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The Fifth Anniversary: T.I. – “Paper Trail”

By K.B. Tindal Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer September 30 marked the five year anniversary of Paper Trail, the fifth studio album from T.I. At this point, T.I. had been in the game seven years and was preparing to make his mark in the game. Every year, T.I. was in the mix, but

The Fifteenth Anniversary: Jay-Z – “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life”

By K.B. Tindal Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Two days ago marked a big moment in hip hop history, the day Jay-Z completed his transition from minor star to the biggest figure in hip hop. Fifteen years ago, Jay-Z released his third album, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. When the summer of 1998

Album Review: 2 Chainz – “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time”

By Preemo Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer It's always hard to follow up the original with a sequel, but that didn't stop 2 Chainz from deciding to follow up Based on a T.R.U. Story with a sequel. Revamping the title of the album, 2 Chainz returned with B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, which came out

Album Review: Juicy J – “Stay Trippy”

By Preemo Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Before even getting into this review, please understand Stay Trippy is NOT Juicy J's debut album. With that out of the way, Juicy J returned with his first album in four years and closing one of the strongest mixtape runs in history. Juicy J put a

Album Review: Big Sean – “Hall of Fame”

By Preemo Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Big Sean amassed a huge mainstream fan base after the release of his long-awaited debut album. The G.O.O.D. Music star made it clear he would never make fans wait that long again for him to release a new album. Hall of Fame was a long time

Album Review: A$AP Ferg – “Trap Lord”

By Preemo Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Initially assumed to be a mixtape, A$AP Ferg ultimately decided to turn Trap Lord into an album and legions of A$AP Mob fans were pleased. Through A$AP Rocky, the world saw how much the A$AP Mob appreciates old school and this trend continued with A$AP Ferg. Trap

Album Review: Earl Sweatshirt – “Doris”

By Preemo Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer This isn't what people expect when they think of a traditional hip hop artist. There has never been a rapper bold enough to name himself Earl Sweatshirt and his debut album Doris. A deeper meaning goes behind the Doris title, as Earl Sweatshirt revealed in a recent

Album Review: Ace Hood – “Trials & Tribulations”

By Preemo Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer To even begin to understand Trials & Tribulations, it takes a deep understanding of the man on the cover, Ace Hood. Without a doubt, he is a dope hip hop artist and there is no doubting his celebrity status, but he has never had a fair

Album Review: Jay-Z – “Magna Carta Holy Grail”

By Preemo Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer People throw around the word "classic" way too easily, people also review albums way too quickly, according to Jay-Z. Reviews for Magna Carta Holy Grail are already all over the internet. But, when the assignment came to review Jay-Z's first solo album in four years, it

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