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  • Never Left Sadat X Album Cover Art
    Sadat X is a happy, fatherly coach in 'Never Left'
    New York emcee Sadat X will forever be a Brand Nubian, but in Never Left, the rapper's 10th solo LP, he doesn't sound excessively brand new. The stifling competition of these days and times is partly to blame, and the wisdom he stands for...
  • B4.DA.$$ Joey Bada$$ Album Cover Art
    'B4.DA.$$' proves Joey Bada$$ hasn't been changed by fame
    A leader's job is never easy. Joey Bada$$, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn native, cofounder of hip hop outfit Pro Era and 2013 XXL Freshman, has his work cut out for him, holding together the East Coast's premier hip hop collective and making a name...
  • Tetsuo & Youth Lupe Fiasco Album Cover Art
    Lupe Fiasco speaks on childhood and the ghetto in 'Tetsuo & Youth'
    When Chicago-bred rapper Lupe Fiasco was introduced to the world, he came out strong. Appearing on "Touch The Sky" from Kanye West's Late Registrationmarked a great turning point for the Midwestern emcee. Of course he had the...
  • DJStraxger and Star L
    Hip-hop group from Rockford, IL ready to bring positivity back to hip hop
    Domination Empire Productions is thrilled to announce the release of “Let Your Light Shine”, the latest EP from DJ Straxger and Star L. The album contains 4 tracks that showcase DJ Straxger and Star L’s creative force with deep...
  • Made In Virginia Skillz Bink Cover Art
    Skillz & Bink, a match made in Virginia
    Back in 1996, you could probably count on two hand the number of cities where most rap music in the U.S. was coming out of, and they happened to be the biggest, most robust metropolitan centers in the country (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago,...
  • 20 Lights Berner Album Cover Art
    Berner is a fun-loving businessman in '20 Lights'
    Berner, a San Francisco rapper in Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang, has released his 2015 EP, 20 Lights, not under Taylor Gang Records but Bern One Entertainment, further supporting the label that released his early-career mixtapes. Rest assured he&...
  • A look back at the year of Nas
    A look back at the year of Nas
    2014 was the year of Nas. The New York rapper performed across the country in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his pivotal album “Illmatic” and stopped by the Chicagoland area not once, but twice.“Illmatic” has aged...
  • Burning Bridges EP Ludacris Album Cover Art
    Ludacris talks about cutting ties in 'Burning Bridges'
    It's been awhile since Atlanta DJ-turned-rapper Ludacris checked up on fans bearing a major, studio album gift, but no worries. Luda's December 2014 release, the Burning Bridges EP, surely makes up for lost time. For this great musical...
  • Nobody Chief Keef Album Cover Art
    Chief Keef wants nobody's approval of 'Nobody'
    Chicago trap star Chief Keef might have shaken off some of the resentment that followed being canned by Interscope Records, but that doesn't mean he's exempt from having to move on and evolve as an artist. Keef has had some recent mixtape...
  • The Black In Man Album Cover Art
    Chuck D's teachings find lasting endurance in 'The Black In Man'
    At 54 years old, Chuck D of hip hop's monumental Public Enemy band has been full circle more than once in his career, and as a qualified elder statesman of the rap game, his influence still counts for something even if it's portrayed less...
  • Trouble In The Neighborhood Album Cover Art
    Big Pooh, Roc C make 'Trouble In The Neighborhood' simply to collaborate
    Little Brother emcee Big Pooh and former Stones Throw artist Roc C are moderately big names in America's underground rap track, but from listening to their Trouble In The Neighborhood collaboration LP, it's understandable that the album...
  • Sremm Life Album Cover Art
    'Sremm Life' brightly showcases Rae Sremmurd and Mike Will Made It
    Mega hit producer Mike Will Made It's formation of EarDrummers Entertainment comes with the territory. Having produced hot music for some of the biggest names in hip hop, r&b and pop, it's assumed Mike would help along some new artists...
  • Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, out January 13th via Domino Records
    Upcoming 2015 Releases
    A seasonal guide to upcoming releases for the next few months that can serve as a quick checklist for any avid, eclectic listener to know when their next favorite artist will be releasing something. Releases are subjected to change, but no more...
  • Carry On Tradition A-Villa Album Cover Art
    A-Villa presents a star-studded line-up in 'Carry On Tradition'
    Chicago producer A-Villa (Adrian Villagomez) has his hands full, if it's true he juggles a vice president banking job on top of his hip hop beat-making duties. From the looks of the album cover photo, he is also responsible for raising a young...
  • The Wake Up EP Album Cover Art
    Trinidad James free-floats and philosophizes on 'The Wake Up' EP
    According to sources, the story goes like this: Trinidad James, the Trinidadian American rapper who was for a few short years signed to the almighty Def Jam Records, was dropped by the company for a lack of musical output and is currently working...