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ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Easton “Grey Area”
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Matt Easton has always been a consistent, albeit quiet contender in the unsigned artist pool. Polished, commercial, and lyrical, he has the complete package but has just never quite reached the heights that his talents promise. Until now. Grey Area is a triumph. It is off the beaten path, but it ultimately is what hip-hop is at it’s core: A message, wrapped in beat and rhyme for the masses to gain (a) knowledge from. The rock theme that Easton decided to go with scores this album a lot of points, but ultimately it’s his bars that bring these guitars and heavy drums to life.

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ALBUM REVIEW: G-3 “Imperium”
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Sometimes hype for a project can be your worst enemy. Most artists will tell you how much they believe their next album will be a classic, when in actuality it turns out to be a dud. Thank goodness that this is not the case. G-3 is practically worthy of the name Ol’ Faithful, due to his ever-reliable delivery of near perfect projects. This is almost always directly attributed to the fact that he knows exactly what works for him. Imperium is his boastful claim that he is no longer looking for his sound. He has it. He’s comfortable. This is Imperium.

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Lex Leosis “Avalanche”
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Lex Leosis has always been known to spit well. The question was, how would a full, directed, dedicated project really sound from her? As a female emcee, many feel as if you have something to prove. The stigma that the rap scene (especially the unsigned rap scene) belongs to men has some truth to it. So how does a woman break her way into the game? Roll over everyone. This is Avalanche.

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Iggy G “Young & Comfortable”
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Iggy G releases his high-profile mixtape with much anticipation from the rR staff. Along with a brash personality, Iggy brings some rhymes that are just as boisterous. Do they translate well onto wax? Is he too young and too comfortable to continue the hard work needed to make it in a crowded pool of talented unsigned Risers? Let’s find out.

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ALBUM REVIEW: J-Dub “Insomnia”
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J-Dub is one of the artists you can always count on to bring you great music. When it was announced that he was releasing an album, it was immediately put on our hot list for upcoming projects. This album is supposed to be a more internal look than his mixtape, The Captain. Will J-Dub’s sleepless nights translate into a perfect album?

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ALBUM REVIEW: M.J. Withers “Cold Business”
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With a voice like a bad day, M.J. Withers commands your attention right off the bat. But is that enough? With an album title like “Cold Business”, one can expect that this project won’t give you many happy stories. Which means that nightmarish tone will probably come in handy.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mike Stud “Relief”
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Maybe it’s time we start talking about how surprised we are that Mike Stud makes great music. He has been consistent, even if he has only stuck with music in his comfort zone. Relief is not a game changer, nor is it anything particularly special. What the album is however, is a very solid offering from Mike Stud. It not only features a more adult offering than we have ever seen from him, but one that actually sees him evolve his game a bit. And that alone is a relief.

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Street Light “Press Start”
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Street Light has always had a flair for the dramatic and thematic. His latest offering is no slouch. Big and boisterous in it’s sound, and solid in it’s lyricism, “Press Start” is a mixtape that can win people even if they have never heard of Street Light. When the game is over however, will we want to play again?

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Chris Miles ‘I Am Me’
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Chris Miles is one of the youngest guys really doing it right now. He spent months demanding our attention with countless songs and videos. But could he translate his sound into an album format and keep his fans’ attention? That was the question posed with his first mixtape ‘I Am Me’. Would it be a success?

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Gutta Zoe “Let Me Borrow That Beat Vol 2.”
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DJ Cortez enlists the help of Gutta Zoe to headline his second edition of his “Let Me Borrow That Beat” series. While I don’t know much about either artist, I have been assured that this is one to watch. Seeing the beat selection already has me ready for what kind of tape this will be, but will the quality be there as well? Read on to find out.

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  • What’s Your Name?

    Who are you? Really. Ask yourself that. The first step to making a presence is knowing who you are. The one thing that should always be consistent throughout your brand, (yes, you are a brand), is your name. Occasional name changes aside, your name always be the same. But when upcoming rapper, let’s call him “Kid Magic”, releases new music and his YouTube account calls him “K.I.D. Magic”, song title calls him “KidMagic”, Twitter calls him “Kiidd Magic”, and so on and so forth, how are his fans supposed to connect to his brand?
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  • Who's Next?


    Who will be the next Riser to join the RapRise.com Hall Of Fame?