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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Show Out Gang “Party Hard: The Mixtape”
By LG |

I seriously got tired after listening to this. Like, my head hurts. I feel like I went to the club, but I never left the office. Show Out Gang had effectively cornered the “club swag” sound, and bottled into this package of party tracks. It’s not bad, as long as you don’t think of it as anything more than that mix CD that you made before the party of the year happened at your house.

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: D-8 “I Do This Shit: The Minitape Part 2″
By LG |

D-8 is a young emcee that has commercial crossover potential but is better suited in the mixtape circuit. What Chris Brown is trying to achieve, is something D-8 already possesses. The persona he has on the microphone is big. REALLY big. But it fits. His Part 2 of his “I Do This S*%t” series (?) is solid, and in my opinion, way too short.

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Tony Fresco “No Mercy”
By LG |

This mixtape has a lot of promise. Tony Fresco is a budding young talent, and he is capable of catching an audience’s attention. For me however, this project missed it’s mark a bit. Here’s why:

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Big D “The Elegant Project”
By LG |

I love Big D and all he has to offer this industry. It’s very rare that the main theme of a mixtape is “elegance”. In a world where listening to the radio makes you feel like you’re constantly losing brain cells, Big D has presented us with a daringly intelligent look at the world of Hip-Hop, and ultimately, his own.

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: J.Rob “That One Mixtape”
By LG |

I love this guy. J.Rob is a rapper that knows all to well the ins and outs of what it takes to not only be a good rapper, but one that people actually want to listen to. It shows in his music. Too many times are people faced with the question of who their favorite rapper is. It usually comes down to a rapper that’s lyrically better, and a “favorite”. J.Rob’s greatness lies in his ability not to sacrifice lyrical ability for accessibility.  His songs are easy to listen to, and grasp, while his lyrics may make you rewind once in a while. Great stuff.

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: Based Moses “In Moses We Trust”
By LG |

This is going to be a short review. Like, really short. Simply because I don’t promote rappers who rap because they think it’s cool. No passion, no drive whatsoever. Hardly much skill is involved in what Based Moses does. It’s ridiculous that he has NO respect for the Bible, naming himself after one of the most prolific characters in human history. You would think at least, he is as big or as influential as his name implies. That is hardly the case.

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ALBUM REVIEW: NAsTY BOY “Shows, Retros, And Legendary Clothes”
By LG |

This was a fun album to review. NAsTY BOY is anything but boring. His high-energy flows will keep you entertained for the whole alum, maksing any flaws, at least the first time. Because of the high energy, the album is beautifully paced, moving from song to song effortlessly. The strength here is it’s commercial appeal. In a time where Waka Flocka can be successful, I feel this is the alternative.

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EP REVIEW: Urbane “Fine And You”
By LG |

Florida Rap duo Urbane is an acquired taste to say the least. They are in no way shape or form your normal rappers. The production is different, almost New Age, and the bars are the same. That isn’t to say that these guys aren’t any less Hip-Hop than the next rapper. But it does make them stand out. The question is, are they sticking out like a sore thumb?

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ALBUM REVIEW: Adam Reverie “Love The Way I See It”
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Wow. Just…..wow. A statement was made to my ears the other day when I first sat down and took a listen to this album. Adam Reverie is out for everyone’s throats. It’s a near perfect project that takes it’s concept and tone and OWNS it. Adam is a more than capable rapper that can tell the story while giving you rhymes that make you think a bit. The production is beautiful, and perfectly compliments every song. If this how Adam sees love……I love it.

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MIXTAPE REVIEW: You I Am “The Truth About You”
By LG |

You I Am (YIA) bursts onto the radar with a pretty solid mixtape “The Truth About You”. Going into this, I had never heard this guy before, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover he was pretty good. He has a way of being an easy listen, while making you want to listen harder at the same time. Demanding lyrics are his forte’, and he sticks to his guns all the way through the project.

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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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