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2016 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks of 2016 Mixtape

Considering 2016 ends in less than a week, there is not much time for a preamble or song by song analysis for this year’s top tracks of 2016. As part of my debt, I’ll offer and additional 10 songs to you, for a grand total of 70 of my favorite songs of the year. As […]

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Detroit Hip-Hop Rap

Big Sean – Blessed ft Drake & Kanye West

The fact that Big Sean announced a new 2015 album, Dark Sky Paradise, wasn’t a surprise because he was due. However, the release date of Feb. 24th raised a few eyebrows considering that was less than a month away. The Detroit product kept the surprises coming with the release of the Drake-featured “Blessed” that came […]

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2014 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #20-11

20. Jack + Eliza – Hold the Line The way Jack + Eliza’s sunny vocals intertwined to perfection on their debut single “Hold The Line”. Their method of exchanging solo lines before harmonizing together wasn’t new, but excels thanks to their charming tones. I always envisioned this song best played at a beach-side sunset. 19. […]

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Hip-Hop Rap

Drake – 0 to 100/The Catch Up

Don’t get me wrong, I love Drake‘s ability to balance hip-hop rhymes with smooth R&B flow. However, part of me really wishes he’d drop an album of tracks just like trunk rattler “0 to 100”. When it comes to bravado-filled raps with punchlines, Drake is near the top of the class and he sounds effortless […]

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Hip-Hop Rap

The Hip-Hop Catch Up: Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z, Big KRIT & more

If there is one section of music that suffered during my race to the end of the semester, it was hip-hop. As I lament with each new Nark mixtape, it has become harder and harder to regularly find new listenable hip-hop. However, there were some enjoyable jams released over the past month or so that […]

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Hip-Hop Mixtape Nark Rap

Mixtape: Nark Of Wall Street ft Isaiah Rashad, Cam’ron & A-Trak, Drake and more

Nark of Wall Street from jayelaudio on 8tracks Radio. I’m not sure what the percentage is of readers that still check for new hip-hop/rap, but there has to be at least 8 of you. When people ask me if I still listen to hip-hop, I say yes, but there is a lot of garbage I […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2013 #11-20

So many albums, so little time… #11 Local Natives-Hummingbird (Spotify) The departure of a band member can crush some acts, but Local Natives persevered with the help of The National’s Aaron Dessner. Dessner’s production helped the Cali crew in making their harmonies sound even lusher with grander instrumentation and darker tones. “Wooly Mammoth” echoed the […]