video, “Join My Militia (Nas Gave Me A Perm).” Since then, he’s been on both North American and European tours, covered The Village Voice and has arguably be…

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