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2004 is a year to be celebrated. Well, the celebration started not too long ago with the retrospectives of Kanye West’s debut album The College Dropout. Coming at a time where bravado and machismo permeated through much the inner-rap circles, Kanye began a career of being a trendsetting rebel that spans a decade of controversy and admiration. It is also the year where Usher released what I still consider one of the greatest R&B albums of all-time with Confessions.

That year was also the my formal introduction to Madlib and MF DOOM, courtesy of a couple of fanboys pimping out how good the latter was as a rapper. As far as Madlib is concerned, I always heard him through scattered songs on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and thought they were dope. I never made an effort to explore him further until this album and the same applied for DOOM. You could say it was a life-changing experience in some way, as it was an album I’ve never endured in a fascinating way as this did.

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It’s been a while, but I am back again to give off a round of mixtape reviews from the past month. I look into Atlanta’s ever-growing diversity, their obsession with the Spanish language, eclectic sounds, and Problem’s right-hand man making a name for himself.

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‘Tis the season for giving and to all a Merry Christmas this week. I hope everyone will be able to enjoy some egg nog and ham while spending time with family unwrapping gifts. 2013 has been quite a year for music including Hip-Hop and I decided to present a few mixtapes that were great, but slightly fell under the radar during the year-end awards. These projects vary in sound, region, and themes, but all are pretty fucking solid cohesive bodies of work. Without further ado, I give to you the Super 8.

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It is me again and today I present a few mixtapes that were released within the month. Hopefully (?) there’s a part 2 for next week but for now, check it.

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It is going to take a lot to keep the city of Detroit down. A city that was once a Mecca in automobile development and hosted the largest record label in urban music has been plagued by economic strife and political turbulence. It’s been just over a week since the sentencing of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – who is mainly responsible for the robbery of millions in hard-earn money from his own citizens – and a few months since the entire city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. It is the biggest fall from grace an American Metropolis has faced in decades, becoming a wasteland riddled with depression, decay, and self-destruction.

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Hello guys. As one month ends and another begins, I look back on the last few projects that came out in September including Drake, The Internet, The Foreign Exchange, and Audio Push. Go check it out.

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I’m here and I bring to you five projects I’ve listened to this month so far, so read it.

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