Photo credit: David Conger Imagine sitting in Denny’s, enjoying your sampler meal (chicken strips and onion rings, FTW!), and then getting a text that reads, “E-40’s rockin’.” That means Jay Ant has already completed his set. The time reads 8:45pm, and already the second in command on tour is performing. A rarity in hip-hop for shows to go this early, but it’s also refreshing in the same vein. So, your sampler has to be bundled up to go and your onion rings ate in the car in order to catch part of the Bay Area legend’s set. This was me…. continue reading
Eminem and Paul Rosenberg created Shady Records in 1999, 15 years ago. Since its inception, the duo have brought us classic after classic, and helped change the industry with some of their acts. We don’t get many greatest hits albums in this generation, but that’s half of what Shady XV is. Big singles from 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf make up the project. There are a few questionable choices like some of the songs from the latter two (“Hammer Dance” and “Let’s Roll”). Aside from the history of Shady, Shady XV boasts as a compilation featuring… continue reading
To this day, Live From The Underground remains Big K.R.I.T.’s least-favorite body of work. It has a few records worthy of keeping, but a lot of it failed to connect with the fans that appreciated his free mixtapes. However, his debut album was a necessary component into the career of Krizzle. The cover art depicted his Cadillac crashing into Earth and his sophomore album, titled Cadillactica, sort of explained what LFTU meant. It was an opportunity to try and fit in with what type of hip-hop was being crafted and represented worldwide on our planet. It didn’t work out as… continue reading
What was once billed as a compilation album between The Game and his new Blood Money label quickly took a turn down the wrong street. Instead, Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf is a Game and friends album featuring a ton of rappers not contractually bound to him but will likely convince people to listen. This has been his formula for years, though. It’s worked, especially on 2012’s Jesus Piece. Game is a West Coast legend that doesn’t need guest features to carry him, yet they hoist him into the air every time. With a career full of name drops,… continue reading
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 lives, that’s always been more rewarding. Where The Life & Times Of Jonny Valiant was more focused on his frustration, fear and uncertainty about his future, Next To Nothing finds him in a comfortable spot with his career.
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