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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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Futuristic is someone who wants you to remember his name. Every artist wants that, but the difference is that he’s seemingly on the road every couple months. The Las Vegas native has put himself in a position that has seen him touring with the likes of Dizzy Wright and Hopsin, Mike Stud, Twista and more. […]

Review: Rittz – Next To Nothing

September 15th, 2014

The cover for Rittz’s sophomore album, Next To Nothing, is symbolic. Kneeling next to an orange, flashy (and likely expensive) car is simple, yet effective. It brings out his view that material possessions aren’t important to him. For someone who has traveled the country, meeting fans and knowing that he’s had an impact on their […]

Redefining yourself is an important aspect of having a lengthy career sometimes. In this generation, nobody has experienced a much better transition than Price and Oktane, known to most as the duo of Audio Push. They came at a time where the wave of jerking music was in abundance, but this fad faded away and, […]

The Stud Summer tour is a sign of the things to come for Mike Stud. Over 30 cities across the United States selling out (or close to) off his sophomore album, Closer, which sold an impressive 15,000 copies in it’s first week just wrapped around his fans. This landed him looks from Billboard and several […]

When it comes to breaking artists, Game’s track record is very limited. Only his core fans really knew about Black Wall Street, and it seemed like, as the years went on, there was no intention of putting the label on the forefront. This is something to worry about when he announced his new label, Blood […]

Ty Dolla $ign’s rise in hip-hop has only just begun. This year we’re slowly seeing the XXL Freshmen artist pop up on many albums and projects, including those by Trey Songz, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco and soon to be more. He’s charted high through Billboard with “Paranoid,” and followed up that success with his […]

Mac Miller has had one of the best transformations in hip-hop. Always a fan of the legends such as Wu-Tang Clan or A Tribe Called Quest, he turned himself from the fun loving, college niche rapper into a fun loving, true lyricist. There has always been a trace of this person dating back to his […]

Your Old Droog is an up and coming rapper who has a lot of musical resemblance to Nas. Knowing how the internet operates, the rumors ran rampant that this could be an alter ego but without a purpose or reason. When you listen to his self-titled EP, it’s hard to dispute those claims. It wasn’t […]

Who could forget Ditto. The 132nd Pokemon is easily identifiable with its silly putty-like shape and creepy smile. However, the appearance isn’t the most memorable thing about it. Ditto has one move and only one move: transform. If there’s a Charizard opposite it, there’s now two Charizards on the field. He takes on the form […]

Every year, XXL shakes up the music industry for a little while with their annual freshmen cover. Forget all debates about what a freshmen is, who deserves the spot or not, Freshmen 1st Class is a series between Khari, Yoh and myself to discuss the artists who made the list, what we think about them, their potential for longevity and […]

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