Review: Dizzy Wright – The Growing Process

Review: Dizzy Wright – The Growing Process

Dizzy Wright is a student of the game. His mixtapes are quizzes, while his albums are tests. This outlook better explains why it’s been three years since his debut album, SmokeOut Conversations, was released. In that time frame, Dizzy never once relaxed. We’ve gotten about six projects in the forms of mixtapes and EPs that provided a strong mixture of free and paid content. The Growing Process, his sophomore album, looks to continue building on everything he’s witnessed, learned and studied since his first offering. With Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, it was centered around an entire generation as… continue reading

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Review: Boosie Badazz – Touch Down 2 Cause Hell

Review: Boosie Badazz – Touch Down 2 Cause Hell

Boosie Badazz is a hero. No hero is perfect, so Boosie’s track record isn’t clean but his contributions to the world outweigh the negatives. He gives hope to the people in the struggle, and that’s not limited to a certain demographic. On top of that, his music has entertained countless people around the world. Despite this, a couple months ago, I questioned if his career was going to continue to strive for a number of reasons. A lot of them resolved; Lack of touring and having no album out were the main ones. We have Touch Down 2 Cause Hell… continue reading

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Review: Young Jeezy – Gangsta Party

Review: Young Jeezy – Gangsta Party

What were you doing for Memorial Day weekend? Young Jeezy would answer this question by shocking the hip hop community with a surprise Gangsta Grillz mixtape. Gangsta Party is the first offering from Jeezy in what feels like ages. He’s been quietly creating with the idea of his next album in mind, but in traditional Jeezy fashion he had to make a mixtape stop. Gangsta Party lives up to its title as Jeezy takes a cue from Gucci Mane and works with everybody. He’s not breaking anybody new, but it’s refreshing to experience records with Rich Homie Quan, Young Dolph… continue reading

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Review: Fabolous – Friday Night Freestyles

Review: Fabolous – Friday Night Freestyles

The year is 2015, and Fabolous needed a resurgence. His career might never be on life support, but it’s become painfully clear that Loso is following a broken formula with his music. His mixtapes overshadow the albums like Mr. Burns blocking the sun in Springfield. It was a little sad to listen to Young OG and hear him trying too hard. Linking up with DJ Clue, Fabolous started a weekly freestyle series, deemed Friday Night Freestyles, spitting over beats from the past. Nobody was excluded from the fun: Jay-Z, Mobb Deep, Puff Daddy, Nas, etc. It’s what he needed to… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-18 to 5-24)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-18 to 5-24)

Before we get into everyone else’s work, allow me to be selfish. I wrote an excellent masterpiece about my excitement about a new Will Smith album, but also why I’m scared. Read it via DJ Booth. On to business. There is a lot of content this week. We have a piece about Funkmaster Flex’s epic drop, the indie sensation known as The Young Bucks speaking to Rolling Stone, how some of our idols are flawed and trying to forgive them, a history of The Source vs. Eminem, 15 unknown facts about the Marshall Mathers LP, and more. You’re ready now,… continue reading

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While You Slept: Fences – Lesser Oceans

While You Slept: Fences – Lesser Oceans

While You Slept is a monthly series showcasing an album, mixtape or EP where the quality of the body of work didn’t match the attention it got. In the inaugural post, I bring you Fences’ Lesser Oceans. Fences is a name that not many hip-hop fans are likely aware of. The Seattle-based indie band plays on the alternative side of things. Their only connection to our culture is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. It was “Otherside (Remix)” that first brought them to my attention, namely Christopher Mansfield, the lead vocalist. I was hooked. It brought a whole new life to the… continue reading

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