Category Archives: REVIEWS

Iggy Azalea: The Return Of “FEminem”

As if being the first female as well as non American born rapper featured on XXL prestigious “Freshman cover” doesn’t speak volumes of the native Australian, maybe a T.I cosign can further drive the point.

It was literally only about 3 years ago when the world was introduced to the new comer as a part of T.I’s Hustle Gang collection and roster. Somewhere along the way changes as well as confusion and speculation surrounding her Grand Hustle affiliation left many uncertain of what would become of Iggy.

She is not only exceptionally good on the mic but she also bares an undeniable runway quality that GQ, Vogue or any other fashion platform can appreciate.

But because this is about hip-hop we can all agree that the girl can rap circles around any squares in the rap game and she has a mean twerk.

So why the Eminem comparisons? Lets see…. could it be the fact they are both white? Yes. Is it because she has been cosigned by some of today’s most important hip-hop icons? Yes.

Out of all the possible factors a couple  things that make young Iggy comparable to Em is her brand potential, marketability as well and her appeal to a broad female audience that goes beyond age and color lines.

Her Def Jam released debut album “The New Classic” fell at 3rd place on the charts to Atlanta rapper Future’s  number 1 release “Honest” which  outsold her by only 5000 copies and lets no overlook he already had multiple hit singles on rotation.

Still need some convincing? Well her latest single “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX after the video was released 2 weeks ago has been one of the most searched for hip-hop videos on the web and is predicted to hit Billboards Top 10 and ultimately change her fate.

A couple years back when we asked What Happened To The Female MC?  it appears the hip-hop god’s were listening and hopefully we continue to see more females emerge and put pressure on the fellas.

 

Mixtape: International Gem – ‘Who Dare Move Me’

There comes a time in one’s life when you realize that some things just don’t cut it for you as they did before. When it comes to music, this could be a drastic change or merely a subtle change of heart. But with that in mind, when the quality of music is of that high levels, it rarely matters what genre it is categorized within. Hip Hop as we know is the fastest growing and genre in the music realm and with it being popularized around the world, it’s safe to say that the true translation of what is good music could sometimes be jaded with gimmicks or corny dance steps that only last a few months…

Quality above all
International Gem has been a player in the game for minute and he’s finally getting the shine he’s deserved, and for good reason too. With wordplay and a rhyme flow that’s reminiscent of that 90’s New York rap that everybody loved. Gem’s ‘Who Dare Move Me’ mixtape was originally released in 2010, but if you listen to this album, you’d most likely become an instant fan. International Gem has earned his stripes and this will serve as a warning to be on the lookout for him because he’s on his way to the top!

Video: ‘Crude Oil’ – track featured on Gem’s ‘Old Gold‘ mixtape…

Video: ‘Raising The Bar’

Throwback Video: Slum Village Ft Dwelle – “Tainted”

Shortly after the departure of legendary late producer Jay Dilla, the Detroit based group added a new member Elzhi to their line up and scored big with “Tainted” featuring a then unknown Dwelle.

The song helped reintroduce the group to an audience that wasn’t familiar with them as well as curve a cult following that sustained them up until a recent break up in 2010 and the passing of founding member Baatin and Jay Dilla.

As a group Slum Village has persevered through major blows and triumphs that define a legacy which runs over a decade long from the streets of Detroit.

Even with the passing of two founding members the only founding memeber left E3 vowed in an interview to keep the legacy going.

Soundtrack Review: “The Man With An Iron Fist” Live Stream

Click here Full Stream of RZA’s “Man With The Iron Fists” soundtrack

Album Cover (front)

THE RZA STEPS INTO A NEW REALM
When creative juices all flow in the same direction, the level of one’s artistic capabilities can soar to heights that are unimaginable. From his early days as a member, front-man, and producer of rap’s Wu-Tang Clan, the Rza has shown a remarkable amount of growth as a student of his craft. His work ethic has proved to become something of fascination from his many fans and peers. As he continues to get deeper into the film side of things, Rza still remains to be at the top of his class. During his latest endeavor, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’, he’s found himself being the director, screenplay writer, and responsible for the movie’s soundtrack. The movie falls into the tradition of some of film’s most memorable kung fu flicks. With Rza’s cinematic musical production style, which we all come to know him as being heavily-influenced by martial arts, The Man with the Iron Fists is a true measure of Rza’s will to be one of this era’s greatest storytellers and visionaries.

As a legendary hip hop producer, Rza has been responsible for some of today’s true hip hop classics. As the head of the Wu-Tang Clan, he was the mastermind behind the concept of the group as a unit. It seems as though he utilized that same formula for putting together one of the hottest movie soundtracks we’ve heard in a long time. Check out this track from the soundtrack, it’s sure to make you a believer.

Tracklist
1. The Black Keys / RZA – “The Baddest Man Alive” [produced by The Black Keys and The RZA]
2. Ghostface Killah / M.O.P. / Pharoahe Monch – “Black Out” [produced by Fizzy Womack]
3. Kanye West – “White Dress” [produced by Kanye West and The RZA]
4. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams – “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” [produced by Bob Perry]
5. Idol Warship [Talib Kweli / RES] – “Get Your Way” [produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood]
6. The Wu-Tang Clan / Kool G Rap – “Rivers of Blood” [produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood]
7. Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / Street Life – “Built For This” [produced by Frank Dukes]
8. Killa Sin – “The Archer” [produced by Frank Dukes]
9. RZA / Flatbush Zombies – “Just Blowin’ In The Wind” [produced by The RZA]
10. Pusha T / Raekwon / Joell Ortiz – “Tick, Tock” [produced by Frank Dukes and S-1]
11. Corrine Bailey Rae – “Chains” [produced by Steven James Brown and Corrine Bailey Rae]
12. Francis Yip – “Green Is The Mountain”
13. The Wu-Tang Clan – “Six Directions of Boxing” [produced by Frank Dukes]
14. Mable John – “Your Good Thing (Is About To Come To An End)” [produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter]
15. Wiz Khalifa / Ghostface Killah / Boy Jones – “I Go Hard” [produced by The RZA]

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Pusha T : D-Boy Turned B-Boy

It’s been a long time coming for Pusha T… The veteran rapper has had a well-decorated musical career that’s dated back to the mid 90’s era. Starting out as a member of the Virginia-based rap duo, The Clipse, the open-minded artist has flourished into a well-balanced artist and savvy businessman. Most hip hop fans would know that in his early days Pusha T, alongside his partner, Malice, had a wide range of content but primarily kept a ‘cocaine’ flow. With a history of having one foot in the drug game (even while being considered one of rap’s most dope lyricists), Pusha T has survived the test of time through national economy woes, trends, and a fickle rap audience.


Many thought that the absence of Malice would have a negative impact on Pusha’s career and stage presence but he reveals that it’s quite the contrary. He has evolved into an established vet who goes hard every time he records something and will not stop for anything. He is also quick to defend his brother’s turn towards spirituality and decision to shy away from the ‘cocaine’ rap. During Malice’s hiatus, he penned a full-length book titled, ‘Wretched, Pitiful, Blind, and Naked’, which was warmly recieved by many fans of The Clipse. As for Pusha’s upcoming mixtape, Long Live the Caine, Malice is expected to appear and Pusha promises this will be a must-have.

Got Next: “Millyz” White Boy Like Me…

Without a doubt one of “Bean Town’s” top new comers. Millyz has earned his way in the New England/Tri-State area in the last few years when we learned of him through his “White Boy Like Me” Part 1 and Part 2 Mixtape series.

Both mixtapes boast features from the likes of MMG’s Masspike Miles, Gunplay, Young Money’s Jae Millz, Smoke Bulga, The Game, Brisco just to name a few.

Known to bring the unusual white boy perspective to the over stated “Dope Boy element” in hip-hop, Millyz style conveys this in musically genuine way.

Having collaborated with some of the industry’s top Dog’s as well as other Boston natives like Masspike Miles and Smoke Bulga, it is apparent that if anything his city definitely riding with him.

Part 1 featured a lot of production by J Cardim who is known for his quality street music and exceptional work with the likes of Talib Kweli, Joe Budden, Styles P just to name a few.

Part 2 was a lot more subdued and probably more commercially friendly line up, which shows growth in his brand and intention to move into a new arena.

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Video: Loaded Lux, Goodz, Head Ice and Arsenal “Lion’s Den Freestyle” (Throwback Classic)

Nothing short of classic and even though the musical climate doesn’t favor superior lyricism, we are still for the spitters. More notable is the unique style each MC featured displays along with the seamless transition.

All 4 have managed to stay relevant as well as earn their respect in the battle circuit and beyond.

Most recently Loaded Lux was hailed by the likes of Jay Z, Busta Rhymes and many more who have watched his grind evolve.

Click here to watch Video:‘Epic Battle’– Loaded Lux Vs Calicoe

Video: Legendary Hip-Hop Writer Elliot Wilson Checks Veteran Rappers Fat Joe, LL Cool J & EVE


Following the release of LL Cool J’s “Ratchet”, Fat Joe’s “Instragram That H*e” and Eve’s most recent “She Bad Bad”, Elliot Wilson confronts the attempt by these three vets and others struggling to connect with a younger audience.

Its about time someone put a concise and well thought out argument as it pertains to this dynamic. This approach not only makes a respectable artist look utterly ridiculous but also compromises their creative integrity.

Now in the case of these three we all know these records are not necessarily terrible records nor does it mean they are about to loose their entire fan base as a result of. What we feel and probably what Mr Wilson is trying to say is that it is necessary to confront the matter and give them a true fans perspective.

We all remember when that “used to be cool” uncle or older cousin tried to relate with us as teens but missed the mark and made us question just how cool they were to begin with.

Unfortunately for these three vets and many others the challenge of maturing with your fans, finding ways to connect the new is no easy task and probably impossible in some cases but it is definitely necessary, Just ask Eminem and Jay Z.

2 Chainz: ATL’s New King Claims His Throne

Introduced to us first as a member of Ludacris DTP collective comprising I-20, Bun B’s nephew “Lil Fate” and Chicago bred Fem-Cee Shawna. As a part of the group 2 Chains aka Tity Boi almost went noticed for over a decade while all the other crew members got their albums released and some even went on so have successful solo careers.

Many might argue that Luda held back on 2 Chains but ask the man and he will tell you otherwise. Luda has recently expressed an appreciation and sense of pride for his former protege. The two have actually recorded a few songs together while extending his blessing for his Younger Homie to shine. Shawna also recently during an Interview with DJ Vlad spoke highly of 2 Chains and depicted his success as something that should have been expected based on his work ethic.

The college Park native always stayed relevant through features with his DTP crew along with various solo attempts here and there over the years.

It was only a matter of time before we all took notice of the slender, 6 foot 5 tall MC and in 2005 he took a bold step following the release of “Dolla Boy” the two went on to form the successful duo “Playa Circle” and release their debut “Supply and Demand”. Through out 2007, the two dominated the airwaves with the classic “Duffle Bag Boy” featuring Lil Wayne and for over a year it was literally impossible to escape hearing the song in clubs, radio and DJ mixshows.

Finally 2 Chains had managed to shake off his referred association with Luda, Playas Circle and managed to curved a cult following that identifies with him as a solo artist. By 2010 2 Chains was on every mixtape, remix, video and a biddin war ensued with the likes of Cash Money, Def Jam and many more expressing a long running desire to work with 2 Chains.

For the passed 2 years his brand has grown and by now everybody including non-hip hop fans are finally familiar with 2 Chains. With the release of his solo effort this passed summer “Based on a TRU Story”, which not only debut at Number 1 on Billboards top 200 but also managed to sell 147,000 units in its first week who can stop him?

With T.I’s interests in film continuing to overshadow his musical attempts, Jeezy and Gucci beefing, the younger generation is definitely gravitating to his movement and it is probably time for a new renaissance anyway.

Who better to claim that spot than a respected vet that already has 10 plus years of releases, played in the league alongside the best, applied graceful patience and has no problem letting others shine along with him? If you disagree just ask Birdman, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Drake, Ludacris, Jeezy, Kanye,Gucci and everyone else that has worked along 2 Chains over the years they will tell you.

In a recent documentary by MTV “How I Made It”, 2 Chains takes his fans through the lifelong journey from his upbringing to he’s present success. If it were an actual nomination for who we would vote in as the new King, without a doubt 2 Chains name would top the list.


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BET Hip-Hop Awards & The Famous Cypher

With all the alleged fighting and pepper sparying that went on during this yrs 2012 BET awards, it is refreshing to catch these various sneak peeks from the cyphers we can expect to air to air soon.

On once cypher BET features the whole original Ruff Ryders camp (DMX, EVE, The Lox etc) as well as the West Coast set featuring E 40, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik and more.

The Award Cyphers go down as one of the most sought out moments featured on the award show especially for hip-hop heads like us and we are hoping the line up meets our expectations.

BREAKING NEWS: Rick Ross & Jeezy Fight At BET Awards
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Video: MMG’s Gunplay Gets Jumped At 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards