james bell

Goin’ Off: 10 Albums for the hip-hop layman

Ten albums for the hip-hop layman. This list has been my burden, my baby. I’ve carried it for the last month or so. Consider this the document of my labor. It began with a serious debate between me, myself and I and my knowledgeable counsel, who shall remain nameless. The questions Read More…

Mobbdeep

Prodigy – Pretty Thug

It’s summer time. It’s actually the first official day of summer. So that means it’s time for everyone to start making like rabbits and…hopping around to terrible techno-infused sounds (not music).Thankfully, one half of the Infamous (Mobb Deep) is back in the house once again to provide us with that gully. Read More…

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Sean Born is Just Trying to Keep the ‘Lights On’

Mello Music Group seems to just keep releasing heat. There’s nothing else to say, really. Having slept on them for far too long, it’s only fitting that I’m just now hearing about Sean Born, the Maryland MC with rhymes that take you back to the ’90s (think a more clean-cut Read More…

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Mobb Deep: Black Cocaine

Over the last few years, ‘90s hip-hop artists, particularly those from New York (the genre’s mecca), have capitalized off of the enduring quality of their now timeless albums, crafting critically acclaimed sequels — see Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II (2009) — and coming together for what feel like Read More…