Review:MGK’s Lace Up

Machine Gun Kelly’s debut album Lace Up has quite a few things going for it. First, it’s a straight from heart album from a guy who proclaims “We too grounded to be Hollywood, man” and we feel like believing him.

The music and lyrics have a level of maturity that leave you feeling good when you are reminded that this is his debut effort. You know this is an artist still trying to find his groove and when he does manage to do so, albeit intermittently, it sounds good.

With Drumma Boy on the synth and help from Wacka Flocka, MGK presents an effort that veers to presenting his psyche to us but fall short because of commercial considerations that have to be kept in mind, for example in the numbers Invincible and All We Have.

Zed Zilla’s New Video “UnderStanding” From “Rents Due 2″ Mixtape

Check out Zed Zilla’s latest video titled “UnderStanding” off  his “Rents Due 2″ mixtape. The video has been directed by Joe Yung Spike and stars Jessica Dime aka “Dimepiece”.

Rent Due 2 by the Memphis-born rapper has had a good landing and the songs are recording brisk downloads. Hosted by DJ Scream,  the tape feature appearances by Yo Gotti, Dorrough Music, Alley Boy, Ca$h Out, Don Trip and Trouble, with production from Beatz R’ Us, Quantum Sounds, C-Money and more.

Track List
01. Somebody ft. Alley Boy – prod. by C-Money
02. Showtime – prod. by Beatz R’ Us
03. Gangsta – prod. by Quantum Sounds
04. Secret ft. Don Trip – prod. by C-Money
05. Can’t Get Right – prod. by B-Wheezy
06. Come Up – prod. by C-Money
07. Hella Hi – prod. by VA on Da Beat
08. Big Butt – prod. by 3 Furious
09. Pillow – prod. by Beatz R’ Us
10. Water ft. Yo Gotti – prod. by VA on Da Beat
11. Out The Air ft. Trouble & Dorrough Music – prod. by B-Wheezy
12. Gas Hand ft. Cash Out – prod. by Montana Trax
13. Letter To My Nigga
14. Life A Bitch
15. Free – prod. by Quantum Sounds
16. Understanding – prod. by Lil Keis
17. **bonus – Real Nigga Conversation ft. Yo Gotti – prod. by Quantum Sounds
18. **bonus – HataVision

Propaganda – “Excellent”

ARTIST: Propaganda
ALBUM: Excellent
STREET: 9/25/2012
GENRE: Hip Hop | Rap | Inspirational

Sonically, this strings driven album displays very unique blend of backwoods blues with some California sunshine that is very hard to categorize. With production solely carried by Beautiful Eulogy (Courtland Urbano, Braille and Odd Thomas) the listener is treated to more than tracks, but musical movements that are almost orchestral. Like his previous release, Prop continues to display his versatility, seamlessly switching between rap and spoken word poetry. However, unlike Props previous releases, there is not 1 sample on this record. All the guitars, vocals and keys were all made from scratch by Beautiful Eulogy. EXCELLENT is strong drums, street level lyricism fused with philosophical poetry.

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01 Don’t Listen To Me
02 Excellent
03 Redefine Cutter ft. Lee Green
04 Raise The Banner
05 Excellent Analogy ft. Alphonso McAuley
06 Conquere ft. Theory Hazit
07 Precious Puritans ft. Kevin “K.O.” Olusola
08 Forgive Me For Asking
09 I Ain’t Got No Answer ft. Sho Baraka
10 Warm Words
11 Lofty ft. Joel Davis & Beautiful Eulogy
12 Be Present (Live Performance)

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Rick Ross’ “God Forgives, I Don’t” Is Certified Gold

Rick Ross’s tweet yesterday let it be known that he’s hit gold – #thanku Everyone who supported “God forgives I Don’t” Now Certified Gold!!!!!!!Salute the Entire @DefJamRecords Staff Y’all No.1 !! #GFID.

The album “God Forgives I Don’t” was released on July 31st and in little over a month has sold 500K units. This is Rick’s fifth studio album. The next big MMG release is Meek Mill’s Dreams & Nightmares, due out October 30th. Go ahead and cop it…the ex-cop’s album, if you still haven’t. It’s good listening. Recommended dope.


Long.Live.A$AP Debut To Miss Halloween Deadline

Asap Rocky’s album Long.Live.A$AP’s debut will in all probability miss the Halloween deadline. This was disclosed by the rapper in an interview on the sidelines during the VMA function.

Asap said “A year ago if I would’ve told people I’m gonna make you wait a year to drop my [album], they probably would’ve been pissed, now that the time has come I think everybody’s gonna be happy with it.” “I really feel good about this, I really feel deeply good about this, because I put my all into it, and it’s a different aspect of me,” he said. “It’s just showing my capabilities and how much of an artist I really am — not just a rapper.”

Looks like, the “Goldie” rapper’s project will see the light of day only later this fall.


Lecrae’s Gravity Dominates HipHop Album Sales For The Week Ending 9/9/2012

Here’s a quick look at the hip-hop album sales for the week that just ended. Lecrae’s Gravity left all other albums behind in its wake; this is the Houston, Texas Christian Hip Hop star’s sixth solo album and best performance on the charts till date.

Of the other big-sellers Rihanna with her album “Talk That Talk” which came out last year looks firmly set for a platinum disc.

#3. Lecrae – Gravity – 72,000 (72,000)

#7. 2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story – 26,000 (250,000)

#9. Trey Songz – Chapter V – 24,000 (200,000)

#19. Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t – 15,000 (386,000)

#21. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange – 14,000 (295,000)

#23. Slaughterhouse – welcome to: Our House – 13,000 (65,000)

#37. DJ Khaled – Kiss The Ring – 8,000 (63,000)

#39. Nas – Life Is Good – 7,600 (289,000)

#60. Rihanna – Talk That Talk – 5,200 (1,000,000)

#90. Dwele – Greater Than One – 3,700 (15,000)


Busta Rhymes’ On Album Year Of The Dragon’s Name

Busta Rhymes is nothing less than one of the pioneers in the business of hip-hop. A recognized lyrics master and a rapper with a technique not easy to replicate, the rapper commands respect.

His latest album “Year Of The Dragon” is a free download and contains efforts by Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and others. The cool cover art is by Miami Kaos. This, BTW, is the year of the dragon as per the Chinese calendar and Busta also owns the handle Dungeon Dragon. The album’s been out since August 20th; check images. Follow the link to see the video of the rapper giving the interview.


French Montana Reveals Album Cover Art Of MC3

French Montana is riding a high and let it be known when he tweeted “Safe to say game over mc3″ with reference to his latest mixtape which is yet another edition of his Mac and Cheese series – this one being Mac and Cheese 3.

The tweet was basically about the album cover art of this mixtape; when you consider that the release date for this has not yet been decided and yet the rapper who originally hails from Morocco feels that this is “game over” then you know that he’s confident that he’ll deliver. Or maybe that’s cocky for some. Whatever be the case, we’ll let you in on all the dope about Montana’s latest release as it happens. So, stay tuned.


Big Sean, Jay-Z And Kanye West Team Up To Form A Clique

Looks like the compilation LP by G.O.O.D Music titled Cruel Summer can be expected to drop sooner rather than later. It can also be said with a degree of certainty that the tracklist that surfaced last weekend was the real deal.

How do we know? Because the artwork of the second track on that list – Clique is out. The number features Kanye West, Jay Z, and Big Sean.

1. To The World by Kanye West, R. Kelly
2. Clique by Kanye West, JAY Z, Big Sean
3. Mercy by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
4. New God Flow by Kanye West, Pusha T, Ghostface Killah
5. The Morning by Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’Banj
6. Cold by DJ Khaled
7. Higher by The-Dream, Pusha T, Ma$e
8. Sin City by John Legend, Travi$ Scott, Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce, Malik Yusef
9. The One by Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Marsha Ambrosius
10. Creepers by Kid Cudi
11. Bliss by John Legend, Teyana Taylor
12. Don’t Like by Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha T, Big Sean, Jadakiss



Video – Slaughterhouse “Throw It Away” Featuring Swiss Beatz

The video “Throw it away” by Slaughterhouse features Swiss Beatz and Eminem; the single is a part of the album welcome to: OUR HOUSE from the Shady Records stable. It is the first time that the Slaughterhouse quartet of Royce da 5’9”, Joell Ortiz, Crooked l and Joe Budden have come together to worth with Shady records.

Here’s a bit of trivia for lovers of authenticity; the video for this number has been shot in a slaughterhouse, it has been directed by Syndrome. Eminem makes an appearance at the end of the video. Em has also served as Executive Producer of this album.

This is what Budden had to say about it “I think all of us have been around long enough and are humble enough to know the appropriate time to be a sponge, and this entire process, all of us have done nothing but that, as well as sponging off each other,”


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