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’11 Best R&B Albums: #5 Marsha Ambrosius Late Nights & Early Mornings

After disbanding Floetry and leaving Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, Marsha took matters into her own hands. She appeared on a string of hip-hop cuts and finally released her debut. Hell hath no fury like a Songstress scorned, which makes a song like, “I Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)” so entertaining. She submits to vulnerability (“You Hands”) and handles splitsville like a true champ (“The Break Up Song”). She revamped MJ’s “Butterflies” while Just Blaze’s fairy dust-coated […]

’11 Best Mixtapes: #5 Pusha T Fear Of God

Praise the Lord. One half of the Thornton Brothers has ventured off to focus on his own career. While Malice was gettin’ closer to the man above, Pusha Ton officially got down with G.O.O.D. Music and dropped a mixtape of his charming coke raps. Mixing his hood tales with the glamorous life, Pusha gave fans our first taste with the glorious “My God”. Like in the Clipse days, Pusha got in tune with the Neptunes sound on “Raid” with 50 Cent, but […]

Ludacris Interview At CES 2012

[vodpod id=Video.15941873&w=540&h=350&fv=] Just like Curtis, Christopher Bridges was also at the CES convention in Vegas where he unveiled his “Party In A Box”. In the film, Luda spoke on SOUL By Ludacris headphones with Jessie Cantrell. In other related news, Luda plans to shut down Straits in ATL to focus on his upcoming Chicken & Beer restaurant. spike

’11 Best Mixtapes: #6 Young Jeezy x DJ Drama The Real Is Back

Folks were so thirsty for TM103, they almost missed the much-needed reunion between Da Snowman and Mr. Thanksgiving. Shit, if the title track intro here doesn’t move you, get the fuck up out this post right now. Ok… Now the rest of us know this is trap rap at its best. Even the laziest thug must get motivated to tunes like the intense “Win,” the sinister “Flexin” and the aforementioned second Fab collab, “Rollin“. New CTE recruit, Gangsta Gibbs also […]

’11 Best Mixtapes: #7 Wale The Eleven One Eleven Theory

In celebration of a million Twitter followers and to further wet the public’s appetite for Ambition, Wale returned to his mixtape roots. The follow-up to RR’s personal fave More About Nothing, this collection reeks of Folarin’s new-found extra confidence and lyrical flair. Already knowing what he had in the stash, Ralph unleashed strong selections like the outstanding opener “Fuck You,” the Aretha Franklin-fueled “Lacefrontin” and the stand-out, D.C. bounce-based “Bait”. Whether showing love to the wide world of sports (“Barry […]

’11 Best Mixtapes: #8 50 Cent The Big 10

You can never count 50 Cent out. With the release of his next album in limbo, he held fans over with his latest mixtape, The Big 10. Fif makes killing two birds with one stone look easy. First, he gives his hometown a new anthem (“Queens”) and radio another rotator, “I Just Wanna”. Gunplay has always been 50’s specialty (“You Took My Heart”, “Shooting Guns”) but when the time calls for it, he knows when to ease off the trigger (“Wait […]

’11 Best Mixtapes: #9 L.E.P. Bogus Boys Now Or Neva

The Bogus Boys gave the game an ultimatum with last year’s standout, Now Or Neva. The Chicago natives leave their calling cards on “Amerikkka’s Worst Nightmare” and “Claim My Shit”. They push their skills to the limit on “25TH Hour” and emit the same urgency with Meek Mill for “Rush Hour”. Their crown jewel though, comes from the Lupe Fiasco-assisted “Zombieland”. Anchored by J-Kits’ instrumentation, the Chicago natives deliver a cautionary tale served cold. “Better open up your eyes they’ll […]