Money Makin’ Nique & Johnny Cinco – Extra EP

Money Makin’ Nique & Johnny Cinco – Extra EP

Extra, extra, read all about it! Money Makin’ Nique and Johnny Cinco are strong contenders for break-out artists coming out of Atlanta in 2015. At some point in your career, you just have to go up after plenty of accomplishments under your belt. Nique with his own independent creation of Money Makin’ Brothers, Cinco signed to future indie powerhouse QC (home to Migos, OG Maco & Rich The Kid). That’s why their Extra EP is coming at a perfect time. The six-track EP showcases their different styles — Nique hitting with a lyrical approach vs. Cinco’s RHQ-like sounds. It blends… continue reading

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Show Review: G-Eazy At the Showbox Sodo (11-24-14)

Show Review: G-Eazy At the Showbox Sodo (11-24-14)

Photo credit: David Conger Imagine sitting in Denny’s, enjoying your sampler meal (chicken strips and onion rings, FTW!), and then getting a text that reads, “E-40’s rockin’.” That means Jay Ant has already completed his set. The time reads 8:45pm, and already the second in command on tour is performing. A rarity in hip-hop for shows to go this early, but it’s also refreshing in the same vein. So, your sampler has to be bundled up to go and your onion rings ate in the car in order to catch part of the Bay Area legend’s set. This was me…. continue reading

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Video: Raz Simone – Let It Go

Video: Raz Simone – Let It Go

Raz Simone is a visionary. The type of artist that can succeed out of the North West. He strives to run things differently, and present his art in a unique fashion. When most would just up and drop a project after a single or two, Raz wants to create a feeling of anticipation for the next 10 weeks. Every Tuesday, we’ll get the next song/video from his Cognitive Dissonance 2 album. It speaks a lot about him as well to have 10 videos ready to go week after week. Last month, he started to play with this idea by releasing “Cheap… continue reading

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Review: Shady XV

Review: Shady XV

Eminem and Paul Rosenberg created Shady Records in 1999, 15 years ago. Since its inception, the duo have brought us classic after classic, and helped change the industry with some of their acts. We don’t get many greatest hits albums in this generation, but that’s half of what Shady XV is. Big singles from 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf make up the project. There are a few questionable choices like some of the songs from the latter two (“Hammer Dance” and “Let’s Roll”). Aside from the history of Shady, Shady XV boasts as a compilation featuring… continue reading

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Killer Mike’s Post-Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Speech Is Heart-Breaking

Killer Mike’s Post-Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Speech Is Heart-Breaking

Killer Mike is one of the few rappers who has stood up for his beliefs throughout his entire career. He’s been at the forefront of representing us, the people, against a system that’s not designed for our best interests. His words are always powerful and hard-hitting, whether they come off of a tweet, in a song or live in concert. Following the Grand Jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson last night, the country was in shock, full of anger and fear, and heart-broken. Before Run The Jewels started their set, Killer Mike delivered an amazing speech to the crowd… continue reading

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Kevin Gates – Perfect Imperfection

Kevin Gates – Perfect Imperfection

Following “I Don’t Get Tired,” Kevin Gates gives us the next single from his highly anticipated Luca Brasi 2. “Perfect Imperfection” is in the same vein as “John Gotti.” That’s a heavy comparison since I’d regard the latter as his best record this year. This new one could easily fall into that top five category after the project is out. Kevin Gates is just an intriguing artist. His words warrant replays to understand what he’s talking about. The tales he gives us are so vivid even if it’s not just one long story but little passages here and there. He… continue reading

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