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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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Archive for the ‘Editorial’ category

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Nobody liked Ralph Wiggum. He sat there with hope that somebody, anybody would acknowledge him. He just wanted a Valentine’s card. His name box hung off the desk collecting, not cards, but, dust and heartache. Yeah, Lisa ends up feeling sorry for him, giving him a “Choo Choo Choose You” train card and has to […]

Five years ago today, Drake’s So Far Gone made its way onto the internet after numerous leaks and promises from 40 that it’s coming. Anticipation was at an all-time high for a mixtape that would change the future Young Money star’s life in so many ways. It’s easy to deem it a classic. Drake has […]

Noah Caine tweeted: “What’s more pressure? Trying to out do your last Grammy winning album? Or making your next album be the one that wins the Grammy you lost?” This comes after Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won the lengthy back and forth discussions online against Kendrick Lamar (none of the other nominees were talked about […]

Pat: 2013 has been over for like, a week! Over here at SD we were too busy reveling in the great year we’d been having to post anything during the holidays. Now we’re back and it’s January, so our lives are as shitty as ever. For our 2013 wrap up– which ends up being a […]

Talib Kweli shares his experience of the rap world in ‘Gravitas’ When rap first took hold in the music industry and the popular imagination in the early 1980’s, it served as a means for socially conscious young men to express their frustrations with a world they felt lacked justice for people like them. It may […]

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