Lupe Fiasco – Words I Never Said (f. Skyler Grey)

To cry change and injustice stays a common motif for the downtrodden and unheard. They feed off of the negative energy thrown against them and attempt to turn it into something larger, better. For Lupe Fiasco, everything that has come against him since 2007 has come together for his upcoming LASERS album. Fiasco knows full […]

Mixtape: Drastik – Something To Say

I think I’ll keep my words short on this one. Ever since September 2010, we’ve kept an eye on Drastik and his upcoming Something To Say project with 2wenty Won sponsored by Home Team Records, Matrimoney Clothing, Putting People on Game and Score More. While we’d normally give a track by track breakdown, we’ll save […]

XV – Smallville (prod. J. Cole)

One of the more underrated artists from any region is XV. The man adheres to comic books, porno chicks, video games and all. In other words, he’s probably the most accessible rapper you may find out these days. While he’s normally all over mid-tempo & bouncy production, Vizzy grabs ahold of a J. Cole track […]

t.h.e. MisFit Crazy8 – Funky Fresh (f. Mouse & Dirty-N-Nasty)

There’s another super crew in Houston (there are plenty of them already if you didn’t know) in the form of the Rogue Scholar Alliance. The group consists of Dirty-N-Nasty, t.h.e. MisFit Crazy 8, Ensane & That Purple Bastard, The Forces, and D-Risha. “Funky Fresh” lives on a reworked Missy Elliott chorus, the timely horns that […]

Review: Talib Kweli – Gutter Rainbows

Talib Kweli is one of those artists that happens to be both great on his own and great in a concentrated duo. Fact is, he’s still one of the most underappreciated wordsmiths in hip-hop. Maybe it’s his abuse of metaphors and strung together pop culture references or that we hold him to the level that […]

EP: Tawn P – The Sampler

It’s not often you get someone who resembles the female version of Lil Wayne and could double as a tatted up R&B singer but when taking a glance at Tawn P, you’d have to do a double take. She’s not physically imposing at all but the moment she grabs a microphone, she’s similar to the […]

Mixtape: Killa Kyleon – Candy Paint & Texas Plates (Hosted by Rapid Ric)

If you’re known to follow Killa Kyleon on Twitter then you know he’s a machine who uses the network like his own personal playground. You’ll hear is slogan “RUN IT” quite often, any one of the mixtapes he may be featured on or possibly shutting down your favorite rapper’s latest industry instrumental. Whatever the case […]

Dear Hip-Hop, Kool Herc Needs Our Support

Hip-Hop doesn’t come with a union, no 401k and definitely no pension plans. In a genre where gunning for self is possibly one of the top motifs going, helping seems to be only cool when it comes to gaining some sort of political advantage (image relations, etc). Clive Campbell is above any and all rap […]

Makes It Happen (Purple Dub Remix) – That Purple Bastard

Shortly after the S.P.E.A.K. II concert, That Purple Bastard sent me an exclusive track that was originally intended for the SPEAKEASY mixtape. It’s definitely a different type of song than the average hip-hop fan is used to, but so is everything that That Purple Bastard makes. However you spin it this song is a Day […]

Rob Jay – Stick To Your Dreams

From inspirational in a pastor on the pulpit way to inspirational in somebody made their dreams a reality way. Rob Jay & Chris Young both seem on direct paths of stardom, one in hip-hop and the other in baseball. Young was taken with the 493rd pick in baseball’s amateur draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Needless […]

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