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Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, Maad City

October 24th, 2012

So some readers have requested that I keep an open forum here for discussion of significant hip hop events and releases and fistfights. It seems like Kendrick is that talking point at the moment. I reviewed the album for Spin and generally think it’s very good, even if the rush to immediately declare it a classic seems mostly motivated by a combination of general fanboyism and the fact that craft oriented and cohesive major label hip hop albums are so rare in this day and age. Your thoughts?

A Brief History of Jeezy vs. Gucci

October 12th, 2012

It seems like the right time to bump this post. Originally posted on June 17th, 2009. There were a whole gang of spin off Slick Pulla/Waka jabs between then and now but I am not trying to listen to all that Slick Pulla in 2012. Read more…

Life is Aight, I Guess

July 27th, 2012

Nas f/ Mary J. Blige – “Reach Out” (Def Jam, 2012)

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Life Is Good is definitely a 21st century Nas album. It’s exactly the type of record he has been making since Stillmatic – 12% good enough, 63% whatever, 25% completely embarrassing. And yet it will still get hailed as a classic (because it’s Nas, yo) for three weeks before fans forget it and forever and go back to longing for him to make another album with DJ Premier. [1]

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Recent Adds 4/12

April 24th, 2012

Recent Adds is the now yearly series where we check terrestrial radio charts to see what independent records have been added to the playlists recently. The idea is that it will help shine some light on semi-significant or at least payola’d out songs that slip below the blogosphere. Mostly it just results in me wasting hours of my life by trying to describe what Roscoe Dash sounds like when Roscoe Dash isn’t the one sounding like Roscoe Dash. Read more…

Diamond Princess

April 9th, 2012

DJ Diamond Kuts – Live On Power 99 04/07/2012
(Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4)

In my review of the new Nicki Minaj album I made an aside about how “Stupid Hoe” producer and Philadelphia DJ Diamond Kuts does a good job of connecting the dots of urban music anxiety in her mixshows. Since I know that nobody on the internet has the patience for appointment listening, I decided to rip her Power 99 set from last night and post it illegally here on the rap blog I used to run. Read more…