Reviews

Jun 30, 2017

What We Think About Jay-Z’s “4:44”

The man who never responds to rumors let go of his ego and gave his fans what we have been waiting for, the unadulterated truth, from the rumors about cheating on Beyonce, to his mom being a lesbian.

Jun 26, 2017

Fights, Guns and Awards: A Recap of The 2017 BET Awards

The 2017 BET Awards wrapped up over the weekend, even though Meek Mill and Safaree’s fight, Lil Kim’s crew supposedly robbing someone and Chris Brown and Migos getting into it stole most of the headlines.

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Jun 23, 2017

What We Think About: Young Thug’s “Easy Breezy Beautiful Thugger Girls”

"EBBTG," which was produced by Drake, blends together rap, R&B, pop, and country that sounds heavily inspired by Lil Wayne, even down to the cover that depicts Thugger with a guitar, reminiscent of Wayne’s 2010 "Rebirth" cover.

Jun 20, 2017

What We Think About: 2 Chainz’ “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music”

On this trapped out album, you hear 2 Chainz reflective on his previous Trap lifestyle as he thanks it for getting him to where he is now, yet acknowledges it’s downfalls.

May 15, 2017

The SpotiFive: Five New Hip-Hop Songs This Week (May 12-19)

These are the latest songs this week we are checking out…

Mar 28, 2016

What We Think About: Elzhi’s “Lead Poison”

One look at the cover of Elzhi’s project Lead Poison and a vast variety of interpretations come to mind. Are the burdens of the Hip-Hop industry and fans' expectations too much for the Detroit wordsmith? The imagery depicts Elzhi dodging and ducking for cover as pencils rain from the sky, quite a thought-provoking visual to say the least.

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Mar 23, 2016

What We Think About: Smoke DZA “He Has Risen”

Harlemite rapper Smoke DZA links up once again with one of his most regular collaborators in producer Harry Fraud for his latest project, “He Has Risen." This project is classic Smoke DZA spitting his cleverly crafted rhymes and flows over jazzy, airy production. The release is perfect for a fat J while plotting on your next move to take the world by storm.

Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” – A Masterful Serving of Hip-Hop

"If Kendrick Lamar’s leftover music were leftover food, it could be sold at the finest restaurant in Los Angeles. Reservations would be fully booked for five years because of the exceptional quality of everything he produces." Daniel Alcazar - The Daily Bruin

What We Think About: Statik KXNG A Track-by-Track Preview

Hip-Hop heads all around rejoice. Boston producer Statik Selektah and the lyrical madman Crooked I have come together to create a dope album for all to enjoy. "Statik KXNG" features Statik’s classic boom bap drums and jazzy smooth melodies as the soundscape for KXNG Crooked, who weaves his syllables in and out at will...

13 Best Rap Albums Coming In February

Kanye West will release Waves Feb. 11, but since Ye doesn't run the world, yet, who else has new music coming in February? Look out for Wiz Khalifa’s new album and BJ The Chicago Kid’s debut with Motown. From the underground, watch for Dizzy Wright and Curren$y. Statik Selektah & KXNG Crooked are teaming up for a collab album and Action Bronson could release "Blue Chips 7" or "The Human Highlight Reel."

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Jan 27, 2016

A Look At Curren$y’s “The Owners Manual” EP

The Hot Spitta takes workaholic to new heights as he releases "The Owners Manual," EP just a month after his highly anticipated project Canal Street Confidential. This buttery smooth EP was executive produced by Cool and Dre and completed by Jet Life don Curren$y himself all within the course of one day.

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Jan 4, 2016

Kid Cudi Takes His Music In A New Direction…Is It Working?

Kid Cudi is buzzing on college campuses. It is not because of his outing with fans to see "Star Wars." It's all because he remained “100 true” to his “artistic self” on his new album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven.

Dec 28, 2015

What We Think About: “King Push- Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude”

G.O.O.D Music rapper/President Pusha T recently released his latest album "King Push- Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude." This album serves to satiate the masses until the release of his third studio album King Push, which is slated to drop April of next year. Darkest Before Dawn is a project that stays true to its name, as it maintains a dark, edgy, and even somewhat sinister tone throughout.

Dec 10, 2015

Want To Stay Alert and Get That Work Done? Try Some “Durban Poison”

If you need to stay focused and desire to stay clear of the harder drugs circulating campus, you might want to look into the nefariously named marijuana strain “Durban Poison” that’s out on the market.

Dec 4, 2015

Freddie Gibbs Stays True To Form On “Shadow of a Doubt”

Gangsta Gibbs stays true to his moniker on his latest release "Shadow of A Doubt," which is a well curated compilation of street tales accompanied by heavy trap bangers with a pinch of gritty soulfulness and just a little love.

Dec 2, 2015

Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder’s Independent Spirit On Full Display For “Indie 500”

Talib Kweli is living proof that great content supersedes the ever-evolving music business model. At the time Kweli started, selling physical units and gaining airplay were the name of the game. Many aspects of the business have changed, but one thing that's been constant for the rapper is his independence.