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Review: D2G-July 9th: A Cancer Story

posted by Alberto July 16, 2013

D2G July 9th A Caner StoryI was introduced to D2G when I saw him perform a few months back at Reggies Rock Club. He put on a great set and I was looking forward to hearing some of his work. I try my best to find new talent in the city online every day through submissions or other sites, but somehow D2G had just slipped past my radar. When asked to write a review for his new release, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. July 9th: A Cancer Story is kicked off with a solid intro that deals with the topics of Illumintati and most rappers sounding alike. The immediate track that follows “A Cancer Intro” is his track “I-R.A.N.” that was released prior to the release of the mixtape. It is our first introduction to D.C., who handles a bulk of the production on the new project. Continue Reading

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Review: J. Cole-Born Sinner

posted by Alberto June 9, 2013

Born Sinner CoverJ. Cole’s follow up album to his 2011 debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, will be released in about a week. There is a lot of buzz surrounding the new album after Cole pushed the album’s release to compete with Kanye’s Yeezus on June 18th. Cole made it clear that he wanted to compete with Kanye and may have also been inspired by Ye’s marketing when he hosted a listening session with fans in 9 cities at the same time. Cole’s innovative approach may have caused the album to leak, but in this day in age albums leaking before their release is almost inevitable.

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Review: Kid Cudi-Indicud

posted by Alberto April 10, 2013

Kid Cudi Indicud ArtworkI have been following Kid Cudi’s career for quite some time now and his recent announcement that he was walking away from G.O.O.D. Music was a definite shock for me. His absence on the recent G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer (“Creepers” was recorded during the Man on The Moon II sessions) should have been a sign that things were changing, I guess. I wasn’t sure how to feel about the departure, but after listening to this album, Cudder will definitely be alright with or without Kanye’s assistance. There is only one mention of G.O.O.D. Music on the entire album and that’s on “Cold Blooded” where Cudi spits “I Got A Vendetta with showing n*ggas that I’m way better, feeling way worthless, the lost black sheep of G.O.O.D. Music.” All of the G.O.O.D. music features on the album were late scratches, but there are some other dope features on Indicud that make up for them.

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Review: Kendrick Lamar-good kid, m.A.A.d city

posted by Alberto October 23, 2012

Charisma, substance, lyrics, uniqueness and work ethic are written on a poster board in Dr. Dre’s studio.  These are things he is looking for in an artist in order to work with them and it is something he has obviously seen in artists like Eminem and 50 Cent when he signed them to his Aftermath imprint. Kendrick Lamar has shown he can live up to all of these expectations, notably with the release of Section.80 last summer. The independent album was well received by critics and it was only a matter of time before he would be signed to a major label. Dr. Dre stepped up to the plate and scooped up Kendrick  along with the rest of his TDE crew and rewarded them with the major label deal they have worked for the past few years. Seven months later, Kendrick’s debut album is finally here.  Continue Reading

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Review: K’Naan-Country, God Or The Girl

posted by Alberto October 15, 2012

K’naan’s last full length studio album, Troubadour, was released in 2009 with some positive reviews.  The album’s biggest single was undoubtedly “Wavin’ Flag,” which made it onto the Top 10 charts in 19 different countries.  Coca Cola using the song as the promotional anthem for the 2010 World Cup played a huge part in that success. K’naan has since been taking part in philanthropic initiatives and touring as well.  K’naan released a new EP early this year which featured artists like Nas and Nelly Furtado.  All of the songs on the More Beautiful Than Silence EP are featured on the new album with the exception of “Coming To America.” Continue Reading

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Album Review: Frank Ocean-channel ORANGE

posted by Alberto July 15, 2012

Frank Ocean created his own buzz with the independent release of his project Nostalgia, Ultra last year in February. He caught the attention of many artists including Kanye West and Jay-Z, who had him featured on two songs on the Grammy-nominated Watch The Throne album. His name was buzzing his own project’s release but it grew even larger after the Watch The Throne album was dropped. Ocean was no longer on the shelves at Def Jam and soon began to work on his debut album. Continue Reading

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Review: Big K.R.I.T.-Live From The Underground

posted by Alberto July 3, 2012

“If you don’t know what K.R.I.T. means by now then bitch you super late” is the statement Big Krit makes on “What You Mean” from his debut album, Live From The Underground. On that Ludacris-assisted track Krit makes a very good point because he has released three full-length, critically acclaimed projects in the last three years before releasing his mainstream debut under Def Jam.  He has been very consistent and is arguably the king of the underground at the moment. There was some speculation on what Krit would come up with for his debut album and fear that he would attempt to go mainstream with his sound. Much of that speculation was put to rest once the title of the album was released. Continue Reading

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Review: MMG-Self Made Vol. 2

posted by Alberto June 26, 2012

Maybach Music Group has just released their new compilation album Self Made Vol. 2, the follow-up project to the compilation released back in May 2011.  Things are a bit different over at MMG, for one, the roster has changed since the last project’s release.  Both Meek Mill and Wale have taken huge steps in their careers with Meek having two big hits in”Ima Boss” and “Tupac Back,” while Wale’s second studio album Ambition debuted at Continue Reading

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Album Review: The Smashing Pumpkins- Oceania

posted by Oscar June 19, 2012

The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

It can be said that The Smashing Pumpkins may not be who they used to be, but after listening to their latest album that line mostly applies to their physical lineup rather than their sound. Their latest album, Oceania, is a very welcomed blast from the past with a batch of new songs that take us back to the band’s most prolific time. The new album is said to be a continuation of the band’s ongoing 44-song concept album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, was produced by bandleader Billy Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud. Continue Reading