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SD Exclusive: Mobb Deep on Unreleased Songs, Favorites Off New Album, The Future & More

In April, Mobb Deep released what will likely end up one of the best slept-on albums of the year. The Infamous Mobb Deep commemorates their 20th anniversary and marks their first album since 2006. A whole lot has changed in the rap world, but Prodigy and Havoc's chemistry has stayed ...

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SD Exclusive: Kid Ink on Most Expensive Date He's Had & Diving Back Into Producing For Next Album

Kid Ink's career has been a slow burner. Since he made his first steps into the industry, he has built up his name over the course of three mixtapes, various records and a lot of videos before releasing his independent debut album, Up & Away, in June 2012. Touring followed. ...

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SD Exclusive: Kirko Bangz Explains Bigger Than Me Album Title & Creating Love Rihanna

It's been three years since "Drank In My Cup" and Kirko Bangz is finally ready to release his debut album, Bigger Than Me, this June. Many might think he missed his window to capitalize off the success of his earlier singles, but Kirko feels otherwise. "A lot of niggas would've ...

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Access 206: J. Pinder Interview

At some point in an artist's career, he can feel like he only do so much in his city. For J. Pinder, that happened and he ended up moving down to Los Angeles in 2012. A move that might have been criticized a little bit, but has turned out to ...

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Review: Rick Ross - Mastermind

Mastermind, previously slated for release on December 17th, 2013, is in stores this week. It’s Rick Ross’s sixth studio album, and his second in a row to miss a winter release—despite statements over the years by Ross and the MMG twitter account that the Untouchable Maybach Empire does not do ...

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Review: Dice – Reflections In Broken Glass

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When it comes to singing, there isn’t one person in Seattle who has taken over the market. There is plenty of rappers and singers, but lacking in terms of who’s cornering it. This is where Dice comes in to shine. For the last few years, she’s been working on her sound with little projects here and there. However, nothing as major as Reflections In Broken Glass. This is the end result of perfecting your craft and applying it to your album.

Reflections In Broken Glass is the epitome of a multi-faceted and eclectic life that Dice has lived thus far. Her heart is projected into these records whether they be about love (or heartbreak) or just celebrating life. This is what the title represents; broken glass pieces are all the different areas of her life and when looked into them they make up Dice.

As mentioned, part of RIBG is her life. On “Limit,” Dice takes away from singing to calmly rap about reaching her breaking point in life about damn near anything. The Good Sin makes a memorable guest appearance, but it’s Dice’s realism embedded in the third verse that paints a vivid picture. Then there’s the intriguing concept of the Vitamin D-produced “Flat Tire.” Comparing expired oil and “headlights out in the night” to that of a terrible boyfriend who needs to be changed like a flat tire is great. One of the best lines: “My mechanic knows my ins and outs/ but if his hands are on another engine I’ll find out.”

Aside from the personal feel, the album possess’ some fun elements. “Celebration” is your standard party-type record that doesn’t do anything besides make you feel good. The mellow Rich & Thad-produced “Dollars & Sense” is a decent play-on words, a tepid record at best and motivation for the hustler in all of us to an extent. Motivation also plays more of a universal role in “Best Is Yet To Come” and the early morning wake-up call “Evolution.” The latter asks a question of why do we talk about issues a lot but take no action to change them?

The bottom line is that Dice’s Reflections In Broken Glass is an extraordinary album. There’s only one reason why the skip button would be used and that comes with favoritism to certain songs, not skipping because of a weak song. With different ranges and sounds, this project brings a great level of cohesiveness to a scene that is slowly on the rise.

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