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August 30th, 2011
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Rock the Bells is a pretty big deal for me and each year I like to write down some thoughts on my experience at the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 25th, 2009
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reets of Flint, MI where the block is always hot comes a much needed breath of fresh air in the form of an exceptional mixtape Intro To My Intro put together by Headline Entertainment producer, B. Corder and hosted by DJ Substance. Keeping the new movement of Flint music going, Intro embodies the essence of hip-hop as opposed to the heavy street life influence The Dayton Family, Top Authority, and late M.C Breed mastered in the early 1990s.

In this well-rounded effort, Corder manages to pull together the city’s most elite talents to go toe-to-toe with his mellow, finely-orchestrated beats. Comprised of artists all hailing from Flint, MI, Intro provides an air of alliance as each artist adds their own piece of creativity to the mixtape’s melting pot.

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July 13th, 2009
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La Coka Nostra

I have a beef with the title of this mix-tape. Why people always need to take something positive and hood it up, in a awkward attempt to be clever or controversial? I don't know, don't care and don't like it.

Ok the rants over, let's get to the music. The mixtape jumps off with a pleasant surprise. Everlast goes in from the start on "Kill The Emperor", with a fiercely hard political and social tirade against the powers that be. He doesn't miss a beat. Speaking of beats, it was a bit busy on the hook, but overall it's a solid track, and exactly how you should kick off a mixtape in my opinion. Drop jaws, and make me want to rewind. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 9th, 2009
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Mos Def - The Ecstatic
Mos Def's The Ecstatic is full of potential but falls flat far more often than it goes in. In all honesty, at first listen, I thought it was complete garbage but that's no way to critique a song let alone an album.  Days and dozens of plays later I've come to the conclusion that it does indeed get better but never become good enough.

"Supermagic", the first track of the record has to set the tone. Yet in hip-hop often your samples set tones, and the militant feel had me excited to hear what exactly Mos Def was going to bring to the table.  Although I found the actual song to be a bit airy, this track much like his entire album requires a clear mind, more than one listen and an appreciation for music in general, not just hip-hop.  In hindsight what "Supermagic" did was set the tone.  Expect medium paced rhymes on a rock/hip-hop hybrid style beats, with some trippy samples thrown in the mix.

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November 20th, 2008
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Play House

First off I wanna say I'm not late with this.  I was on this mixtape the day it dropped while I was in Fort Riley Kansas.  Lloyd Banks straight MURDERED this disc.  I'm bringing it back becase coming off that Stat Quo interview last week it got me thinkin about the last real hard core shit I'd heard.  He mentioned Scarface, that Slaughterhouse joint, and some exclusive Eminem joints only a few ears have heard, but I kept coming back to Halloween Havoc by Blue Heffner.

Listen / Download Lloyd Banks - Halloween Havoc.

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March 13th, 2008
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Theres no doubting the status of Young Buck on this one, he is all over this mixtape. Download the latest from 50 Cent and G-Unit free and legal from:

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September 27th, 2007

No seriously though, VH1 is doin it real big for Hip-Hop all month long in October.  Maybe it'll be good to educate all these Young'n's.    And if you haven't already, PLEASE vote for for "Best Underground Hip Hop Site" @ VH1's Hip Hop Honors site... 

Full press release for the October line up after the jump.

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March 23rd, 2007

a9fc6d00_c211_4745_9dd2_6506ba1ecd50_1.jpg Buck The World is Young Buck's long-awaited follow-up to 2004's Straight Outta Cashville. Up front, I gotta say it's nice to hear music from the G-Unit camp that ain't geared towards the masses, and still manages to deliver tight material. The first thing that jumped out at me when I looked over the album credits was the lack of G-Unit participation on this project. Buck's first LP featured 6 G-Unit collaborations, this time around only 50 Cent is featured, and only twice. This time Buck worked with mostly southern MC's, and a variety of vocalists ranging from Lyfe Jennings to Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. The project features production from Dr. Dre, Jazze Pha, JR Rotem, and Danja just to name a few. For the most part the beats are solid throughout, with several stand out tracks and only a couple duds.

Lyrically, Buck doesn't show any drastic improvement, but Buck is what he is, a straight to the point tough-guy, whose bars are packed more with raw emotion than complex word-play, but his formula works.  On this project, Buck is at his best when he's keeping it street, tracks like "Push Em Back", and "Clean Up Man" showcases Buck's lyrical strong points. Tough talk aside, Buck also manages to get deep and personal on cuts like "Buck The World", and "Slow Ya Roll".  This album also features a couple of monster collaborations, "I Ain't Fuckin Wit Ya" features Snoop Dogg and Trick Daddy, and the down south anthem "4 Kingz" includes hot 16's from T.I.,  Young Jeezy, and a throwback hook from Pimp C. All in all this album delivers a much needed shot in the arm for G-Unit, and re-establishes Buck as one of the more respected MC's out of the South.

Rating: 4 outta 5

[tags]Young Buck, Buck The World, G-Unit, 50 Cent, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Trick Daddy, Young Jeezy, Pimp C [/tags]

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