Hip-Hop Rap

Free Mixtapes: Lupe Fiasco & B.o.B.

Holy end of the year mixtape rush! Two emcees that had very good 2010/2011’s, Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B., recently dropped free collections for the masses. Lupe utilizes a plethora of indie/electronic samples and some John Coltrane to drop knowledge in the same futuristic vein as recent album LASERS. Just when I was over Bassnectar’s remix […]

Hip-Hop Mixtape Nark Rap

New Mixtape: The Narks Are Alright

This edition of the Nark series should have a little bit of everything for those that have been following these mixtapes. Veterans like Kanye, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne and Game show up on tracks true to form. Current names in hip-hop like Wiz Khalifa, J Cole and B.o.B. prove why they are in heavy rotation. […]

Chicago Hip-Hop Rap

Traveling JayeL Hats/Lupe Fiasco – Show Must Go On

Crazy. Jen caught Grace Potter (and Band of Horses) this past week. Somehow she managed to get Ms. Potter to don a JayeL hat (jk). Go read all of her Motor City musings at Detroit Happens. Elsewhere, Lupe Fiasco dropped a single from the long-awaited, never-dropping album, Lasers. Sounds like a sure-fire hit to me. […]

Hip-Hop Mixtape

Lupe Fiasco: Enemy of the State Mixtape

I’m not ready to say it tops Lil’ Wayne’s recently released No Ceilings mixtape, but Lupe Fiasco‘s Enemy of the State is pretty good. Its hard to believe its been 2 years since Lupe’s stellar sophomore outing, The Cool, but we really haven’t heard much from him since then (“Everybody N.O.S.E.” remix verse was pretty […]

JayeL Audio Mixtape

New Mixtape: JayeL Audio 6-25-09

I’d like to put these out faster than 1 month at a time, but that seems to be my average right now.  Not for a lack of good music either.  This selection has more Gossip (“Men  In Love” an amazing album, btw ), more Camera Obscura (“The Sweetest Thing”) and more brit pop via Little […]

Hip-Hop Nark Rap

New Mixtape: Nark Streets

A little something for the Holiday break.  I’ll have actual 2008 best of lists when its most appropriate, in 2009. Mixtape Observations: A. Common + Kanye > Common + Pharrell B. The only artists who should use Auto-Tune – T-Pain, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye C. Lupe Fiasco has more unreleased gems than most rappers have hits […]

Concert Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 2008: Day 2

DAY 2 After an amazing, but exhausting Day 1 at Lollapalooza 2008, I was looking forward to Day 2’s less cluttered lineup. Jenny, Andrea, and I were able to make it to Lolla-land midway through Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos’ set around 12:30. We heard the only song we knew (“Skeleton Key”) and […]