Highlights: Various Artists, ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’


★★★★ Lin-Manual Miranda and a star-studded cast strikes gold with ‘The Hamilton Mixtape,’ a compilation of covers, reinterpretations, and newbies. Hamilton was kind of a big deal…just a little bit.  With the musical continuing to allure America, Lin-Manual Miranda and an all-star cast fittingly assemble a mixtape based upon it. The Hamilton Mixtape is by…

25 Chart Takeaways: J. Cole Tops Billboard 200 for a Fourth Time


Billboard: J. Cole easily tops the Billboard 200 with his fourth studio album, ‘4 Your Eyez Only.’ No. 1 on the Billboard 200 wasn’t in dispute in the least this week.  Rapper J. Cole scores a fourth no. 1 album with 4 Your Eyez Only, launching with a robust 492,000 units. The rapper’s star continues…

Why Slim Jesus’ “Drill Time” Is Bad for Hip-Hop  


  Sometimes you should think better about what you share with the world and what you don’t. 18-year old Hamilton, Ohio rapper Slim Jesus definitely probably should have scrapped the video that has blown up in September 2015, “Drill Time.” Why is a video by an unknown rapper (who happens to be Caucasian) creating such…