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Written by | June 5, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

am not quite sure why the gay community is so up in arms over it. In hip hop it is usually used to suggest weakness, like “pussy” which, I guess, who cares really. It is a million miles from saying, “you weak, you can’t take a bullet up the nostril you faggot” and saying “hey faggot, Imma kill you for having a boyfriend”.

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Written by | May 6, 2013 0:06 | No Comments

Weezy sure ain’t putting up any of his talent and while the promise of the biggest star in Hip Hop might have you guessing, I think even Jay-Z won’t be enough, maybe Jay-Z and Kweezy but there ain’t no Drake and there ain’t no Rick Ross in Hut 97’s future now is there?

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Written by | April 28, 2013 0:10 | No Comments

There’s a cool caginess about Fabolous, he doesn’t let you see him sweat and his performance has an edge of implied arrogance just because the effort seems so minimal. His connection to the band and to the audience is devoid of anything approaching a big gesture

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Written by | April 2, 2013 0:06 | No Comments

The latest in a line that goes back at least to Marvin Gaye and maybe more like Chuck Berry and Louis Armstrong, black boys damaged by the USa and breeding in into eccentric far reaching art.

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Written by | March 19, 2013 0:06 | No Comments

They haze little crossover appeal, while absolutely having the essence of the genre down to an art form their g men rhymin’ and rhythm the real deal but it is narrower in scope, he doesn’t break white. Certainly, Pusha “never could take the intimicacy” T seems to not quite know how to deal with his skills while Fab is happy with his

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Written by | January 22, 2013 0:06 | No Comments

I can’t imagine any one else, Jay-Z folks?, coming close to this political statement and artistic mayhem. It doesn’t matter how good or bad it was, and a half hour Lupe rap sounds like hell on earth to me, just the sheer thrill of open political dissent in the closet area of an Inaugural is thrilling.

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Written by | December 26, 2012 0:06 | No Comments

West was important rock and roll, a sound that made sense in 2012 and broke through the morass of nostalgia and into the 21st century with an inspired take on his career. All bass and rapping, without an ounce of respect for the hallowed halls or the needs of the performers around him, or an audience of millions upon millions

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Written by | December 18, 2012 0:04 | No Comments

From the 50s to the 90s he drove a power funk rhythm right through Jim Crow to Black Power and out the end and released some of the greatest dance music of all time. “Please Please Please”, “Sex Machine”, “Cold Sweat”, he ran roughshod over some of the greatest musicians of all time, and planted himself at the center of American pop to this day. Hip Hop owes Brown everything.

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Written by | December 4, 2012 0:03 | No Comments

“I love God… But at the same time, I love going to strip clubs. Sometimes I smoke marijuana. And I still love drinking alcohol and chilling. I don’t want to be judged for that…”

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Written by | October 19, 2012 0:11 | No Comments

One thing is for sure, Jigga was in great voice. Nerves might have made him less eloquent, but it didn’t effect his ability to rap, and through 8 career spanning tracks, he flips and spits with eloquence and precision

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Written by | August 31, 2012 0:14 | No Comments

Sexism isn’t dead, men beat and kill wives and daughters and mothers, girlfriends. We kill each other as well, of course, but there is a terrible bullying brutality in our actions towards women. And Odd Future can get away with art for arts sake rapping, even if it’s stupid, but not this. This sucks and I am thoroughly ashamed of them.

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Written by | August 29, 2012 0:12 | No Comments

When was the last time you heard of Freddie Gibb, let alone Public Enemy? PE’s latest album, though a masterpiece of sorts that improves with listening, was roundly ignored in a baffling act of cultural ignorance. Modern hip hop is a mess where people are so desperate they rave about Rick Ross. It is a machine, but some of the parts are faulty.

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Written by | July 28, 2012 0:10 | No Comments

Vocally, Frank is great, his range is really wide and his top end glorious, the songs are either great or not great and too much of it drags, but on stage that is much less a problem. The introspect eccentric rock star image is friendlier on stage, and he gave a good performance

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Written by | July 24, 2012 0:07 | No Comments

Nobody has the flow Biggie had, nobody has Biggie’s voice (Rick Ross? Don’t make me laugh), nobody could tell a story, use humor, on his very next (and final) album, he would reinvent the sample, and by the suicide that ends this album, Biggie put a stake in the heart of rap and rebuilt it in his own image. Nobody else has come close. Particularly the humor.

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Written by | March 19, 2012 0:06 | No Comments

The thought of Smalls children having great lives pleases me no end. It is like the end of Wuthering Heights, where the two children become closer despite Heathcliff’s efforts.

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Written by | March 12, 2012 0:05 | No Comments

Not many people drop Kanye West. Maybe nobody. But Kid Cudi, as deeply weird a rocker as an Axl or an Elvis, or a Kanye himself for that matter. His dad died of cancer when Cudi was 11 years old and his dark, nighmarish sound appears to be a constant reflection of that definining moment.

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Written by | December 24, 2011 0:09 | No Comments

I can only imagine the chaos over there, with all the fans probably defending him. It was even reported that officers used bean-bag guns on the crowd, and helicopters arrived on the scene to contain the riot. And I know how fast the LAPD can go overboard.

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Written by | December 11, 2011 0:04 | No Comments

Mr Cent certainly appears prison yard buff- what type of regime he will mentor should be interesting, but bet theres no trip to the “Candy Shop”

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Written by | November 13, 2011 0:08 | No Comments

Some of the most articulate quotes come from rappers on a roll. Of course, once translated into written word they appear like game boards from Wheel of Fortune. I’d like to buy a vowel. Fat Joe is ok with f—s and n—–s and stuff…

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