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RR’s ’09 Best R&B Albums: #5 Chris Brown “Graffiti”

There’s not a doubt in my mind that if Breezy hadn’t socked Ri-Ri, “I Can Transform Ya” would’ve been one of the hugest records of the past year. I don’t care what you say, that Swizz Beatz stutter-step track knocks and it’s not the only good song to be found here. Ebro’s DJs at NY’s Hot 97 have made it abundantly clear that Chris’ sly Fenty-reference rocker “Famous Girl” should be the next single. I’ve yet to watch the video […]

RR’s ’09 Best R&B Albums: #5 Chris Brown “Graffiti”

There’s not a doubt in my mind that if Breezy hadn’t socked Ri-Ri, “I Can Transform Ya” would’ve been one of the hugest records of the past year. I don’t care what you say, that Swizz Beatz stutter-step track knocks and it’s not the only good song to be found here. Ebro’s DJs at NY’s Hot 97 have made it abundantly clear that Chris’ sly Fenty-reference rocker “Famous Girl” should be the next single. I’ve yet to watch the video […]

RR’s ’09 Best Mixtapes: #6 Freddie Gibbs “MWGBFCM”

For years, Gary, Indiana’s claim to fame came courtesy of Joseph & Katherine’s nine children. Now, The G has something to else to sing about with Freddie Gibbs and his mixtape Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik. Teaming with DJ Skee, Gangsta Gibbs keeps it greasy like a Church’s chicken 20 piece on “Malcolm In The Middle (Inhale)” and “I’m The Man”. He flirts with death on the murky “Murda On My Mind” and rides out with Pill on “Womb To The Team”. Pot heads […]

RR’s ’09 Best Mixtapes: #7 50 Cent “Forever King”

Originally conceived as a sequel to the spectacular Sincerely Yours, Southside, 50 adds his magic touch to some mo’ R&B classics. This time it’s ’90s bangers that get the takeover treatment. He makes it clear that “success is his addiction” on Gina Thompson’s “The Things That You Do”; counts his stacks over Horace Brown’s “One For The Money” and is lookin’ for a ride-or-die chick to the sounds of Intro’s “Funny How Time Flies”. But instead of sticking to the […]