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Mixtape Review: Chinx Drugz, <i>Cocaine Riot 3</i>
The nearly year long delay of French Montana’s Excuse My French debut has put Chinx Drugz’ career on the backburner, but the Queens-bred Coke Boy hasn’t just been sitting on his hands. Drugz has actually made a pretty convincing case for himself within…
Album Review: Ghostface Killah, <i>Twelve Reasons To Die</i>
With 20 years of experience and a resumé of critically acclaimed albums, Ghostface Killah has established himself as one of hip-hop’s most consistent and reliable acts. With 12 Reasons to Die, the Wu-Tang veteran joins forces with composer Adrian Younge...
Album Review: Kid Cudi, <i>Indicud</i>
When Kid Cudi first announced his third solo LP, Indicud, he likened it to his own version of Dr. Dre's classic 2001. A lofty comparison, sure, but Cudi clarified that he planned on embodying Dre's behind-the-scenes mastermind persona, and in a way curate a collaborative album...
Mixtape Review: Big K.R.I.T., <i>King Remembered In Time</i>
Big K.R.I.T. still has a point to prove. He makes this clear on “King Without a Crown,” off his newest mixtape King Remembered in Time, where he belts out through his thorny southern drawl that he still hasn’t gotten his proper due. His 2012 major label debut, Live From The Underground, received wid…
Album Review: Tyga, <i>Hotel California</i>
On last year’s Careless World: Rise of the Last King, Tyga went to great lengths to prove he was deeper than “Rack City”.  And he actually fared pretty well in doing so. Attempts at displaying emotion and having substance, like on the nearly eight-min…
Mixtape Review: Lil B, <i>P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thug)</i>
For those who aren’t already devout followers of The Based God, dipping your toes into the world of Lil B’s music can be a challenging undertaking. What’s the right entry point? Are you supposed to download every new tape? Are you supposed to listen to…
Album Review: Tyler, The Creator, <i>Wolf</i>
Tyler, The Creator has come a long way from his days on Tumblr. The foul-mouthed Odd Future leader has become the poster child for teenage angst and rebellion. He’s been dissected by music critics, denounced GLADD and frustrated the industry...
Mixtape Review: Fiend, Lil Ghetto Boy
In the past couple years, Fiend has reemerged in hip-hop as the wise elder statesman of Curren$y’s Jet Life imprint. While Curren$y’s career is a long, storied one like his labelmate's, Spitta has been able to peak during the Internet era, whereas it’s probably safe to assume International Jones won…
Album Review: Papoose, <i>The Nacirema Dream</i>
There was a time when Papoose looked like the heir apparent to New York’s hip-hop throne. Over the course of a dozen or so street mixtapes, the Brooklyn-bred MC generated a huge buzz which led to his infamous $1.5 million deal at Jive Records in 2006...
Mixtape Review: Gucci Mane, <i>Trap Back 2</i>
Most Gucci fans have come to accept that at this stage in his career, the masterpieces are few and far between. The guy from 2009 may not be coming back, but given his rate of productivity, Gucci still has moments of greatness, whether it be in the form of full length releases or individual tracks..…

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