Album Review: Jeezy – ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’

There is no doubt that in 2005 you were vibing to some Jeezy. Whether you were blasting his music in the parking lot of your high school or on the way to a house party, the year he dropped the Trap or Die mixtape and TM 101 album was a year to remember. These particular projects, and his...

RESPECT. The Verse: Chamillionaire – “I Think I Love You”

We know Chamillionaire can rap. Sometimes he'll go braggadocios, sometimes he'll look inward and get introspective. Other times, though, he paints vivid stories that captivate the listener for an entire song. After striking platinum with the Sound of Revenge, the Houston MC was poised to go...

The 15 Best Rap Songs of 2014 (So Far)

Words by Robin Johnson & Ben Sherak It's a wrap for the first seven months of 2014 and that means it's time to acknowledge the songs that were most impactful, catchy, interesting, fun, original, and well-crafted. We've rounded up the cream of the crop for one list: The 15 Best Songs of 2014...

Common’s Discography and The 2014 Hip-Hop Fan

Socially conscious rap is scarce. That is, until an introspective lyricist shows up to remind us that it still exists. When they do, they come with hopes of schooling listeners on the world’s forgotten problems that have been placed on the back burner in favor of redundant lyrics and label...

disRESPECT.: Total Slaughter Was a Total Trainwreck

“Stop my time” was the prevailing soundbite during the first ever Total Slaughter battle rap pay-per view. What we should have heard instead was, “stop the show.” Over the course of three hours, fans were treated to a series of production blunders including live stream failures,...

J. Cole’s Born Sinner: One Year Later

2013 was a high for hip-hop. Almost every major artist released an album; the masters (Jay Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Lil Wayne), the leaders of the new school (Drake, J.Cole, Big Sean, Mac Miller, Wale, A$AP Rocky) and the rising stars (Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Ferg,...

Reigning Over The Culture’s Throne: Maintaining Longevity and Achieving Excellence

[caption id="attachment_76786" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy[/caption] Everyone wants to be great. If an artist, or anyone for that matter, is fortunate enough to possess or learn the skills needed to earnestly pursue a goal, then success isn’t far fetched. But...

The Hip-Hop Acts To Watch At Governor’s Ball 2014

[caption id="attachment_76372" align="aligncenter" width="499"] Spotted near East 12th & 2nd Ave.[/caption] Governor's Ball is in its second year of being a full, three day frenzy of heat, music, and food. It's also in its second year of landing on the A-list of music festivals, as last...

Album Review: Atmosphere – Southsiders

The last time we heard Atmosphere, they had made a sizable departure from the sound fans were used to hearing. Their 2011 Family Sign album featured live instruments and a noticeable relaxation and contentment in the lyrics (at least as content as Slug would ever get). This can be attributed to...

7 Most Promising Unsigned Artists of 2014

While predictions are being made for the XXL Freshman 2014 class and voting is underway, it would be appropriate to compile a list that notes some artists that did not make the ballot and are also unsigned. Those listed for the 7 Most Promising Unsigned Artists of 2014 have, over the past year,...