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Music: “Free TC” Album Review

Ty Dolla $ign is a unique talent.  One who can keep it street, artistic, commercial and honest - all at once.   He's his own man, but in the same breath is this generations equivalent to what R.Kelly brought to the game years ago. Ty's singing style has likened him to be a "rapper" but he usually laughs off the claims and maintains that he is truly just a "singer." The
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“All Love Lost” Album Review

Whether he is recording music, doing a podcast or on reality television – Joe Budden has made himself out to be the most “open book” of a rapper today. Budden has had a way of keeping listeners engaged with his struggles through addiction, depression and his definition of “love.” His formula throws many off, and his sound is not one which mainstream hip hop gravitates to, but even the most
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Music: “The Documentary 2” Album Review

When The Game announced that his next release would be a sequel to his classic “The Documentary” the anticipation grew. When The Game dropped “The Documentary” in 2005, he was riding an incredible high and was being backed by Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.  Although the album was a modern-day classic – the “fallout” that the Game had with those on his first album was immense. Still, that didn’t deter
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“Compton” Album Review: Dr. Dre On Point

Fans of hip hop have waited since 1999 for this.   It was in 1999 that Dr. Dre released "Chronic 2001" his smash follow up album to his 1992 classic, "The Chronic."  Dr. Dre is an icon not only for hip hop, but music as a whole. He helped pioneer the gangsta rap era with N.W.A; helped build a classic (now defunct since his departure) label in Death Row Records; and
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“Dreams Worth More Than Money” Album Review: Meek Mill Stumped Creatively

Meek Mill is the Maybach Music Group’s aggressive, energetic, rapid-fire MC, who embodies a youthful exuberance blended with the mentality of an O.G.   On his first album “Dreams and Nightmares” he laid down one of the best intro-tracks of all time with the title track and was able to hit the airwaves with “Young and Gettin’ It”, “Amen” and even his bonus track with Big Sean “Burn.” He was making
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“ALLA” Album Review: Talented ASAP Rocky Stuck In A Rut

Coming out of Harlem, New York is Asap Rocky.  His road to hip hop stardom isn’t anything new: from a poor family, dealt drugs, saw death at an early age–began rapping–things happened. That’s not to belittle his journey – at all, but one wouldn’t get that “defeated while coming up” tone if they listened to Rocky’s music.  Some would call him more of a modern-day hippie–much like Wiz Khalifa and others.
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“Special Effects” Album Review: Tech N9ne Overextends Genre Appeal

Tech N9ne is credited as being one of the hardest working artist in the hip hop industry. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZwV9ZVM0YE[/embed] He has become a self-made millionaire by marketing himself and his label Strange Music since 1999.   If you blink for too long, he may drop another EP or mixtape in between album releases and if you listen to slow – you might miss a gem in the rapid fire delivery he
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“Love Story” Album Review: Yelawolf Shows True Artistic Self

Yelawolf made a name for himself independently before signing with Eminem’s Shady Records in 2011. His first release with Shady Records was “Radioactive” and it’s success was underwhelming.  There wasn’t much promotion behind it and this went down as two consecutive failures for Eminem who also failed to do much with the release of the Slaughterhouse album a year later. Regardless of what Eminem does as a record executive, Yelawolf
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Iggy Azalea: Her Long Road To Hip-hop Stardom

Iggy Azalea has become one of the most polarizing names in American pop culture. Whether it be for her lyricism, flashy fashion sense, or crazy love life, the world is caught up in Iggy fever. Azalea was just another aspiring rap artist looking for her chance to shine. Growing up in Australia didn't give her the opportunity to grow as a credible hip-hop artist, so she took a chance and