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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 ‘West Coast’ category

Redefining yourself is an important aspect of having a lengthy career sometimes. In this generation, nobody has experienced a much better transition than Price and Oktane, known to most as the duo of Audio Push. They came at a time where the wave of jerking music was in abundance, but this fad faded away and, […]

When it comes to breaking artists, Game’s track record is very limited. Only his core fans really knew about Black Wall Street, and it seemed like, as the years went on, there was no intention of putting the label on the forefront. This is something to worry about when he announced his new label, Blood […]

Ty Dolla $ign’s rise in hip-hop has only just begun. This year we’re slowly seeing the XXL Freshmen artist pop up on many albums and projects, including those by Trey Songz, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco and soon to be more. He’s charted high through Billboard with “Paranoid,” and followed up that success with his […]

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 […]

Seattle hip-hop is a very supportive market. It’s evident when everybody from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to Wizdom, Sol to The Physics come to support one of their own, and, on May 2, this time it was for Grynch. His fourth album, Street Lights, dropped on April 29, so tonight was a celebration of that […]

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. After selling 20K (total is […]

Review: YG – My Krazy Life

March 19th, 2014

The spot for gangster rappers is getting smaller and smaller. This is especially true of MCs from the west coast and particularly Compton, the cradle of gangster rap. Look at the stars the West is churning out these days: Odd Future weirdos and decidedly non-gangster Kendrick Lamar. So how does YG, a guy so dedicated […]

G-Eazy seems energetic and excited. He’s been on tour for about two weeks with sold-out shows in every city on his These Things Happen tour, named after his upcoming debut album. When I arrive, his manager informs me that G just got back the mastered version of his album, so a listening session between the […]

Lyor Cohen’s 300 label has been successful thus far. Raz Simone, being the first to partner with him, has been everywhere on your favorite blogs and even featured on Forbes. Even with all that, most of the moves the Black Umbrella team have made have been on their own. That’s what you call using your […]

Is it love? Many names come to mind when asked about the Seattle scene, but to save some time Dave B, Sol and Jake One decided to join forces for “Boathouse.” This incredibly smooth track has the makings of a great single. The hook (“tryna get my paper and my shit on lock”) is infectious […]

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