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Prince Fatty vs. Mungo’s Hi Fi – Prince Fatty vs. Mungo’s Hi Fi

April 7th, 2014
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A Perfect Mix

Reggae and Dub group Mungo’s Hi Fi and British sound and record producer Prince Fatty square off on Prince Fatty Vs Mungo’s Hi Fi. Ten songs, half mixed by Prince Fatty while the other half mixed by Mungo’s Hi Fi, provide an exquisite collection of reggae and dub tracks to keep your head bobbing throughout. There’s nothing new or unorthodox here but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Prince Fatty and Mungo’s Hi Fi brings the sound the people want, the sound the people expect. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews ,

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Piñata

March 27th, 2014
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Leave This Piñata Hanging

Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs takes the reigns over these Madlib-created beats on their latest collaboration, Piñata. This album is the culmination of an endeavor that began back in 2011. Three EPs later, the duo is releasing their first full-length, 17 tracks of unique beats and gritty rhymes. Piñata also features a few guest spots by renowned artist such as Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon and even gangster rap legend Scarface. For some reason, though the math doesn’t add up; instead of a great hip hop album, all this just equates to a repetitive, jumbled mess. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews ,

Pharrell Williams – G I R L

March 14th, 2014
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Happy G I R L

Some artists cringe when their music is described as “pop.” The genre has become a place were once bold artists hide to play it safe. For some, though, “pop” is not only appropriate, but a compliment. From Michael Jackson to Madonna there are numerous musicians who live in this niche and thrive there. On Pharrell Williams’ latest album, G I R L, he not only proves he can create some of the most danceable beats speakers have had the privilege of playing, he also proves that he has the ability to craft brilliant pop gems. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Bike for Three! – So Much Forever

February 16th, 2014
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The Best Thing That Originated From Myspace

Bike for Three! consists of Canadian rapper Buck65 and Belgium producer Joëlle Lê (who records under the guise Greetings From Tuskan). On their second album together, So Much Forever, these two show that their first album wasn’t a fluke. Buck 65 is renowned as an indie hip hop artist and Lê has created her own niche in the EDM scene, but together they have fused their passions into one. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Aer – Aer

January 26th, 2014
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A Breath of Fresh Aer

The Boston duo Aer are a culmination of their influences. Equal parts reggae, hip hop and alternative rock, these two have created a sound that is both fresh but yet still manages to emit feelings of familiarity. On their self-titled sophomore album, Aer show that they have not just grown artistically, but lyrically as well. These 12 tracks read like a diary passage written during a high school summer love: at first you hang on every word but eventually you come to the realization that nothing this good can go on forever. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

7 Days of Funk – 7 Days of Funk

December 15th, 2013
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Another Side of Snoop Dogg

Twenty years ago we were introduced to a young G by the name of Snoop Doggy Dogg. His smoothed out, sing-song vocals instantly set him apart from other rappers during the gangster rap era in hip hop. As years passed and Snoop grew, we have seen several different sides of the Dogg; Actor, avid pot smoker, father and even a reggae album. Now Snoop has partnered up with Dam Funk to release 7 Days of Funk as Snoopzilla (the duo records as 7 Days of Funk). This venture brings both some new and familiar to the listener. 7 Days of Funk allows Snoop to be a bit more experimental while also bringing us back to the g-funk sound of his debut album. Read more…

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O.B. – Celestial Offerings

December 4th, 2013
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Offerings Sure to Please the Gods

O.B.’s Celestial Offerings is similar to a virgin that pagans would sacrifice to their gods: it’s pure, unsullied and raw. Too many artists in the music industry today hide behind gimmicks, offstage antics or controversy rather than building a career based on pure talent and skill. It’s a shame that a quick Google search on O.B. hardly pulls up any information, because this is an artist that definitely deserves more recognition. If hiding in the shadows is what it takes to hone one’s craft though, O.B.’s Celestial Offering is a testament to that philosophy. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Tech N9ne – Therapy

November 26th, 2013
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Not Therapeutic

Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne has been a part of the hip hop scene for over 20 years. He has released over 13 full length LPs and on his latest EP Therapy, Tech delves into uncharted territory: metal. In the past, many artists have switched styles. Some were successful like Bob Dylan trading his acoustic guitar for an electric six string in 1965. Others though have failed at the attempt such as KISS going disco. Unfortunately Therapy falls in the latter category. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Louis Logic – Look on the Blight Side

November 20th, 2013
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Tell Your Friends

Louis Logic grew up in an age when hip hop was still in its infancy, and now on his seventh album Look on the Blight Side, Logic has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Through both solo ventures and group collaborations, Logic has found his voice and own unique style that sets him apart from his contemporaries.
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By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Hellfyre Club – Dorner vs. Tookie Mixtape

November 15th, 2013
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Dorner-ing all for the Tookie

Dorner vs. Tookie showcases the many unique artists that Hellfyre Club records has on its payroll. Some such as Open Mike Eagle and the company founder Nocando might not be the most famous of names, but as you dig deeper into the company’s manifesto you will see that they are the home of the one and only Busdriver. Dorner vs Tookie is a candy sampler box: you might have to look at the top to differentiate and navigate between the flavors but once you sink your teeth in, new favorites are bound to emerge. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews