@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #5 Kanye West- Yeezus

#5 Kanye West- Yeezus Released: June 18th By: Dequan Huggins      Controversy! Controversy! Controversy! No other artist caused it this year more than Chicago hip-hop legend Kanye West. After a lack luster performance on his record label compilation Cruel Summer, Kanye looked to shake the world up again with his latest project entitled Yeezus. Struggling…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #6 Tyler, the Creator- Wolf

#6 Tyler, the Creator- Wolf Released: April 2nd By: Dequan Huggins      Leader of the California Collective Odd Future, Tyler the Creator, released his second full-length album last spring titled Wolf. After expressing disappointment with his the creative process of his first album, Tyler returned to music inspired to incorporate more of his sonic inspirations…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #7 Arctic Monkeys- AM

#7 Arctic Monkeys- AM Released: September 6th By: Dequan Huggins       English rock band Arctic Monkeys released their fifth studio album this fall with hopes of reinventing themselves. Known for their indie punk threshold, the band relocated to Los Angeles and became inspired to create more mellow and soft-spoken rock. The risks that the Arctic…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #8 PartyNextDoor- PartyNextDoor

#8 PartyNextDoor- PartyNextDoor Released: July 1st By: Dequan Huggins      Canada continued its wining streak with its urban artists in 2013 with Ontario singer PartyNextDoor. The singer/ producer was the first signee to hip-hop golden boy Drake’s label OVO Sound. The cosign came with excruciating expectations; especially after Drake’s recent split with fellow Canadian sing…

@Xtradope’s Best Songs of 2013 List

@Xtradope’s Best Songs of the Year By: Dequan Huggins 2013 saw some of the more creative and imaginative records in recent memory. From future family reunion feel good records like “Blurred Lines” to controversial club smashes like “UOENO” to anything by Miley Cyrus. 2013 had it all and I took the liberty of ranking the…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #9 Danny Brown- Old

#9 Danny Brown- Old Released: October 8th By: Dequan Huggins      Detroit has seen its share of colorful rappers, but no character has been as interesting and original as the Fools Gold experimental rapper Danny Brown. After seeing a substantial amount of success from the critical darling XXX, Brown looked to not only top…

Mainstream Vs Underground Hip-Hop By: Dequan Huggins

             One of the underlying civil wars of hip-hop since it’s the early 90’s has been ‘Mainstream vs. Underground’. Each side has validity as to why they should feel a sense of entitlement of being responsible for the growth of hip-hop as genre. But I’m here to tell you that…

Greatest Rap Album Intros of the Last 10 years. By @Xtradope

Since its inception, hip-hop has always placed significance on the album intro, more so than any other genre of music. Setting the tone for your album, it’s up to the artist to capture the attention of the listeners convincing you that they’ve put a tremendous amount of work into their latest project. Within the last…