Freshmen 1st Class: Raury

Freshmen 1st Class: Raury

Later than usual, XXL Freshmen ’15 issue has arrived. Last year, three writers teamed up to provide insight into the choices of each freshmen. Those three were Sermon, Yoh, and Khari. A lot has changed in a year. Some of last year’s freshmen aren’t relevant anymore, while a new batch is accepted into the light. For the first choice, Atlanta’s Raury. Sermon: When Kanye West is extending his co-sign in-directly through a photo and story that said artist was in the studio with him, why wouldn’t you give them a chance? ‘Ye doesn’t have a flawless history of co-signing artists,… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (6-1 to 6-7)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (6-1 to 6-7)

This week, it’s time to get educated. Learn what an industry plant is, why Kanye’s 2015 has been nothing short of confusion, how Kevin Owens evolved from an indie star to a future WWE superstar, the oral histories of Summer Jam and Lyricist Lounge, and much more. Scroll on for the good stuff. Who Invited Kevin Owens? The Unexpected Feel Good Story of 2015: Kevin Owens’ journey to WWE was lengthy, but now that he’s here, he’s here to stay. Kazeem looks at his opportunity and how he was able to seize it to capture the attention of the E’s… continue reading

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Preach On, Sermon: Career Struggling & The Depression That Comes With It

Preach On, Sermon: Career Struggling & The Depression That Comes With It

The scariest part about my life is being super conscious as I sink further into the quicksands of depression. It’s realizing that I’m not any closer to success than this time last year. Only difference is I had the mask of school to hide this. The real world is cold and unforgiving. Despite 70,000 jobs in my city alone, nothing fits into my vision. And if you’ve paid attention over the years, creating this vision alone hasn’t exactly worked in my favor. I work a job where I actually feel like suicide might be a better option. I’m not respected… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-25 to 5-31)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-25 to 5-31)

Being a day late is still rewarding. Meek Mill talks to The FADER, Drake’s upcoming album has become a make or break moment, why Black Widow would be best for Netflix, and the introduction of two podcasts from Rob Markman and It’s The Real. Of course, that’s not all. Lots to read and listen to this week. Now that we got this out of the way, scroll down and click on some quality reads! 5 Reasons Why A ‘Black Widow’ Netflix Series Would Be Better Than A Movie: It’s not hard to see why this idea would work before you… continue reading

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Too Late? The Aspect Of Timing in Hip-Hop

Too Late? The Aspect Of Timing in Hip-Hop

Mastering the art of timing in hip-hop isn’t a skill that every artist possesses. Timing isn’t existent in a lane of its own. Occupying the road is an assortment of obstacles trying to throw you off your A game. Things like life, label troubles, and even yourself can hold you back. It’s unfortunate to not witness artists utilize the timing thrown at them. As fans, we’re practically yelling at our screens, tweeting like mad men, when we see an artist we enjoy being presented the chance of a lifetime. Sadly, much like telling someone not to go in there during… continue reading

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Review: Dizzy Wright – The Growing Process

Review: Dizzy Wright – The Growing Process

Dizzy Wright is a student of the game. His mixtapes are quizzes, while his albums are tests. This outlook better explains why it’s been three years since his debut album, SmokeOut Conversations, was released. In that time frame, Dizzy never once relaxed. We’ve gotten about six projects in the forms of mixtapes and EPs that provided a strong mixture of free and paid content. The Growing Process, his sophomore album, looks to continue building on everything he’s witnessed, learned and studied since his first offering. With Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, it was centered around an entire generation as… continue reading

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