RJD2: The Main Ingredient

Columbus, Ohio’s RJD2 first earned a name for himself with 2002’s Dead Ringer, an engaging and creative instrumental hip-hop album that quickly garnered massive critical acclaim and put him in the upper echelon of the genre. After numerous side projects and remixes, he recently released Since We Last Spoke, a wildly eclectic album that focuses… Read more »



The Passion Of Kanye West

"Like a Prayer," Roc-A-Fella CEO Dame Dash pleaded to MTV brass as if it were 1989 and his artist’s video was Madonna’s religiously loaded and intensely controversial clip. But Kanye West is no Madonna and, according to Dash, the network offered only limited airplay to the second version of the rapper’s video for "Jesus Walks,"… Read more »



MF Doom: Unmasked

He gave you Operation: DOOMsday and Vaudeville Villain, and now MF DOOM, along with the layered production of Madlib, gives you the long awaited collaboration album, Madvillainy. Awkward and beautiful; revealing and whimsical – Madvillainy was met with many classic reviews (including AllHipHop.com) and is again proof of why MF DOOM’s unique delivery, superb lyricism,… Read more »



Diamond D: Dope On Plastic

AllHipHop represents for those who can recite a verse from beginning to end, those who quote lyrics to explain serious life situations, and those who have an arsenal of punch-line snaps in their raps. But AllHipHop has just as much love for the producer. From eight bar loops, to live instrumentation, to the Triton, we… Read more »



Kon & Amir: Archaeology

Sampling is back, but who are we really cheering on? Some popular producers may have pocketed a way to get the radio and video markets to play sample-based tracks. But before its new resurgence, Kon and Amir mastered the art and appreciation for classic records with classic sampleable elements, and doesn’t lift them at all?… Read more »



Cam’ron: Cult of Personality

Is Cam going to paint the world purple like he did with the color pink? If the Harlemite’s past influence is any indication that would be a resounding affirmative. With Purple Haze on deck, Cam revealed what’s really good in his life these days. AllHipHop.com: Cam can you speak on the new album and what… Read more »



Common: When War Meets Peace

While most artist decide to dedicate 16 bars to Jacob’s pricey jewels or whatever reality lies in the street, Common reflects a more socially aware side of Hip-Hop.  Drawing from a more organic blend and shunning conformity, The Chicago native has carved his own niche – even if it causes critical chatter.  Obviously, being different… Read more »



Young Buck: Efil4aggin

Young Buck has done more dirt in his tumultuous 21 years than, than most will endure in their entire life. Hell, one might think he’d be labeled “Old Steed” rather than Young Buck based on life experience. Regardless, as one of the celebrated factions in G-Unit’s lyrical militia, he’s the next bullet out the chamber… Read more »



Snoop Dogg: The Realest Part I

With a successful career spanning well over ten years in the game, Snoop Doggy Dogg has more than paid the cost to be the boss. The Boss ain’t just selling woof tickets, he’s sounding off about the state of Hip-Hop and who and what needs to be eliminated for the perpetuation of the movement. He… Read more »



Masta Killa: Back to the Essence

An anachronism is something that’s out of place in a space in time. You’ll hear film critics use it when things don’t add up – like a piece of money in “Titanic.” Rarely is the term good. But in Hip-Hop, the term is almost never used – and if it were, it could mean something… Read more »



Ghostface: Change Gon’ Come

Ghostface (Killah) is one of hip-hop’s champions of consistency. And he’s continuously blessed eager listeners with bars that provoke thought, twisted faces and head nods. But after 10 years, Ghost is going through changes, which these days is commonly referred to as “grown man s**t.” As a lot of surface rappers remain identical to their… Read more »



J-Kwon: Misguided Missile

J-Kwon, the St. Louis born rapper who burst onto the scene a few months ago with his hit “Tipsy,” acts a lot like someone who doesn’t have a set course or destination. The Arista/So So Def artist maintains that only God knows the true path to what will transpire from his rap career. Obviously, based… Read more »