Don’t Sleep on Stalley – New Wave Review

Assuming a “strong silent” persona in the rap game is, on its face, akin to career suicide. Donning a guise of durable resilience in the face of adversity is key to surviving hip-hop’s trenches (see: Meek Mill), but such characterization is increasingly difficult to pull off amidst the bravado ingrained in hip-hop culture. Toss in the caveat of rappers becoming more mild-mannered in their (relative) … Continue reading Don’t Sleep on Stalley – New Wave Review

Watch: “The Chairman’s Intent” off Action Bronson’s Blue Chips 7000

With the production and pizazz of an 70s VHS (and all the static too), Flushing, Queens rapper/TV Personality/Chef Action Bronson released “The Chairman’s Intent,” a single from his upcoming project Blue Chips 7000. Keeping with his fondness for eccentricity and overproduced visuals, “The Chairman’s Intent” sees Bronson star in his own Kung Fu themed film, rife with death-defying action sequences and thrilling hand-to-hand combat. The … Continue reading Watch: “The Chairman’s Intent” off Action Bronson’s Blue Chips 7000

Memories of 47th Street – Vic Mensa’s Hyde Park Haunt

“Memories on 47th Street haunt us,” is one of countless hometown oriented bars Vic Mensa raps on his debut studio album, The Autobiography. Streamed early through NPR ahead of its July 28, 2017 official release, The Autobiography is Vic Mensa’s most mature work to date, quite literally emphasizing its namesake with anecdotal references to his parents, deceased brother and family members, and of course, the … Continue reading Memories of 47th Street – Vic Mensa’s Hyde Park Haunt

Tyler, The Creator Is Still A Walking Paradox – Flower Boy Review

Tyler, The Creator has consistently proven to be a hip-hop blogger’s inspiration. Controversial, youthful and enigmatic all come to mind as apt descriptors of the one-time Odd Future front man and make for leads to countless clickbaity stories. With the release of his fourth full length project, Flower Boy, Tyler is tossing these preconceptions aside all while paradoxically keeping them as relevant as ever. The … Continue reading Tyler, The Creator Is Still A Walking Paradox – Flower Boy Review

Rudy Gay Cleared to Play, Looks Ahead to 17-18 Season

Newly signed Spurs forward Rudy Gay was cleared to play this week following a left Achilles injury suffered on January 18 as a member of the Sacramento Kings. The 11-year man out of Connecticut will turn 31 before heading into the 2017-18 season, though age and injury are the last things on his mind. In an interview with ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, Gay said, “Looking … Continue reading Rudy Gay Cleared to Play, Looks Ahead to 17-18 Season

Cousin Stizz – One Night Only Review

Bostonian Rapper Cousin Stizz dropped his third mixtape, One Night Only on Wednesday July 12, 2017. Bucking the usual, Thursday night release, Stizzy returns with a 13 track outing with a handful of features from Offset, Buddy, G-Eazy and his Boston neighbor Big Leano. Across his first two projects, Suffolk County and Monda, Cousin Stizz seemed to have found his comfortably lazy flow, one that … Continue reading Cousin Stizz – One Night Only Review

The Orlando Magic are Failing Free Agency

In December 2016, Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins was in contention for making the boldest claim of any player, coach or management member of the season. During an interview with the Orlando Sentinel Martins said, “I certainly believe by 2030 we will have won at least one championship. And I say ‘at least.’ I firmly believe we’re going to get there and once you get … Continue reading The Orlando Magic are Failing Free Agency

Raptors and Pacers agree to swap Cory Joseph for CJ Miles in a sign-and-trade

The Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors agreed to a sign-and-trade on July 9, 2017, one that would swap Raptors’ Cory Joseph for the Pacers’ CJ Miles, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The trade includes Miles taking a 3-year, $25 million contract with the Raptors in a backup combo-guard role. With Miles, Raptors President Masai Ujiri is adding a reliable shooter to his lineups, which … Continue reading Raptors and Pacers agree to swap Cory Joseph for CJ Miles in a sign-and-trade

Issa Album – 21 Savage Review

By the power of simple addition (7+7+17-10=21), rapper 21 Savage dropped his debut studio album Issa Album, on July 7, 2017. The Atlanta native follows up his 2016 Savage Mode joint tape with Metro Boomin with a set of 14 tracks, half of which rekindle the 21-Metro union. 21 also enlists production help from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, Wheezy, Southside and Pi’erre Bourne in addition to … Continue reading Issa Album – 21 Savage Review

The Death of Deluxe Edition Albums

Less than a week after the rap industry stopped to give thanks to Jay-Z for emptying his closet à la Eminem on his newest album, 4:44, the rapper turned mogul has gone platinum once again. The release, wholly produced by long-time Hov collaborator No I.D., as well as one locked down by a Tidal-Sprint partnership (though the code ‘Sprint’ on the 4:44 Tidal site grants … Continue reading The Death of Deluxe Edition Albums