Michael Christmas Ft. Sir Michael Rocks – Bootleg Designer (Prod. By Goodwin)

Michael Christmas Ft. Sir Michael Rocks – Bootleg Designer (Prod. By Goodwin)

From the swap meet to Canal Street, Michael Christmas and Sir Michael Rocks express their feelings toward spending all their hard earned money on the latest in fashion. Hint: he doesn’t like to do it. “Bootleg Designer” is another great chapter in the likable career of Mickey. The bouncy Goodwin production is excellent for both artists, especially sounding like something the colorful Sir Michael Rocks would be using. Their chemistry off this one song is pretty strong. Both artists have this fun balance in their music. You can pick up a project from either and be entertained off the cool… continue reading

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Freddie Gibbs – Sellin’ Dope (Prod. By Mike Dean)

Freddie Gibbs – Sellin’ Dope (Prod. By Mike Dean)

When it came out last year, Freddie Gibbs was featured on Grand Theft Auto V twice. One song and a feature. For any Rap fan, cruising around to Gangsta Gibbs and shooting stuff up has to be a strong highlight. Why wouldn’t Rockstar want to do this more? The next-gen version of the game adds an astonishing 162 songs to the mix. One might assume that Gibbs is going to run out of records related to the dope game. Quite the contrary. His rhymes are sharp, always evolving and never sounding like the last song. Sure, concepts like “Sellin’ Dope”… continue reading

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Thelonious Martin Ft. Curren$y & Domo Genesis – Atlantis

Thelonious Martin Ft. Curren$y & Domo Genesis – Atlantis

Thelonious Martin is a name you should be familiar with. The young Chicago producer is killing things with some of your favorite rappers. Chance The Rapper, Action Bronson, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul and more have enlisted his services since he started out. As impressive as his resume is, his pride and joy is his own debut album, Wunderkid. It’s a mix of instrumentals and completed records like “Atlantis.” WARNING! Once you click play, you’ll be hooked. This beat is absolutely ridiculous. After that draws you in, Curren$y and Domo Genesis make it their goal to keep you coming back. Replay value… continue reading

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Lupe Fiasco Ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Deliver

Lupe Fiasco Ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Deliver

It’s clear as day that Lupe Fiasco really appreciates the talent of Ty Dolla $ign. In this year alone, “Deliver” marks their third collaboration, and the second that’ll likely be on his next album (unless “Next To It” gets cut). Even though the involvement from Ty$ is minimal on this one, it does give him a little more push. Out of all the singles for his upcoming album, Lu displays his most creative side on “Deliver.” As he always does, Lupe preaches the gospel about the hood but putting together the pizza man’s addition for a slightly different touch. “Deliver”… continue reading

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Producer A-Villa’s First Album Is Full of Great Hip-Hop Collaborations

Producer A-Villa’s First Album Is Full of Great Hip-Hop Collaborations

Often times in hip-hop, collaborations come together strictly for the sake of show. The opportunity to work with whoever regardless of chemistry. However, some still respect the art of constructing collaborations. While DJ Khaled chases the stars, Chicago producer A-Villa went a more raw, underground way. It’s also worth noting that A-Villa created this album from scratch, including learning how to produce, while being a vice president at a bank and raising a newborn. His first, and supposedly last, LP, Carry On Tradition, is a playground full of lyricists and dream combos.Who thought to put Lil Fame, Cormega and Killer Mike… continue reading

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Freshmen 1st Class: Vic Mensa

Freshmen 1st Class: Vic Mensa

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 more. Today, we venture into Chicago for the second, but certainly not the last, time in this series to talk about Vic Mensa. Check out past installments with Isaiah Rashad, Chance The Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan too.

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