New Music: Rapsody – “Mass Hysteria” (prod. 9th Wonder)

We didn't get a chance to formally review Rapsody's summer mixtape She Got Game, but trust us when we say it's a solid tape. Bringing the same formula of nonchalance, earnestness and wit that characterized that mixtape, on "Mass Hysteria" she warns of mass panic in response to her...

New Music: Rapsody feat. Phonte & Jay Electronica – “Jedi Code” (prod. 9th Wonder)

Rapsody keeps the high-profile collaborations coming, with this track easily boasting the most alluring names. Phonte handles the opening verse, using 9th Wonder's epic stomp-clap production as an opportunity to get on his boastful, punchline shit--"They never caught wind, still think that they...

“What, You Tryna Kick Knowledge?”: The 13 Most Important Rappers in Academia

When hip-hop began as a subculture in the South Bronx in the 1970s, its practitioners were hardly setting out to make a historical mark, but the mark was made nonetheless. Today, the cultural impact of the genre's music, dance and art is worldwide. The content ranges from ratchet to romantic,...

New Music: Rapsody feat. Mac Miller & Jared Evans – “Generation”

Rapsody is back (not to say she ever left) and her latest song is "Generation.” Rapping over some melancholic production courtesy of  her mentor 9th Wonder,  the North Carolina native joins forces with Mac Miller and Jared Evans to reflect on her generation's plights and...

Track-By-Track Review: Big K.R.I.T. – King Remembered In Time

We don't usually review mixtapes here at RESPECT., but it's become near-consensus over the last couple of years that Big K.R.I.T. mixtapes are not mixtapes--they are full fledged, formidable albums. It is in fact arguable that Krizzle's mixtapes are of a higher overall quality than what he...

New Music: Terrace Martin feat. Problem – “Something Else”

For his upcoming album  3ChordFold, producer Terrace Martin is releasing his first official single in the form of "Something Else." Martin hooks up with producer 9th Wonder as well as Compton MC Problem for a track exploring the heartache from relationships. Martin's upcoming album is...

New Video: Skyzoo Feat. Talib Kweli – “Spike Lee Was My Hero”

Last September, Brooklyn-based emcee Skyzoo released his second album, A Dream Deferred.  The project, which featured production from 9th Wonder, !llmind, Focus…, Black Milk and more, showed Skyzoo finally defining his sound and setting himself out as an established emcee.  Skyzoo is...

Mixtape: 9th Wonder – Black American Gangster

9th decided to revamp Hov's 2007 album American Gangster. Here's what he had to say about the project: I wanted Black American Gangster to sound like a 70′s soundtrack, or to sound like a bunch of 70s groups came through and rocked with Jay…Therefore…I put “featuring” on a lot of the...

New Video: 9th Wonder & Buckshot – “Crazy”

9th Wonder & Buckshot let us know how "Crazy" life is in their new video. The track is featured on their latest LP The Solution which is out now. The Calvan Fowler directed video features Buckshot and several of his alter egos plus a life-size creepy rabbit, Donnie Darko style. Check out...

New Music: 9th Wonder & Buckshot – “Stop Rapping”

Leading into the weekend 9th Wonder and Buckshot released the first cut off their upcoming joint LP, The Solution. This joint features soulful production courtesy of 9thmatic and some heartfelt bars to match from the Brooklyn, N.Y.-bred BDI Thug, but hip-hop heads should expect nothing less from...