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Review: Lil Wayne Longs for True Independence on ‘Free Weezy Album’

Cash Money is an army — but Baby and Slim's New Orleans venture has always been afflicted by disgruntled soldiers, going back to early-‘90s acts…
Phillip Mlynar / July 8, 2015

Revisit 10 Years of Coalmine Records on ‘Unearthed’ Compilation

On May 13, Brooklyn-based boom-bap bastion Coalmine Records will celebrate its tenth year of operation with a compilation rounding-up the label's rap output to date.
Phillip Mlynar / May 12, 2014

Hear Pharoahe Monch and Black Thought’s Knocking ‘Rapid Eye Movement’

Pharoahe Monch's fourth solo album, PTSD, has the New York-based rapper analyzing how the often unseen traumas of life affect us all. That said, the…
Phillip Mlynar / April 9, 2014

The Doppelgangaz Revel in an Off-Kilter World on ‘Peace Kehd’

The Doppelgangaz, an upstate New York rap duo consisting of EP and Matter Ov Fact, have been cultivating a cult rap fanbase since 2008's eerie…
Phillip Mlynar / February 10, 2014

The Cool Kids Talk ‘Shark Week’ and the Perils of Biters

"Man, you want to roll up a newspaper and swat those bitches before they bite you," says Mikey Rocks. The rapper and one-half of Chicago…
Phillip Mlynar / February 6, 2014

Roc Marciano Builds His Own Exquisite Crime-Rap Universe on ‘Marci Beaucoup’

Welcome to Marci World — it's a dusky rap wonderland. Since 2010's Marcberg, Long Island-raised rapper and producer Roc Marciano has traveled a steady path…
Phillip Mlynar / December 11, 2013

Childish Gambino’s Sloppy, Erratic ‘Because the Internet’ Offers Only Unintentional LOL’s

Here we have a punch line without a premise.Childish Gambino is the rap alias of the comedian and writer Donald Glover; Because the Internet follows…
Phillip Mlynar / December 10, 2013

Clan in Da Back: The Behind-the-Scenes Oral History of ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

The Wu-Tang Clan introduced themselves to the world cloaked in a shroud of mystery. Claiming the hip-hop hinterland of Staten Island as their homeland, the…
Phillip Mlynar / November 5, 2013

A$AP Ferg’s ‘Trap Lord’ Is a Dark, Uncouth Provocation That’d Make Biggie Proud

DJ Whoo Kid — the guy who held down in-house mixtape-maestro duties during the reign of 50 Cent and his G-Unit yard birds — told…
Phillip Mlynar / August 19, 2013

See Bonde Do Role’s Saucy, Sci-Fi-Inspired ‘BANG’ Video

Been wondering what peppy Brazilian trio Bonde do Role have been beavering away on lately? Muse no more as they're back with a video (with…
Phillip Mlynar / August 2, 2013

Joey Bada$$, ‘Summer Knights’ (Cinematic Music Group)

Joey Bada$$ was born to the world as an Internet explosion on February 23rd, 2012, the day his "Survival Tactics" video hit YouTube. It quickly…
Phillip Mlynar / July 3, 2013

J. Cole, ‘Born Sinner’ (Roc Nation)

Born Sinner is derailed by its penultimate track. "Let Nas Down" finds the North Carolina-raised J. Cole wallowing in his feelings after learning that his…
Phillip Mlynar / June 19, 2013

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge, ‘Twelve Reasons to Die’ (Soul Temple)

Spoiler alert: Ghostface Killah ultimately wreaks gory revenge on the Deluca organized crime family that betrays him, though his girl Logan was the one who…
Phillip Mlynar / April 16, 2013

Bilal, ‘A Love Surreal’ (eOne)

Frank Ocean resurrected R&B last year. Or reinvented it. Or just rescued it. At least, that's the way many critics saw it. But while his…
Phillip Mlynar / February 25, 2013

Pusha T, ‘Wrath of Caine’ (G.O.O.D. Music)

Pusha T begins his 2013 with a brutal blitzkrieg of impeccably wrought lines shot through with the godly confidence of the golden-era hip-hop standard that…
Phillip Mlynar / February 1, 2013

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