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Album Review: Papoose – “The Nacirema Dream”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Almost ten years in the making, Papoose finally released The Nacirema Dream. Much like other rappers who faced major label delays, Papoose independently released his album through Fontana Distribution. Last year, Ja Rule released his album through the distribution company. Elements of the "old New York"

Album Review: Lil Wayne – “I Am Not a Human Being 2”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Officially ten albums deep, Lil Wayne has had a strong impact on the rap game for some time. The past six years have been great for Lil Wayne, but recently he has been facing a backlash over the past year. Lil Wayne dominated the

Eighteen Years Later: Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Crews have returned to hip hop with the Coke Boys, A$AP Mob, TDE, Pro Era, and also the Flatbush Zombies, along with many others. Each crew is automatically compared to the Wu-Tang Clan. At the height of their career, the Wu-Tang Clan took over

Album Review: Joe Budden – “No Love Lost”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Ironically, Joe Budden has risen to the peak of his career and much of this newfound attention for Budden comes from his role on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop." During the fall of 2012, Joe Budden released A Loose Quarter, his new mixtape. While promoting

Album Review: A$AP Rocky – “Long.Live.A$AP”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Today is a big day for hip hop, specifically in New York City and its especially big for Harlem, as A$AP Rocky has finally released Long.Live.A$AP. There have been many critics who lashed out at A$AP Rocky and wrote him off as an internet fad.

Hip Hop Vibe’s Album of the Year: Nas – “Life is Good”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Lyricism on a commercial level was thought to be a thing of the past this year. Many of the best rappers in the game dumbed down to appease the masses. This was not the case when Nas decided to launch his comeback. Life is Good

Album Review: Chief Keef – “Finally Rich”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer One of the biggest stories of the summer was Chief Keef, the teenage rap sensation from Chicago. Chief Keef burst onto the scene with his "I Don't Like" single. A viral hit, the track gained mainstream attention when Kanye West remixed it. It served

Album Review: Big Boi – “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Very seldom are things the way they appear. To the untrained hip hop eye and ear, Big Boi is literally on his second album. Instead, Big Boi is eighteen years deep in the rap game and fresh off his eighth studio album. For years,

Album Review: Game – “Jesus Piece”

By Hardcore Critic Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer Four months ago, Game officially launched his Jesus Piece album and he did it in high fashion with "Celebration." Featuring four of the biggest commercially-successful artists in 2012, Chris Brown, Tyga, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa, Game released a classic as his lead single. "Celebration"

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