Metallungies Revisits CSS at 9:30 Club, 7.1.13.

I should have known the evening was doomed when I saw that Olay was a sponsor. Really, any sponsored show that isn’t a festival is usually pretty questionable. As soon as we walked in it was clear that only a small group of people were going to show up. The..

Curren$y – The Stoned Immaculate, Review.

How did Curren$y do it? He exited relationships with no less than three rap titans and came out of each one stronger. He has a dollar sign in his name, but he’s not a hapless DatPiff denizen or an ironic douchebag. The Stoned Immaculate is his major label debut and..

Strong Arm Steady – Arms & Hammers, Review.

As with Strong Arm Steady’s last album, production is the main draw on Arms & Hammers. The group is always mentioned in the same breath as a monster producer. They had Pete Rock’s beat for “The Joy” before Kanye and DJ Khalil’s beat for “Talkin’ 2 Myself” before Eminem. But..

G-Side – The ONE…COHESIVE, Review.

Hip-hop artists have a knack for creating brands around groups and labels. Examples include Wu-Tang, Bad Boy, Roc-A-Fella, G-Unit, and Young Money. These brands are usually built around a philosophy or lifestyle and its accompanying visual style and slang lexicon. On their new album The ONE…COHESIVE, Alabama duo G-Side illuminate..

Capone-N-Noreaga – The War Report 2, Review.

When I talked to Capone-N-Noreaga last February, Capone tried to justify their Ron Browz-produced crossover single: Music today — they censor music so much that you have to make the thuggest record commercial to some extent. To get your albums in certain stores, your shit gotta be squeaky clean, because..

Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik

The ML interviewee and Beat Drop contributor just dropped  Trunk Muzik, his third mixtape. We’ve talked about Yela quite a lot lately, but really this cat deserves all the praise. This is an incredibly strong, concise mixtape with great beats, great features and great rapping. Yela handles slow numbers and..

Gutta- Thrashin’

Gutta is a hardcore rapper from Pheonix, Arizona. A city where they love ML. He just signed with Babygrande Records and hooked up with Blue Sky Black Death, the producers who worked with Hell Razah last year. We really loved the BSBD Hell Razah album, and judging from this song..