‘Magna Carta’ keeps Jay-Z on top

In a recent interview with NPR, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, drummer of legendary hip-hop group The Roots, said that rap artists age in dog years. This statement rings true as many rappers seem to peak in their mid-20s, saying all that is on their mind by the second or third album.… Continued

A$AP Rocky falls flat with his debut album

At the end of 2011, before ever releasing a mixtape, A$AP Rocky signed a $3 million record deal with RCA and Polo Grounds Music. Just weeks later, on Halloween, Rocky unleashed his impressive mixtape, “Live.Love.A$AP,” and instantly became one of the next rising stars in hip-hop. After touring off of… Continued

Philly’s hip-hop summer lineup looks promising

As summer rapidly approaches, it’s time to block off some dates on the calendar for an amazing group of concerts coming through Philadelphia over the next few months. It’s only right that we start with this week’s huge announcement from Jay-Z and Mayor Michael Nutter, in which they unveiled the… Continued

2011’s best of the best in hip-hop

2011 was another great year for hip-hop. We had superstar collaborations, incredible debut and sophomore albums and exciting new artists emerging onto the scene. Take a look at my favorite albums, mixtapes and songs of the year.   Top albums: 1. Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Watch The Throne” It’s… Continued

Drake refines sound on sophomore album ‘Take Care’

On Feb. 13, 2009, Drake’s career took off. On that day, he released his critically acclaimed mixtape, “So Far Gone,” which almost won him a Grammy for the most popular song on that album, “Best I Ever Had.” Last June, he dropped his debut album, “Thank Me Later,” which sold… Continued