Tag: year end

’10 Mixtapes: #1 Wiz Khalifa Kush & Orange Juice

A little before noon Eastern Standard time on April 11, 2010, Wiz Khalifa turned it up a notch. After dropping seven mixtapes and two albums, he finally made a real splash with Kush & Orange Juice. Backed by whimsical production, Kush & Orange showcases Wiz’s growth as an artist and songwriter. He brings listeners into his hazy world with cuts like, “Mesmorized”, “In The Cut” and “Up”.  Meanwhile, his papers burn bright on joints like “The Statement” and “Never Been”. […]

’10 Mixtapes: #4 Yelawolf Trunk Muzik

Truth be told when this mixtape dropped last New Year’s day, it was the last thing on my mind. It took me two months and a plane ride to Austin to finally connect to the fresh new sound of an Alabama MC. First things first: Yelawolf is white. If you don’t know, now you do. Who gives a middle finger? He can flat-out rap his ass off as the titilating title track attests. The riotous rookie also proved he could […]

’10 Mixtapes: #8 Wale More About Nothing

“Text message from Elliott sayin’ tape is dope.” It’s hard not to be bias on this one. With my encouragement, Wale returned to his mixtape roots after his debut album, Attention Deficit didn’t ignite. Be clear: We shut the Internet down on Aug. 3, 2010 when More About Nothing, the super sequel to 2008’s Mixtape About Nothing dropped. Seinfeld samples still intact and the raps are sharp. Mr. Folarin tackles his adversity on the opening rockers (“The MC” and “The […]

RR’s ’09 Best Singles: #10 Jay Electronica “Exhibit C”

Hip-Hop Gods send us an angel. Ha. Ok how bout a nigga from Nawlins who spits like he’s Nas’ cousin? “Exhibit C” was the adrenaline shot for a nation of disgruntled rap fans who feel they don’t have to monetarily support our culture because 90% of the music isn’t good enough. Well they copped Jay’s shit. On iTunes. Everybody did it with a deal, Elect did it without one. From Tony Touch snippet to Morning After With Angela Yee world […]