Review: NXT Takeover REvolution

Review: NXT Takeover REvolution

When people say less is more, they mean it. NXT fits into that saying as the best brand under the WWE umbrella. Once a week, we get an hour programming on the Network, and four PPVs a year (that are two hours each). NXT is like DONDA in the fact that it takes a simple approach to everything. Storylines aren’t complex, and they’re simple to maximize the wrestling with some of the finest talents. December 11 marked their final PPV of the year with Takeover REvolution. It was hyped up in just the right way. Every match on the card… continue reading

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Album Review: J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Album Review: J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

A wise man once said, “Cole under pressure, what that make? Diamonds.” This man was Jermaine Cole, and the year was 2011 prior to his debut album. Since that moment, it seems like Cole is constantly living that phrase. He is living in the shadow of his older work in hopes that the North Carolina native can up the ante with his next projects. Instead of opting for the traditional route of releasing an album, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive follows a unique pattern that’s not ground-breaking but seldom seen in hip-hop. November 17 was the day that J…. continue reading

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Album Review: Prhyme

Album Review: Prhyme

It’s funny how collaborations in hip-hop come together. For Prhyme, Royce Da 5’9” and DJ Premier, it was concocted after a failed attempt to create a Slaughterhouse album entirely done by the legendary producer. Seeing as Royce hasn’t released an album since 2011, but has maintained a constant public image online and through SH, this idea was perfect to build hype. Not only for hype, Royce over Premier beats is a win. Throughout his career, we’ve seen the Detroit vet utilize Preemo’s talents enough to know that a whole album wouldn’t be a problem. Prhyme is a statement that the… 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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Show Review: G-Eazy At the Showbox Sodo (11-24-14)

Show Review: G-Eazy At the Showbox Sodo (11-24-14)

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

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Review: Shady XV

Review: Shady XV

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

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