Blackout!

Method Man and Redman Blackout! Cover

Listen closely. If you don’t smoke bud, have never smoked bud, are against bud, or have recently arrived from another planet and have no idea what bud is, please hop, skip, and a jump away and read another article. WARNING – If you are going to continue to read this, I am in no way responsible for you catching a contact high. These two coming together was destiny – magical even, in my opinion. On one side, you have an incredible edgy wordsmith from Brick City, NJ killing the mic like it’s a matter of life or death. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, it’s Redman, one of my favoritist rap artist of all time! Wait is ‘favortist’ even a word? Doesn’t matter. […]

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Black Star

Mos Def and Talib Kweli Black Star Cover

First off I ain’t even gonna front wit yall. I didn’t check out the Black Star album until the year 2018. Wait, wait, wait.. I know I’m suuuuper late, but I must be honest. When the album dropped, I was lost in the DMX albums, Big Pun’s Capital Punishment, and Onyx Shut ‘Em Down. I was in my hardcore bag heavy. It was so many great albums that came out that year! I’d heard songs from both Mos Def and Talib prior to this collaborative album, but wasn’t really interested. I saw them as backpack rappers. Yeah, they were dope wit it, but I was is the streets. I wasn’t trynna hear anything of conscious substance. Today, I realize I cheated myself! In fact, listening […]

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Mac & Devin Go to High School is an original movie starring its soundtrack co-creators: Snoop Dogg, from Long Beach, California and Wiz Khalifa, whose hometown is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These two rapper/musician/marijuana-connoisseurs are 2011’s Cheech & Chong.   It’s cool to see how a love of hip-hop, rap, and creativity brought this dynamic duo together, connecting different generations and time zones,. They wrote a really vibey tape that offers listeners a wave of emotional experiences and provides smooth, lyrical visuals that make watching the original film completely optional. I’m amazed how well these two came together all the way from track one to the credits at the end of the DVD. If you’re not interested in hearing a project that embodies a whole lot of weed […]

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Paid In Full

Eric B and Rakim Paid in Full Cover

The year is 1987 and I’m about 9 years old: no bills, no worries, just a kid living with a few chores here and there. Life is easy. If I’m not playing with my G.I. Joes, I’m watching them on TV. This is the life. Michael Jackson poster on my bedroom wall next to the Run-DMC and LL Cool J ones. My heroes! To me, rap is special. I admit, before I was a rap fan I was strictly MJ. I write my own poems and draw due to his influence. There’s something about making words rhyme that entertains me. One day I’m just chilling, turning through different stations on the radio when I heard a sound in hip-hop music I’ve never heard before. “What […]

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There are two types of people when it comes to Pac, so there’s an article below for each of you.  Start HERE if you think 2Pac is one of the greats and start dancing like this when any song of his comes on. For those who just discovered hip-hop, have some vendetta against Pac cause of some West Coast / East Coast shit, or just have bad taste, start THERE. HERE Keep Ya Head Up 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted Hail Mary Me Against The World How Do You Want It Shed So Many Tears Hit Em Up Troublesome ‘96 Life Goes On Brenda’s Got A Baby I Ain’t Mad At Cha I Get Around California Love Picture Me Rollin’ How Long Will They Mourn […]

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I wish this album felt more like its final track, Hope. Instead, it sounds like that tired uncle at the cookout who rehashes the same stories about how he used to be that nigga back in ‘86. So even though You Can’t Kill Me is an example of fire storytelling, it’s just another track from Nas about betrayal, a staid theme he’s been rehashing since his debut: (the undeniably great) illmatic. After like 10 albums with songs about friends betraying friends for money, the writer’s lack of creativity has reduced his once great insight to cliché. Carry On Tradition is an uncreative fingerwagging at black youth’s alleged  crabbinabucket mentality and shames them for not knowing the hip hop almanac by heart. Womp womp, boo hoo. […]

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College Dropout

Kanye West College Dropout Cover

Rappers who can’t produce can’t really come up with their own music, so they just let another producer come along and do it for them. And most producers that try to rap can’t (frankly, they usually suck ass). But not Kanye! Despite what many others say, I think Kanye has a skilled flow and an ear for the harmonics too. Looking into the tracks,”All Falls Down” is one of those rare songs that is catchy and has social content. I feel like most conscious rappers get too serious when they think their song’s content deserves attention, and the music suffers. Syleena Johnson provides vocals for the chorus and they’re flawless. The fourth single from the album, “Jesus Walks,” has bass you have to hear and […]

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Like Father, Like Son feels like it was meant to be the introductory statement on Birdman and Lil’ Wayne, who they are, and what they represent. They’re a family following a code of honor, and we, the listeners, are there to witness it. It’s a good place to get a feel for Wayne’s word-play and Birdman’s boldness. Thematically, LFLS grants us outside listeners a peek into the Cash Money family, chock full of mafioso interludes and lyrics. And Birdman and Lil Wayne’s family is close. Really close. Photo Uncredited – More Info Listening to LFLS in 2018 is also bittersweet.  Some hidden chain of events links the closeness these two had for each other and the conflict between them only a few years later. Today […]

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Chonkyfire. Rosa Parks. Spottieottiedopaliscious. Synthesizer. Aquemini. Da Art of Storytellin’, parts 1 & 2. This album is wavy. This is one of the albums I’d creep down crowded summer streets in Philly with the top down to. Well, if I had a drop top. Or a car.  Look bruh, I’m gonna bump this from my bluetooth speaker as I ride my bike through the city of brotherly love once spring starts acting like spring. What city, beside somewhere more Southern, is more appropriate for this duo? The funkiness of “Synthesizer” with George Clinton is on some other shit altogether. 3k’s intense delivery coupled with Clinton’s lazy adlibs about “Cybersexy Wendy” walking in the nude makes for one of the dopest tracks in Kast’s oeuvre. I […]

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I don’t like this album nearly as much as his last release, Born Sinner, but that’s not to say it’s not a good album on its own. It has its moments and there are some songs I really like (“Wet Dreamz” for example), but as a whole, I think 2014 Forest Hills Drive doesn’t measure up. That being said, this album still outclasses 95% of the hip-hop being released today, so it’s still worth your time. If Born Sinner is an 8, knock this one down a notch and call it a 7. […]

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