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December 2013 - Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Review

Before its release, Eminem stated that his new MMLP2 album wasn't a sequel to his classic second studio album, but more of a re-visitation. The Detroit MC was absolutely correct with his analysis of his incredible follow up to Recovery. It all starts with a story narrated by the little brother of Stan, and ends with Eminem being Eminem on the outro. The album is pretty much a no choice no skip, meaning that the listener is put in the position where there is no choice but to not skip a track while listening to the LP all the way through. Many tracks on Em's new album stand out, and many appeal to pretty much every demographic there is in the music industry.
Want a relaxed-feeling track? Listen to Marshall's "Rhyme Or Reason". Want a rock feel? Listen to Eminem's "Survival". Want some real rap? Listen to Em's "Brainless". Is a catchy Rihanna hook what one is jonesing for? Listen to Slim's "The Monster". The sky truly is the limit with this album, and Slim Shady has outdone himself for yet another go round. The album is near flawless, and the legendary story telling abilities of the amazing Eminem are still much in tact as is his flows and lyrics. Eminem hardly ever has had a bad lyric, and this album only shows his versatitlity, growth, and ability to just plain make a hit record, or in this case records. "Love Game" with Kendrick Lamar took over the internet when it released a few days before the album. "The Monster" with Rihanna is already a worldwide hit, as is his "Berzerk" single, and of course his flawless "Rap God" single. Four songs that in a short time have already accomplished so much. No one sells albums like Eminem, and this project only proves that point. With Rick Rubin giving Em a helping hand, to Dr.Dre lending his talents to his prodigy Marshall wherever he needed it, the album only shows how well versed and how bonafide of an artist Slim Shady really is. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 must be listened to by the masses, and the world will never have enough music from Eminem.

Overall Grade: 9/10 
Standout tracks:  "Rhyme Or Reason", "Brainless", "Love Game" (feat. Kendrick Lamar), "Rap God", & "The Monster" (feat Rihanna).

12.1.13 - Pusha T - My Name Is My Name Review
There is one word that can best describe the new album My Name Is My Name from rapper Pusha T, and that word is consistency. After years of waiting, King Push finally gives fans what they have been longing for....a solo album. Some thought it would never come, and others were patiently waiting for the release. Yet, it came out as an excellent rap album. Kanye West was the Executive Producer on the project, and features included people such as Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell, Future, and Kendrick Lamar. They all did their repsected jobs on the project properly, which adds to the album's dopeness. Pusha T is one of rap’s best lyricists, and the album can really be reffered to as an authentic rap album simply because of his skill in just that one category. Yet, that isn't just it, this Virginian MC has great instrumentation on the LP, His flows are great, and the lyrics he used scream consistency throughout this solo LP. The beats he chose for the project are stupendous, especially on tracks like "Pain" which features Future, and "Hold On" which features a deep verse from Rozay, as well as Kanye West's singing voice on the beat. The wordplay, double-entendres, political references, and story telling on the project are the final selling points that will leave a listener in pure awe of the album. Overall, Pusha T really does his thing on his first major album, and we should truly expect an encore and then some from this half of Clipse.

Overall Grade: 8.5/10 

Standout Tracks: "Pain" (feat Future), "Hold On" (feat Rick Ross), "S.N.I.T.C.H." (feat Pharrell), "King Push", "Numbers On the Boards" & "Nosetalgia" (feat. Kendrick Lamar).

11.30.2013 - Dom Kennedy - Get Home Safely
Dom Kennedy has brought something new to the table with his latest project Get Home Safely. It is no where near an average rap album, yet it isn't the type of music that most fans are looking for nowadays. For what it is, however, Dom K's latest album can be classified as excellent music. As a Dom Kennedy fan, I can say that I am very pleased with the material he has put out with this LP. Since he started, the west coast artist has always thrived in making music that people can always get loose to, or simply relax to with some headphones on. This was no different, but completed on another echelon of his brilliance. There really isn't any flaws with the project, and the small detail on certain tracks can truly be justified to be considered great. The production on Get Home Safely was sick, and the overall listen all the way through is satisfying to say the least. Dom has done it again with this one, and the album could be considered a favorite by many hip-hop fans. A solid LP with a smooth feel throughout and some really good beats. There just isn't much else to ask for Mr. Kennedy, and this was a job well done.

Overall grade: 8/10

Standout tracks: "Black Bentleys", "Erica Part 2", "If It Don't Make Money" (feat. Skeme), "Pleeze" (feat. Nipsey Hussle), and "All Girl Crazy".
June 2013 - Kanye West - Yeezus Review
Kanye has taken his talents to a place way further than anyone else's talents can reach with his latest album Yeezus. He has built a really solid team of producers & engineers, ending in a near perfect product in my opinion. Kanye does this music thing for the art of it, and that seems to be the message interpreted from the LP. Yeezus offers many sounds from all over the world, and many different types of songs, only adding to Kanye West's illustrious career in his field of dominance. The production on every song is stellar, with every single song having more than two parts to the instrumental. Kanye's content is as vulgar as ever, and his rhyming abilities are endless. Down below, we have a small recap of each track off the LP, and a final rating for the album.

01. On Sight [prod. Daft Punk]
A monster about to come alive again /Soon as I pull up and park the Benz /We get this bitch shaking like Parkinsons /Take my number and lock it in/ Indian hair, no moccasins /It's too many hoes in this house of sin
The intro to Kanye's album really sets the tone for the album,and the new sound he seems to be going for. Daft Punk did a decent job with their production, and Kanye delivers his average amount of raunchy and witty material on the track, making this a worthy introduction to Yeezy's sixth LP.

02. Black Skinhead [prod. Daft Punk, Travi$ Scott (co.), Mike Dean (add.)]
Four in the morning, and I'm zoning/ They say I'm possessed, it's an omen I keep it 300, like the Romans 300 bitches, where's the Trojans?
"Black Skinhead" is the most rock-themed track on the album. Kanye attempts a shot at a new lane/sound, and achieves greatness. The track is extremely well produced, and the content is revolting, yet very appealing. This could be the favorite track on the album for rock-based Kanye fans, and it still pertains to any listener's guidelines to Good Music, no pun intended. The beat sounds very similar to Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People", which is dope if that is the root of where the instrumental came from, and the engineering on the track is absolutely stellar.  He premiered this track first on SNL, and it is everything that I thought it would be.

03. I Am A God (feat. Justin Vernon) [prod. Daft Punk, Hudson Mohawke (co.), Kanye West (co.), Travi$ Scott (co.), Mike Dean (add.), Rick Rubin (add.)]
I am a God/ So hurry up with my damn massage/ In a French-ass restaurant/ Hurry up with my damn croissants
"I Am A God" is exactly what the title says. Kanye lets his fans and listeners know that he is a god-like human in his own eyes. He is a religious person, and he is not literally saying that he is the lord, but rather that he is a God among humans.  The song truly depicts what Kanye West is about, and that is, that he is, one cocky son of a gun. The production on this is stupendous as well, and the overall direction of the track achieves greatness.

04. New Slaves (feat. Frank Ocean) [prod. Daft Punk, Travi$ Scott (co.), Hudson Mohawke (co.), Mike Dean (co.), Kanye West (add.)]
They throwing hate at me, want me to stay at ease/ F*ck you and your corporation, y'all n*ggas can't control me/ I know that we the new slaves, I know that we the new slaves/ I'm 'bout to wild the f*ck out, I'm going Bobby Boucher
"New Slaves" was the song that Kanye premiered across the world on 66 buildings at 66 different locations. When first premiered, the song did not include the Frank Ocean humming at the end, which makes the song even better than it originally sounded. The structure of the track is amazing, and literally is one of the best transitions I have heard in a song. The song goes from being a rugged, drum based beat, to a soft-sung melody. Only Kanye can pull something like this off, and deliver some incredible music in the process.

05. Hold My Liquor (feat. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon) [prod. Young Chop, Mike Dean (co.), Arca (add.), Rick Rubin (add.)]
Pussy had me floating/ Feel like Deepak Chopra/ Pussy had me dead/ Might call 2Pac over/ Yeezy's all on you sofa/ These the red Octobers/ Still ain't learn me no manners/ You love me when I ain't sober
"Hold My Liquor" is the only song on the album that I can not say achieved greatness. Though the production was of course phenomenal on the song, the obvious Kanye written hook for Chief Keef was delivered very poorly, and engineered miserably. Chief Keef and auto tune should never mix. The song's overall aura reminds me of Kanye's "Stronger" single from several years back. The topic and subject are indubitably different from "Hold My Liquor" but the feel is similar to his Graduation track. The track is still dope, but it is the only song on the album I would not consider to be great.

06. I’m In It (feat. Justin Vernon) [prod. RZA, Travi$ Scott (add.), Mike Dean (add.)]
Uh, black girl sippin' white wine/ Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign/ And grabbed it with a slight grind/ And held it 'til the right time/ Then she came like AAAAAHHH!
"I'm In It" will definitely be considered a lot of listeners favorite songs. The concept on this track reminds me of "Hell Of A Life", off of his last album. Just a Kanye sexual suggestive track, that can be played in any type of popping environment. The track's beat is very enthralling, and the breakdown in the middle is astonishing. RZA had a hand in this one though, so that fact alone should convince anybody that the track is ill. I honestly believe that there can't be a hip-hop or overall music fan that can not appreciate this song.

07. Blood On The Leaves (feat. Tony Williams) [prod. TNGHT, Kanye West (co.), Mike Dean (add.)]
To all my second string bitches, trying to get a baby/ Trying to get a baby, now you talkin' crazy I don't give a damn if you used to talk to Jay-Z/ He ain't with you, he with Beyoncé, you need to stop actin' lazy
"Blood On The Leaves" is my favorite track on the album, and one of the best structured songs, ever. The structure of the beat and song are impeccably extravagant. Kanye really did it with this record, and I must say, as a fan of music in general, this song really gives me hope for future music to come. Ye' really set the bar that high with this one. The sample is great, and this one of the few records on Yeezus that Yeezy co-produced. The story in this song is very vivid, and Kanye really exposes his true pain in this song about whoever he is talking about. If it had to be compared to another one of his songs, I'd say this is "Love Lockdown" and "See You In My Nightmares" combined together and on steroids.

08. Guilt Trip (feat. Kid Cudi) [prod. Symbolyc One, Arca (co.), Travi$ Scott (co.), Mike Dean (co.), Ackeejuice Rockers (co.)]
Feelin' lied to like parents never said you adopted/ Your feelings like Zulu, then nothing is a Shaka/ I hit her with Jamaican dick, I'm the new Shabba/ She lookin' for her daddy, call me Big Poppa
"Guilt Trip" seems like an 808's & Heartbreaks track that wasn't finished until Yeezus was ready. CuDi does his thing on the track, as he always does. The production on this one is excellent. They sampled Pusha's "Blocka", and it sounds great. Overall another impeccable track with great structure.

09. Send It Up (feat. King L & Iamsu) [prod. Gesaffelstein, Arca (co.), Daft Punk (co.), Hudson Mohawke (add.)]
This the greatest shit in the club/ Since "In Da Club"/ It's so packed I might ride around/ On my bodyguard's back like Prince in the club/ She say "Can you get my friends in the club?"/ I say "Can you get my Benz in the club?"/ If not, treat your friends like my Benz/ Park they ass outside 'til the evening end
Track nine on the album "Send It Up" has the coolest sounding beat that can be played in any type of party environment. King L does his thing, and gives Kanye a great verse. The best part of the song is that Kanye never really had a song like this one. It is hard to find any flaws in the track, or beat, and the transitions in the song are marvelous. Props to Yeezy on this one.

10. Bound (feat. Charlie Wilson) [prod. Kanye West, No I.D., Symbolyc One (co.) The Heatmakerz (co.), Rick Rubin (add.)]
Leave a pretty girl sad reputation/ Start a Fight Club, Brad reputation/ I turnt the nightclub out of the basement/ I'll turn the plane 'round, your ass keep complaining
"Bound" is Kanye being Kanye, It is definitely is the closest track on the album to that vintage Kanye West sound from 2005, with a dope sample, comical lyrics, and no effects over His voice. The track is pretty much a sequel to "Devil In A New Dress" without actually being a sequel. It is pretty much the same concept as the MBDTF song. Charlie Wilson gave Kanye a great bridge at the end, to finish the album off with a bang.

Overall Grade: 9.5/10
Reasoning: Kanye did it again, only this time he creates multiple sounds, and gives listeners great music to relate to. He is in the music game for the art of it, and this album really solidifies his new focus.

Previous: Kanye West - Yeezus (Album)

Lyrics Courtesy of RapGenius

February 9th, 2013

Pusha T - Wrath Of Caine Review

Wrath Of Caine is Pusha T's latest perfect set up to what will be his debut solo LP My Name Is My Name. Eleven dope tracks were put together from the G.O.O.D Music artist. It can be considered perfect timing, considering the fact that he has come a long way after a great few years under Kanye West's administration. With many appearances on projects such as his own Fear of God mixtape a couple years back, Kanye's revolutionary LP My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, as well as the recent G.O.O.D Music album, the Virginia based MC is surpassing what many people thought would be a brief stint as a solo artist. The project featured artists such as MMG's Wale, the upcoming rising NY artist French Montana, Troy Ave, and an upcoming artist from Louisiana named Kevin Gates. The production on the mixtape featured producers such as B!NK!, Jake One, Pharrell, Young Chop, and Harry Fraud. All were used properly, by emphasizing all of Pusha's key attributes as an MC. The project was put together very well, and is an easy listen all the way through. Standout tracks on the project included a dope reggae sample on "Take My Life", "Doesn't Matter" featuring French Montana, and produced By Renegades, and of course the single "Millions" featuring Rick Ross, and produced by Southside, and the one and only Kanye West. A great project from a great artist who really shows his true musical integrity using just eleven songs, this is a must download for any hip-hop head to say the least.

Overall Grade: B+

Reasoning: Hip-hop delivered, real lyrics from a real lyricist.

September 8th, 2012

Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 was a different type of mixtape. Some expected the Weezy that has been around for the last two years (Commercial lyricist), and then some expected the old Weezy to come back. The mixtape was actually a synergy of the two. Mixtape Weezy meets commercial Weezy. Wayne's real fans obviously love the mixtape, and the skeptic hip-hop listeners have a new mixtape to dissect, and decide if it was hot or not. In my opinion, this is what a mixtape should be. Something that your fans would love, and your skeptics would need time to hate on.

Lil Wayne and Young Money's marketing team has always been on point. That is why they are where they are at now. Marketing was very important in the release of D4. It was trending on Twitter for weeks, and got a few push backs to get people talking. This definitely worked. The overall success of the mixtape was probably the best out of any mixtape that came out this year. Though this has nothing to do with how good or bad the tape was, it really is incredible how Lil Wayne always manages to get people talking.

Dedication 4 is different than the previous Dedication projects, and the tape was more like his No Ceilings mixtape that had the world jumpin' a few years ago. D4 had some real solid features this time around including J.Cole, Nicki Minaj, & Young Jeezy. J.Cole gave Lil Wayne one of his best basic verses over a G-Dep beat, and Nicki Minaj really blessed Wayne with her verse on "Mercy." Also, Lil Wayne decided to remix a track from a thirteen year old artist named Lil Mouse. He's not that good, but he is thirteen, and people thought this was a cool thing for Wayne to do.

The tracks on the tape were nearly all over popular commercial beats, like Future's "Same Damn Time," "Mercy," "Amen," "I Don't Like," and a remix to "My Homies Still." This is what Wayne has been doing as of late on his mixtapes. Now Dedication 2 arguably set Lil Wayne's career off, but it featured a different type of beat selection.  Lil Wayne is at the point in his career where he can rap over just about anything. This is what makes this mixtape more like his No Ceilings project. He chose all commercial beats, and got away with it.

Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 offered his fans what they wanted. Weezy's punchlines over popular tracks. A real hip-hop fan may not be a complete fan of the tape, yet some tracks were definitely hot. In the end, Lil Wayne is a hip-hop heavyweight whether we like it or not. His subject matter may not be what everyone likes, but he shows off his talents, and really showed off his ability to get people talking. That is what a mixtape should be. The overall quality and bump-ability may not be what it was with his Dedication 2, but it has some bangers. Weezy has made his fans happy, got people talking, and that is all that matters.

Overall Grade: 7.6/10
June 5th, 2012

Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate (Official Review)

         Curren$y released his fifth studio project, The Stoned Immaculate. This is the first album since he went to Warner. The New Orleans MC really went in on this one. The album offers the guaranteed great tunes from Spitta, as well as some great features. The instrumentals are all great, the flows are dope, and the song structures are magnificent. As usual, Curren$y delivers some real hip-hop, and sticks to his music ethic. Some weed rap, and some real lyrics. That's all a great album from Curren$y needs, and he indeed delivers yet again.
          Compared to Pilot Talk 1 and 2, this album is just as good. The amount of buzz that Curren$y has now, doesn't even compare to the amount he had back then. Now, he is able to get features from artists like Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Daz, Marsha Ambrosius, and Estelle. Though Wiz Khalifa has some cameos, Wale is on the intro, and Curren$y gets Big K.R.I.T. on a dope spot, he has always worked with these artists. The music he makes with these artists is guaranteed to be great. Curren$y gives his friends Young Roddy, Trademark, and Cornerboy P some dope guest spots as well. The features are definitely the best out of any Curren$y album since PT1.
           The instrumentals on this album are also just as good as those of his debut LP Pilot Talk 1. Curren$y has a real gift for choosing dope instrumentation. The Jetlife general really shows off that talent off with this album. The best beats on the project are "Privacy Glass," "No Squares," "Showroom," and "Chandler," just to name a few. The whole album's production is wonderful though.
           The features are on this project are very intricate. As stated earlier, Pharrell, Daz, 2 Chainz, Marsha Ambrosius, and Estelle all are artists Curren$y never had on projects before. They all kill their features, and make it a great sound all the way through. Then, there's artists like Wale, Wiz Khalifa, K.R.I.T, as well as Cornerboy P, and Trademark & Roddy who have worked with Spitta on many occasions. The best feature track is probably the street single "Jet Life" with Big K.R.I.T., and Wiz Khalifa. The overall feel of the track is marvelous. Something to note is the fact that Curren$y started (Wale) and ended (Wiz & K.R.I.T) his album with features for the first time. definitely a great move from Spitta.
          To Summarize, Curren$y once again delivers a phenomenal album. He seems to never fail, and keeps the listener wanting more. His use of metaphors, beats, lyrics, and friends helps make this album a possible classic LP. The features were excellent, the beats were diverse, and the overall music is spectacular. This could be tied with Pilot Talk 1 in my opinion for Curren$y's best album. We just have to wait and see how it sounds in two years.

Overall Grade: 9/10

Reasoning: Hip-hop delivered. Great music, great beats, great lyrics, and great features.

Written By: Baz
May 15th, 2012
Ab-Soul's new project, Control System is quite the hip-hop experience. Released on May 11th, it has been a good four days for myself to review the project in detail. It is indeed great. Control System starts with "Soulo Ho3" featuring Jhene Aiko, and really explains the direction of the project. "Track Two" follows in which Ab-Soul purely solidifies the fact that he is nasty as an MC. At the end of the track, he states that he took a number two on the beat. Beautifully put for the way he bodied it.

The brilliant project then continues with "Bohemian Grave" which is a true hip-hop track that Ab-Soul delivers a message on, mixed with him just dropping bars about the ladies. "Terrorist Threats" featuring  Danny Brown and Jhene Aiko follows, and is one of the deepest tracks on the project. Danny Brown and Jhene Aiko both kill their features, and the message on the track is riveting. After that, comes Soulo's single "Pineal Gland," which most may know, is a dope rap track with a traditional rap beat.

"Double Standards," "Mixed Emotions," & "Sopa" featuring Schoolboy Q all follow after that. These three tracks are very important parts of the project. "Double Standards" has the same sample background sound that Kanye West used on MBDTF, and sounds great. "Mixed Emotions" is a more traditional "get twisted track" that is needed on any good hip-hop project. "SOPA" with fellow TDE member ScHoolboy Q can easily be debated as being one of the best tracks on the project. The beat goes so damn hard, and is some real rugged rap music.

"Lust Demons" featuring Jay Rock & BJ the Chicago Kid comes next in the tracklist, and is another gereat collaboration track on the project. "Illuminate" featuring Ab-Soul's TDE affiliate Kendrick Lamar, is the best track on the project. No debate on this one, the beat, the flows, and the energy are incomparable to any song released this year. If we lived in a better world, this single would be #1 on every chart. After that, "A Rebellion" featuring Alori Joh comes next, and is another one of Ab-Soul's deep tracks. He speaks on he is alone in the idea that he wants to take his yopper and blow away a police officer. Very controversial.

"Showin' Love" , "Empathy"  featuring Alori Joh & Ja Vonte’, and  "Nothing’s Something" all follow in the rotation of the project. "Showin' Love" is Soulo just spittin', and some real hip-hop. "Empathy"  featuring Alori Joh & Ja Vonte’ is one of the better deep tracks on the album, conveying a true message to the listener. "Nothing’s Something" features Ab-Soul using Kanye's infamous "Addiction" chorus with an Ab-Soul twist. Very dope, and another deep message from Ab-Soul.

"Beautiful Death" featuring Punch & Ashtrobot, "The Book of Soul," and "Black Lip Bastard (Rmx)" featuring Black Hippy finish off the project. "Beautiful Death"  speaks on the reals of the world. Ashtrobot and Punch do a great job on the song, and the message is truly delivered. "The Book of Soul" is a jazzy-feel type of beat, with Soul still rapping about the reals of life. Lastly, "Black Lip Bastard Remix" ends the great project from Soulo. This track only solidifies the fact that Ab-Soul and the rest of Black Hippy are PROBLEMS, and truly are artists to look out for on the radio, the internet, and anywhere music can be found. The entire crew eats the beat alive, and end Control System beautifully.

To conclude, the main message being conveyed to a listener is a pure accelerated form of hip-hop. The main theme of the project is to not let us (the people) fall into the system. Control is one a hell of a drug, and Soul tries to expand that thought within our minds. The project was pure hip-hop delivered, and I can recommend it to any music fan.

Overall Grade9/10

Written by Baz


November 25th, 2011

Lupe Fiasco - Friend Of The People 
Lupe Fiasco - Friend Of The People Mixtape Review
Written& Edited By: Baz

After years of anticipation, Lupe Fiasco has finally released his long awaited mixtape, Friend Of the People. It has been a long time coming from Lupe, but it can definitely be said that this is one of the best  mixtapes ever. Point blank, this one will have you in lyrical limbo, leaving you in enthrallment of his words, and his messages. The Introduction of the tape starts as a battleground where what seems to be a drone is "down" and is regenerated by what seems to be a soldier in combat, and it turns out to be Lupe saying "I Fight Evil." It is absolutely pure genius.

The track that follows the introduction of the project is "Lupe Back," which is one of the best Lupe songs i have heard in a long time. The song contains classic Lupe crazy flow, mixed with some intense lyrics over a dope intrumentation from Nero's "Doomsday." The overall message in this is amazing, and Lupe reminds us who's really the nicest out. The fact that Lupe talks about such real items in this society such as #Occupy and war, adds to his greatness. Most rappers talk about ass, alcohol, and being a snobby asshole. Not Lupe, he is a political prisoner, and tries to get masses to join His positive movements to benefit humanity. Then comes "Friend of The People" featuring the Philadelphia reppin' homie Dosage. Dosage gives Lupe the verse of a lifetime, and the track delivers its message as well. The ensuing song is "Double Burger With Cheese." This track is one of those Lupe cuts that makes you zone out and just listen to the ideas and portraits he paints with his lyrics and story telling skills. The movie clip they used is very powerful and delivered its message also. "Joaquin Phoenix" featuring Lil Ronnie is next. This track was originally on Travis Barker's mixtape in early 2011, and now features newcomer Lil Ronnie. Very dope track for those who have heard it, and dope for those who have never heard the track. "WWJD He'd Prolly LOL Like WTF!!!.." is the title of the track that follows Joaquin on Friend Of The People. This one features a great hook that was on the original track titled "On n' On n' On" by Justice, and some classic Lupe over an alternative music beat. It's really Fiasco at his mixtape best.
     Then comes the epic banger "Lightwork." The track's instrumental was Elle Goulding and Bassnectar's "Lights Remix." This one stands out the most as far as lyrics go. The song features a long, and riveting verse from Wasalu that leaves us in awe similar to the power of his Food n' Liquor tracks, as well as his The Cool tracks. My favorite quote from the project is in this track,"....Dad made me a soldier/G.I Joe To These cobras/ tryna F.B.I my Panther/ C.I.A my Sankofa/ infiltrate my Carter, Illuminate my cult-chuh (culture)/..." WOW.... A statement like that may be hard to endure for you fans that think Lupe fell off, but it is what it is, and Lupe has a stupendous message, as well as one of his best verses (and its a long one) in a very long time.
     A separate standout track then comes along in the tracklist titled "Life, Death & Love From San Francisco" over John Coltrane's "Love Supreme." The beginning of this one reminds me of Kendrick Lamar's recent "Ab-Soul's Outro" off of Section.80, mainly because of the chill jazz melody that it contains. The feel of this one is magnificent, and Lupe boasts his beat selection subliminally on this Coltrane instrumental. The track is another Lupe tale, that also shows off his ability to let the listener paint an image with their mind to Fiasco's lyrics and delivery of the track. Very dope, and insightful at the same time, marking this one a definite banger off of the project.
     "SLR" comes next, produced by Soundtrakk, and released before the arrival of Lasers. Though this one is technically considered "Old," it's still a banger in my book. The track contains a Pharrell sample in the beginning, and is mainly Lupe rappin' about his stellar rap skills, and about him being one of the nicest out. Following the Soundtrakk produced track, comes "SNDCLSH In Vegas," which is over Kaskade and Skrillex's "Lick It." This one has a smiliar feel to Lupe's "Girls" that was premiered by Semtex a week before Lasers. Though it doesn't contain the same concept of that track, "SNDCLSH In Vegas" is another timeless track that features Lupe talkin' about shit he really does, like maintaining an educational argument with a Fox News associate (Bill o' Reily). "Super Cold" proceeds next in Friend Of The People's tracklist. Lupe sticks to his spoken word-esque flow on this one, and it feels as though it is one of those beats that keeps the listener in the listening zone. The Glitch Mob's "Bad Wings" is the instrumental that Lupe once again chose wisely.
     Closing a mixtape with another person's beat, and rippin' it means that you know how to create an incredible mixtape. The M83 track titled "Midnight City" that Lupe used for the end of this great project was completely re-invented by WasaLu. If this world does end, at least we got one last mixtape from Wasalu is the message derived. The Chicago superstar MC really has delivered hip-hop, or as he refers to it in the iTunes genre category "Unclassifiable" in its purest form. Very real music from Lu, and once again, another classic project from an artist that many thought was on the fall off. Lasers was good, but this tape is classic. Another great job done Lupe, we applaud you.

Overall - 9/10

Reasoning: Lupe at his finest. Incredible music, some of it classic/timeless. #Epic.


Yelawolf  Radioactive Review
By: Kev Katz

Upon embarking on the journey into the darkest corners of Yelawolf’s imagination, it’s made obvious that at once he’s capable of melding slow, primal rhythms with a grinding and never-ending barrage of vivid and aggressive lyrics. He demonstrates his technical proficiency throughout the album. Radioactive is imbued with complex rhyme schemes, coupled with simple (and sometimes cheesy) hooks. The lack of any strong chorus is somewhat offset by the sheer number of pleasant features on most of the tracks. In fact, other than the Intro and Outro, only three songs lack a featured artist; two of which, “Everything I Love The Most” and “Radio” are the weakest songs the album has to offer. However, the issues with album aren’t issues with Yelawolf at all. He holds his own when it comes to dark, twisted, and often-funny rap – his subject matter combined with his technical prowess even challenges the likes of Tyler and Earl. Though as a whole, it falls into the same problem that much of contemporary popular hip-hop does: it tries to cater to too large of an audience. Don’t get me wrong, of course I have faith in Em’s ability to produce a hot album, but I have a growing suspicion that they spread themselves too thin with this one. By trying to bridge the gap between a concept album and a bumpable “pop-hop” album, they’ve compromised the quality of the bars with the same overused-feeling hooks we’ve been hearing for years.

The album starts off strong. We are introduced to the record by the collective buzz of white-noise and a distorted military announcement, ushering us into a dystopian world. “Get Away,” describes a hard reality of trailer parks, guns, drinking and smoking. Possibly the best hook on the album, Yelawolf finishes it, “Cause if I don’t get away, you’ll see my trailer park getaway, fear you’re gon’ have to get away from me.” Backed up by verses from Shawty Fatt and Mystikal, Yelawolf’s first actual song on the album is expectedly strong. There’s no doubt that he goes hard on this track and others that follow. Both “Let’s Roll,” which features Kid Rock and “Hard White,” which features Lil’ John however, begin to exemplify the problem with the album overall. Both feature good verses from Yelawolf and strong support from celebrity features, but it seems as if this is as far as they went. Though maybe catchy, and at times thoroughly bumpable, the songs lack something; they lack the cohesion present in truly great songs. When it comes down to it, many of the songs just seem to be Yelawolf verses strung together by what they thought people wanted to hear.
However, of the rest of the songs, three more stand out. “Made In The USA” and “The Hardest Love Song In The World” are great examples of songs on this album that lack certain elements. “Made in the USA” makes a great point about American patriotism and Yelawolf’s verses are great, but the chorus is just annoying. Similarly, the beat used for “The Greatest Love Song…” is amazing, but the hook simply draws away from the verses and instrumentation because it tries too hard. Lastly, “Throw It Up” may be the best song on the album. Featuring Gangsta Boo and Eminem, this song really shows how well they can produce and execute a song that has both a catchy hook and complex lyrics. In addition, Eminem puts only one verse in the entire album, despite his behind-the-scenes influence, but he puts all of his effort into it. He abandons the constant yelling of his new style, but still remains angry, reminiscent of “Despicable” or any song on Hell The Sequel EP. However, it’s a great verse and I’d like to see more verses of this caliber from Shady in the future.
Overall, the album is a good attempt for a first label record. Though as I mention repeatedly above, many songs try too hard to appeal to as many audiences as possible. For the next album, he should pick his niche and stick with it. Otherwise, he might make the same mistake again by wasting his verses with sappy hooks.

By: Kev Katz

Verses: 8/10
Beats: 7/10
Hooks: 5/10
Bumpability: 7.5/10
Overall: 7/10

Baz's Notes: Yelawolf delivers real hip-hop, and has some real dope beats on his first studio LP. Some weak hooks, but the overall lyrics and verses are dope, leaving us with a very good start to the Shady 2.0 artist's career. 

Childish Gambino - CAMP Album Review
Written by F-Dot The Fate, edited by Baz.

Donald Glover has delivered on his first ever studio album. Going by the moniker Childish Gambino for his rap career, He has created a diverse offering on his debut album, CAMP. Consistently tossed into the category of “white kid rapper,” the stories Gambino tell are specifically tailored to show a side of him that can appeal to the beaten down, poor, angry person buried in all of us, no matter what skin color. “Outside” is the first track and it perfectly starts off the story of Childish Gambino. It is a tale of how his family left the hood only to struggle in their own way. That’s nearly a metaphor for Childish Gambino himself, who is not from the same background as most rappers and hip-hop artists. Yet he speaks the same language of having to fight for success as others in this industry. From the beginning until the end of CAMP, Childish Gambino, tells his story only interrupting it a few times for the songs that are clearly meant to be singles, so it can be said that Donald is a fantastic lyricist and storyteller.

At first, this album seems to follow the classic setup of having the best, catchiest songs in the beginning, giving way to the weaker tracks. He then turns this pattern on its head when He throws in a few more very strong tracks towards the end of the album. “Heartbeat” is one of those powerful tracks, with both a great beat and good lyrics. “L.E.S.” is one of the songs where the beat almost overpowers the lyrics, not by being louder, but by showcasing far more skill. The second to last track “Sunrise” is by far my personal favorite track off of the album, with one of my favorite beats accompanied by outstanding lyrics.
Overall, this a strong debut by an artist who shows a huge amount of potential, including the potential to speak to more than just college students. He even says in the track titled “Fire Fly,"
“Yeah so, whatcha gonna do man? You won't speak to the hood, man. If I was given one chance I think I could, man,”
…which is him asking us to take him seriously as a rapper. And I don’t know about you, but after this album I definitely will.

Overall I give this album a 7/10.

Individual Tracks:
Outside – 7.5/10
A good introduction song to the album. Establishes his credibility as someone who wasn’t coddled by the suburbs.
Fire Fly – 8/10
Sure to be a single, this beat sticks in your head immediately. An easy song to burn to.
Bonfire – 8.5/10
Heavy hitting single. Strong beat.
All the Shine – 7.5/10
Another story song.
Letter Home – 4/10
Interlude. I guess it fits with the album, but I’m not a big fan.
Heartbeat – 8/10
Very catchy. One of the songs more geared towards love.
Backpackers – 7.5/10
Gambino goes on the offensive against all his haters on this one. Almost a little too aggressive.
L.E.S. – 8/10
Love the beat. Would fit perfectly on a Alfred Hitchcock soundtrack.
Hold You Down – 7.5/10
Another story about how he had to work so hard to get where he is at.
Kids (Keep Up) – 7.5/10
Good. Not great though.
You See Me – 8/10
Gambino shows off his actual rapping skill and speed on this one.
Sunrise – 8.5/10
LOVE this beat. It is god damn fantastic. Definitely the best beat on the LP.
That Power – 5.5/10
Stands out the least. Really not sure why he decided to end the album with this track.

Baz's Notes: This album was one of those LP's that can be seen a million different ways. Though it may not be deemed as a classic, it is definitely a banger, and can attract a huge mainstream crowd. I think the kid has what it takes, and shows his entertainment versatility more each day. As a comedian, actor, singer, producer, and rapper, he can eventually become one of the biggest faces in the American entertainment industry. The album CAMP is without a doubt a great head start for this young star.
November 15th, 2011
Drake - Take Care
Written& Edited By: Baz

Drake's sophomore album, Take Care, can definitely be labeled a complete success. The Toronto based rapper/singer really came through with another classic LP. From features including Lil Wayne, Andre 3000, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, The Wknd, Rick Ross, and Stevie Wonder on the harmonica, Drake and his associates have delivered a classic. From top to bottom, this album is a banger.
      After a good three or four listens all the way through, any hip-hop fan, whether a fan of Drake or not, can simply applaud the young artist for a great job done. The production of the album was phenomenal, the samples were impeccable, especially for "Take Care" featuring Rihanna, and "Cameras/The Good Ones Go." Drake also remakes one of the first ever YMCMB hits, "Back That Ass Up" on his track "Practice," and even Juvenile said he liked the remake. It is hard to find anything wrong with the LP, and Drake really knows how to relate to his listeners. His lyrics and flows keep the listener intrigued, and paints some vivid pictures. The best flow on the album in my opinion, was on "HYFR" featuring Wayne, where Drake's flow and story really paint a picture, and keep you nodding throughout his verse until Lil Wayne's dope hook on the track. The most lyrical track is "Underground Kingz" where Drake boasts of gettin' rich off a mixtape. "We'll Be Fine" is another dope track from Drizzy that he shows off his ability to construct a boast track with a catchy hook. Birdman even has a dope cameo in that track, basically saying Drake is the future of YMCMB.
      The features, as I previously stated, were amazing. Rihanna did a phenomenal job on the hook of the track "Take Care." Andre 3000 killed his feature on "The Real Her," Rick Ross delivers for Drake on "Lord Knows" produced by the legendary producer Just Blaze. The Wknd and Drake now have a classic in their track "Crew Love," and Stevie Wonder's harmonica solo will go down in hip-hop history as stupendous, and can easily be comparable to Kanye West getting Elton John on "All Of The Lights." The best feature however, has to be from Kendrick Lamar on the end of "Marvin's Room." He absolutely delivered for Drake, and finished the story of "Marvin's Room." #Classic.
      All in all, Drake has delivered another classic album, and Take Care has to be labeled better than its predecessor, Thank Me Later, and is a near perfect album. Drake's flows, lyrics, and song making capabilities are getting even better, and His star power will exceed many other artists ability to sell out arenas, as well as record stores (At least the few left.). YMCMB is full of artists with potential, Nicki Minaj is one of the biggest artists out, and Tyga knows how to make hits, but Drake has something that no other artist in Young Money has, and that is an ability to mix R&B and hip-hop. People have tried it, but Drake is the only artist who continues to succeed in having albums that consist of a perfect balance of rap and vocals. A dope album from the Young Money artist from Canada, and definitely a classic LP for the Toronto based MC.

Overall Grade: 8.5/10

Reasoning: Hip-hop delivered, a classic timeless LP


October 3rd, 2011
J.Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story
Written& Edited By: Baz

J. Cole's first studio LP, Cole World: The Sideline Story can be labeled a success. It has been a long time since an artist managed to have enough commerical material on an album, and still have a real hip-hop feel on a first album release. A lot of artists fail to do that, and for that we applaud J. Cole. Cole World delivers, and many listeners can relate to Cole's storytelling lyrics. The production on the album was flawless, and the lyrics weren't generic, and he paints the picture. He might be one of the best artists out right now, and this album can be compared to some great first releases.

The album features some old tracks that the original Cole fans recognize, "Lights Please," which was on his 2nd official mixtape, The Warm-Up, and "Who Dat," which was Cole's first big single, as well as a track some companies used for commercials. The mainstream singles include "Can't Get Enough" featuring Trey Songz, and bonus track "Work Out" which features a dope Kanye West sample. The videos for the two singles were pretty dope and can be found in rotation on BET, and MTV.

Aide from those four tracks, the album is epic. The instrumentals from Cole are all flawless, and seem as though Cole wasn't in any rush, and took his time with producing his first major LP. Being the first Roc Nation artist to release an LP, is quite a feat, and this album is a great first for the Roc Nation label. Cole constructs his words well, painting vivid images of his childhood, and his entire come-up to where He is today. My personal favorite track might have to be "God's Gift."

Overall, I expect J.Cole to rise as a mainstream artist, but he will always he his real hip-hop edge. The kid is a problem, and will be around for quite some time. The album should eventually go gold through the RIAA, and J.Cole will be Jay-Z's best signee since Kanye West.

Overall grade- 8.5/10

Reasoning: Authentic hip-hop with impeccable production while still maintaining an ability to sell commercially.
September 30th, 2011

XXL Freshmen 2009 - Where Are They Now?

Written& Edited By: Baz

The game has changed. I know it,you know it. Now, in order to "get on," an artist needs a fanbase, a viral video, show experience, and a whole lot more. Yet, besides all that, becoming an XXL freshmen class member can tremendously boost your chances of becoming a successful artist. XXL magazine started doing their "Freshmen Classes" in 2008. We will take a look at Where the class of 2009 is now, and what they have all been accomplishing.
#1. B.O.B. Since being labeled a "freshmen" in '09, Bobby Ray can definetly be labeled the most successful mainstream artist of his class. He has had multiple hit records, including, "Airplanes"with famous Paramore lead singer, Hayley Williams and Eminem, "Magic" featuring Weezer, solo track "Don't let me fall," "Nothin' on You" which blew up Bruno Mars career as well, and his street banger "Bet I" featuring fellow Grand Hustle artists Playboy Tre and T.I. On top of his singles, B.O.B had a hit album that went gold, a single with famous recording artist Ke$ha, and even had a diss in a line from the Odd Future leader, Tyler, in his seperate blow up song "Yonkers," which ended in some more publicity. Not a bad way to start a career, and all before hitting age 23. Now that's progress. That is why we list him #1 among his class.

#2. Wale aka Ralph Folarin aka Olubowale Victor Akintimehin has had a substantially beneficial career so far. Though he had a rocky road, and was very underrated, the Washington DC artist has finally become almost what he has imagined. His first project he released after being a freshmen was Attention Deficit in 2009, which was heavily underrated as much as his career was. Though the album didn't do all that well, Wale hung in there, and had hit records off his album. "Chillin" with Lady Gaga helped Wale into being seen through the mainstream's eye, "Pretty Girls" with Gucci Mane is still played at clubs today, and "World Tour," featuring Jasmine Sullivan was featured in some video games, giving him publicity as well. From there on, Wale didn't look back as most artists would after underselling, bouncing back and becoming Rick Ross's frontman in MMG alongside Philadelphia's Meek Mill. Wale is close to being a top-ten MC, long as he keeps up his hard work, and his new album,Ambition, is sure to sell.
#3. Kid CuDi. CuDi can easily be described as a top tier artist. He's not just a rapper, like most of this class. He's a rockstar, musical genius, fashion icon, celebrity endorser, and actor. The Cleveland artist has accomplished many things since being labeled a freshmen. CuDi has two studio albums, Man on the Moon 1 + 2, various hit singles such as "Pursuit of Happiness," "Day n' Nite," "Erase Me" featuring Kanye West (His fellow G.O.O.D Music Artist), among dozens of internet singles, GOOD Friday features and more. He has Vitamin Water commercials, was rated best dressed man in NYC, and has a sweet spot in an HBO show "How To Make It In America." The kid is still young, and has been fighting off his drug and alcohol addictions, which in turn can result in him becoming one of the most successful hip-hop based celebrities of all time. Hopefully, he can stay away from his massive use of drugs and alcohol, and make his fans even happier with his Rock LP, Wizard, whenever that comes out.
#4. Curren$y... "Spitta, ninja,precise,slice...." Though Curren$y may be one of this writer's favorite artist, he can't be labeled the most successful artist through the mainstream's eye, but one can definetly say that Curren$y redefined the underground hip-hop game. His fanbase is incredible for someone with no mainstream radio play, and his shows are always sold out. He has released 3 seperate LP's in about a year, as well as three hit mixtapes. Curren$y helped boost Wiz Khalifa's career, and a bunch of other artists that are in his camp. Spitta is definetly putting himself on the map, and recently signed a deal with Warner Bros.
#5. Asher Roth. Asher has definetly had a great career so far. He was the first in his class to release a studio album, and was the first to have a chart-topping hit, "I Love College." Though, now he seems to be a more quiet celebrity, Asher still has his hits, and more to come. His recent project with producer Nottz, The Rawth EP, was downloaded by hundreds of thousands of fans to say the least. This caucasian MC really isn't going anywhere, and he's still dope in our eyes. His sophomore LP is in the process of being completed now.
#6. Ace Hood. Ace hasn't had any real hit albums, but he has had multiple hit singles since being dubbed a Freshmen, and his latest single, "Hustle Hard" may have been one of the most remixed tracks of all time. As he continues to his pursuit of making it big, Ace has many things to smile about. DJ Khaled will always have spots for him, in turn making Ace a constantly heard artist.
#7. Cory Gunz. Some may call the Young Money artist a disappointment, but this Son of a Gun has showed much improvement in his fanbase, and even had a reality show on MTV(Son of a Gun) with his manager Nick Cannon. His recent mixtape did numbers on DatPiff, and may have over 250k in total downloads. Not a bad start to a career, and definitely not a fall off. I'm sure there's more to come from him, as well as an album.
#8. Blu. Lupe Fiasco said that he is frightened of Blu's abilities before. It truly is sad that this artist hasn't risen like the other seven ahead of him in our list. Though he might be the one of the best artists in this whole class, his ability to establish a big fanbase appears to be difficult. Blu has multiple albums and mixtapes, but none really in stores, and I can not even say that I have seen him on MTV. The bright side is that he is one of the best underground hip-hop MC's in the game, and he is still very young. I still have a lot of faith in him. His album recently dropped on iTunes & Amazon.
#9. Mickey Factz. This East coast MC has released several projects, and has many songs with famous artists. Mickey has tracks on iTunes, and seems to have the slowest push in the class. He'll get there though, mainly because he's nice as f*ck at the end of the day, and very slept on.
#10. Charles Hamilton. C.H. A big star when this list first came out. Many popular mixtapes, a huge hit ("Brooklyn Girls") that was on the radio and MTV, but then he was hit with blow after blow, which ended in him being in prison after striking an officer in the face reportedly. Horrible circumstances ended Charles' upcoming, and when his album was pulled, he lost it. He'll be back though, with great production, and back to his provactive ways after he is released from prison.

__________________________________________________________________________________ July 2nd 2011
Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Written& Edited By: Baz

Kendrick Lamar. A great artist. A revolutionary MC. A full-bred westside reppin', rare gem in the hip-hop community. This dope artist offers so much in less than sixty minutes on Section.80. The man is a genius. I have been waiting for Section.80 for quite some time now, and after three listens all the way through, the least I can say is that I am nowhere near being disappointed, or let down. Even though I will not be able to determine if Section.80 is better than (O)verly (D)edicated for at least three months, I can at least say that it is just as good. This album offers so much. Kendrick can attract any type of listener. For being in his early twenties, He is a genius. That's not just my opinion either.  He really is a genius.

Now, some people may call me a d*ck eater after reading this review, but all I can say back is "You've obviously never heard Kendrick spit." And that's all I would have to say. A listen all the way through Section.80 is virtually un-skippable. The features are all dope, the production is great, the lyrics and flows might be the best out of anyone out right now (I'll get back to that), and the album's quality is impeccable. The messages and knowledge that this Compton MC delivers kind of makes you want to send him another payment for the album. No joke.

Let's start with the first eight tracks. The intro, "F*ck Your Ethnicity" is great, but I don't think it tops "The Heart Pt.2." It's still great though. "Hol' up" was released before the album dropped, and that track is so ill. The third verse's rhyme scheme is incredible. "A.D.H.D" follows that track with some Bone-Thug vibe to it. It may be the deepest track on there, especially for people ages 18-25, who know people that have been addicted to multiple drugs. After that, "No Make-Up" with Colin Munroe is a great addition to tracks that Kendrick releases about females. Very deep, and Colin kills his part. "Tammy's Song" is revolutionary-ly dope if that makes sense. The story and theme of that track can not be explained with words. A listen is a must for that track at least. The video for it is dope as well. "Chapter Six" is basically a different type of interlude that leads up to "Ronald Reagan Era," which was a release before the album as well. Both of these tracks are incredible, and "Chapter Six's" message is crazy. Following the two tracks is "Poe Man's Dream" featuring Good Music MC, GLC. Another dope track on this album. Kendrick uses the same background sound as the track that goes "Sometimes, we hurt people that love us.." off of OD. One must listen to understand what I mean.

The second half of the album just continues to deliver real music. It begins with "The Spiteful Chant" featuring fellow TDE artist, ScHoolboy Q. Another dope track from Kendrick with deep meaning. "Chapter Ten" follows and serves as an intermission of some sort. After, "Keisha's Song" comes on, and is once again very, very deep. The hook is done by Ashtro Bot, who delivers it well. By this song, if one never heard Kenrick, they must say, "DAMN." Point blank. Just, "DAMN." The message and story is so epic. Following that is "Rigamortus" which is another dope cut on Section.80. The flow Kendrick uses on that one is ridiculous. Kush & Corinthians Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid is a superior track among the sixteen on this album. This might be one of my favorite tracks, mainly because Kendrick paints such a vivid image over a beat that cries to the listener. (Yeah, it's that deep). "Blow My High" is a track that one may think is a sequel to "H.O.C," but is just another dope track. "Ab-Soul's Outro" follows, featuring another TDE artist in Ab-Soul. Who in my opinion is just as nice as many MC's in the game right now. This track is crazy, and the beat is pretty soulful. Finally  Kendrick ends this incredible album with his blow-up track produced by J.Cole, "Hii-Power." Nothing is really needed to describe this track except the words download now lol.

 Overall, Kendrick shows the world that he isn't the ordinary deep artist. He might end up being considered one of the greatest MC's of all time. This is just the beginning for Kendrick Lamar fans, new or old. I see nothing but limelights and flashing lights for this Compton hip-hop artist. I wish Kendrick all the success and publicity he deserves, as well as continue to be one of the few music blogs to support deep music with meaning from artists like Kendrick

Overall Grade - 9.5/10
__________________________________________________________________________________ July 2nd 2011

Written& Edited By: Baz

It has been a pretty big twelve months for Curren$y. Since July 2010, He has released multiple projects,  Pilot Talk , Pilot Talk 2, Return To The Winner's Circle, Covert Coupe, and now Weekend at Burnies. Also Spitta launched a massive JetLife tour, which consisted of over forty cities. One could say that dorpping five projects is a little excesssive, yet Curren$y pulls it off, and even does it with style. Each project being just as good as the previous, and offers nothing less than dope instrumentals, great hooks, flows, lyrics, and Rhyme schemes. Weekend at Burnie's offers nothing less than that. A great album, and another reason to label Curren$y as a top MC. He stays in his lane, and maintains his image. Very rare for an MC now-a-days.

Weekend at Burnie's consists of twelve tracks on its deluxe version. All twelve offer great beat selection and impeccable lyrics. Curren$y does something different on this one however. He takes his phrases and turns them into hooks, but in a different way. For example, track 2, "Still," features a phrase Curren$y and his team always say "Jets at Ya neck," as the hook, but rather as "It's stilllll, jets at ya mothaf*ckin...." A very classic idea that I hope Curren$y sticks with for feature LP's.

The lyrics on this LP were pretty epic as well. On track 5, "You See It," Spitta says "Poolside, too high, with three b*tches, for four nights." His wordplay is ridiculous. Not too many MC's can offer those type of lines on a track. Curren$y's lyrics have always been on point, but with this album, he takes it to another level, showing his progression as a premiere hip-hop artist.

The features on this one were limited, which in turn was a good move. Different from its first predecessor in Pilot Talk 1, Weekend At Burnie's only has three tracks with features (four on the deluxe) which is a respectable decision. For some listeners too many features may be boring, but this one only had Fiend on one track, as well as Trademark, and Young Roddy on three each. Everything else is strictly Spitta. "Still" is looking like the best track with features on the album.

Lastly, Curren$y's beat selection is genius. Unlike some southern artists, who only have good beat selection and no lyrics, Curren$y offers great wordplay, rhyme schemes, and different flows throughout the entire project on every beat. Monsta Beatz gives Curren$y a great instrumental for the track "This is the Life." "Hits from the bong, cali strong.." Lines like those can really show new fans that Spitta is among the best of his lane. Another beat that must be mentioned is track 8, "On G's" with Trademark and Young Roddy. The entire LP's instrumentals are all epic though altogether.

To conclude, Curren$y offers a lot more than your average southern rapper. Lyrics, to go with great beats, with rhyme schemes, dope flows, and great wordplay. If a hater listens to the album all the way through, there is absolutely nothing negative that can be said about Spitta. That right there, is why I would say Curren$y is a top five MC this year in the game.  #AYyyyyyyyyhlllle.

Overall Grade - 9/10

__________________________________________________________________________________ May 10th, 2011

    Written& Edited By: Baz

This Album was somewhat disappointing. I was anticipating a possible debut LP similar to Slim Shady LP, and in turn, I realized that Tyler wasn't frauding. He really is a pissed off individual. I thought that Tyler was like that, but it's really no joke. The man is a pissed off person. It's not publicity, and it's not a front. This guy is somewhat crazy. If not somewhat, then all the way crazy. HE IS MAD.
     Now with all that being said, I woke up this morning, took my ass to Target, and copped what i thought would be a revolutionary album. In turn, I ended up purchasing an album that just isn't THAT great. I'm a huge fan of OF, and the movement, yet, this really isn't that good. Though Tyler kept the whole theme of the therapist from his first album BASTARD, I feel as though the predecessor is better than Goblin. Tyler really has some evil sounds, and seems as though if the earth burned down, he would arise from the ashes with a giant smile.

        The features were pretty decent..Domo's verse on "Window" was great. Hodgy Beats had some good features. Frank Ocean sings his ass off for "She." The tracks are all decent. The production as usual is impeccable. Yet, it seems as though the project is missing a few things. The dopeness of Bastard might be hard to replicate, but I thought he had it in him. This album will get love from Odd Future's real fans. He will get the buzz that his crew deserves. But, I just don't understand where the chill from Bastard went. Tracks like "Burger," "Analog," and "Window" all somewhat have the hit sounds...but it's missing something.
           For all the real Odd Future fans, that have been down with them from the jump, enjoy this album as much as possible. I guess I don't have it in me for the entire album. It is just too dark for me. The only tracks that I found myself listening to on repeat were "Burger," "Tron Cat," "Analog," of course "Yonkers," "Sandwitches," and "Nightmare." Everything else is too dark for me. Call me someone who likes chill sh*t, or call me a hypebeast hater. At the end of the day..I just like Bastard better. I wish Tyler all the success, and will always post His material, alongside the rest of OF. Real fans of Odd Future who enjoy listening to dark music, continuing supporting these young talented artists.

Overall Score: 8/10

Goblin - 7/10
Yonkers - 10/10
Radicals - 7/10
She - 8/10
Transylvania - 7/10
Nightmare - 8/10
Tron Cat - 8/10
Her - 7/10
SandWitches - 8/10
Fish - 7/10
Analog - 10/10
B*tch Suck D*ck - 5/10
Window - 7/10
AU79  (Instrumental)
Golden - 9/10
Burger - 7.5/10
Steak Sauce - 9/10

Where it all Started: Tyler The Creator - "Yonkers" (Official Video)
March 29th, 2011

Big Krit - ReturnOf4Eva (Free LP)

      Written& Edited By: Baz

ReturnOf4Eva isn't your usual FreeP. A lot of people thought that Big Krit droppin' a free LP wasn't a good move financially, but I think it was genius. This is more than a good LP, it's a fanbase creator. Anyone who is a fan of Outkast or UGK will love this album. The LP features a lot of down south sounds, mixed with the rare southern lyricism that a lot of down south MC's stopped carrying. This is a vital part of Krit's rap game, and will make anyone enjoy this artist if they appreciate real hip-hop. A few stand out tracks are "AmTrak," which can be easily be on any old Andre3k/ Big Boi album. "Time Machine," which is a timeless classic,, featuring a good verse from Chamillionaire. "Country Sh*t remix" featuring Bun B and Ludacris offers features that all will love.
     Now, I am not saying that Krit is jocking Outkast at all. I am simply saying that Krit's LP has an Outkast feel to it that is rare now-a-days. I'm sure if Pimp C were still alive, he would want to sign Big Krit after listening to this free LP.
   The track, "American Rapstar" might be the best of all the tracks, due to its timeless appeal. The whole LP is a great listen, and a definite for any hip-hop fan's iTunes music library. If Krit was my personal Homie, I would have to smoke him out for this one. He out did himself, and really showed fans what he is capable of.  Very deep, and a great LP.

Grade: A-

Reasoning: Great LP, great beats, great sound, great lyrics, pure hip-hop.


Nov.14th, 2010
J.Cole - Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights, J.Cole's latest project, truly defines the direction in which this artist is trying to reach. After a good twenty plays for each track, with no feeling of skipping a track, an individual can not say that they are listening to great music. Whether it was one of the star studded features (Drake, Wale, Kanye West, Pusha T, and More) that left you in awe of the collaboration, or if it was the lyricism and the way you related to the track, you gotta tell yourself that J.Cole's mixtape is really something special. It makes the fan really become even more anxious of a possible best rookie album of this decade. This could easily be up for mixtape of the year, along with his boy Wale's More About Nothing, and Wiz Khalifa's Kush & OJ. If you haven't downloaded yet, or have yet to listen, I suggest you do so. You will enjoy it.

Grade: A-

Reasoning: Hip-hop delivered, and a great way to compete with The Warm-up.

Aug 3rd, 2010

Big Sean- Finally Famous 3
Big Sean's newest mixtape Finally Famous 3 shows G.O.O.D Music's variety in its music. The objective is clear, spit flames. Sean gives us perspective of his life, smokin' presidential s#+@, and leavin' females behind. A near no skip mixtape proves that he can compete with the likes of mixtape heavyweights Wale, Fabolous, and Curren$y. This has been an epic year with mixtapes, and Sean shows us his extreme versitility with flows, rhyme schemes, lyrics, and punchlines. He's a punchline rapper with an image of success, and that's what makes him nice. Big Sean's cockiness is what seperates him from his fellow colleagues in the game. The mixtape offers good music, simple as that, Kanye obviously knew what he was doin' with Sean, and proved to the world that G.o.o.d Music will last. We'll just have to wait and see.

Overall Grade- B+

Honorable tracks

Meant to be
Bonus track Ft. Kanye West
Five on it Ft. Chip tha Ripper, and Curren$y
Fat Raps remix
Money and Sex ft. Bun B.
Ambiguous ft. Mike Posner


August 2010
Wale- More about Nothing Review

After much anticipation, More About Nothing is finally here. Wale Goes in, point blank. Though Attention Deficit was dope, it didn't really sell to well. This Mixtape is Wale Proving how nice he is, the tape's theme is Seinfield, which is pretty creative, and nothing you would expect from a rapper. He's nice, hes's lyrical, and he wants the world to know how nice he really is. The flows go hard, the lyrics are dope, and the samples are crazy.

Wale has some features, but he clearly outshines all. Wiz Khalifa has a pretty good role on "The Breeze," but Wale's best $#@% is when he spits by himself. All in all, Wale is nice and is only gettin' nicer. A great Listen.

Overall Grade- A-

Reasoning: Real music, samples, beats, flows, and lyrics. Hip-Hop Delivered.

Honerable Mentions

Black n' Gold

The Breeze

Eyes of the Tiger

The Soup

The Problem

The MC

August 2010
Bun B Trill O.G. Review

 The Most important thing to know when listenin' to Bun B's Trill O.G. is that you are indeed dealing with a trill og. Bun even started a trending topic called #teamtrill. He's been around for decades, but is still spittin' the same real $#*%. That bein' said, this album really adds to hip-hop. Great beats, features, and just a straight up great album. It's odd hearing 2pac and Pimp C again on new tracks, but Bun pulls it off. The Track was still tough. He has features from Gucci and Drake so its more marketable, Jeezy and Yo Gotti for the gangstas, Twista for his helicopter blades flow, and another handful of artists. The only song that doesn't seem to be Bun himself, is "Sext me." This is the only Track i feel like skipping. Then it seems as though he brought back Drizzy's track "Been a Pleasure," rippin' that track the same way he did with nearly this entire LP. Bun proves he's a big part of Hip-hop and is really reppin' Texas hard body.

Overall Grade- B+

Honerable Mentions

Let Em' KNow


Been a Pleasure ft. Drake

Just Like that ft. Jeezy

All a Dream ft. Latoya


July 2010

Back to Business: The Comeback Mixtape of Chris and Neef

The Formerly referred to Young Gunz are now back and changed their name to Chris and Neef. The mixtape Back to Business, is pretty real. A couple low key features such as: Meek Mills, Wale, and Curren$y. It offers you some of philly's finest Mc's delivering some great flows and good lyrics. They maintain their rapping about getting zooted and bad B*tch@$. Chris seemed to get away form gangsta rap and now seem to be flowing about real $#*%. Neef brings back the fact that he is still moving work, and remaining a G. In the end, its a decent comeback mixtape, and they are letting the world know that they are back. The Few Flaws are made up for with good lyrics. Decent tape.

Honerable Mentions

Dat tree ft. Curren$y

Mike jake ft. Wale

What we doin ft. Meek Mills

Overall Grade- B-

Rick Ross's Teflon Don 

Teflon Don, Rick Ross's fourth studio album, delivers its audience something different. Ross seems to get away from rapping about drugs and a gangsta lifestyle, but now rather focuses on his flyness, and having money. Hes probably always been rich, but since the $%^# with 50 popped off, he had to get away from rapping about Drug Dealin' and Killin' people. Teflon Don offers great production, excellent features, and a lot of automobile music apparently. Maybach Music III, Aston Martin Music, Live fast die young, are just the beginning for all the features on the album. Drake kills his bridge in Aston Martin Music, Kanye rips his verse, Jadakiss, T.I., Chrisette Michele, Jay-Z, John Legendd, and many more. The features make the album. Ross has great punchlines, good flows, and overall a decent album. Relevant MindSet would rank the album second of his four studio albums, Trilla being the best album. In the end, this album doesn't really add anything to hip-hop, but is a good rap album with alot of collabs and features. Great production and features is all you need to make it nowadays apparently.

Overall Grade- B-


1. I’m Not A Star (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)*****
2. Free Mason feat. Jay-Z & John Legend (Produced by The Inkredibles)****1/2
3. Tears Of Joy feat. Cee-Lo (Produced by No I.D.)****
4. Maybach Music III feat. T.I., Jadakiss & Erykah Badu (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)****
5. Live Fast, Die Young feat. Kanye West (Produced by Kanye West)****
6. Super High feat. Ne-Yo (Produced by Clark Kent & The Remedy)****
7. No. 1 feat. Trey Songz & Diddy (Produced by Danja)**
8. MC Hammer feat. Gucci Mane (Produced by Lex Luger)***
9. B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast) feat. Styles P (Produced by Lex Luger)****
10. Aston Martin Music feat. Drake & Chrisette Michele (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)*****
11. All The Money In The World feat. Raphael Saadiq (Produced by The Olympicks)***12. Audio Meth (Produced by The Runners) [iTunes Bonus Track] ****


July 2010
Curren$y - Pilot Talk I
Written& Edited By: Baz

As soon as example begins knocking, Curren$y establishes himself as a premier backpacking MC. He's the stoner's rapper, he's hot spitta, and though he has been around for a long time, his first true studio album was a legit success. The first three tracks might be the best of the whole album.Relevant Mindset places audio dope II on top of the top 5 tracks. Example, the inro, is impeccable for what it is. King kong knocks, roasted is a great song, and plenty more. Yet, for Curren$y to truly establish himself as one of the best, he mite have to get away from his weedsmoking and backpacking music. It is easy to appreciate, but as far as mainstream, he mite not be able to make it to the top, but in the end, it doesn't matter. Pilot Talk is a great album. Ski beatz produced nearly the entire album, and he even has Mos Def backing him. That goes to show you that spitta is doin somethin right.time will only tell how far this mc will be able to go, but for an avid hiphop head, pilot talk must be in your library. Point blank. Hot beats, and real lyrics. Real music is indeed delivered, and so is a great "new" artist.


1. “Example” ***** 2. “Audio Dope 2″ ***** 3. “King Kong” ***** 4. “Seat Change” (featuring Snoop Dogg) 5. “Breakfast” 6. “Roasted” (featuring Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy) ***** 7. “Skybourne” (featuring Smoke DZA & Big K.R.I.T.) 8. “The Hangover” (featuring Mikey Rocks) 9. “The Day” (featuring Mos Def & Jay Electronica) 10. “Prioritize (Beeper Bill)” (featuring Nesby Phips) 11. “Chilled Coughpee” (featuring Devin the Dude) 12. “Address” (featuring Stalley) *****13. “Life Under The Scope"

Overall Grade- B+

July 2010.

J.Cole n' Drake. Who's Realer?
Written& Edited By: Baz

J. Cole and Drake are both great artists. Nearly every track that appears online gets crazy numbers in listens and downloads. But the real question is which one of these talented artists is better? The recent subliminal disses by both have now become the focal point of discussion in the hip hop community, relevant mindset will break it down for the fans.

So first, you have their recent mixtapes. J. Cole has two public mixtapes, the most recent, The Warmup, was highly rated, and could have easily been an album. Cole offers motivation, thoughts, crazy rhyme schemes, a broad picture, being a single male, stories, and the track “Dreams” is just impeccable. This is a must download. Then, you have Drake, another talented artist, who just happens to be a decent singer as well. He might just be the fastest blow up of any artist, but with most people its either you are a big fan, or your not. There’s no in between with Drizzy. In the end, about 75% of people f&# wit Drake. The main reason, besides the fact he blew up from a Nickelodeon sponsored network show, is because of the success of his extremely popular mixtape So Far Gone. The facts that it had incredible flows, great songs, a few features, and offered you a new type of good artist is the reason that the mixtape was so great and was released for sale in stores, in fact going gold.

With so many artists getting on tracks with both of the artists, Drake might have the edge. Both have songs with Jay Z, Cole was featured on a verse and Drizzy had a hook on The Blueprint 3. Cole has songs with guys like Jay Electronica, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. Drake has songs with Eminem, Kanye, Wayne, Jeezy and Alicia Keys. Drake has the edge, but only because of his commmercial appeal. Drake is a great artist, but as a hip hop em-cee, he is no where near J. Cole.

Yet, when you compare Cole and Drizzy, you realize that the two spit about the same things, but at the same time are complete opposites of each other. Cole raps about shorties, and livin’ the life just as much as Drake does. Drake tends to spit about the life, and the Hollywood lifestyle, but Cole raps more about treatin’ girls the way they treated him, and getting rid of em’ before the night is over. In the end, Cole is more lyrical, has better flows and has better rhyme schemes. Drake, has better songs, has better features and more of a commercial appeal

In the end, Relevant MindSet says J. Cole is the better hip hop artist, but Drake is the better commercial artist. Both should be around for a long time, and we need to get used to them. Guys like Hov and Wayne wouldn’t just put their support in any artists. (maybe Wayne) But in the end, all you can do is realize the great music that both the artists produce. J. Cole gets Relevant MindSet’s vote for being the better hip hop artist. Drake will always sell more, but Cole will always be better when it comes down to traditional hip hop .
July 2010
Mixtape Review "Fashionably Late"

This Guy Donnis is kind of Unique. You expect a corny down south rapper, but then you end up gettin' a pretty sophisticated artist. The Tape Offers you some dope music, nearly all great beats and samples, and it offers you a different type of artist. I wouldn't Characterize Donnis as a pure em-cee, but rather as a rapper. He has some alright flows, he apparently is a sub par singer, but his main thing seems to be is ability to rap about parties. Ill choose him over soulja boy, or Waka, but in the end, i'm not too sure if this guy could last long in this game. I think the guy is overall a decent, unique rapper, but he needs to step it up even more if he'll really end up lasting in this rap s#!&. Point Blank. His first single, which apparently isn't on the tape, "Gone," might actually be alright as a start off. We'll have to see.

Overall Grade- C+

Honorable Mentions- "For The Kill", "Tonight", "Eat you Alive", "yup", "Vampire","make it home"

June 2010
Eminem - Recovery
Written& Edited By: Baz

Eminem’s album “Recovery” is as addictive as the drugs he has let go. The album, itself, is simply near impeccable. A near “can’t skip” tracklist is only the beginning of this phenomenal work of art. The production is amazing, the lyrics are unpredictable, and the flows are so superb that the word “superb,” just isn’t enough to describe the magnificence of his pure love for his art. Eminem’s metaphors, his vivid images he paints, are just a few of the things included in this ear-pleasing LP.

The seventeen track album, starts with “Cold Wind Blows,” “Talkin’ To Myself,” “On Fire,” “Won’t Back Down,” ”W.T.P,” “Going Through Changes,” “Not Afraid,” and “Seduction.”

“Cold Wind Blows,” describes the Eminem we have all known to love. The cynical, comedic, lyrical, Cannon…. “F**k it I'm a loose cannon, Bruce Banner's back in the booth Ya'll are sitting ducks, I'm the only goose standing I set the world on fire, piss on it, put it out “… This is just the eminem we all know. Next, is the solid track “Talkin’ To Myself.” It delivers such a powerful message that you must listen too. The track feautures Kobe, who killllllllllllls the hook. Overall it’s a solid track and Em blew off some serious ass steam.”…I went away I guess to open up some lanes But there was no one who even knew what I was going through Hatred was flowing through my veins On the verge of going insane I almost made a song dissin Lil Wayne It’s like I was jealous of him cause the attention he was getting…” The song, itself is a pure vent out track. Then, “On Fire,” delivers the lyrical assassination of a beat that Eminem is known for. He is just spittin’ to some serious production. It’s just too real. From there on, you just have to listen to really understand the meanings of the rest. “Seduction“, is incredible, and so are the other four tracks. “Won’t Back Down” features pink, and is another track that should be mentioned. Every song on the album is great though.

The next nine tracks are as follow “No love,” “Space Bound,” “Cinderella Man,” “25 To Life,” “So Bad,” “Almost Famous,” “Love The Way You Lie,” “You’re Never Over.” These songs such add to the albums incredible sound. “No Love,” features Lil’ Wayne, and “Love The Way You Lie,” features Rihanna. Those two songs are both amazing. Wayne adlibs Em, and its just a beautiful sound. Rihanna kills her hook, as usual, and Em, jus continues to provide the listener with flows, lyrics, and grabs your attention with his choruses and emotion.

Overall, Words just can’t explain this great addition to Hip Hop’s ongrowing library. I could see myself listening to the album ten years from now, not something I can say for many artists. Em proves to the world that he is a top five em-cee, and maybe even the best alive. He vents, he spits, he says what’s real, and he ddelivers what we all wanted, a virtually near perfect album. I say its worth the $9.99, and could be worth way more.

Overall Grade - A

Reasoning- An impeccable album, that delivers nearly anything a fan can ask of. Truly Beautiful music.


1. COLD WIND BLOWS ****1/2


3. ON FIRE *****


5. W.T.P. ****


7. NOT AFRAID *** 1/2

8. SEDUCTION *****


10. SPACE BOUND ****


12. 25 TO LIFE ****

13. SO BAD ****



16. YOU’RE NEVER OVER ***1/2

June 2010

Drakes Thank Me Later Review
Written& Edited By: Baz

Drake's highly anticipated Album, Thank Me Later, is being Heavily debated among the hip hop community. Is it the pure hip hop that adds definition to lifestyle? Or is it simply a guy who raps about the "wonderful" life we all want to chase until we perish? The answer is clear....both. Nearly all the tracks are about the lifestyle, but with a twist of pure hip-hop. Tracks like “The Resistance", "Show me a good time," and "Fancy" are all appealing in their own way. Kanye’s production on “show me a good time” is just too real. Fancy is oh dee catchy, and has drake doin his normal drake thing. “GO CINDERELLA,GO CINDERELLA, ORGASM BLUSH, LIPSTICK IN CONCEALOR... DEVIL IN A TIGHT DRESS GIRL U A KILLER,, AN AIN'T NOBODY REALER,” over a swiss beats effect has you goin hmm. “The Resistance” is a great track, its beginning is pretty real, but then you hear a familiar flow that reminds you of “The Calm,” or “Say Whats Real,” off so far gone. Its produced by Drakes boy 40, so you already know that sound as soon as it starts bumpin. Great song though, don’t get me wrong.

But then, there’s the sadly played out instantly smash single, "Over." If you’re a drake fan or a fan of music, u should remember how hyped you were when that $#&% first knocked. After a week though, you were switchin stations or updating your ipod. Same thing with “find your love,” but the production on there was sick too. That’s just what happens with Kanye beats.

Light up, featuring Jay-Z, is some dope music, but Jay clearly outshines the $%^& out of Drake. I can’t tell you the last time I heard Hov go in like that on a feature, ….NOT EVEN FOR WAYNE. But Drake has his head in the right place for this one. As he says, “Wait Until the sun goes, down we gon’ make this bitch light up.” Personally, I think this is the best track on the album. Then you hear my man Jeezy. “GOT MY TOP DROPPED ON THIS BEAUTIFUL NIGHT, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT TO LIVE MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE, AND RIGHT HERE ON MY HIP, IS MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE. PAIN HURTS LIKE A CUT FROM A BEAUTIFUL KNIFE“…..Hold up, what F@#$%^’ pain was this dude, Jeezy, talkin’ bout? “Unforgettable” delivers great sound, a nice little sample, but in the end has you goin’ why? Jeezy kills it, but then again has you thinking bout the type of $%^& he be on sometimes. it’s a decent track though. “Thank Me Now,” is Drake goin’ in on his own, something that is pretty rare on this album. Decent song, great production by Timbaland, but also has you goin’ “eh.”

The singing, however, is what I think might just be Drake’s strong point. The constant delivering of the notes of Ms. Alicia Keys is Tremendously key in his track “Fireworks.” They went together very well, producing a great song with a decent message. Fireworks, Karaoke, and cece's interlude are all great songs in the end. “karaoke” is a great track, and is worth your time. Mary J. Blidge even has a small role on a song, for those who really listen. Wayne and Nicki round off the Features. Overall, I believe that Drake can do it, but i just hope he lasts and doesn't end up selling out for good. He is probably going to go into acting in movies, and become commercial. We might end up seeing him chop and screw my chick bad and put it on the radio. Not coming at that by the way. In the end, Drake should go Platinum, he'll sell records and continue doin' his thing. Good rookie album with a crazy cast of fellow musicians.

Overall Grade- B

Final Explanation- It's a good album, but Drake needs to step his flows up, and hit a few more notes rather than use the same flows.

Tracks and Ratings.

1. Fireworks (feat. Alicia Keys) (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib) ****

2. Karaoke (Produced by Francis and the Lights)****

3. The Resistance (Produced by 40)***

4. Over (Produced by Boi-1da & Al-Khaaliq)**

5. Show Me A Good Time (Produced by Kanye West)****

6. Up All Night (feat. Nicki Minaj) (Produced by Boi-1da)**

7. Fancy (feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz) (Produced by Swizz Beatz)****

8. Shut It Down (feat. The Dream) (Produced by 40 & Omen)****

9. Unforgettable (feat. Young Jeezy) (Produced by 40 & Boi-1da)***1/2

10. Light Up (feat. Jay-Z) (Produced by 40 & Tone Mason)****1/2

11. Miss Me (feat. Lil Wayne) (Produced by Boi-1da & 40)****

12. Cece’s Interlude (Produced by 40)***

13. Find Your Love (Produced by Kanye West)***

14. Thank Me Now (Produced by Timbaland)***

June 2010 (First review)

THE COOL KIDS Mixtape "TackleBox"

TackleBox by the cool kids dropped around May 30th. Chuck Inglish

Mikey Rocks Went in, yet again, deliverin the synonymous symphonies and crazy flows that we are all fond of. A "freaks come out at night" sample, a reminder that they use iphones(no spoiler) lol, a few real tracks, and the constant deliverance of pure hip hop is what tacklebox offers its listeners. The track "Great outdoors" contains such an original hook that many people will feel is appealing. It's Definetly worth the download. Dat Piff should definetly have it. The track "systems" offers something different as well. Overall, I must say that jawn is real and should be in your cd player at least once while its hot in the streets.I In the end, no matter what, the Beats knock oh dee, and the Cool Kids simply have u waitin for an encore.

Overall Grade- B

Honerable mentions- *****Birthdays, ****Systems, *****Great Outdoors, ****Strawberry Girl, ****Going Campin, ****Good Afternoon

All articles Edited by: BaZ


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