Reviews / Music


Twista: F5 (Review)

In the closing months of 2003 Kanye West, while introducing himself, reintroduced the hip-hop world to his fellow Chicagoan, a rapid-fire spitter known as Twista. Despite several break-out verses on projects from Do or Die, Puff Daddy and the Ruff Ryders, Twista had achieved limited mainstream success prior to the Kanye-featured-and-produced “Slow Jams,” and the… Read more »



REVIEW: “Subway Art”

Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, both world-class photographers in their own right, reclaim graffiti fame with this 25th anniversary re-release of their remarkable visual documentation of graffiti’s golden age in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The portfolio-sized book is not one of those stuffy academic releases dedicated to the history of graffiti, its commercialization,… Read more »



The Alchemist: Chemical Warfare (Review)

  It’s been five years since his last solo effort, 1st Infantry, but on Chemical Warfare, Alchemist—Eminem’s tour DJ and Prodigy’s go-to-beatsmith—doesn’t disappoint his eager fans. As always, Al flips both exotic and noteworthy samples to accompany his signature sound—sinister melodies over thumping drums. A good selection of artists from Memphis to Brooklyn laces the… Read more »



J. Dilla: Jay Stay Paid (Review)

When Lupus silenced J. Dilla on February 10, 2006, Hip-Hop lost one of its most influential, yet, highly underrated producer/rappers. Often called, “Your favorite producer’s, favorite producer,” James Yancey was a product of his environment. His mother, Maureen Yancey, has recounted often how a three year old Dilla would sit at his little record player… Read more »



Eminem: Relapse (Review)

“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you, without a strong rhyme to step to.” – Rakim The art of the comeback is a time-honored tradition of Hip-Hop—a rarely perfected rite of passage for artists aspiring to attain immortality. Eminem is fresh off a four-year hiatus, a sabbatical that has included an acute… Read more »



Wale & B.O.B. Rip Down Atlanta

In an era oversaturated with Myspace and Youtube rappers, a talented upcoming emcee has to be exceptional lyrically, production, and image-wise to stand out. And of course, having a competent machine behind you doesn’t hurt. Enter Grand Hustle member B.o.B., and buzz-heavy Interscope signee Wale, who both last weekend (March 27) brought their energetic stage… Read more »



MF DOOM: Born Like This (Album Review)

  7/10   Hip-Hop was Doom’s playground in the early 2000s. The former KMD member had reached a creative apex rarely experienced by most emcees, as witnessed by his rapid succession of critically acclaimed albums: Vaudeville Villain (2003), Take Me to Your Leader (2003), MMM..Food (2004), and Madvillainy (2004).  But something strange happened by mid-decade… Read more »



The Obama Deception (DVD Review)

  As mainstream political pundits wonder when the Obama honeymoon will be over, members of the anti-establishment claim such honeymoon never existed. According to Alex Jones’s Obama Deception (Info Wars) our promised agent of change is no more than a puppet for imperial interests. The two-hour documentary claims that President Obama has secret ties to… Read more »



Video: Kanye West, Kid Cudi & G.O.O.D. Music Rock SXSW

On Saturday night, in Austin, TX, Kanye West electrified The Levi’s/FADER Fort at the annual SXSW Music Festival. The FADER hosted this extravagant party/concert to showcase established and emerging acts, within and outside of G.O.O.D. Music. Interestingly enough, Rick “Bawse” Ross was scheduled to perform early in the evening, but canceled. The disappointment was short-lived… Read more »



BOOK REVIEW: Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans

It is difficult for most to recognize that African-American history evolves by the second. Though a consensus of its milestones has not been reached, perfect shoe-ins would include Harriet Tubman’s underground railroad, Ida B. Wells’ campaign against lynching, Marcus Garvey’s UNIA movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and Martin Luther King’s fight for Civil Rights, among others…. Read more »