Fiend – Life Behind The Limo Glass

The fall of the No Limit Records is often attributed to the rise of Cash Money which seems like an easy conclusion- young lions beat old ones. The problem with this theory is that rap isn’t anything like boxing. There is never a revolution in Hip Hop. No, No Limit fell because their music beganContinue reading “Fiend – Life Behind The Limo Glass”

Fabolous- The S.O.U.L Tape

Fabolous has always been two rappers, really. A snarling, battle rapper lacking the ability to say “No” to marketing execs, his discography has ended up as a schizophrenic collection of Street Rap put downs, and syrupy songs “for the ladies”. The romantic side of Fab has always been a matter of contention to Hip HopContinue reading “Fabolous- The S.O.U.L Tape”

Juicy J & Lex Lugar- Rubba Band Business Vol 2.

On paper, Juicy J working with Lex Lugar doesn’t really come as a surprise.  In Lugar’s minimal, sometimes eerie, always bass heavy beats, it’s easy to hear Juicy J’s influence. The cheap lumbering monsters that Juicy J & DJ Paul created in their heyday were less aggressive and slower, but that same sense of intenseContinue reading “Juicy J & Lex Lugar- Rubba Band Business Vol 2.”

Pusha T- Fear of God

The Clipse have focused on drug metaphors the way focus on celebrity mishaps. It’s what made them: each track functioned as a one-two punch. Pusha T would startle everyone with unexpectedly callous rhymes so focused on the hustle that he had stripped the humanity from them, before Malice came in to color in aContinue reading “Pusha T- Fear of God”

Curren$y & Alchemist- Covert Coup

Every track on Curren$y’s new mixtape Covert Coup starts with short tight samples looped into deep, dark, sneaky music. It’s the same kind of beat that Alchemist has thrown behind hard as nails rappers like Mobb Deep for years. This time, though, it’s not Prodigy’s anti-flow of pain and fearlessness that barks over the backdrop;Continue reading “Curren$y & Alchemist- Covert Coup”

Waka Flocka Flame- Benjamin Flocka

Waka Flocka Flame is the quintessential Goon Rapper.  An incompetent lyricist with a simple flow, Flame is an unflappable hook machine with a decent ear for beats. In 2010, he found himself on many 2010 year end lists with Flockaveli, an intended mixtape – turned – album, that proved that once again many Hip hopContinue reading “Waka Flocka Flame- Benjamin Flocka”

Big K.R.I.T- Return 2 4eva

DJ’s try to bolster their reputation by building stables of emcees that they helped discover. This does two things, it increases their reputation by putting an important artist on and, it ensures that when they put together a compilation album they have enough people to throw on massive posse tracks with air horn…a lot ofContinue reading “Big K.R.I.T- Return 2 4eva”