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Dopest Albums of 2013

posted by Oscar December 12, 2013

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Continuing with our year-end lists, the second compilation we tackled focused on our favorite albums of the year. Instead of considering all full-length releases, we’ve separated albums and mixtapes into two different categories  so this list will focus on the more traditionally-inclined records and next week we’ll be announcing our list of favorite mixtapes. Some of our favorite releases include the return of Arcade Fire and the most anticipated record of the year, Kanye’s Yeezus. Again, this consists of our Top 12 releases but it is not a ranked list.

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Review: Jay-Z-Magna Carta Holy Grail

posted by Alberto July 5, 2013

Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail Official CoverJay-Z came out of nowhere and released a brand new album that may change the way artists release their music from now on. Jay took an innovative approach and signed on with Samsung to release Magna Carta Holy Grail (MCHG) exclusively on Galaxy phones days before the rest of the world gets the album. It is 2013, so the album was online hours after it was released on the app, but it didn’t leak before it was released on the app. That hasn’t happened in Hip Hop since Jay and Yeezy’s Watch The Throne. Releasing the album through the app wasn’t the only innovative approach took in releasing his new album. He released lyrics and breakdowns of tracks before they were released too. In this day and age, we don’t get that until after the track has been released. Sometimes, we don’t get breakdowns until artists go on rap genius and breakdown their lyrics with them. This is something that I would definitely like to see become a trend in Hip Hop and music as a whole. Continue Reading