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Lil Xan, Total Xanarchy « Musical Wrap-Up


The Musical Wrap-Up closes another file as we compile the album and single reviews in one place for ‘Total Xanarchy,’ the highly-anticipated debut album from Lil Xan. Album Review Published 4.9.18 Headline: Rising Cali rapper Lil Xan, a member of the infamous SoundCloud, mumble rap movement, assembles one of the dumber albums of 2018 with ‘Total Xanarchy.’  Verdict: 1 ½ out of 5 Stars: … … Continue reading Lil Xan, Total Xanarchy « Musical Wrap-Up

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A$AP Ferg, Still Striving | Top 5 Songs


★★★★ East coast rapper A$AP Ferg comes back strong with his third studio album, ‘Still Striving.’ One word: bangers.   Cutting right to the chase, A$AP Ferg didn’t have the most success with his sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper.  Despite an awesome title and some solid moments (“Hungry Ham!”), folks did not partake of the album.  Maybe it was because it was more experimental … Continue reading A$AP Ferg, Still Striving | Top 5 Songs

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Nick Weaver Brings The Heat On ‘Prowler’


Often, us as music lovers – and sometimes critics too – tend to flock to major-label or big-named indie artists are the first source for reviewing music. Why? It’s easy and these artists are well established or moderately established. Sometimes, however, the biggest “gems” come with burgeoning artists, many known or establishing themselves at the local level and gradually or consistently building their careers. That … Continue reading Nick Weaver Brings The Heat On ‘Prowler’

Ty Dolla $ign Delivers Compelling Debut Album With ‘Free TC’


Ty Dolla $ign • Free TC • Atlantic • Release Date: 11.13.2015 What’s the best way to stylistically categorize Ty Dolla $ign? Ultimately, the Los Angeles bred musician is a blend of R&B singer and rapper. This balance is reflected on Ty’s full-length debut album, Free TC. Why is the effort entitled Free TC? It references the musician’s incarcerated brother TC, who happens to appear … Continue reading Ty Dolla $ign Delivers Compelling Debut Album With ‘Free TC’

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Logic Delivers (Once More) On Sophomore Album ‘The Incredible True Story’  


  Logic • The Incredible True Story • Def Jam • Release Date: 11.13.2015   Duplicating the critical success of a particularly awesome album is difficult. In Maryland MC Logic’s case, his debut Under Pressure was nothing short of terrific, if commercially underrated. Considering the favorable ratings for Under Pressure, it is amazing that Logic delivers another superb effort with sophomore album, The Incredible True … Continue reading Logic Delivers (Once More) On Sophomore Album ‘The Incredible True Story’  

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The Game Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘The Documentary 2.5’ (Review)


The Game • The Documentary 2.5 • Blood Money / Entertainment One • Release Date: October 16, 2015 West Coast MC The Game has been ‘on a roll’ in 2015. First, he kept it real on The Documentary 2, arguably among his best albums in years. Now he drops the ½ – better yet the .5 – sequel’s continuation, The Documentary 2.5. With The Documentary … Continue reading The Game Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘The Documentary 2.5’ (Review)

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Review: Action Bronson Shows Incredible Potential On Mr. Wonderful  


Action Bronson • Mr. Wonderful • Atlantic • US Release Date: March 23, 2015 The time has finally arrived for former XXL Magazine freshman Action Bronson – his major label debut Mr. Wonderful dropped in late March 15. Naturally, when a Caucasian MC arrives, the question still arises, how legit could this dude be? The answer – if it even really matters anymore – is … Continue reading Review: Action Bronson Shows Incredible Potential On Mr. Wonderful  

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Review: 50 Cent, ‘Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win’


Animal Ambition proves to be a ‘lukewarm’ 50 Cent LP at best  50 Cent • Animal Ambition • G-Unit • US Release Date: June 3, 2014  “Got them straps and long clips filled up with lead / so when we count on the paper it better be correct”. Yep, this lyric (from “Animal Ambition”) basically epitomizes the attitude that 50 Cent rolls with on his … Continue reading Review: 50 Cent, ‘Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win’