Preach On, Sermon: Ya Boy, 100 Bars & Failed Opportunity

Preach On, Sermon: Ya Boy, 100 Bars & Failed Opportunity

“I suggest you keep me healthy, West Coast,” Ya Boy says on the outro of his monstrous “100 Bars of Death.” It’s 2015. The song still resonates, but it begs the question: who failed to keep Ya Boy healthy? He was supposed to be outta here. The same position that, say, Ab-Soul is in should be where his popularity resides. Sadly, YB is merely a memory to many. The days of DJ Skee hosting his tapes are long gone. Even Jayceon couldn’t realize the gem he had back when Black Wall Street Journal Vol. 1 dropped. So, who failed Ya… continue reading

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Young Dolph Shows Why He’s Got Next on ‘High Class Street Music 5″

Young Dolph Shows Why He’s Got Next on ‘High Class Street Music 5″

Who is your number one draft pick in rap music right now? That one artist you’d sign if you had the opportunity (and a label)? For me, it’d be Young Dolph. What started as a rapper who impressed me with a few guest features alongside Starlito has grown into one of my favorites. High Class Street Music 4 was my true introduction. I admired Dolph’s charisma on records. He can rap exceptionally about the topics he covers, while adding in a splash of comedy. And the ad-libs?! WOOOOOO! Don’t get me started. He’s top three in the entire game with… continue reading

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Review: Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Review: Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise is in stores today. While you would be justified to ignore this album based on any other project Sean has released since signing to GOOD Music, DSP is actually worth a spin. Sean’s goofiness (and tendency to spit the same suffix until he’s gasping for air) has been the largest hurdle that his confidence and wit must overcome. Outside of a guest verse, it rarely happened. But this time it did. Sean’s made an album you can play through, front to back, without facepalming at every other line/Mike Posner appearance (thankfully there are none this… continue reading

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Video: Raz Simone Ft. Gifted Gab & Fatal Lucciauno – Same Problems

Video: Raz Simone Ft. Gifted Gab & Fatal Lucciauno – Same Problems

The past couple of weeks from Raz Simone have been pretty honest. There was “Macklemore & Chief Keef,” then “Drake & Macklemore’s Platform.” It’s clear that something triggered Raz to go into this mode where he’s addressing various racial issues in an “in your face” type of a way. Up until today, we didn’t know what was going to become of the videos, but he announced a new EP is dropping next week. On “Same Problems,” Raz links with Moor Gang’s first lady, Gifted Gab, and one of Seattle’s finest, quietest MCs in Fatal Lucciauno. The trio separate themselves from every… continue reading

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Review: Dee-1 – 3’s Up EP

Review: Dee-1 – 3’s Up EP

Be real. Be righteous. Be relevant. These are the 3 R’s that Dee-1 represents in his life and on the 3’s Up EP, which also serves as his first retail offering under RCA Records. While it’s easy to tell fans a way to live, Dee actually lives what he writes about. The 3 R’s are embodied in himself and the music he creates. So, if there was ever a time to jump into becoming a fan, this EP is definitely that moment. This moment lasts for 27 minutes that is built on cohesion. 3’s Up is not only diverse in… continue reading

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Jay 305 Ft. Joe Moses – Thuggin’ (Prod. By DJ Mustard)

Jay 305 Ft. Joe Moses – Thuggin’ (Prod. By DJ Mustard)

Jay 305 is one of those artists I want to see succeed. I’m highly anticipating his debut project, but nobody knows when it’s expected to drop. His deal with Interscope seems to be the sole reason why it didn’t drop in 2014. Instead, we’ve gotten little guest features on songs with RJ and Royce The Choice, and Chris Brown and Tyga. Both were memorable enough, but getting a new song is refreshing. “Thuggin’” is what you’d expect from something over a DJ Mustard production. Jay and Joe Moses join forces to create catchy, street music. Nothing more, nothing less. It… continue reading

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