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Review: Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Review: Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

Review written by Crystal W. (@crystalwang1017). Lana Del Rey is one of the most iconic voices in pop music today. She inspires and is inspired by nearly every genre, from indie to hip-hop. More importantly, her character and image are the most detailed and influential they’ve been in recent years. Her third album, Honeymoon, came out last week....
Kanye West's Late Registration: 10 Years Later

Kanye West’s Late Registration: 10 Years Later

To understand the greatness of Late Registration, you first have to understand where Kanye West was in 2005. College Dropout dropped a year prior. Both groundbreaking and critically acclaimed, Ye’s debut album was an incredible project in its own right, but more importantly, what it did was prepare mainstream America for Kanye West’s massive breakout. Artists with audacious attitudes have long...
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness (Album)

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness (Album)

The Weeknd, everyone’s favorite wild-haired R&B star, has finally released his highly anticipated summer album, Beauty Behind The Madness. Since the release of his series of critically acclaimed mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence) in 2011, The Weeknd has steadily gained a massive following. In 2014, he released his debut album Kissland, and his fan...
Review: Migos - Yung Rich Nation

Review: Migos – Yung Rich Nation

Review written by Crystal W. (@trap_duchess). Over the past two years, Migos has become a household name in any home that loves to party. Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset are the members, and none are over the age of 25. Their debut mixtape Yung Rich Ni***s came out in 2013, and since then, they’ve released a slew of mixtapes. On July...
Dr. Dre - Compton (Album)

Dr. Dre – Compton (Album)

The advent of new Dr. Dre has been so long awaited that it’s become somewhat of a running joke in the hip-hop community. Dre’s proposed album Detox is as far off on the horizon as the second coming of Jesus Christ himself. Alas, August 7th, 2015 marks the day of kingdom come in the form of Compton. Since...
Review: Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Review: Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

Review written by Crystal W. (@trap_duchess). Vince Staples has been the underdog his entire life. Growing up in Long Beach, California was no easy task, nary a source of expression for a young man with a lot to say. Despite a harsh upbringing (or maybe because of it), Vince has come a long way. From his first...
L'Orange & Kool Keith - The Wanderer (Video)

L’Orange & Kool Keith – The Wanderer (Video)

Underground North Carolina rapper L’Orange has just dropped a new video with dream collaboration, Kool Keith. L’Orange is known for his old-fashioned, jazz sounding beats, while Kool Keith is an old-school hip-hop legend and master of bizarre, abstract lyricism and complex internal rhyme, influencing everyone from MF Doom to Eminem. His rapping sounds incredible over unconventional beats,...
iLoveMakonnen - Rumors (Video)

iLoveMakonnen – Rumors (Video)

iLoveMakonnen dropped a new music video for his song “Rumor” off his self-titled EP, ILoveMakonnen today. The hazy heroin drip of Makonnen’s voice is paired with equally bizarre, fuzzy black and white visuals. The new video breathes some new life into an iLoveMakonnen classic. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Drake - Energy (Video)

Drake – Energy (Video)

A new video for Drake‘s song “Energy” off his mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late has been released. Drake’s face travels through multiple personalities including Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, O.J. Simpson, Barack Obama, and his hometown hero, Rob Ford. It’s the absurd and goofy Drake (that suits him best) at his finest. The video is...
Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money (Video)

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money (Video)

2015 is the Golden Age of the Bad Bitch, and we all know that no one does it better than Rihanna. Her song, “Bitch Better Have My Money” has become an anthem for bad bitches across the country, and now, she’s released a music video to match. The cinematography and artistic direction in “BBHMM” is incredible....
A$AP Rocky - Electric Body ft. ScHoolboy Q

A$AP Rocky – Electric Body ft. ScHoolboy Q

A$AP Rocky is officially on fire. Hype for his sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP is at an all time high. “Electric Body” is his new single featuring long time T.D.E. member ScHoolboy Q. A$AP Mob x T.D.E. is a collaboration known to churn out some legendary hits. A.L.L.A. singles released so far have been more trippy, less hazy....
Migos & Rich The Kid - Still On Lock (Mixtape)

Migos & Rich The Kid – Still On Lock (Mixtape)

Atlanta rap trio Migos can’t be stopped by anything — not even the law. Back in April, Migos ran into some trouble at Georgia State University. Police searched their van upon a strong scent of marijuana. All three Migos, along  with twelve members of their crew, were arrested for possession of cocaine, codeine, weed and firearms. It...