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Flashback Friday: Tity Boi - Codeine Cowboy

Flashback Friday: Tity Boi – Codeine Cowboy

Tity Boi was far from an unknown entity when he dropped Codeine Cowboy on February 22, 2011, but he was a long way from the level of stardom he would later reach under the more family-friendly name, 2 Chainz. As one half of Playaz Circle and a member of Ludacris‘ DTP squad, Tity Boi had been making...
Review: Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt

Review: Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt

Review written by Zane T. (@zaneomaxbaby). Freddie Gibbs is a serial killer. No, not a killer of people — a killer of tracks. Too corny? You’re not understanding. I don’t mean like, “Yo he just killed that beat — murdaaaaaa.” I mean Freddie Gibbs approaches a song like a serial killer approaches a murder. Methodically, single-mindedly,...
Freddie Gibbs - Fuckin' Up the Count (Video)

Freddie Gibbs – Fuckin’ Up the Count (Video)

The chronically under-appreciated Freddie Gibbs is back with the first single and video from his upcoming project, Shadow of a Doubt, to be released November 20th. The new song, “Fuckin’ Up the Count,” is produced by Boi-1da and Frank Dukes. The quality of the track suggests the upcoming project from the Gary, Indiana rapper will not disappoint. The video for...
A Fan's Perspective: Gearing Up For The Cubs 2015 Playoff Run

A Fan’s Perspective: Gearing Up For The Cubs 2015 Playoff Run

Sunday, the Chicago Cubs won their 97th game of the season — 8th straight — and finished in third place in the NL Central and in all of Major League Baseball. They would have won every other division in baseball by at least two games. The Cubbies struck out the most batters in the history of...
Flashback Friday: Nelly - Country Grammar

Flashback Friday: Nelly – Country Grammar

HOT S***! It was the summer of 2000, and those two words could only mean one thing: Nelly. Country Grammar. For our college readers, this was likely some of the first rap you ever heard — not counting that Limp Bizkit CD your older brother had (joking). You were probably hanging out at summer camp, screaming “HOT S***”...
Review: Dom Kennedy - Best After Bobby Two

Review: Dom Kennedy – Best After Bobby Two

Two songs into Dom Kennedy’s new mixtape, the LA Leakers-assisted Best After Bobby Two, I did something you should never do: I started reading the comments. These particular commentators stood out not for their nuanced hot takes, trolling skills, and prodigious insult vocabulary, but rather for their heterogeneity. Almost to a man (or woman), on several...
Review: Juicy J - 100% Juice

Review: Juicy J – 100% Juice

Review written by Zane T. (@zaneomaxbaby) Juicy J is your favorite uncle. He’s the one that never got married but somehow pulls chicks half his age. He’s the one who asks you if you brought any weed to the family Christmas party. He’s the rich one in the family, and nobody really knows how. He’s...
Lil' Wayne - What Ya Sayin'

Lil’ Wayne – What Ya Sayin’

Up-and-coming producer and Young Money affiliate DJ E-Feezy has released the first single off his soon-to-be-dropped project, The Wolf of South Beach. Lil’ Wayne sounds rejuvenated on this hard-hitting, fast-paced track entitled “What You Sayin.” Weezy obviously feels right at home on a beat that brings out that early 2000s vibe: “Booyah like Stu Scott, in peace I pray...
Flashback Friday: When DJ Khaled Controlled Hip-Hop

Flashback Friday: When DJ Khaled Controlled Hip-Hop

You’ve heard his voice, that much is for sure. You’ve heard his voice, and you’ve probably wondered: what exactly is his purpose? What is he there for — why is he needed? It’s possible you’ve spent precious seconds of your life scrolling through The Google in search of one of his songs without his voice clouding the record. You...
Tim Beckman Fired As Illini Football Coach

Tim Beckman Fired As Illini Football Coach

Tim Beckman was fired Friday as the University of Illinois football coach. Though the timing of the move, just a week before the Illini’s first game, is unfortunate, it’s far from a surprise as Beckman was the subject of an external review that focused on allegations that Beckman had a role in pressuring injured players to...
Nike Air Oscillate "Safari"

Nike Air Oscillate “Safari”

No, you aren’t going to see Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi face off on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows as the US Open gets set to start this weekend, but that doesn’t mean the two legendary tennis players aren’t still doing battle off the court. As usual, Sampras has come out swinging with his release...
Chinx's 'Welcome To JFK' & the Difficulty of Dissecting a 'Posthumous Debut Album'

Chinx’s ‘Welcome To JFK’ & the Difficulty of Dissecting a ‘Posthumous Debut Album’

There’s something surreal about listening to a posthumous album. Whether it’s the Notorious B.I.G.‘s Life After Death, Big L‘s The Big Picture, Pimp C‘s The Naked Soul, or any other post-death release, the posthumous album serves as a conversation beyond the grave — one last chance to hang with your favorite rapper. They serve as unplanned, but...