hip hop

Essential Mixtape Alert: DJ Young EZ – Guaranteed Raw Vol. 1

Essential Mixtape Alert: DJ Young EZ – Guaranteed Raw Vol. 1

Okayplayer’s Mixtape Mondays feature has opened me up to a whole new world of mixtapes. I am Jasmine, they are Aladdin and this particular mixtape is RUH RUH LIKE A DUNGEON DRAGON. DJ Young EZ describes Guaranteed Raw Vol. 1 as such: “An hour of classic 90s hip-hop shit cause Dipset is what’s ‘old school’(…)

Banger Alert: Get Like Me w/ Nelly, Pharrell + Nicki

Banger Alert: Get Like Me w/ Nelly, Pharrell + Nicki

Welcome back, Pharrell. It wasn’t a fluke. You’re really back. And I am SO HAPPY. Adding to the recent banger pile of “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” “Get Like Me” keeps the train a rollin with Nelly + Nicki Minaj. Kind of like a mix of “Beez in the Trap” and “Drop It Like It’s(…)

Feast Your Eyes (and Ears) on…Jay Park

Feast Your Eyes (and Ears) on…Jay Park

YO. Real talk: I love K-Pop, but have typically been less impressed with the milquetoast dudes of K-Pop than I have been with the dominatingly talented girl groups. Jay Park, however, has me completely rethinking all of my ideas of right and wrong. I saw his video for “1HUNNIT” at a recent trip to Prince(…)

Moneyworth’s Genius Rap Crush Temporary Tattoos

Moneyworth’s Genius Rap Crush Temporary Tattoos

Moneyworth, AKA Meaghan Garvey, is many things to many people. For me, she is these things: 1. She wrote that amazing article “Why Are You So Intimdated By Girls Liking Rap Music“. 2. She’s one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter for many reasons – her love of semi-obscure ’90s R&B to name(…)

Because You Need to Watch the Flava in Ya Ear Remix Video Again

Because You Need to Watch the Flava in Ya Ear Remix Video Again

Nothing is better than getting a whole bunch of best-ever rappers together on a track. In recent times, “F*ckin Problems,” “Monster,” and “Huzzah (Remix)” are a few that have blown my mind. But back in 1994, Craig Mack evolved what De La Soul did with the “Buddy” remix in 1989 and made it harrrrrrrrrrrd. The(…)

Hot Cheetos and Takis!

Hot Cheetos and Takis!

My heart was recently taken hostage by these little buddies and their snack rap banger “Hot Cheetos and Takis.” Straight outta Minneapolis, Y.N.RichKids came into existence thanks to the North Community YMCA Beats and Rhymes Program and they aren’t just good because they’re little and cute….they’re ACTUALLY good. Kind of like a hip hop version(…)

Onra’s Serving Up Some ’80s R&B Realness

Onra’s Serving Up Some ’80s R&B Realness

It’s been building for a while, but the music world seems to be deep in the throes of an ’80s throwback moment. I blame/thank Drive and its accompanying soundtrack for kicking it into high gear (pun intended). Kids these days are so into these old school sounds that when I played an old Atlantic Starr(…)

Essential Mixtape Alert: The Peel Off Pregame

In the grand tradition of myself, I downloaded this mixtape over a month ago and just got around to listening to it today. And WHOA – I was blown away. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire since the first time I heard Lost in Translation last fall and now I know that the(…)