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
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
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 Eazy Mac days but now it’s come out full force. It must be the drugs, right?