Review: Young Jeezy – Thug Motivation: 103

Ebbs and flows, peaks & valleys, common traits of success in music. In a genre where the flame flickers in and out faster than any other, sustaining longevity is an absolute must. When whispers of your demise or better yet your lapping turn into screams and cries, you’re backed into a corner and begged to […]

Video: L.M. – Good Feeling

No, the image above isn’t misleading. There are quite a few honeydips that linger around L.M.’s “Good Feeling” video. Produced by Best Kept Secret, the clanging bells and driving drums are a perfect storm for L.M. to twist his tongue around a few late night hypes until his Earth, Wind & Fire type escapades subside. […]

Checks & Balances: Why Magazine Editors Shouldn’t Hosts Mixtapes

Ed. Note: Taking a stance on the news that Rick Ross’ upcoming mixtape will be hosted by XXL’s own Shaheem Reid, Mehka King director of the upcoming documentary In The Mixx: DJ’s Doin’ Work decided on crafting an op-ed piece on the matter. While we understand the notion of a magazine itself hosting a tape […]

Paul Wall – She Likes It (f. Marcus Manchild)

After spending the majority of the year doing mostly collaborations and serving as a feature, Houston’s own Paul Wall decides to finish 2011 off with a track he can call his own. Paul Wall’s newest leak, “She Likes It,” features none other XXL 2012 Freshman Class candidate Marcus Manchild. With GL Productions on the boards, […]

SoundExecution – December 2011 #SoundExecution BeatTape

Massachusetts-based producer SoundExecution – known amongst more popular circles as “ExecutiveReem” – dropped this beat tape in my inbox earlier this week. This man has actually been on a tear towards the end of the year, having released three strong projects of just instrumentals in the last three months of 2011. But arguably his December […]

The World Famous Tony Williams – Marsha Braidy (f. Fonzworth Bentley & Chip Tha Ripper)

You’ve probably run into a “Marsha Braidy” before. Extensions, video model walk, adherence to name brands and flocking to fellas who only rock said brands. It’s cool, just attempt your best to avoid her at all costs. Not for the sake of your sanity but your wallet as well. The World Famous Tony Williams, Fonzworth […]

Review: Anthony Hamilton – Back to Love

As Day & A Dream’s resident RnB head, I appreciated how well RnB did this year. While it seemed many artists opted to take a Pop-N-B approach to the music, one that emphasized style over soul (*cough* Miguel *cough*), there were bright spots. Jhene Aiko and Marsha Ambrosius immediately come to mind, as does Jill […]

Kevin Durant Starts His MVP Campaign Early

During the summer & fall from Hell that was the NBA Lockout, Kevin Durant made sure his name was the most talked about due to his exploits along streetball courts across the country. He became an easy pick for MVP once the NBA finally got off its ass and got the regular season going and […]

The Intro – 12.30

Bria Myles Verizon Outages, $2 Fee Irk Customers [WSJ] U2 Tops 2011 Tour Biz [Variety] Man Jailed For Posting Crime Photos On Facebook [The Root] Social Minded Hip-Hop Is Making A Comeback [NY Times] 5 Young Jeezy Quotes To Get You Laid On New Years [Rocks Off] We Reminisce: Nike’s Lil’ Penny and the Fun […]

The Niceguys Cover SXSW’s Website

  So I go to the SXSW website to check for updates and what do I see are the homies, the Niceguys on the front page with Bun B.  This can only be an omen of greatness for 2012.  No takin L’s in 2k12

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