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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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Freshmen 1st Class: Vic Mensa

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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 KhariYoh 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 RashadChance The RapperTy Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan too.

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TyDollaSign

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 KhariYoh and myself to discuss the artists who made the list, what we think about them, their potential for longevity and more. Next up, we’re taking a trip to the beach and lounging with some fine dimes as we dissect the inner makings of Ty Dolla $ign.

Check out past installments with Isaiah Rashad and Chance The Rapper too.

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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 the same. Branching out to new producers and old favorites, the album boasts hard-hitting material like “Get Down,” “Legendary,” “Say Something” and many more. Another draw was the bonus disc of unreleased material from sessions during The Infamous‘ creation.

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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. First up is TDE’s Isaiah Rashad, so continue below to read our thoughts. Head over to The Tape Deck for our analysis on Chance The Rapper too.

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Grynch 3

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 hard work. Aside from all the familiar faces, The Crocodile slowly filled up with fans until it was at the point of sold out status. A feat that has taunted Grynch for years of nearing that level but always falling short by an unnoticeable amount from the crowd perspective. Overall, it was an epic night that began with the opening acts.

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Review: Future – Honest

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At last, Future’s sophomore effort is here. What a long seven hundred and thirty nine days it’s been since his debut, Pluto, dropped to a less than stellar commercial reception. Fans have suffered through the delay and subsequent cancellation of the Super Future/Fire Marshal mixtape, album pushbacks, name changes (Honest was originally and awesomely titled “Future Hendrix”), a nearly canceled appearance on Drake’s “Would You Like a Tour,” and even “Real and True,” the miserably bad promo single everyone wishes they could forget (“Bang, bitch!”). But Future’s also become a king of pop and urban radio, gotten engaged to Ciara, and has been a champion for the city of Atlanta. Honest is much more a product of the good than the bad. Read more →

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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 close to 50K) out the gate, he released one more mixtape before announcing his signing to RCA Records in 2013. More touring followed, then his Almost Home EP was released to retail. It was merely a taste of what was to come.

On January 7, 2014, Kid Ink’s My Own Lane was available. The sophomore effort, and first attempt within the major label system, was proven to be a success. He doubled his first week sales (sitting at over 110K now) and in the months following began to see his first #1 (and platinum) single for the DJ Mustard-produced, Chris Brown-featured “Show Me” on the Billboard charts.

“When you come up from the mixtape game, you probably see a record come out and last three weeks. It’s where you get your hype for three weeks, then your core fans gonna bang it for a couple months but then there’s not really as much hype or rise from there,” he told Sermon’s Domain. “With this single, it’s hit more of a peak than it has in the first 10 weeks, then on the 20th week rose higher than it’s ever been. Twenty weeks and it’s still peaking is kind of like, ‘how’s this happening?’ I was watching it go higher and higher. Once it was up in that number three, number two range I was like, ‘man, we can really hit number one.’ It makes me hungry, it makes me want to go to the studio and work.”

While on his My Own Lane tour, Ink has his mind set on the future too. There’s a satisfying feeling seeing your single get that high but it’s also bringing out the determination to do it once again. He spoke on getting back into producing for his third album and how he’s already began this by putting in his input to the records he created already.

The other two topics he talked about include if My Own Lane reached his expectations and putting fellas to shame with a story about his most expensive date that happened to be on Valentine’s Day.

Tracking “Show Me” on the charts and how it felt to hit #1 (0:30)
If he feels pressure to create another hit single (1:46)
My Own Lane reaching his own expectations (2:35)
Getting back into producing on his next album (3:32)
The most expensive date he’s ever been on (4:26)

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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 dropped three albums by now,” he tells Sermon’s Domain. “I wouldn’t change, I felt like I had to go through what I had to go and learn a lot of things about the game. Just figuring out what people want from me and how to get what I want at the same time. Putting out this mixtape helped with me working on my album, ’cause now I know, oh, people want to hear this type of shit from me.”

The mixtape he’s referring to is the fourth installment to the Progression series. When he initially began, a mixtape wasn’t in his mind. It just developed that way and produced the stand-out record “Love Rihanna.”  When he asked why he dedicated the song to RiRi, he poses the question: “Who badder than Rihanna?”

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Freddie Gibbs is a problem. One of the few versions that’s actually good and a necessity in hip-hop. The Gary, IN native has had a rough path as a deal with Young Jeezy’s CTE ended up failing (he wouldn’t be the first or last to experience that), and he’s made it pretty well known. Still, Gibbs worked his ass off. His first offering since leaving, ESGN, was pretty well received, while he teased an album with Madlib since November 2011. And two years and some change later, we have Pinata.

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Review: YG – My Krazy Life

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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 to gangbanging he’s still swapping out the “C” in “crazy” for a “K” on a major label debut, deal with a rapidly shrinking demand for his lyrical content? He hooks up with his old pal DJ Mustard to create the best West Coast album since GKMC. Read more →

   
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