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06.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Allow me to join the chorus of bloggers largely calling out Jay-Z for his pandering new single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)." It's discouraging that Jay-Z would hone in on a lightning rod as tired as Auto-Tune; does this mean we can expect The Blueprint 3 to contain an Octo-Mom diss track? What about an admonishment of tabloid culture? Or an indictment of reality television? So is Jay-Z...
05.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
�It seems only fitting that I dedicate my annual Memorial Day Mix entirely to Baltimore club music, since Baltimore's house-derived strain of rap music has been on the cusp of national notoriety for months now. If you're not familiar with Baltimore club, consider this a quick primer. The selections lean toward the obvious, with infamous old cuts like "Hands Up, Thumbs Down" (from the late, lionize...
04.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It was only a half a decade ago that keeping up with the latest Milwaukee mixtapes would have required regular trips to the Milwaukee Mall or Teutonia Ave, but these days most any mix worth hearing ends up online for free—and, to be sure, the city's recording plenty of mixes worth hearing these days. The last several weeks alone have seen the release of at least three great mixtapes: Streetz a...
03.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
�Kid Cudi is a no show,� a stagehand announced at exactly 1 a.m., the scheduled start time for Kid Cudi�s set. Within moments the houselights brightened and the crowd realized he wasn�t joking. Disillusioned and grumbling, they made a mass exodus toward the exit. The first revelers had just left when none other but Kid Cudi walked in through the venue�s front door in brisk stride, waving the crowd back toward the stage. It was like a scene from a movie; the rapper�s fashionably late entrance couldn�t have been better timed. �Sorry I�m late,� Cudi apologized as he hopped over a bar and onto the stage, his DJ racing to set up his equipment. �I had a Peter Parker Spider Man 2 moment. You know how Spider Man didn�t want to be Spider Man no more? I was feeling that way.� It was an odd explanation for being four minutes tardy if there ever was one. It�s going to be a long, miserable life for the laid-back rapper if he�s already questioning a career in music

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03.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The thrill of the Internet's all-you-can-eat buffet of mixtapes wears off soon after discovery, when most mixes quickly begin to bleed together into one big, undistinguished ball, but the latest 2 Hungry Bros mix, My Crew's All Thinner, stands out-it's one of the handful of mixes that attempts something genuinely different. That it makes such an impression is remarkable given the dearth of big-nam...
02.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
There's a great moment on Joe Budden's new album�actually, there are a lot of great moments on Joe Budden's new album, this one just struck me as particularly novel�where on the penultimate track Budden prays for understanding. You don't need to be a Ja Rule completist to know how these songs usually play out: The troubled rapper confesses and is granted implicit salvation, playing out the classic...
01.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Pollstar and the group's own tour information may report otherwise, but Yo Majesty will not be performing at the Turner Hall Ballroom next Tuesday. I'm guessing I'm not breaking a lot of hearts with that announcement. Though the hip-hop duo has received a lot of easy press for their personal backgrounds (they're Christian lesbians), most of it ignores how their music is actually pretty...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008

Saves the World, One Rap Song At a Time

Gambit is summarizing the namesake for his 12member rap group, the Marvel Comics crossover epic House of M. “Basically, there’s this character, the Scarlet Witch, who can change realities and probabilities,” he explains. “She has this big mental breakdown, and she ends up changing the whole Marvel world. It’s up to all the superheroes in the Marvel universe to band together and get the world back to normal. As his X-Men-derived alias suggests, Gambit has a passion for comics in general, but this particular story line has special relevance for him. “It symbolizes our group,” he says.
11.14.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
After a day's delay, DJ Drama finally posted the latest Lil Wayne mixtape, Dedication 3, on his Web site this afternoon. It's streaming for free now, and will also be available for download once some (significant) technical errors are worked out. (2dopeboyz has also posted a link to download, but that too requires some patience.) Dedication 3 is a 23-track beast, well worth the wait, ...

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