Reviews / Music


Troy Reed: The Man Behind “Game Over”, “Scarface For Life”, and “The Alpo Story” documentaries

With the national spotlight recently put on heroin kingpin Frank Lucas through motion picture and television shows now dedicated to chronicling the lives of some of the most notorious gangsters, the streets now have an audience. You can thank Troy Reed for that.    As the founder and owner of Street Stars, Troy Reed revolutionized… Read more »



Juelz Santana: Skull Gang Takeover (The New Movement To Move Wit) (Mixtape Review)

    While on hiatus Harlem Diplomat Juelz Santana caught the entrepreneurial fever which has led him to embark on numerous projects. One of his new ventures is his record label Skull Gang Records named after his new crew Skull Gang. In hopes of introducing the Skull Gang comes the latest mixtape, Skull Gang Takeover… Read more »



Heltah Skeltah: D.I.R.T. (Album Review)

    The 90’s were a bittersweet symphony for Heltah Skeltah. Piggybacking the success of fellow Duck Down members Black Moon and Smif N Wessun, the “Twin Towers” of the Boot Camp Clik obtained an immediate loyal following with their 1996 debut Nocturnal. Unfortunately, that momentum as underground royalty was stifled by the mainstream centered follow-up… Read more »



Freddie Foxxx: Crazy Like A Foxxx

    Long before rappers were ghost-beefing and making threats they never intended on following through with, New York’s original rhyme bully Freddie Foxx, a.k.a Bumpy Knuckles was busy beefing with Rakim and laying down aggressive cameos with the likes of KRS-One, Kool G Rap and Gang Starr (“Militia” anyone?) all the while hanging in… Read more »



GZA: Pro Tools (Album Review)

    It’s been three years since we last heard from Wu-Tang’s GZA. This time around he connects with fellow Clan producers True Master, Mathematics and Bronze Nazareth with guest appearances from RZA, Masta Killa and his son Young Justice on Pro Tools (Babygrande).   Not only are some of the elite members of the… Read more »



eLZhi: The Preface

  Arguably one of the most underrated lyricists around, eLZhi drops his first official solo album The Preface (Barak Records). Most known as a member of the influential Detroit faction Slum Village, the microphone was passed on to eLZhi as Jay Dee made his departure from the group. Now with his solo release on deck,… Read more »



City Of Men (DVD Review)

  City Of Men, a coming of age story set in the bubbling favelas of Rio de Janeiro, is the tale of slum-beautiful redemption that City Of God should have been. The follow-up to Fernando Meirelle’s 2003 Academy-Award winning classic stars best friends Acerola (Douglas Silva) and Laranjinha, a.k.a. Wallace (Darlan Cunha) days away from… Read more »




Welcome to world of biblical monsters, hallowed warrior orders, and marijuanaclogged adventures. In Method Man’s self-titled graphic novel via Grand Central Publishing, omni hero Peerless Poe leaves his disheveled private investigation office and joins forces with John Albeit, Arilion Despite, and Jeanne D’Arc to combat Lillith Morningstar, a grand witch who plans to use the… Read more »



AZ: N.4.L (Album Review)

      Timing is either salvation or sin. Salvation in a sense that apparent sin can be forgiven; sin in a sense that apparent salvation cannot. N.4.L. (KOCH) the latest mixtape from MC veteran AZ is a direct sign of the latter.  It features some solid rhymes and occasionally has production that gets your… Read more »