Archive for the ‘Hip-Hop’ Category

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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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WoW, it’s been awhile since I’ve written on my own little skip of a blog here. I’ve been busy with things, among those including a dead laptop, graduating college, and now working a few jobs. I wouldn’t be surprised if readers thought I died off and it kinda felt like it. But now I’m here to talk about a few rap songs I have enjoyed immensely within the past month of so. Ten tracks you might have heard or not, but are worth checking out amidst the Yeezus and Hov hoopla.

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The 90s proved to be a wonderful and illustrious time for entertainment. Everything kicked ass in the name of “Attitude”, from the television, movies, sports, professional wrestling, and music. Nothing was just as eccentric more than the growth of Hip-Hop around that decade and Queens MC Noreaga (who now likes to be known as P.A.P.I. for some ungodly reason) collected a massive amount of footage with Geno Sims for his unaired documentary series entitled The What What. Here a whole lot of craziness ensues, with rappers brandishing their guns all willy nilly and women sporting their “assets” to the team. It’s pretty amusing seeing the likes of Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Nas, and Jay-Z (NOT IN A SUIT) all on here along with others, as now over a decade later their roles in rap have changed significantly.

Missinfo put it best when describing the insanity:

There’s random bits of Big Pun, KRS One, Eminem making crank calls, Snoop Dogg at his most misogynistic, a chubby 50 Cent coveting NORE’s then-new Skytel 2-way pager…There’s Jay-Z and Amil, Capone in prison, De La Soul….and at the 2:25 mark, we see Cam’ron shopping his new 17-year-old artist Juelz Santana to Chris Lighty (RIP) and his staff. Amazing.

And Juelz was rapping his ass off surprisingly on here too. One of the many rare gems that can never be duplicated no matter how buddy buddy these guys try to be now. There’s no way you’ll see T.I. or Wayne whipping a gun around on camera without catching another charge in 2013. Women popping their pussy so freely, well that’s a different story.