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RR’s ’09 Best Albums: #9 Rick Ross “Deeper Than Rap”

Hip-hop’s top cop wasn’t taking any prisoners last year. In the midst of controversy and severe backlash, Ross was shielded by cinematic production and clever wordplay on his third time out. He tried to bury his comp with “Valley of Death” but seemingly brought life to “Maybach Music 2”. He kicked endearing fables (“Rich Off Cocaine”), taunted foes (“Mafia Music”), and laughed in the face of danger (“Gunplay”). With the odds against him, Rick proved that good music runs deep. […]

Game Collabs With Jim Jones & Jadakiss

The man behind the hottest beat in hip-hop today snitched to the Rap-Up. Snoop’s “I Wanna Rock” producer, Scoop Deville reveals that he recorded “Gangs In New York” with Jayceon and special Big Apple-based guests, Capo and Jadakiss. It’s uncertain though if it will make the final cut for The R.E.D. Album. See, it’s still not about East or West.

Game Collabs With Jim Jones & Jadakiss

The man behind the hottest beat in hip-hop today snitched to the Rap-Up. Snoop’s “I Wanna Rock” producer, Scoop Deville reveals that he recorded “Gangs In New York” with Jayceon and special Big Apple-based guests, Capo and Jadakiss. It’s uncertain though if it will make the final cut for The R.E.D. Album. See, it’s still not about East or West.

RR’s ’09 Worst Singles: #10 Jadakiss x OJ Da Juiceman “Who’s Real”

According to Billboard, Jadakiss and OJ Da Juiceman’s “Who’s Real” peaked at number 18 on the Rap Charts and stayed there for 14 weeks. Psssh, I demand a recount! Despite becoming a local NY hit, this dud couldn’t cross state lines. These two aren’t in the same bracket and damn sure don’t belong on the same track. “Silver Hummer, on eights /Life’s good, I’m straight/ Clap your hands one time you relate…” Is that the best you got, OJ? Sorry, […]

RR’s ’09 Best Albums: #10 Mos Def “The Ecstatic”

Truth be told: I’ve never been one to listen to a Mos Def album from front to back. Still somethin’ kept bringing me back to The Ecstatic throughout the past year. And no it’s not because Diddy said it was hot. No, I think it’s because its such a unique collection of dense tunes containing true eclectic sounds. My faves: the intoxicating “Priority,” the as close to a Black Star reunion as you’re ever gonna get headnodder “History”, and the […]