Frank Ocean “Back”

If things were up to us, Frank Ocean would have unleashed his third mixtape by now, giving us the enjoyment of having at least a couple dozen more of the same masterfully-penned, familiar sample-woven narratives on life, love, sex and drugs that made his nostalgia, Ultra full-length freebie from earlier in the year emerge as […]

Mobb Deep “Love Y’all More”

It’s only been a mere few weeks since member Prodigy‘s release from prison and he and partner Havoc, better known as Mobb Deep, have already begun putting their comeback moves in place. “Love Y’all More”, the Queens duo’s first new song in years, lands as a decent place to start. Partly dedicated to the unwavering […]

Travis Barker featuring Busta Rhymes, Twista, Yelawolf & Lil’ Jon “Let’s Go”

Credit to Travis Barker for making us temporarily care about the briefly hot late-’00’s “crunk-rock” sub-genre (and that sound’s mascot, Lil’ Jon) again. His “Let’s Go” (from new solo release, Give The Drummer Some) acts like years have not passed by since Trick Daddy & Lil’ Jon’s own “Let’s Go” dominated the airwaves, and while […]

The-Dream “Love King”

Coming off what many considered 2009’s top R&B release (Love Vs. Money), it’s hard not to be left a little underwhelmed by “Love King”, the first single and title track to The-Dream‘s next (and possibly last) album. Built atop a floaty, snap-laden midtempo groove perked with candied piano plinks and punctuating “Ey”‘s, the song is […]

Twista & Wale “BedRock” Freestyles

Drake and Nicki Minaj’s MVP mic turns and Lloyd’s candy-sweet hook on “BedRock” may provide some pleasant vocal accompaniment, but anyone with ears knows that the true star of the current Young Money smash is producer Kane Beatz. His earworm-y, Playskool keyboard tinkerings is one of those beats that every rapper alive instantly wishes they […]

Jim Jones featuring Lil’ Wayne, Noe and Twista “Swagger From Us”

In which Jones “swagger”-jacks TI (who had, in turn, “swagger”-jacked M.I.A., who had ultimately swagger-jacked The Clash) all for the sole purpose of re-polishing his tireless complaint against the swag-lite emcee, especially ones who blasphemously mix Gucci belts and Louis Vuitton scarves (Jay, how dare you!!!). But it’s Jim who clearly needs to be stopped […]