Riley Wallace

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Riley Wallace is a Toronto-based writer, married vegetarian, vinyl-head, and hip-hop dad. You can follow him on Twitter @specialdesigns.

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Westside Gunn Leaves It All On The Table With Epic Final Entry 'Hitler Wears Hermes 8’

If this is truly Flygod's last (full-length) hurrah, he's definitely going out with a bang.

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AZ Re-Envisions His Rap Era On 'Doe Or Die II' Album - Even Without Nas Feature

Whether it's a cryogenic chamber or witchcraft, AZ seems to have defeated the constructs of aging (both on the mic and in physical appearance).

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Rick Hyde Delivers New Punchlines To Old Topics On BSF Album ‘Plates II’

This new body of work (released on the anniversary of the late DJ Shay's death) positions Hyde as one to watch as we enter Griselda-wave 2.0.

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H.E.R. Debut Album 'Back Of My Mind' Runs Long - But So Does Her Talent

While it could have benefitted from a few strategic snips to tighten things up, the singer manages to deliver her most refined collection of music to date.

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Evidence's 'Unlearning Vol. 1' Is An Alluring Mash-Up Of Veteran Bars & Demo Tape Vibes

It's a new beginning for the Dilated MC, and he sounds hungrier than ever.

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Despite His Coveted Kanye West Feature, Evidence Has A 'Bigger Picture' For His Music

The veteran Cali rapper is releasing his new album through his new production company and describes the new chapter of his career as a re-introduction: "I feel like it's my demo."

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Mach-Hommy's 'Pray For Haiti' Album Is Hardcore Hip Hop With A Vanguard Punch

With Griselda's Westside Gunn back in the co-pilot seat, Mach-Hommy is aiming to become a rap icon. Period.

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Benny The Butcher & .38 Spesh Camps Deliver Familiar Vibes On 'Trust The Sopranos'

Given what the starters from both squads have been dropping recently, this feels more like an appetizer — albeit one that leaves you wanting more.

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Vic Mensa’s Prison Abolition Mission Overshadows His Lyricism On ‘I TAPE’

The Chicago rapper's latest snack-sized project gives weight to his ongoing plight for justice and reform above all.

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Review: Benny The Butcher & Harry Fraud-Produced 'Plugs I Met 2' Mixes Vivid Lyricism With Hypnotic Samples

With his 'Plugs I Met' sequel, Benny adds a well-rounded arc to his discography with guest spots from 2 Chainz, Fat Joe, Jim Jones, Rick Hyde and the late Chinx.

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Review: Drake’s ‘Scary Hours 2’ Is Cruise Control Drizzy - & Still Better Than Some Rapper's Life's Work

The 6 God can dominate on auto-pilot but the results don't have the same pizzazz of his biggest hits.

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Fred The Godson's Final Video "Garcias (Ascension Theme)" Drops In Support Of His Posthumous New LP

The visual is the last one filmed by the South Bronx MC before his untimely COVID-19 related death last April.

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Brooklyn Drill Boss Sheff G's Melodic Bars Has Earned A HipHopDX Rising Star 2021 Slot!

Unless you've been sleeping under a rock, it's impossible to miss the Brooklyn MC's foot planted on the gas with the weight of concrete.

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Mouthy Rap Songs Like BRS Kash's 'Throat Baby' Have Been Blowing Up For Years

When it comes to making NSFW headbangers (pun intended), it would appear that BRS Kash is in great historical company with the likes of Lil Wayne and Juicy J.

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Review: Eminem's 'Music to Be Murdered By: Side B' Lyrics Coast Through Remarkably Familiar Territory

Through various name drops of his usual suspects of MGK and Ja Rule, the Rap God may not break any ground here. Still, there's more than enough to garner praise from his fans.

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Best R&B Artists of 2020

The singers helped us get through 2020.

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12 Christmas Rap Songs You Absolutely CANNOT Play Around Children

From Snoop Dogg to Gucci Mane, Khia to Eazy-E, singing these holiday tracks is likely to get you on the naughty list.

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Best Hip Hop Movies of 2020

While theatres may have been closed, there was plenty to stream in 2020.

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Biggest Hip Hop Comebacks of 2020

These rappers returned to the public with new music in 2020.

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Review: T.I.'s 'The L.I.B.R.A.' Is Proof The Self-Proclaimed King Of The South Hasn't Lost His Edge

The ATL heavyweight balances heartfelt tribute, real-life learnings, sociopolitical musings and good old fashioned mainstream fodder.

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The Origins Of Gucci Mane & Jeezy's Bad Blood Beef

How a series of misunderstandings set off a chain reaction that's dragged on for the past 15 years.

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