Amanda Bassa

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Doppelgangaz - Lone Sharks

'Lone Sharks' showcases two young emcees who also double as producers and appear to have a bright future ahead of their dark cloaks.

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Median - The Sender

The Sender provides rap for the Hip Hop purist who appreciates an emphasis on technical skill, not what's trendy or sacrifices quality for mainstream appeal.

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Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame - Ferrari Boyz

Ferrari Boyz continues their ongoing musical pursuits to allow listeners a glimpse of their lofty lifestyles, with a 15-track selection providing the expected.

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Royce Da 5'9" - Success Is Certain

For every reference to his phallus, there's a punchline worthy of a rewind or some syllabic creation convincing all that Royce is not to be fucked with.

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Black Rob - Game Tested, Streets Approved

There is more to Black Rob than "Whoa,” but there is nothing that quite lives up to it on Game Tested, Streets Approved.

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Crooked I - Planet C.O.B. Vol. 2

There are pronounced highs and lows throughout Planet C.O.B. Vol. 2, with a whole lot of average in between.

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Black Rob Reacts To Post-Prison Life, Clarifies Image, And Praises Duck Down

B.R. reveals that he's off parole, and discusses the positivity in his life. The Harlem emcee says "Whoa" was merely a Diddy-decision, and claims that the media supported him more than his past label.

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DJ Khaled - We the Best Forever

While We The Best Forever is a solid piece, it's not different enough from DJ Khaled's previous work to change any minds about him.

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Pitbull - Planet Pit

The fact of the matter is that Pitbull succeeds at fulfilling expectations, as long as your expectations are within reason.

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news

Sacha Jenkins And David Villorente Release "World Piecebook"

The third book in the "Piecebook" series showcases blackbook-style graffiti sketches from writers around the globe.

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Blaq Poet - Blaq Poet Society

To put in perspective what "Blaq Poet Society" is, it's almost easier to say what it is not.

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Sha Stimuli - The Break Up Part 2: The Proposal (Mixtape Review)

The theme of the mixtape is relationships, and Sha uses his lyrical abilities to tell the story of a man who goes from being alone to jumping the broom.

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Elzhi - ELMatic (Mixtape Review)

Achieving a rare feat, Detroit-based emcee Elzhi seems to have tackled one of the most esteemed LP's rap has seen to date, and turned it into his own.

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Classified - Hand Shakes & Middle Fingers

Handshakes and Middle Fingers proves to be an overall solid effort, with varying production styles that keep it refreshing from start to finish.

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Jim Jones - Capo

There are a few things that Diplomats fans can always expect from an affiliate's album: club anthems, coke raps, Harlem shout outs, and an araabMUZIK beat.

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East Coast Avengers Present... DC The Midi Alien - Avengers Airwaves

"Immortal Technique fans will find satisfaction in this LP, as will liberal listeners with youthful, revolutionary spirits and a fascination in current events."

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interview

Medley For A V-Day Part 2: Kno & Sha Stimuli

In Part 2 of DX's Valentine's Day content spectacular, the emcee who wrote "The Smelly Cat Song" weighs in on feminine hygiene, while the Cunninlynguists' co-founder reveals he's dated a stripper.

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interview

Medley For A V-Day: Freekey Zekey & Donny Goines

DX brings you a two-part Valentine's Day feature on love, sex, and turnons/turnoffs with The Diplomats' Freekey Zekey, and independent New York Hip Hop veteran Donny Goines being candid as ever.

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dxnext

DXnext: YC The Cynic

The Bronx emcee talks about the underground New York community, his honor in headlining a Southpaw show, and upcoming mixtape "Fall FWD"

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DJ Revolution Presents...Malcolm & Martin - Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Life Doesn't Frighten Me is what true Hip Hop heads have been craving - with serious subject matter, social commentary about many aspects of life's struggles.

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Lil B - Angels Exodus

In some ways, "Angels" is impressive for the sheer fact that Lil B seems to have shown some sort of artistic and mental growth since his initial YouTube blitz.

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