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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Baltimore rap fans have been waiting for Los' "Becoming King" since last year. On Thursday, the Bad Boy Records signee and Baltimore native finally released the free 17-track mixtape, which you can download from Datpiff here . "Becoming King" finds Los, who lives in Los Angeles now, sharing tracks with Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ludacris, Pusha T, Yo Gotti and more. The boss, Diddy, appears on the song "Disappointed. " Beats were made by Baltimore-born producer J. Oliver, 1500 or Nothing, Sonny Digital and more.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
DOWNLOAD: Abdu Ali, "Push + Slay" Sitting outside a Mid-Town Belvedere coffee shop on a warm October afternoon, Abdu Ali Eaton was dressed a lot like his music sounds. He wore beat-to-hell pink-and-yellow Adidas high-tops, black sweatpants that scrunch at the bottom and a vintage Cosby sweater that peaked through a buttoned-up oversize camouflage jacket. It's a messy, couldn't-care-less-what-anyone-thinks collage that defies categorization, yet somehow works in the 23-year-old's hands.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
While Baltimore rapper Los seems ready for his close-up because his style and delivery fit in well with the times, Rome Cee continues to carve out his gritty throwback lane. Rome's latest video, "Something Beyond," is the first clip from his forthcoming album/mixtape "The Grey Area. " "Something Beyond," directed by 87Conceptions, recalls the anti-flossy days of Wu-Tang Clan. It's a palette cleanser from the flashy MCs more concerned with snapback hats than tight rhymes.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Baltimore rap fans have been waiting for Los' "Becoming King" since last year. On Thursday, the Bad Boy Records signee and Baltimore native finally released the free 17-track mixtape, which you can download from Datpiff here . "Becoming King" finds Los, who lives in Los Angeles now, sharing tracks with Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ludacris, Pusha T, Yo Gotti and more. The boss, Diddy, appears on the song "Disappointed. " Beats were made by Baltimore-born producer J. Oliver, 1500 or Nothing, Sonny Digital and more.
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By Wesley Case | April 8, 2011
Despite my recent output, this isn't a Wiz Khalifa blog. But hey, when you have the No. 2 album in the country, you're going to be the topic of discussion for a little while. Anyway, the video for "Taylor Gang," a favorite from the gritty freebie Cabin Fever mixtape (and the song Wiz performed first on his recent tour), debuted yesterday and all I can say is ... finally ! Observe Wiz in his most natural habitat, an everyday dorm house with bad lighting, women, Bombay gin, lighters and oh yeah, ridiculous amounts of marijuana.
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By Wesley Case | July 11, 2011
Need help getting up to speed with Lil Wayne? Here are the important tidbits: •••• His new mixtape, a stopgag release and a literal apology for making his fans wait for his new album, is titled Sorry For the Wait . It drops Wednesday. •••• Last Friday, Weezy's team liberated the opening track to the mixtape, "Tunechi's Back," a short but furious take on Rick Ross and Meek Mill's extra-hard street anthem "Tupac Back. " Wayne hasn't forgotten the portion of his fanbase that might not like "How to Love," and he uses "Tunechi's Back" to tap into his street resources.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Caddy Da Don "Cut the Check" mixtape ( download it free here ) Monarch Entertainment Group Rating: *** (out of 4) Note: Videos linked in this review contain explicit language and imagery. When Baltimore rapper Caddy Da Don , born David Rice, was released from prison in 2009 after serving a 2 1/2-year sentence for money laundering, he didn't waste time re-establishing himself as one of the city's most promising MCs. Last year, his club-banger "Grindin' on Me" found a regular home on radio station 92Q. Now, a year later, he's releasing his anticipated new mixtape, "Cut the Check," hosted by Maybach Music Group's DJ Scream.
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Dan Rodricks | January 18, 2012
There's a language slip in the online description of the Baltimore Mixtape Project, an effort to inspire young people to express their views about the sorry state of juvenile justice through hip-hop. Describing the project's first contest — called "Battle: Bar None" — the organizers refer to the school-to-prison pipeline that sends thousands of troubled kids out of classrooms and into juvie-jails. "Many of Baltimore's youth are intimately failure with these dynamics," the website says.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
In recent years, album release dates haven't mattered as much as "leak" days have. That trend continued when the compilation album from Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music clique - "Cruel Summer," an odd name for a record that will hit stores on Tuesday, five days before fall begins - hit the Internet while most of us were sleeping last night. You won't find a link here, but if you're good with the Google, you should have no problem finding it. There's always iTunes, too. We've heard the singles - the ubiquitous "Mercy" has been banging out of cars for months and "New God Flow" (now with a wonderful Ghostface Killah verse tacked on at the end)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
DOWNLOAD: Abdu Ali, "Push + Slay" Sitting outside a Mid-Town Belvedere coffee shop on a warm October afternoon, Abdu Ali Eaton was dressed a lot like his music sounds. He wore beat-to-hell pink-and-yellow Adidas high-tops, black sweatpants that scrunch at the bottom and a vintage Cosby sweater that peaked through a buttoned-up oversize camouflage jacket. It's a messy, couldn't-care-less-what-anyone-thinks collage that defies categorization, yet somehow works in the 23-year-old's hands.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
In July 2008, Angel Carpenter, better known as DJ AngelBaby, fulfilled her lifelong dream of earning an on-air position at 92Q, the city's hip-hop radio station. On one of her first days at the job, Carpenter spotted the source of her inspiration - Khia Edgerton, the beloved and ubiquitous queen of Baltimore Club music known as K-Swift. "There's a window right there, where you could see her on-air," remembered Carpenter, now 28 and a lover of Club music her entire life. "I was so weird and so scared.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Caddy Da Don "Cut the Check" mixtape ( download it free here ) Monarch Entertainment Group Rating: *** (out of 4) Note: Videos linked in this review contain explicit language and imagery. When Baltimore rapper Caddy Da Don , born David Rice, was released from prison in 2009 after serving a 2 1/2-year sentence for money laundering, he didn't waste time re-establishing himself as one of the city's most promising MCs. Last year, his club-banger "Grindin' on Me" found a regular home on radio station 92Q. Now, a year later, he's releasing his anticipated new mixtape, "Cut the Check," hosted by Maybach Music Group's DJ Scream.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
In recent years, album release dates haven't mattered as much as "leak" days have. That trend continued when the compilation album from Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music clique - "Cruel Summer," an odd name for a record that will hit stores on Tuesday, five days before fall begins - hit the Internet while most of us were sleeping last night. You won't find a link here, but if you're good with the Google, you should have no problem finding it. There's always iTunes, too. We've heard the singles - the ubiquitous "Mercy" has been banging out of cars for months and "New God Flow" (now with a wonderful Ghostface Killah verse tacked on at the end)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
In the past two years, Mac Miller, a 20-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh, could have signed a number of deals from major labels. Instead, Miller stayed loyal to his hometown independent label, Rostrum Records. The payoff came in November, when Miller's first album, "Blue Slide Park," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first independent album to do so in more than 15 years. In Miller's world, a major label simply isn't necessary, not when he can continue to release free mixtapes (such as last month's "Macadelic")
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
While Baltimore rapper Los seems ready for his close-up because his style and delivery fit in well with the times, Rome Cee continues to carve out his gritty throwback lane. Rome's latest video, "Something Beyond," is the first clip from his forthcoming album/mixtape "The Grey Area. " "Something Beyond," directed by 87Conceptions, recalls the anti-flossy days of Wu-Tang Clan. It's a palette cleanser from the flashy MCs more concerned with snapback hats than tight rhymes.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | January 18, 2012
There's a language slip in the online description of the Baltimore Mixtape Project, an effort to inspire young people to express their views about the sorry state of juvenile justice through hip-hop. Describing the project's first contest — called "Battle: Bar None" — the organizers refer to the school-to-prison pipeline that sends thousands of troubled kids out of classrooms and into juvie-jails. "Many of Baltimore's youth are intimately failure with these dynamics," the website says.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
In the past two years, Mac Miller, a 20-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh, could have signed a number of deals from major labels. Instead, Miller stayed loyal to his hometown independent label, Rostrum Records. The payoff came in November, when Miller's first album, "Blue Slide Park," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first independent album to do so in more than 15 years. In Miller's world, a major label simply isn't necessary, not when he can continue to release free mixtapes (such as last month's "Macadelic")
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
In July 2008, Angel Carpenter, better known as DJ AngelBaby, fulfilled her lifelong dream of earning an on-air position at 92Q, the city's hip-hop radio station. On one of her first days at the job, Carpenter spotted the source of her inspiration - Khia Edgerton, the beloved and ubiquitous queen of Baltimore Club music known as K-Swift. "There's a window right there, where you could see her on-air," remembered Carpenter, now 28 and a lover of Club music her entire life. "I was so weird and so scared.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | July 11, 2011
Need help getting up to speed with Lil Wayne? Here are the important tidbits: •••• His new mixtape, a stopgag release and a literal apology for making his fans wait for his new album, is titled Sorry For the Wait . It drops Wednesday. •••• Last Friday, Weezy's team liberated the opening track to the mixtape, "Tunechi's Back," a short but furious take on Rick Ross and Meek Mill's extra-hard street anthem "Tupac Back. " Wayne hasn't forgotten the portion of his fanbase that might not like "How to Love," and he uses "Tunechi's Back" to tap into his street resources.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | April 8, 2011
Despite my recent output, this isn't a Wiz Khalifa blog. But hey, when you have the No. 2 album in the country, you're going to be the topic of discussion for a little while. Anyway, the video for "Taylor Gang," a favorite from the gritty freebie Cabin Fever mixtape (and the song Wiz performed first on his recent tour), debuted yesterday and all I can say is ... finally ! Observe Wiz in his most natural habitat, an everyday dorm house with bad lighting, women, Bombay gin, lighters and oh yeah, ridiculous amounts of marijuana.
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