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Happy Anniversary to Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt

Posted in Album Review with tags , , , , , , on Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Sixteen long (or short, depending on how you look at it) years ago, one of Hip-Hop’s finest opuses was released. Reasonable Doubt is an album that would transition Jay-Z from an underground aficionado to a rap superstar, and it also changed the Hip-Hop game forever. Jay-z had been a hungry emcee as early as ’89, and he was sick of the way that his label (Payday) had been promoting him; he decided to take things into his own hands, and he started Roc-A-Fella Records. Together with Priority Records, Roc-A-Fella Records released Reasonable Doubt.

From the moment that Pain In Da Ass opens the album on “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, the gangster mentality takes hold, and Jay-Z displays a lyrical ability that pierces the listener’s brain like a nine millimeter. I don’t think anybody, including Hov himself, knew how much of an impact this album would have on emcees for decades to come.

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Freddie Gibbs & Ski Beatz to Release Collaborative LP?

Posted in Media, Music News with tags , , , on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Cheese and rice; Gangsta Gibbs is all over the place these days. He dropped a critically acclaimed mixtape last year, came out with a  collaborative effort with Statik Selektah, and he recently dropped his material with Madlib; now it sounds like he’s going to be dropping a collaborative LP with legendary producer Ski Beatz. Some of you may remember the single that Ski Beatz dropped with Gibbs already off of 24 Hour Karate School, Pt. 2 titled “Illegal”; if that single is any indication of what’s to come… the Hip-Hop world is going to be in for one hell of a surprise.