Let’s Canonize: Low Profile – <em>We’re In This Together</em>

Let’s Canonize: Low Profile – We’re In This Together

Nowadays I like to think of myself as a bit of a rap music connoisseur, but I certainly wasn’t such a savant when I started listening to Hip Hop…

On The Importance Of Regular Guy Rap

On The Importance Of Regular Guy Rap

Contrary to what many people believe, the lyrical component of Hip-Hop music covers a lot of topics. As opposed to a musical genre like R&B, in which…

Let’s Canonize Some Music: Smif-N-Wessun’s Da Shinin’

Let’s Canonize Some Music: Smif-N-Wessun’s Da Shinin’

In my article on 50 Cent I expressed a desire to can all armchair A&R talk and go back to focusing on the actual music when discussing Hip…

Why Authenticity Should Still Matter In Gangsta Rap

Why Authenticity Should Still Matter In Gangsta Rap

“I came out on the tail end of street credibility. That shit don’t matter no more, today.” – Maino, 2015 Last week I wrote a long piece on how, due…

Why 50 Cent Doesn’t Have Staying Power As A Mainstream Artist

Why 50 Cent Doesn’t Have Staying Power As A Mainstream Artist

Let me start by stating that this is no ‘kick-a-man-when-he’s-down’ hit piece. Most of the criticism herein is directed at music industry trends instead…

R.I.P. Sean Price: An Unofficial Eulogy

R.I.P. Sean Price: An Unofficial Eulogy

‘Rapper Sean Price Passes Away This Morning’. So read the hoax-y headline by thesource.com that first caught my eye last Saturday. And I write “hoax-y&#8221…

Voice Of Reason: Let’s Talk Ghostface Killah

Voice Of Reason: Let’s Talk Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah is a rapper’s rapper There is no such thing as a Greatest Of All Time rapper. I know we all love to have that debate, because…