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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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Seattle songstress Dice celebrated her Reflections In Broken Glass album release party at Barboza on December 20. The relaxing lounge-style venue filled up with fans and local names, including Nacho Picasso, Jake One, Jarv Dee, DJ Hyphen, The Good Sin and others. They were all here for her, and surely would not leave disappointed.

The opening acts were surprisingly all great to watch. Camila Recchio played the piano and sang beautifully. Gift Uh Gab is a female lyricist coming out of the Moor Gang. Xperience, who just got off tour with Macklemore, proved to be another example of a good rapper and a good singer, and some stuff was highly experimental and different. Now it was time to meet the woman of the hour.

Debuting her new band, The HighRollers, Dice was very nervous. A couple early stumbles (and admitting them) couldn’t stop her from eventually shining through the whole performance. Performing mostly material off Reflections…, it was fun watching her talk in between songs as it added more personality to the woman behind the songs. A couple stand out moments were when she explained her vicious verse on “Coat Tails” and the story of the producer behind “Slow Down” not letting her use it two days before mastering. Vitamin D to the rescue, though.

In terms of the music, Dice’s voice is heavenly. The transition from studio to performing doesn’t always work well in every singer, but it only strengthened herrecords. The little noticeable additions and pitch ranges distinguishable from the album’s made all the difference. While she’s been around for a couple years, it was this night that really introduced us to the potential star that is Dice.

Observation: Kendra in her red dress.

Observation 2: Vitamin D’s set consisted of a lot of abstract choices ranging from Junior Reid to Amy Winehouse. This was better than just throwing on “what’s hot,” I might add.

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