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  • Sour Soul Album Cover Art
    BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface release the healthy 'Sour Soul'
    Live jazz instrumentalists BADBADNOTGOOD (Matthew Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alexander Sowinski), from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, love hip hop. They don't fit the rapper, producer or even DJ stereotypes of typical hip hop, but it doesn't...
  • The Ecology Fashawn Album Cover Art
    Fashawn does it all in 'The Ecology'
    All true rap music fans know who Nasir Jones is. Nas and hip hop go hand in hand, like two peas in a pod. They're almost synonymous with one another. What fans might not know is that the hall of fame emcee from Queens, New York just launched,...
  • Dark Sky Paradise Album Cover Art
    Big Sean contemplates good and bad in 'Dark Sky Paradise'
    Detroit rapper Big Sean is thanking his lucky stars that hip hop elitist Kanye West gave him his shot back in 2005, when the then skyrocketing Chicago producer let the young Motown emcee freestyle for him and acquired his demo tape. Not long after...
  • Melting The Crown Z-Ro Album Cover Art
    Z-Ro sure does melt the crown in his 18th solo LP
    Houston, Texas rap singer Z-Ro is just that, a rap singer. Affiliated with the late DJ Screw's Screwed Up Click collective and signed to H-Town's longstanding Rap-A-Lot record institution, Z-Ro, or Joseph McVey, combines down South r&b...
  • Action Bronson:Mr. Wonderful
    Action Bronson : Mr. Wonderful
    Mr. Wonderful is the major label debut album from Action Bronson. It features producers Mark Ronson, Noah “40” Shebib, Omen, The Alchemist, and Party Supplies with features from artists like Chance The Rapper and Meyhem Lauren. His...
  • If You're Reading This It's Too Late Mixtape Cover Art
    Drake laments, 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'
    October's Very Own is back with a surprise mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late. Drake's early 2015 offering doesn't skimp on his usual hashings on success, money, cars, women and drama over less than complex beats of...
  • Cilvia Demo Album Cover Art
    Isaiah Rashad uses his time wisely in 'Cilvia Demo'
    Chattanooga, Tennessee native Isaiah Rashad has had a weathered journey so far in life. Raised mainly by his mother (his father left the family early), Rashad, whose full name is Isaiah Rashad McClain, was influenced by hip hop music most of his...
  • One Way K Camp Mixtape Cover Art
    K Camp may only know how to make music 'One Way'
    Rapper K Camp (Kristopher Campbell) from Atlanta, GA is basking off the recognition he's getting for his "Cut Her Off" and "Money Baby" singles, which both appear on his 2014 EP, In Due Time. His official list of mixtapes...
  • Rich Nigga Timeline Mixtape Cover Art
    Migos' great style and dynamic give 'Rich Nigga Timeline' momentum
    Rap trio Migos (Quavo, Takeoff and Offset) from Gwinnett County near Atlanta, Georgia seem the latest craze in hip hop. Their hit singles "Versace," "Fight Night" and "Handsome And Wealthy" are all the rage on hip hop...
  • Truly Blessed SD Album Cover Art
    Rapper SD tries to crossover with the happy 'Truly Blessed'
    Chicago rapper and former Glory Boy, SD, probably would not have gotten away with dropping his debut LP, Truly Blessed, with Chief Keef's Glory Boyz, or Glo Gang as they're called now. SD, while lightly touching on the dangers of urban...
  • Life After Deathrow Mixtape Cover Art
    Post-prison Boosie still has juice in 'Life After Deathrow'
    Since Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Boosie Bad Azz (formerly Lil Boosie) was locked behind bars sometime in 2009 or 2010, he has released close to ten mixtapes and one official studio album, Incarcerated. In October 2014, Boosie made a solid outing...
  • Mailbox Money Mixtape Cover Art
    Nipsey Hussle is all about the come-up in 'Mailbox Money'
    Lately, a lot of rappers have been releasing mounds of mixtapes with no studio album. This is part way understandable. Mixtapes are less risky, less expensive, less preparation-intensive and may require less promotion. The chances are better of...
  • Luca Brasi 2 Album Cover Art
    Kevin Gates runs through 'Luca Brasi 2' in a fame-blinded stupor
    Rapper/singer Kevin Gates might have gotten off on the stardom of his XXL Freshman Class induction for 2014, enough to build steam and plow through two mixtapes (By Any Means and Luca Brasi 2) in that year, but a heavy lesson in careful, artistic...
  • Days Before Rodeo Album Cover Art
    Travis Scott sides with flash over fortitude in 'Days Before Rodeo'
    Houston rapper and producer Travis Scott (sometimes stylized Travi$ Scott), also a 2013 XXL Freshman, has powerful friends in some very high places. Reportedly, Scott worked with legendary rap producer Mike Dean (of Rap-A-Lot music fame) before...
  • The Water[s] Mick Jenkins Album Cover Art
    'The Water[s]' by Mick Jenkins serves as a liquid allegory to life
    Mick Jenkins, the Chicago-raised Alabama expatriate signed to the New York-based Cinematic Music Group, has connections to all three of those locations but admits that his strongest bond is with Chi City. It's almost all he knows as he...