Emcee, Issues

Album Review: Mac Miller – Watching Movies with the Sound Off

In the Hip-Hop game, first impressions are tremendous, especially for rookies. This goes for the indie rap game in particular. Building credibility through respected media outlets is important, as is label loyalty. Not to mention, if your name is thrown into that conversation of “rappers to watch out for,” you’re golden. Right? Wrong. At least […]

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Emcee, Media

Quasimoto – Yessir, Whatever

What were you doing 12, 13 years ago? Back then, Madlib was making music. Those days, the enigmatic Oxnard-native was busy releasing an experimental Hip-Hop classic known as The Unseen. Through this album, Madlib slowly but surely introduced the Hip-Hop world to his animated alter ago, Quasimoto, with another full-length album following in 2005. Yet, […]

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Emcee, Issues

Hip-Hop Dedications to Dads

Being the compulsive list-maker I am, I had to jump on the opportunity to compile a list of tunes proper for Father’s Day, but this proved to be a daunting task. Let’s face it, guys. In the arena of Hip-Hop tribute songs, moms have the edge over dads by a huge margin. But that doesn’t […]

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Emcee, Issues

Jam On It: Jonwayne – “Notes to Myself”

Fundamentals. They’re necessary in all aspects of life; from work, to sports, to relationships, to, of course, music. Lately I’ve been going back to the basics, and craving some fundamental solid flows and sweet beats. As we all know, cravings don’t go away, which is why I was pleased to find this new track from […]

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Emcee, Issues

Mos Def & Preservation: The REcstatic

There are a few Hip-Hop dudes I’ve been seriously waiting for a proper LP from for quite awhile: Deltron, Madvillain, and of course, Black Star. Event II is supposed to come out later this year, Madvillainy 2’s release is still up in the air, and I haven’t heard much on the end of Black Star […]

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The Indie Alternative: Summer New Releases

Summer new releases can be strategic in the hip hop world. Festivals, summer jams, and lots of bored kids on vacation can all easily serve to augment the fan base of any rapper or hip hop super-group. Not to mention, summertime barbeque-ready beats will inevitably be in heavy rotation (right now, the immediate song that […]

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Events, Issues

Endless Summer: Make Music Pasadena

People often complain that California doesn’t really have seasons, but it’s not hard to recognize an LA summer when it hits: ample pool parties and backyard barbeques, graduations, e-mails from The Do-Over, and clothing that become considerably more scant are all pretty solid indicators. You may hear a lot of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lil’ Rob, […]

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Issues, Media

Jam On it: Ryan Hemsworth’s Still Awake EP

Some of America’s most talked-about people come from Canada: Ryan Gosling, Steve Nash, Justin Bieber…  The list goes on and on, but for serious music fans, one particular Halifax native has been creating buzz with his heavily rotated remixes of artists like Rhye, Frank Ocean, and Lana Del Rey. That man is, you guessed it, […]

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Issues, Media

The Indie Alternative: Letherette

Anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock is most likely aware that Daft Punk’s latest proper album, Random Access Memories , comes out next week. Genius marketing techniques, and an infectious collabo with Pharrell Williams have led many to believe this album could be record-breaking. The highly anticipated album officially drops on Tuesday, but […]

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