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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The SD Staff’s Favorite Albums of 2014

The SD Staff’s Favorite Albums of 2014

Over here at SD we wanted to wait to publish our top ten albums lists in case anyone needed room for a late addition of The Pinkprint (they didn’t). Anyway, the lists represent our writers’ eclectic tastes, along with our collective genius/stupidity. Here are the lists. Sermon: 10. Kevin Gates – Luca Brasi 2 This is how 2015 is looking: “if a bad bitch with a thick ass, whip dick out while she talking.” We have to be bold, and it’s all thanks to Kevin Gates. In all seriousness, Luca Brasi 2 had some big shoes to fill. The first… continue reading

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Review: Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

Review: Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

And so it came to pass that we would round out what turned out to be a very strange 2014 with Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint. Her sophomore effort, Roman Reloaded, earned her many detractors. Nicki needed a W this time around, and pretty much got one. The Pinkprint is her best album yet, and even whens Nicki missteps, her rapping highlights are enough reason to stick around. To say that she’s the best female rapper would be true, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t put her up there with the best currently doing it. She’s still not as consistent… continue reading

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Review: Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire

Review: Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire

Somehow, Hood Billionaire is Rick Ross’ second album of 2014. It’s a puzzling project, with no apparent commercial ambition and an unassuming amount of fan service. Even with help from Jay-Z and Metro Boomin, it’s Rozay’s most underwhelming release in years. It’s a signal that the MMG boss might be past the point of racking up sales on a major, which could actually be very advantageous. Billionaire is not so subtly pandering to his “mixtape” fan base, and that’s where he’ll cement his legacy. This is unmistakably a Rick Ross album. Pounding bass, rapid hi-hats, hooks that are just Ross… continue reading

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Review: Young Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography

Review: Young Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography

At a glance, Seen It All: The Autobiography doesn’t have a lot going for it. It’s album number five after a hit-and-miss number three and mostly rotten four, and Jeezy isn’t exactly known for switching up his shtick. SIA was met with longer-than-usual delays, it has a cheesy title and subtitle, and the Illuminati-influenced cover is about three years too late to be topical. Even with Boosie, the guest list could be not less surprising. But in spite of itself, Seen It All is a massive success that isn’t just a win for one of rap’s mainstays: it also stands… continue reading

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Review: RiFF RAFF – Neon Icon

Review: RiFF RAFF – Neon Icon

It’s unlikely that Neon Icon will ever receive its due. The icon himself, RiFF RAFF, aka Jody Highroller, never has. His reputation as a white trash EDM Super Saiyan who stops partying just long enough to make joke raps is off putting to both die hard rap fans who dismiss him as a clown and casual listeners worried they may not be in on the joke. But while his enigmatic eccentricities will prevent Riff Raff from getting the credit he deserves as a skilled rapper and a great maker of pop songs, Neon Icon is one of the best rap… continue reading

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