Nelly’s Shrewd Performance In New York

Dan Aquilante of the New York Post reviewed Nelly’s concert Monday at Webster Hall to debut his twin CD release ‘Sweat’ and ‘Suit’. Aquilante writes, “Nelly is shrewd. He knew that no matter how good the tunes from either new album were, he still had to dish up a healthy dose of his No. 1 hits to totally win the audience at the actual concert, along with those watching on their computers at home.”

Mobb Deep ‘Amerikaz Nightmare’ Review

Sophia Asare of The Cornell Daily Sun reviewed Mobb Deep’s latest ‘Amerikaz Nightmare’. She writes, “All of the production is on point in Mobb Deep’s latest testament to a hard-knock life and the streets. Prodigy and Havoc further diversify their territory from the hardcore East Coast scene by collaborating with the south’s King of Krunk Lil Jon, Chi-Town’s Twista, and West Coast-resident Nate Dogg. Prodigy and Havoc spit smart and potent rhymes against effective and hard-hitting beats on songs like ‘Win or Lose’ and the Kanye West-helmed ‘Throw Your Hands (in the Air)’.”

Nelly’s Double CD Is Funk Paradise

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed Nelly’s new double CD ‘Sweat’ and ‘Suit’, giving the effort heavy praise. Farber wrote, “It’s good that Nelly’s flow and tunes have such appeal, because lyrically the guy has nothing to say. His greatest verbal contribution to the world so far has been to make the hard Rs of the St. Louis accent as well-known as the Beatles made Liverpool’s nasal cadences.”

Tha Alkaholiks – X.O. The Movie Experience DVD Review

Contributed by AdamBernard:

Hangin with Tha Liks. It’s something not a lot of people get to do, but after watching this DVD it’s an experience everyone will want to have. ‘X.O. The Movie Experience’ takes you on tour and in the lab with one of the wildest groups in Hip-Hop and no matter where they are there is one common theme to it all, having fun. To read a full review of the DVD click here.

Mase – ‘Welcome Back’ Review

Contributed by AdamBernard:

If you don’t know Mase’s story by now, well, you’re probably not reading this review, so there’s no point in recapping the events of the past decade or so. ‘Welcome Back’ is the return to airplay of one of radio and television’s favorite artists of the mid to late 90’s, Mase. Oddly enough, Mase was also always one of my favorites. He was never the best lyricist, but I’ve always enjoyed his flow and he’s always said things that have made me smile or laugh. There are VERY few artists I can say that about and let’s face it, it’s great to party, it’s great to talk about social issues, but sometimes you just want to smile. ‘Welcome Back’ is a continuation of this concept. Check out the review here.

213 Adds Up To Zilch

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed 213’s debut ‘The Hard Way’, giving the supergroup comprised of Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Nate Dogg a tough assessment. “Of course, anything Snoop Dogg touches has to have some spark. The man can still claim the smoothest flow in the game,” Farber said. “But the fact is, 213’s members never made an equally weighted supergroup to begin with. They bring together a rap deity (Snoop), a one-hit-wonder (Warren), and a one-trick pony (Nate, a guy who sings pretty much the same hook on every cut). No wonder 213 adds up to zilch.”

Roots’ Rapresurrection

The Roots 'The Tipping Point' album cover

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed The Roots’ new album ‘The Tipping Point’. Farber writes, “On ‘The Tipping Point,’ [Black] Thought’s raps retake center stage. Some of the music that supports him may give longtime fans pause. In several sections, the band flirts with the mainstream. The single ‘Star’ violates the Roots’ anti-sample stance by including a huge and obvious one from Sly Stone’s ‘Everybody Is a Star’. Another track, ‘Don’t Say Nothin’,’ mimics a commercial gangsta groove. But thankfully, most of the album has the uncompromising, live grooves and pitched rapping of the Roots’ best work.” The review at nydailynews.com has since been removed.

Mic Stylz Drops Out With Kanye West

Contributed by AdamBernard:

Mic Stylz is an MC from the Boston, Massachusetts, area who has become relatively well known in east coast underground circles. He scored himself a small hit a few years back with his take on Ludacris’ ‘Southern Hospitality’, which he dubbed ‘Andover Hospitality’, and has shared the stage with numerous big name acts. Stylz’s latest endeavor is the full length LP ‘The College Drop Outs’ where he rhymes over a host of Kanye West’s beats. To check out a review of the album, click here.

Mean Streets

Dan Aquilante of the New York Post reviewed The Streets, aka Mike Skinner’s Irving Plaza showcase on Tuesday (June 30) supporting his album ‘A Grand Don’t Come for Free’. Aquilante writes, “In the tight environs of Irving, this concert totally worked for Skinner. The fans were on his side and his energy was powerful enough to carry the performance over its shortcomings. But if Skinner is going to graduate to more cavernous halls here in the States where he can’t get as up-close as he did at Irving, he’s going to have to sharpen his stagecraft and learn to rap in the Queen’s English.”

Erick Sermon’s ‘Chilltown’ New York Is Pure Hip-Hop

Erick Sermon 'Chilltown' album cover

Contributed by AdamBernard:

Every once in a while an album comes out that reminds me of why I love Hip-Hop. Erick Sermon’s latest, ‘Chilltown, New York’, is one of those albums. ‘Chilltown, New York’ is so good you’ll even find yourself replaying the skits. While the green eyed bandit may never rival Twista when it comes to flow, or Canibus when it comes to lyricism, he has always held his own on the mic and this album is no different. There may not be a ton of quotables, but, simply put, there’s 50 minutes of great Hip-Hop. For the full review click here.

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