TECH N9NE – SOMETHING ELSE

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“Something Else” in all of its intense, loud, confusing and obnoxious glory is fluid in its musical movement and sincere in its content. If someone merged almost every musical genre and trapped them in a kaleidoscope, it would sound like Tech N9ne’s thirteenth studio album, Something Else. Comprised of delectable guitar riffs, Heavy Metal pleasures fused with simplistic yet versatile beats and proactive, bloodcurdling sounds, the “Riot Maker” delivers an impressive project most wouldn’t have the balls to create. Broken down into three integral parts: fire, earth and water, the Kansas City native serves up a striking album that speaks to the complexities and contradictory nature of man. Extremely candid and reflective, Tech covers much ground, as the album becomes your compass through his evil brain/angel heart.

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ACE HOOD – Trials & Tribulations

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Ace Hood spends most of “Trials & Tribulations” running down a list of topics he feels listeners want instead of creating compelling music that comes naturally. Charting Ace Hood’s significance within the Rap game is a tall order, which is quite perplexing given his resolute foray into making music for the streets. Take for instance his lead single, “Bugatti.” It’s relentless and catchy, marking his biggest hit since 2011’s “Hustle Hard.” However, calling it an achievement solely on his part would be an inaccurate claim. One could even go as far as to say he’s the record’s weakest link, with Future’s syrupy hook and Mike WiLL Made It’s vicious backdrop setting the tone for its success. And that’s the thing; no artist of his (supposed) caliber takes as much criticism as they do praise. Ace Hood is his own worst enemy, and his latest album Trials & Tribulations is a prime example of why that is.

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DJ Drama – Quality Street Music

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For the most part, “Quality Street Music” lives up to its name, with DJ Drama furthering his prominence as a tastemaker in Hip Hop. DJ Drama has been a relentless force in the mixtape scene for nearly a decade now, with his success in executing full-lengths landing somewhere around commendable. It’s clear that he realizes there’s a stark contrast between delivering a front-to-back solid project and feeding listeners’ mixtape after mixtape for sheer relevancy, and that role plays out appropriately on Quality Street Music.

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Travis Porter – From Day 1

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“From Day 1″ continues this stylistic, albeit limited progression, for a debut album that seeks out the indulgent being in all of us.In today’s scene there is ample space for party Rap music to thrive, an awareness Travis Porter has capitalized on over the last few years within the Southern circuit. In the process, the Decatur, Georgia trio (Ali, Quez and Strap) have built up a substantial fan base with their countless mixtapes that would fit into any dance club scenario, whatever one that comes to mind. From Day 1 continues this stylistic, albeit limited progression, for a debut album that seeks out the indulgent being in all of us

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Gucci Mane – I’m Up (Mixtape Review)

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“Without Me” is a somber introduction, with a minor-key flavor punctuated by low-end bass courtesy of Zaytoven. The title track, aided by 2 Chainz, is your standard Gucci Mane fare, as is “Trap Boomin,” which gets the assist from Rick Ross. “Cyeah Cyeah” is easily one of the most interesting productions on the entire record, with Polow Da Don’s time spent with Timbaland on full display. An evolving beat with very full percussion and an eastern flavor lay the groundwork for Gucci, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown—who continues to make a bid to be taken seriously as an emcee—to work over.

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Krizz Kaliko – Kickin’ & Screamin’

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The most persuasive moments of Kaliko’s 17-track effort stick to a rugged and uncompromising formula. Strange Music is an army. With Tech N9ne posted up as its general, the Kansas City cabal has successfully entrenched its roots across the underground strata of the Rap map. Independent, self-sufficient, and known for releasing music hooked around high-octane raps, the Strange Music message has spread globally. Now it’s the turn of the movement’s second-in-command, Krizz Kaliko, to build on Tech’s Klusterfuck EP from earlier this year. Although for all of Kickin’ & Screamin’s virtues it too often flirts with diluting the Strange Music battle cry.

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