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Apr. 21, 2017
Kung Fu Kenny unleashes hell on new album, ‘Damn’
“So I was taking a walk the other day …”
Feb. 19, 2016
Swift takes top Grammy honors
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards was hosted by LL Cool J for the fifth year in a row on Feb. 15. There was a large array of performers, from country superstars like Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt to pop artists like Justin Bieber, and even entertainment for the “oldies” lovers with acts from The Eagles and Hollywood Vampires. Despite the amusing productions, the actual lack of award giving in the midst of all the performances was highly noticeable. 75 winners received awards before the show even began, and there were only eight awards presented during the show.
Jul. 12, 2013
‘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. Once the audience knows the forte of a rap artist, it is very difficult for those artists to keep their subject matter similar while still remaining compelling. Kendrick Lamar is on top of his game at age 26, but there’s a chance he could lose considerable steam by age 30.
Apr. 19, 2013
Kid Cudi returns from solo hiatus with very adventurous ‘Indicud’
It’s been two and a half years since Kid Cudi released a solo album. During that time, he released an experimental album with producer Dot Da Genius under the group name WZRD and more recently disaffiliated with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, where he had been signed since 2008. The news surprised the majority of the industry because West was instrumental in Cudi’s growth and commercial success over the years. However, the departure seems to have been on good terms, and now Cudi is back in the spotlight with his third studio album, “Indicud.” After a premature leak on the Internet, Cudi decided to push the release of his album up a week, so the album ended up hitting stores and iTunes April 16.
Jan. 18, 2013
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 that mixtape again to hype up his first studio release, Rocky continued his growth as his popularity continued to increase.
Dec. 7, 2012
Hip hop bids adieu to its hits and misses of the year
Meek Mill pumped up the atmosphere this summer with his hit mixtape “Dreamchasers 2.” Other successful tracks of the year include “Daughters” by Nas and “Clique” by Big Sean featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West.Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year again when I tell you what albums, mixtapes and songs you should have rocked with in 2012. I fill you in on what upset me the most this past year and what to look forward to if the Mayans were wrong and 2013 actually happens. Here is my recap of hip-hop in 2012.
Oct. 26, 2012
Kendrick Lamar hits home with ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’
The word “classic” in hip-hop is one that cannot be used lightly. “Classic” albums withstand the test of time and are still highly regarded 10, 20 or even 30 years later. While there have been many incredible albums over the illustrious history of hip-hop, few debut albums have ever been able to accomplish what Kendrick Lamar has with “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”
May. 18, 2012
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 Budweiser Made in America festival, which Jay-Z will headline with support from 28 other artists to be named May 21. The festival will take place Sept. 1 and 2 across three stages on the Ben Franklin Parkway, with tickets going on sale May 23 through Live Nation. This marks the first major festival the City of Philadelphia has ever had, and it will bring 50,000 people to the steps of the Art Museum this Labor Day weekend.
May. 11, 2012
Meek Mill sets high standards for debut after ‘Dreamchasers 2’
To kick off 2011, Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill signed a joint record deal with Warner Bros. and Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. Since then he has been featured on the label’s collaborative album, “Self Made,” and has released two installments of the “Dreamchasers” mixtapes. With his debut album, “Dreams and Nightmares,” coming Aug. 28, Meek Mill had one last chance to give the fans a taste of what they can expect to hear this summer. He released “Dreamchasers 2” May 7, and it received over 2 million downloads in the first 24 hours it was available on datpiff.com. After a lot of hype generated around the project, Meek Mill lived up to the expectations and delivered his best mixtape to this point in 2012.
Dec. 2, 2011