Kodak Black presents his first studio album, and boy is there a lot to talk about.
Joey Badass’ career has been largely under-the-radar until his May 2016 release of the single “Devastated” topped charts nationwide. While his debut mixtape, “1999” gave promise to the Brooklyn rapper’s eventual career, it never gained serious public notoriety and topped out at a modest 38th on Complex’s best albums of 2012. 2013 came with Badass’ […]Read more "All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$ Expectations: Will Joey’s Sophmore Album Elevate Him to a New Level?"
Prior to 2012, Drake had flirted with a set of mixtapes until ultimately releasing his first two studio albums (“Thank Me Later” and “Take Care”). The sound of early Drake was that of softer bars and melodic hooks that left him with the nickname of “Heartbreak Drake”. His “So Far Gone” mixtape largely propelled him […]Read more "When Drake’s Sound Really Changed: The Founding of the OVO Label"
With one of the biggest pump fakes the rap industry has witnessed in a minute, the roman numeral “4” recently posted on Kendrick Lamar’s Instagram alluded to his dropping of “The Heart Part 4”. While the post sent shock-waves across the industry in hopes of its allusion to his fourth studio album, the song did […]Read more "The Resurrection: King Kendrick is Back"
While hip-hop has always been a lucrative industry, it’s wealth in 2017 is at an all-time high. With artist signing extremely prosperous contracts each day, from record deals to deals with streaming services and endorsements, how they choose to allocate this wealth is something to be questioned. The early and mid-2000s in the hip-hop scene […]Read more "To Be Humble or To Stunt?: Analyzing How Rappers Use Their Weatlh"
Today is a rather somber day in hip-hop, but one that comes with celebrating the life of Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor. March 22nd, 2017 marks a year since the Queens lyricist passed away, but media outlets far and wide will look to today to promote his outstanding legacy. Along with fellow MCs Jarobi White, Ali […]Read more "An Homage to the late Phife Dawg"
While anticipation for this project dates back to his late-October release of “Fake Love”, the industry was finally blessed with Drizzy’s latest project on Saturday. Following a live stream of the album via OVO Sound Radio, critiques of the project began to pour in as listeners witnessed new, iconic beats and big-name features. Along with […]Read more "Project Reviews: More Life"