#rewindreview: Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) ‘Run The Jewels 2’ 2014

  In the third collaboration for El-P and Killer Mike the duo find themselves caught in an unexpected cultural phenomenon. With the success of the first ‘Run The Jewels’ album the critical response among new fans and a younger generation looking for more than the average top 40 radio sounds, “RTJ” become the new anti-establishment […]

#rewindreview: Jay Dee a.k.a. J-Dilla ‘Ruff Draft’ EP 2003

  During the days of Jay Dee’s life, when he was still under utilized by the music industry and the “Dilla changed my life” audience thought “Jay Dee” was a misspelling of Jermaine Dupri, the Detroit native was dropping solo music that barely saw the light of day. ‘Ruff Draft’ was an EP that was […]

#rewindreview: Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) ‘RTJ4’ 2020

  Since 2012’s ‘R.A.P. Music’ from Killer Mike, his collaboration with El-P has always been a prime example of the “odd couple” in HOP music. ‘RTJ4’ marks the fifth collaboration album the two have done and for me personally is a favorite out of their Run The Jewels series. What makes this album stand out […]

#rewindreview: Big Pooh ‘RPM’ 2018

Since Little Brother’s ‘The Listening’ from 2002, it was always a narrative that Big Pooh was the weaker M.C. out of the group and some that believed he never should have been behind a microphone. These narratives tend to shut people down while others, it only provides fuel to prove those narratives wrong. Over the […]

#rewindreview: EarthGang ‘Royalty’ EP 2018

    This was my first time giving the Atlanta G.A. duo a chance as their name had been buzzing for a few years leading up to this release. With co-signs from a few respectable veterans in HOP music as well as being apart of J. Cole’s Dreamville crew, the red carpet was laid for […]

#rewindreview: Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs ‘Roxbury 02119’ 1993

You might often wonder to yourself, who was the rapper that introduced a city to you. Some might say Common for Chicago, The Geto Boys for Houston or Too $hort for Oakland. For me the city of Boston was introduced by Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs after their smash hit ‘I Gots Ta Have It’ […]

#rewindreview: Statik Selektah ‘Round Trip’ 2023

This was an album that fell a bit under the radar in 2023. Statik Selektah’s ‘Round Trip’ is an assembly of some of the most “truskool” rappers who have earned a name for ACTUAL rapping in the last ten to twelve years. From Joey Bada$$, Rome Street, The Griselda crew, Ab-Soul and Ransom to name […]

#rewindreview: D.J. Quik & Problem ‘Rosecrans’ EP 2016

  A small tidbit that was thrown out to the people on behalf of a West Coast legend and up and coming voice. D.J. Quik and Problem put together a solid collection of tracks that drop the listener in the middle of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Rosecrans. Without making the music sound like a […]

#rewindreview: Horror City ‘Rose From The Crypt’ EP 2020

  Superstar MC of Horror City did not allow the pandemic to stop his output of music nor from allowing the “Horror City” name to die. In 2020 he linked with the “remix king” MiLKCRATE, to produce a “headnoding” release ‘Rose Form The Crypt.’ This eight song release allows Superstar MC to get loose over […]

#rewindreview: Kool G. Rap & D.J. Polo ‘Road To The Riches’ 1989

The debut album from Kool G. Rap & D.J. Polo is often forgotten when talking about the classic albums from the golden age of HOP music. Kool G. Rap has managed to stay relevant for almost 35 years among true HOP music fans and underground M.C.’s. That journey starts with the ‘Road To The Riches’ […]

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