Fly Gypsy :: Change For a Dollar
Fly Gypsy Music
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Breaking stereotypes at the same time they break records, Fly Gypsy is on that ol' next Russian and Jamaican shit. Oh word? That's an unusual combo, but it shouldn't be that shocking in 2009 (going into 2010) that hip-hop has such global appeal. Shed your preconceived notions that Alexei Jendayi (the producer) should be rocking fur hats or doing squat kicks, or that Kowboy Kom (the emcee) should be a rasta dreadlock spitting patois flows."
Delicious Vinyl DJ (iPhone App Review)
Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Not many applications for the iPhone or iPod Touch are geared directly towards a hip-hop audience, but Delicious Vinyl Records aims to break from the norm with a low-cost app set to some classic rap they call Delicious Vinyl DJ. Coming in at an affordable $2.99, the price is certainly nice, but can the game live up to the hype?"
Gucci Mane :: The State vs. Radric Davis :: So Icey Ent./Atlantic Records
as reviewed by Louis 'Delicate Beats' Cloutier
"Hip Hop is like pro wrestling in more ways than one. Yes, there is the fake beef. Another occurrence that can be observed in both disciplines is the following: every once in a while, there comes along an over-pushed, under-talented individual who has a rapid rise to the top for no other reason than having the right quality at the right place and time. In wrestling, you have seen this happen with the Ultimate Warrior and Lex Luger. The same can be said in Hip Hop for the likes of Ja Rule and Mike Jones."
Gully Platoon :: The Great Divide :: Obese Records
as reviewed by Matt Jost
"While the name Gully Platoon made me think the Boot Camp Clik was about to deploy a new generation of Bucktown troops, a sticker on the CD's shrinkwrap informed me that Gully Platoon was in fact 'The new powerhouse from Pegz, Dialectrix and Joe New.' If I'm not familiar with either, it is because they all hail from Australia. Pegz is apparently the group's elder, head of Obese Records and solo artist with three albums under his belt. Dialectrix and Joe New (AKA Two Toes) used to be in a group called Down Under Beats and both have solo albums to their credit as well."
James Jr. :: Intent 2 Distribute :: Spin Move Records
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace
"According to the press kit, James Jr. was raised in a few locations that range from Tacoma to Richmond, Virginia to Clarksdale, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. He was an excellent student in school and even graduated with honors. While he was pursing audio engineering, he came down with a severe case of pneumonia which caused him to leave school and battle the illness for two years. He wound up moving to Florida to make a name for himself. As fate would have it, James Jr. met his would-be future producing partner, Scott Coslett during a vacation in California, and through that association, he would land a deal with Spin Move Records. The culmination of all of the moves and turmoil in James Jr's life was the release of his debut album, "Intent 2 Distribute", which was released this past summer."
Magic Heart Genies :: Cardiac Arrest :: Michael Troy Music/M9 Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Myka 9 is from that rare breed of Cali rappers who have been around forever, are critically acclaimed for their creativity and have released over a half-dozen different albums as a group member or soloist. He's also stuck in a paradoxical dichotomy as a result - if you KNOW then you've been knowing ever since Freestyle Fellowship but if you DON'T know, you probably never will. He's not the type of artist you discover by accident. His musical and lyrical styles don't fall into any of the accepted hip-hop cliches, unless "eclectic" is a cliche, so you either follow the West coast underground hard or someone hipped you to his shit."
Sareem Poems :: Black and Read All Over Deluxe Edition :: Mellow Music Group/Groove Attack
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor
"Sareem Poems may be from the LBC, but that's all he's got to do with Snoop Dogg. He doesn't smoke weed, doesn't get drunk, doesn't party, doesn't own a gun, and has never been in a gang. Snoop's probably confused at the "doesn't smoke weed" part. Do you mean he only eats it? No, Sareem makes it clear that he doesn't do that either on "Impossible": "I don't get weeded/Don't want it, don't need it, and I don't eat it." Sure, there are a lot of MCs who are (rightfully) against gun violence, but smoking pot? The only other one I can think of is Dr. Dre, who infamously declared he didn't "smoke weed or cess" on 1988's "Express Yourself," a mere three years before he made an album named after weed and modeled after a package of zig zags."
Young Money :: We Are Young Money :: Cash Money/Universal Motown
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"It's surprisingly hard to define what or perhaps WHO Young Money is. Now theoretically Young Money Entertainment is Lil Wayne's vanity imprint, the one which budding rap star Drake is signed to, but "We Are Young Money" is not being released under that imprint. In fact the only two labels of record on this new CD are Cash Money Records and Universal Motown. One might try to define Young Money as a rap collective instead - a loosely affiliated group of rappers that are friends with Lil Wayne and do records with each other. The problem is that Weezy takes Young Money more seriously than a loose affiliation - he clearly intends for it to be a full-fledged label."
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