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CRASHprez is a Good Kid in a Racist World

Music can be entertaining, enjoyable, but also an emotional crutch when life becomes a lemon stand. Whenever my soul needed medicating, music was always there to give me a double dose of relief. You can lean on your favorite... Read More
Posted one day ago
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“Music Saved My Life, Again”: The Story Behind Fashawn’s “The Ecology”

Fashawn's new album, The Ecology, almost didn't happen because Fashawn almost gave up, twice. Before his 2009 project, Boy Meets World, Fashawn was on the verge of packing in his musical aspirations. He had a... Read More
Posted 5 days ago
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1 Listen Album Review: Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise”

After a few months of writing at DJBooth, I finally got assigned to conduct my first ever "1 Listen Album Review" for Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise. On most days I like Sean, but I've always... Read More
Posted one week ago
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1 Listen Album Review: Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

A new Drake album is more than an album, it's an arrow pointing towards hip-hop's future. Whatever other titles we may or may not bestow on Aubrey Graham, he's indisputably hip-hop's most influential emcee.... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Kanye’s Wrong, Beck’s “Morning Phase” Album is GRAMMY Worthy

It's the day after the GRAMMYs, which means it's the day after Kanye did or said something outlandish, which means the internet is now inundated with hyperbolic headlines and articles titled, "18 Ways Your Ex is Like... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Phony Ppl’s “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” Made Me Happy Again

I just can't seem to get out of this funk. If I'm not losing my keys, I'm forgetting my cleats for soccer. If it's not car troubles, it's seeing practically everyone I know either get engaged,... Read More
Posted one month ago
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The Liberation of Lupe Fiasco on “Tetsuo & Youth”

Sometimes freedom comes from completely giving up. That sounds like losing, doesn’t it? That’s because we’ve been conditioned to believe you have to win. You have to beat your opponent. You have to... Read More
Posted one month ago
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Stuck In Rap Purgatory With Joey & “B4.DA.$$” (An Album Review)

What happens when you die? Nobody knows. Not even this kid. I have no idea what happens after this life, but to me, one of the worst theories to imagine is purgatory. When I die, I want to know right away where I'm going... Read More
Posted one month ago
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1 Listen Album Review: Lupe Fiasco’s “Tetsuo & Youth” (Lupe Back)

It's rare for me to be so excited for an album the way I am for Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth. No, let me be more careful with my words. I'm...cautiously optimistic. I'm hopeful. I'm ready to be blown... Read More
Posted one month ago
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Kat Dahlia’s “My Garden” Album is Gangsta Pop Excellence

I'm a hip-hop head. It's not all of who I am, but it's my one true love, and literally my job. Give me an hour and I'll happily spend it listening to PRhyme, give me two hours and I'll detail every... Read More
Posted one month ago
 

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