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Album Review: ‘Punken’

★★★★☆ “Your name is Emekwanem Ibemakanam Ogugua Biosah / Emekwanem means, ‘Don’t f–k with me.’” In these first two lines of his debut album “Punken,” menacing Houston rapper Maxo Kream introduces himself by his birth name. After a long pause, a dark drum beat rises and Maxo emerges to set[Read More…]

KEVIN GATES

Album: ‘By Any Means 2’

★★★★☆ There are few musicians who can claim to have put out a full-length mixtape from prison — and even fewer who can say that it is among their finest works. But Baton Rouge, La. rapper Kevin Gates’ latest mixtape, “By Any Means 2” has proven to loyal fans and[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, Music, The Guide
JUICY J

Album: ‘Highly Intoxicated’

★★★☆☆ Juicy J dropped his new mixtape “Highly Intoxicated” on Monday as an exclusive release on DatPiff, a free online mixtape distribution platform that specializes in hip-hop and rap music. With a name like “Highly Intoxicated,” Juicy J’s new mixtape carries a certain set of expectations. Sticking true to his[Read More…]

by September 22, 2017 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
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Concert Review: MHD

At just 22 years old, French rapper Mohamed Sylla, better known by his stage name, MHD, is already making his mark on the international music scene. The rising star performed at U Street Music Hall this past Friday to a venue packed with eager fans. MHD, whose stage name is[Read More…]

by September 19, 2017 1 comment Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
MADEINTYO

Album: ‘True’s World’

★★★☆☆ Just over a year ago, Malcolm Davis, better known as MadeinTYO, emerged from relative anonymity in the mainstream music scene with his hit single, “Uber Everywhere.” Within months, the song was playing on every radio station and at every party, solidifying the rapper’s place as a viral star. Since[Read More…]

Album Review: Sremmlife 2

Album Review: Sremmlife 2

Summer 2014 played witness to the introduction of a duo called Rae Sremmurd and their shrill-voiced summer hit “No Flex Zone.” With an addictively joyous persona, Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jxmmi” Brown followed the release with a string of radio hits including “No Type,” “Throw Some Mo”[Read More…]

by September 2, 2016 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide