Reviews / Music


Skillz: Million Dollar Backpack

    “Sick before…” insert your favorite decisive moment in recent history. This is the format of the record “Sick (The Sequel)”, which is quite an interesting way to tackle your standard song of self-appreciation. For those who know of Skillz, this isn’t surprising in the least. The 2-up-2-down (Virginia for the uninitiated) based MC has… Read more »



Class Of ’88: GUY

  Every decade there is a producer that emerges and changes music completely. These masters of melody create an entire new sound that changes how we talk, dance, dress, and move. Quincy Jones did it with his work in molding a then young Michael Jackson and much more. Sean Combs did it his way in… Read more »



Brooklyn HipHop Festival Recap

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has always prided itself on showcasing new and established artists during its highly anticipated main performance day. This year was no different, as thousands of Hip-Hop fans swarmed Empire-Fulton State Park to witness performances from 88-Keys, Mickey Factz, Blu & Exile, DJ Premier, Buckshot, and KRS-One.                 The first well received… Read more »



Jean Grae: Jeanius

    You lost if you haven’t at least heard of Jeanius in the years, about a presidential term, since it was shamefully bootlegged and placed on a shelf somewhere between Detox and that Nas album wholly produced by DJ Premier. So for the uninitiated, Grae’s current, Talib Kweli helmed recording home of Blacksmith Records… Read more »



2 Pistols: Death Before Dishonor

    2 Pistols, another Floridian on the rise, has recently gotten some attention with a hot single featuring no other than Teddy Penderazzdown. He hopes to carry that buzz to his debut album Death Before Dishonor (Universal Republic). With some decent features, and great production from the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, it looks like Florida may just have… Read more »



Tyga: No Introduction

    The nineteen year old Compton native brings a Reggae like flow and a rock star attitude to the game of Hip-Hop on his debut No Introduction (Decaydance Records). But who in the world is Tyga? Relative of Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes and friend of Weezy himself, Tyga’s debut record is filled… Read more »



WALE: The Mixtape About Nothing

    It was almost a decade ago that Jeru released “Seinfeld,” a stream of consciousness track ostensibly about “nothing” while simultaneously commenting on the vacuity in Hip-Hop. Wale gloriously raises the stakes with The Mixtape About Nothing (10 Deep / Black Swan Wines), a full-length inspired by, and sampling from, the show that’s on… Read more »



Dame Grease: Goon Musik

  Although Dame Grease isn’t a household name in Hip-Hop, he has been making beats for a little over ten years starting with the Ruff Ryders in the late 90’s. He was the man behind DMX’s gritty, dark sound that ballooned him to superstar status. So don’t expect any sensitive introspection from Dame Grease’s aptly… Read more »



Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

7.5/10 For the last three calendars Lil Wayne has dominated the mixtape circuit and seemingly bodied countless guest appearances on his way to the streets crowning him king. Now with two years since his last studio release, a couple of arrests, concerns of continued abuse of prescription cough syrup, and most recently his disdain for… Read more »



Dizzee Rascal: Maths + English

    Dizzee Rascal (nee Dylan Mills) is a name that most music fans on this side of the Atlantic may not immediately recognize. Dizzee burst onto the U.K. scene in 2003 with his debut album Boy In Da Corner; which was a head-spinning collection of post-apocalyptic Dance and Hip-Hop tunes that married Dizzee’s cockney-inflected… Read more »