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Cozz Considers J. Cole A Mentor & Competition; Says He Began Rapping Seriously Last Year

Exclusive: Cozz has skyrocketed from relative unknown to Dreamville signee in only a year, but with increased exposure come increased expectations. Can he deliver?

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Troy Ave Addresses iPhone Freestyle On Sway & Says He's The Most Lyrical New Rapper

We caught up with Troy Ave to clear the air about his Sway freestyle and stayed to talk about, branding, BSB, independence and New York City.

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review

Curren$y - Saturday Night Car Tunes (Mixtape)

Curren$y's wit and wordplay are present throughout "Saturday Night Car Tunes," but a lack of cohesion and focus keeps the mixtape from reaching elite status.

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Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood

Inconsistency prevents "Blacc Hollywood" from greatness, but for better or worse, Wiz Khalifa's latest sounds like a project from someone with nothing to prove.

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interview

Wiz Khalifa Confirms "How Fly 2" & Advocates Family Values In Hip Hop

Exclusive: Wiz Khalifa details how he connected with Nas and Mannie Fresh and why fans are partially responsible for the Taylor Gang sound.

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Boogie - Thirst 48

"Thist 48" paints Boogie as a promising artist with lots of potential and a level of honesty rarely seen from his peers.

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interview

Curren$y Shares Hopes To Feature Lil Boosie On "Pilot Talk 3"

Exclusive: Curren$y dives into how his love of cinema factors into his project themes, and how the media portrays violence in cities like Chicago and New Orleans.

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Hit-Boy Analyzes HS87's Growth & Collaborating With Kid Cudi & Rich Boy

Exclusive: Hit-Boy sheds light on HS87's creative process, bonding with peers while on tour and what the Inland Empire brings to L.A.'s music scene.

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Wiz Khalifa - 28 Grams (Mixtape)

Despite his penchant for experimentation, an overabundance of Auto-tune and worn out concepts make Wiz Khalifa's "28 Grams" a lackluster effort.

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interview

MC Ren Confirms "Gangsta Rap" Label Began With N.W.A Newspaper Article

Exclusive: MC Ren previews his upcoming album, "Rebel Music" and why he'd like to see more fans study their history in terms of Hip Hop's "Golden Era."

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Styles P - Phantom And The Ghost

"Phantom and the Ghost" contains several of the gems Styles P fans expect, but as a total album, it comes up short, particularly on the production front.

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editorial

Respond/React: The Timeline Of Hip Hop's Responses To Donald Sterling

Hip Hop responded loudly to Donald Sterling's racist remarks released by TMZ. With the benefit of perspective and exclusive quotes from Skyzoo and Skeme, we look back on a week of reaction.

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editorial

The Blueprint: 5 Stories Behind Sir Jinx's Most Interesting Collaborations

Exclusive: In honor of his "Penz and Needlez: 100% Raw Hip Hop" project, Sir Jinx revisits his work with Kool G Rap, Snoop Dogg, Souls of Mischief and more.

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Eternal E: A Case For Eazy-E As Rap's Prototypical Artist/Executive

March 26 marks the anniversary of Eazy-E's death; more than just a Gangsta Rapper, Eazy-E pioneered the independent template used by Death Row, No Limit & Roc-A-Fella Records.

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Curren$y - The Drive In Theatre (Mixtape)

The consistency displayed on "The Drive In Theatre" makes for one of the more solid projects dropped by Curren$y in some time.

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interview

Sir Jinx Pinpoints The West Coast's Evolution Past Gangsta Rap

Exclusive: Sir Jinx connects past and present on his new compilation "Sir Jinx Presents..The Gifted & The Privilege."

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Mitchy Slick - Call Of Duty: South East Edition (Mixtape)

Mitchy Slick has his moments on "Call of Duty: South East Edition," but featured artists who lack his lyrical ability hold back what is already a brief project.

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editorial

Albums You Loved (And We Hated) In 2013

In hopes of finding a happy medium, we looked at five albums rated significantly higher by the readers than they were by HipHopDX.

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review

Troy Ave - White Christmas 2 (Mixtape)

Troy Ave treats "White Christmas 2" like a true, cassette mixtape: it's aggressive, disrespectful New York street music with a slight sense of humor.

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HipHopDX's Top 5 Rising Stars Of 2013

Chance the Rapper takes center stage, as HipHopDX shines the light on Rap's rising stars of 2013.

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Skeme - Ingleworld

On "Ingleworld," Skeme combines an array of styles and cadences and an unheralded but highly-skilled production team to craft an album with charm and depth.

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