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Fabolous Friday Night Freestyles Mixtape review
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Fabolous Recycles the Classics on His ‘Friday Night Freestyles’ Mixtape

After compiling a slew of impressive freestyles as part of his weekly Friday Night Freestyles series with DJ Clue, Fabolous just dropped a mixtape full of the recent lyrical annihilations...

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a$ap rocky at.long.last.asap album review
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A$AP Rocky Flips the Script Again on ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

A$AP Rocky has made a career for himself by defying expectations. The pretty muthafucka reppin' Harlem heavy has always resisted the patented sound of his New York City hometown in favor of trippier, more Southern-inspired beats and melodies, leading some to accuse him of rejecting the East Coast by embracing outside influences...

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Jeezy Sounds Refreshed on His New ‘Gangsta Party’ Mixtape

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Atlanta's favorite trapper Jeezy surprised fans with the release of his Gangsta Party mixtape. The 10-track Gangsta Grillz project, hosted by DJ Drama, marks Jeezy's first release since his 2014 album, Seen It All: The Autobiography...

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Camp Lo Have More Hits Than Misses on ‘Ragtime Hightimes’

Aside from the horn-induced insta-feel-good vibes “Luchini” is regarded for, Camp Lo's debut album, Uptown Saturday Night, is an intoxicating blend of swift rhymes, eternally catchy hooks, and a 1970s soul sonic palette crafted by legendary producer Ski Beatz...

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Read XXL’s Original Review of Eminem’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’

Ed. Note: This review originally ran in the January/February 2001 issue of XXL Magazine. In honor of the 15th anniversary of Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP, we are re-running our classic review here...

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Murs Flexes His Many Talents on ‘Have a Nice Life’

When it’s time to generate publicity for a new project, many veteran rappers shamelessly laud their latest offerings with hollow phrases like, “This is my most personal project to date...

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Snoop Dogg Goes Retro on New Album ‘Bush’

Maintaining relevance in hip-hop is a challenge that all veteran MCs deal with at the latter part of their careers, but in the case of Snoop Dogg, the iconic rapper has managed to evolve and reinvent himself from time to time into a model of gangsta consistency and become one of America's most beloved rappers...

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rich homie quan if you ever think i will stop going in ask royal rich review
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Rich Homie Quan Steps Out on His Own on ‘If You Ever Think I Will Stop Going In…’

When Rich Homie Quan announced in February that he had “stepped away from the Rich Gang a little bit just to get back to Quan," it came as a surprise to just about everyone...

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tech n9ne special effects review
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Tech N9ne Keeps Getting Better on ‘Special Effects’

The frontal lobes of the human brain are directly connected to an individual’s primary emotion, conscious thought, social conduct and sense of empathy...

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Nappy Roots Look Toward the Future on ‘The 40 Akerz Project’

Nappy Roots has all but disappeared since their last album Nappy Dot Org, released in 2011. In the era where if you're not poppin' you're forgotten, the once platinum-selling, two-time Grammy-nominated group is back with The 40 Akerz Project...

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