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Breaking Out: Big Sean

A child turning down a college scholarship to pursue a career in rap sounds like most mothers' worst nightmare. Luckily for the Detroit rapper Big…
Thomas Golianopoulos / September 14, 2010

Jay Electronica: Man or Myth?

Hip-hop's greatest new MC gives his music away, tweets his baby's birth, and rhymes his name with Hanukkah. Is this guy for real? [Magazine excerpt]…
Thomas Golianopoulos / June 11, 2010

Breaking Out: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is the rare rapper without a chip on her shoulder. She's not even bitter about her time as an unsigned artist, when she…
Thomas Golianopoulos / April 2, 2010

Review: Snoop Dogg, ‘Malice N Wonderland’

These days, Snoop Dogg is as much a multiplatform brand as a rapper, so it's no surprise that his tenth solo album doesn't try to…
Thomas Golianopoulos / December 7, 2009

Clipse, ‘Til the Casket Drops’ (Columbia)

Being every rap blogger's favorite group isn't all that it's cracked up to be: Just ask Clipse, Virginia's bards of high-end coke rap. Their brilliant…
Thomas Golianopoulos / December 1, 2009

Chris Brown, ‘Graffiti’ (Jive/Zomba)

On his first album since his infamous altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown sounds genuinely remorseful. He pleads for forgiveness, understanding, and some time off.
Thomas Golianopoulos / November 25, 2009

Snoop Doggy Dogg, ‘The Lost Sessions Vol. 1′ (Death Row)

As shameless cash-in compilations go, this latest set of unreleased Snoop outtakes (from his 1992–96 tenure at Suge Knight's label) is remarkably egregious. There are…
Thomas Golianopoulos / October 13, 2009

Saigon, ‘Warning Shots 2′ (Amalgam Digital)

In 2005, Saigon was the most buzzed-about rapper since 50 Cent. But despite a supporting role on Entourage and a Just Blaze co-sign, his proper…
Thomas Golianopoulos / October 6, 2009

Breaking Out: Kid Cudi

Though not a Christian rapper, Kid Cudi found Jesus in a Virgin Megastore. "I was looking at CDs, saw the gleam of a Jesus piece…
Thomas Golianopoulos / July 18, 2009

Cage: Out of the Shadows

One morning in 2004, Chris Palko woke up in Middletown, New York's Elizabeth A. Horton Memorial Hospital, terrified that he would be committed again. Six…
Thomas Golianopoulos / July 17, 2009

Jadakiss, ‘The Last Kiss’ (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam)

This raspy East Coast vet, who's feuded with Diddy, 50 Cent, Bill O'Reilly, and Jay-Z wingman Beanie Sigel, will always be a mix-tape rapper. And…
Thomas Golianopoulos / March 23, 2009

UGK, ‘UGK 4 Life’ (Jive)

UGK 4 Life is a fitting capper to this Texas duo's storied career -- nothing groundbreaking, just funky, rough-hewn, celebratory tracks. On the best, "Purse…
Thomas Golianopoulos / March 23, 2009

Grandmaster Flash, ‘The Bridge’ (Adrenaline/Strut)

Flash's first studio album in more than two decades isn't for wallflowers."Tribute to the Breakdancer" and "Here Comes My DJ" (with the effusive DJ Kool…
Thomas Golianopoulos / February 19, 2009

EPMD, ‘We Mean Business’ (Ep Records)

EPMD are back together again, more than a decadeafter the Long Island duo'sinitial 1997 reunion. Despite some truly awful lyrics -- "Don't make me get…
Thomas Golianopoulos / December 2, 2008

Jake One, ‘White Van Music’ (Rhymesayers)

The debut album from G-Unit producer Jacob "Jake One" Dutton plays like a crowd- pleasing beat reel for future employers. Instead of showcasing a signature…
Thomas Golianopoulos / November 6, 2008

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