The 20th Anniversary of Doggystyle

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Doggystyle—not the sex position but the debut album of the rap king once known as Snoop Dogg. Hip-hop had never heard anything like Calvin Broadus, Jr. before. His calm voice and laidback flow was like a breath of fresh air—and it was perfect for the “G Funk” sound orchestrated […]

So Two Rap Gods, an MC, and a Pop Artist Walk into a Bar…

It’s a week of accomplishments for several of rap’s biggest stars. I have yet to listen to Drake’s newest album Nothing Was the Same, hence the lack of a review. But earlier this week, the Young Money MC reached a huge landmark: his album went platinum, surpassing an impressive one million sales. It’s an extraordinary […]

Rap Gods: Eminem

By now, you’ve all heard about Eminem’s latest song Rap God. If not, then you should really crawl out from underneath your rock. Rap God is the third single to come off Slim Shady’s highly anticipated album Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is set to hit stores November 5. Upon its release, the track exploded on […]

Hop Is Back: Disses Kanye and Kendrick

Hop Is Back isn’t just the title of this article. It’s the name of Hopsin‘s first single off his long-awaited, highly anticipated album Knock Madness, which is slated for release on November 26. After hearing the song’s opening line, “The Dark Knight’s in this b*tch without the mask and cape,” I knew that whatever followed would be nothing short of epic. […]

Rap Gods: Kanye West

This week, I’ll be discussing current events regarding two of the biggest, self-proclaimed gods in rap music today. First, Kanye West. Earlier this month, Kanye cooked up some beef with Jimmy Kimmel, after the talk show host featured a skit that poked fun at the rapper’s BBC interview. After seeing parts of it (he was […]

2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

Last night, I watched the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. Yes, that’s right. Instead of watching Thursday night football, I was watching the BET Hip Hop Awards. I actually used to watch this channel religiously during my early adolescent years. It was a time of identity crisis when I wore baggy clothes designed by urban […]

Going Berzerk over Miley Cyrus, Macklemore, and Kendrick Lamar

I thought this would be a good chance to follow-up on some of the recent stories I’ve covered. First up, the VMAs. This year’s show was the best I’ve seen in a while, mainly because its stellar performances outshined the cringe-worthy moments. But like every year, there’s always something outrageous for people to criticize and […]

Shady’s Back…Tell a Friend

In just two days, the hip-hop world has shaken with groundbreaking news. First, the up-and-coming Kendrick Lamar raised the bar with his verse in Control, challenging his peers and competitors to either step up their game or be destroyed by his own. Then yesterday, legendary veteran Eminem gave us the first sneak peek to his eighth, […]

Kendrick Lamar Takes Control

2013 has been a big year for rap. We’ve been given Kanye’s Yeezus, Jay-Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail, Tyler the Creator’s Wolf, and Mac Miller’s Movies with the Sound Off. Later this month, Big Sean will be dropping his sophomore album, Hall of Fame. However, there’s one track that didn’t make the cut: Control, which features […]

Magna Carta Review

Can I get a what-what the hell am I listening to? Often heralded as one of rap’s greatest MCs, Jay-Z delivered his twelfth studio album earlier this month. Magna Carta…Holy Grail is a mediocre piece of work that falls short of greatness mostly because of disappointing wordplay. Even the album’s title is a mediocre effort. […]