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¡Mayday! And Murs Craft A Ripe Summer Album With ‘¡MURSDAY!’

When Murs signed with Strange Music earlier this year, it raised more than a few eyebrows. How would this West Coast MC with a famously relaxed and buoyant flow, fit in with such an infamously dramatic crew...

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Nitty Scott, MC Offers Smooth Vibes On ‘The Art Of Chill’

“Born in Michigan, made in Florida, paid in New York.” Nitty Scott, MC brings a different perception into the life of a female rapper. As a self-proclaimed progressive hip-hop artist, Nitty Scott talks about more than shoes and shopping as she states are part of the “pretty girl syndrome...

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50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’ Proves Hip-Hop Still Needs Him

Do fans still care about 50 Cent? Five years ago, with the commercial flop Before I Self Destruct selling a shockingly low 159,700 copies in the first week, it seemed like they didn't...

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Hit-Boy Showcases His Talented HS87 Crew In ‘We The Plug’ Compilation EP

After Hit-Boy left G.O.O.D. Music in 2013, everyone was confused about what he was doing. But it looks like Hit had a strong team in Inland Empire, Calif...

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Wiz Khalifa Serves Up Too Much Product On ’28 Grams’ Mixtape

With Wiz Khalifa's much publicized recent arrest, (and subsequent jail selfie) in Texas this past month for marijuana possession, one can argue there wasn't a more opportune time for him to drop his latest project, entitled 28 Grams...

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Slaughterhouse Show Promising Signs Of Things To Come On ‘House Rules’ Mixtape

Listening to a Slaughterhouse record can be incredibly frustrating. It’s often rather difficult not to get bogged down by the seemingly infinitely knotty and intricate raps that regularly trail off into oblivion...

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Deniro Farrar Thrives In His Own Lane With ‘Rebirth’ EP

Beats, rhymes, and braggadocio—these core elements form the basis of what comes to pass as hip-hop; the latter being just one aspect of many that differentiates the art form from other genres...

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Skyzoo & Torae Fit The Mold Of Other New York Albums In ‘Barrel Brothers’

Skyzoo and Torae’s Barrel Brothers is consciously steeped in the history of New York hip-hop. The intro opens with a vocal sample of Flava Flav, while “Tunnel Vision” is built around a similar sample from Digable Planets...

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Blu Misses The Mark On ‘Good To Be Home’

Jay Z’s stance on his only double album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, is “too many songs,” and the same applies to Blu’s Good To Be Home.

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The Roots Impress With Their Most Ambitious Effort On ‘And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’

Earlier this year, while describing to XXL the logic behind The Roots’ newest concept album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, bandleader Black Thought finished by bluntly saying, “I don’t know if that makes any sense...

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