DAVE EAST, BUDA & GRANDZ, & DJ DRAMA – BOOK OF DAVID

Dave East and DJ Drama give us a new mixtape that fans should love. This is Dave East at his best. He’s spitting those Harlem bars with that classic New York cadence. He is definitely one of the MCs that is keeping the city alive nowadays. His flow is fantastic and he never runs out of slick lines to say. He doesn’t really have any features on here aside from some vocalists who sound great like Katt Rockell. The beats on here are fire. He really has some nice boom bap sounds with some soulful samples in there to give them breath. All in all, this is a solid record that Dave East almost handled on his own back. Fans will definitely love this one.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#daveeast #defjam #defjamrecords #harlem #djdrama #drama #qualitystreetmusic #gangstagrillz #budaandgrandz #buda&grandz #bookofdavid #bod


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38 SPESH & HARRY FRAUD – BEYOND BELIEF

38 Spesh and Harry Fraud give us a brand new project that is pretty strong. 38 Spesh has such a way with words and his voice is so unique as well. He doesn’t have a problem standing out from the masses. His bars are strong all throughout this project. He has features from greats such as Conway, Jim Jones, Ransom, Benny, Currensy and more. The production on this album handled by Harry Fraud is very strong as well. He always comes through when it is time to produce an album for an artist and he does a great job at complementing their style musically. The best track on here is “Band Of Brothers” featuring Ransom and Benny. The beat is very heavy and soulful and all 3 MCs rip through their verses to show you how great they are and what a band of brothers they really are. All in all, this is a strong album that deserves a listen from people who respect hip hop.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#38spesh #iamspesh #trustgang #trust #harryfraud #lamusicadeharryfraud #beyondbelief


VINNIE PAZ – TORTURED IN THE NAME OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Vinnie Paz drops a fantastic new album for fans to revel in. Vinnie is on an incredible creative run and we are all getting to benefit from his wave of talent that is coming from him. His rhymes are powerful and forceful and he sounds just as dope as he ever has. He really has a knack for crafting the dopest sounding hardcore songs out there. He also has a plethora of slick rappers on here that make features. You will hear from Method Man, M.O.P., Ras Kass, Kurupt, Big Twins, Geechi Suede, and more. The production on here is slamming as well as Vinnie employs some of the best in the underground. C-Lance and Stu Bangas handle the majority of the production and they do a fantastic job as always. The best song on this album is “Loro Piana Robes” featuring the legendary Thirstin Howll III. I can’t even describe how much this song means having the Lo Life General team up with Vinnie Paz and rhyming over one of the dopest beats. Both MCs flow perfectly over this beat and really show us their talents at a high level. Vinnie really blessed us with this song and this whole album.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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NAS – KING’S DISEASE III

Nas and Hit-Boy bring us the third chapter of the King’s Disease series and this one is as solid of a record as I have ever heard. The main component of this project is consistency. As you move from song to song, you realize how great Nas is with the lyrics in 2022. It’s effortless for him to be great. He is able to tell stories and drop jewels now just as good as he ever did. Songs like “Once A Man, Twice A Child” emphasizes how much we should appreciate our youth, because we might be old and be “childlike” yet again as someone else takes care of us. It’s really a superbly written and introspective song. “First Time” is another great song which describes the joys of hearing a newly-discovered favorite artist for the first time. Hit-Boy does another great job with the beats on this album. It’s a very cohesive album where each song sounds great and they all sound like they fit together perfectly. The magic that Nas and Hit-Boy have together is uncanny. If anyone knows hip hop, you know that Nas is a staple and is here to stay forever. He is an icon living and continues to show us that in his latest chapter of life.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#nas #nasir #nasirjones #nastynas #nasescobar #escobar #nastradamus #queens #queensbridge #hitboy #kingsdiseaseiii #kingsdisease3 #kd3 #kingsdisease


GEECHI SUEDE – 19 NOTES

Geechi Suede gives us a brand new project that is pretty dope overall. He spits his smooth Camp Lo style bars over some really great production. There’s something about the Camp Lo style that is just mesmerizing to listeners. They both sound great when they get in their respective lanes. There are no features on here, but he doesn’t really need any help on here. The lyrics are smooth and keep flowing over perfect tracks. He really selects some great soul samples to flip into rap tracks. When spitting 70’s style blaxploitation bars, there really isn’t a greater sound than the music of the time. And he really selects some great tracks. If you love Camp Lo, you will definitely be digging this latest offering.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#geechisuede #camplo #officialcamplo #19notes #nineteennotes


HUS KINGPIN – MY BEAUTIFUL DARK WAVE FANTASY

Hus Kingpin gives us a beautifully sounding new album that flips a lot of the music that Kanye West has used over the years. Hus has a knack of really changing up the music to the point where the original beat is all but unrecognizable. His bars on here are a lot more focused and forceful. You can almost hear his laser-like focus as he skips through his rhymes. You will hear features from SmooVth, Gripz, YaH-Ra, & Doza The Drum Dealer. The production on this album is handled by Manny Megz and several others. Most beats are pretty slamming and hard drums are definitely apparent throughout this one. The album does get a tad stranger sounding as you move into the end of it. All in all, this is definitely one of the better Hus Kingpin albums we have gotten in a long time. Fans will be pleasantly surprised.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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PLANET ASIA & SNOWGOONS – U.Z.I. (UNIVERSAL ZEITGEIST INTELLIGENCE)

Planet Asia and The Snowgoons give us an absolutely slamming new project. This one showcases Planet Asia’s skills perfectly. He flows over these boom bap beats with the greatest of ease. He never runs out of words at all and can keep flowing for eons. He just sounds so great over the beats that The Snowgoons provide. The production is a good mix between boom bap and clever samples. They really know how to complement the artists they work with and they definitely did their thing on this project. You get 6 dope tracks and the instrumental version of each one as well. Planet Asia can’t be stopped and we don’t want him to be stopped.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#planetasia #asiaticprince #planetasiamedallions #fresno #goldchainmusic #gcm #snowgoons #thesnowgoons #germany #uzi #universalzeitgeistintelligence


GUY GRAMS, BIGBOB, & RAF ALMIGHTY – THE BAG

Three Baltimore natives team up to give us a slamming new hip hop album. Hip hop purists will definitely rejoice in this new boom bap excursion through the streets of Baltimore. On the mic, all three are great and have forcefully delivered lyrics. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between them, but in this case, that is a good thing. They didn’t need any help with the bars so you won’t hear any other features on here. The beats are definitely slamming. You may want to make sure your neck is okay after listening through this project because your head will definitely be nodding to beat after beat. All in all, this is a great album. Well done to Guy Grams, BigBob, and Raf Almighty.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#guygrams #baltimore #bigbob #rafalmighty #thebag


DA BUZE BRUVAZ & LORD BEATJITZU – BOLO YEUNG BARBARIAN BICEPZ

Da Buze Bruvaz return with a quick 6 track project where they slay the competition with their focused bars. Him Lo and Clever 1 expertly trade forceful bars back and forth to show how Lo Lifes and Philly cats represent to the fullest. Their rhyme scheme is really dope and they don’t seem to run out of words that rhyme together. Lord Beatjitzu provides the beats on this go round and he does a pretty decent job overall. He creates a good tempo for the Philly rappers to get their rhymes out over. Even though this is a quick one, Da Buze Bruvaz have a brand and they consistently bring that quality product to the table.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#himlo #clever1 #dabuzebruvaz #lolifes #lolife #polo #ralphlauren #rl #philadelphia #philly #illadelph #lordbeatjitzu #boloyeungbarbarianbicepz #boloyeung #barbarianbicepz


ROCK & RON BROWZ – ETHER ROCKS

Da Rockness Monsta aka Rock from the legendary Boot Camp Clik and Heltah Skeltah teams up with producer Ron Browz to bring us a brand new album that recaptures that classic New York feeling pretty well. Ron Browz does a dope job at creating beats that not only bounce, but also have that boom bap sound to them. He is able to make New York sound like what it should sound like. When you enter the Brownsville native Rock into the mix, you get a recipe for greatness. Rock’s voice is monstrous as ever and his flow sounds fantastic. He really is able to switch up his flow from beat to beat to give the streets what it is hungry for. Rock gets features from MCs like Method Man, Steele, Ruste Juxx, and more. Tracks like “Flamboyant” display a slamming beat that is guaranteed to have your neck snapping. Another dope track would be “Faith” featuring The Last American B-Boy. This is another one that is going to make heads dislocate from necks. All in all, this is a very good record that hip hop purists will definitely go back to time and time again.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#rock #_rockness_ #rockness #rocknessmonsta #rocknessmonster #bigrock #bigroccbcc #seanprice #p #heltahskeltah #bcc #bootcampclik #duckdown #druha #monstanation #monstagang #monstamanrocko #ronbrowz #etherboy #etherrocks


NAPOLEON DA LEGEND – THE COLOSSUS OF GOATS

Napoleon Da Legend comes right back at us with another new slamming project. This one is more directed at the bars and boom bap fans. On the mic, NDL is smooth as ever and as complex with his bars and flow. He never seems to run out of gas and can go on forever. It really is uncanny. He gets features from Nejma Nefertiti, Eloh Kush, Sicknature, and more. On the production side of things, Sicknature gives us another dope batch of beats for NDL to rip through. He always does a good job of complementing the sound of the MC through the boom bap beats. These two definitely have a chemistry and it shows through every time. As always, we are looking forward to everything they do together.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#napoleondalegend #napoleon #ndl #teamndl #thecolossusofgoats #tcog


RJ PAYNE & STU BANGAS – MY LIFE IZ A MOVIE

Lyrical assassin RJ Payne teams up with superb underground producer Stu Bangas to give us a cinematic trip through New York. On this project, RJ Payne gives us a day in a lot of the hot spots in each borough in New York City. You can almost see the scenes he is talking about as he describes his day in each. It really is no wonder how they came up with the title for this album. There aren’t any features on the project other than DJ DooWop narrating some of the movement between places. One interesting note about the lyrics on this project is that you won’t really hear any kind of blatant violence. There aren’t drugs being sold or people getting shot and murdered on here. RJ Payne keeps it much more simplified, while at the same time showing us what his week looked like. Stu Bangas does a great job on the beats as usual. He is a proven staple in the industry now and is really showing us that he can score a project well. All in all, this is a well-written project that tells a great story. Hip hop purists and general fans will both agree that this project deserves respect.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#rjpayne #iamrjpayne #reignman #izziefareal #eimg #educatedignorancemusicgroup #educatedignorance #blacksopranofamily #bsf #gxfr #griselda #fashionrebels #philadelphia #philly #illadelph #stubangas #stu_bangas #mylifeizamovie #mliam


FLEE LORD – LADIES & GENTLEMEN

Flee Lord comes back at fans hard with a slamming new album. He sets the precedent right from the first song and shows us that his bars are hard as nails. He has such a unique style and voice. It is no wonder why he has no problem shining in this industry. He has features from some artists like Rome Streetz, Che Noir, G4 Jag, OT The Real, and more. The beats on this project are pretty slamming from front to back. Some highlights include “We Was Gettin It Off” and “Fake Thugs.” These beats are guaranteed to break your neck. All in all, Delgado does a great job on this project and we always look forward to new material that drops. Lord Lord!!


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#fleelord #inf_mobb_flee #griselda #segang #lordmobb #ladiesandgentlemen #ladies&gentlemen #lag #l&g


EL GANT – O.S.L.O.

El Gant drops a new solo project that is pretty dope overall. El Gant is a surgeon with the bars and he has been for a long time. His rhymes are strong and forceful and chock full of slick lines. He’s got features from hip hop royalty like DJ Premier, Ras Kass, Killah Priest, Planet Asia, and more. The beats on this album are absolutely slamming. This is boom bap hip hop to the core. You get hard hitting drums and massive basslines. There are even a few clever sounds mixed in as samples to make it sound different. El Gant does a fantastic job with this new project. Any hip hop purists out there need to check this album out with the quickness. You will not be disappointed.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#elgant #oslo


CAM’RON & A-TRAK – U WASN’T THERE

Cam’ron and producer A-Trak teamed up to give us a dope new Cam’ron album. Let’s be honest, Cam’ron pretty much never misses with anything he does. His rhymes are Harlem to the core and dope as hell. He is able to secure some of the best beats in the game every single time. The guy can’t lose. This new project follows suit just the same as past releases. His bars are great and flashy as ever. He is confident as hell and his rhymes display that perfectly. He has features from Jim Ones, Juelz Santana, Conway, Mr. Vegas, and more. The production on here is great. It almost sounds like the classic Heatmakerz sound that we all love from the Diplomats. This is a solid album that Diplomat fans will love and put on repeat without any question.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#camron #cam’ron #killacam #mr_camron #camerongiles #diplomats #dipset #harlem #atrak #a-trak #uwasntthere #uwt


PRODIGY – HEGELIAN DIALECTIC 2: THE BOOK OF HEROINE

A posthumous release from the fallen hero Prodigy hits us all and reminds us how great the late rapper really was. When it comes to the bars, the Mobb Deep veteran still gives us real and poignant bars. He is still sharp as ever on this new record and you really get a sense of what an asset he was to the rap game. I would almost venture on to say about how these rhymes are even more personal than previous releases as he describes his relationships with women a lot more on here. He has features from Big Daddy Kane, Remy Ma, Chinky, Big Noyd, Faith Evans, Berto Rich, and more. The beats on here are pretty decent all around. He has a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to the music. You have bangers like the DJ Premier produced “Walk Out” and then you have more laid back, ladies tracks like the album highlight “You Will See” with an expertly sung hook from Berto Rich. All in all, Prodigy’s camp put together a great posthumous album for fans to always rejoice in his memory.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#prodigy #prodigymobbdeep #mobbdeep #mobb #md #queens #hegeliandialectic2 #hegeliandialectic #thebookofheroine #tboh


PLANET ASIA & BODY BAG BEN – HEIST THE CROWN

Planet Asia teams up with producer Body Bag Ben to bring us another new project. This one definitely has an ominous feeling to it and can be very eerie at times. Nonetheless, it is a very focused project at the same time. On the mic, Planet Asia sounds great, just as he always does. It really is uncanny how he never runs out of dope rhymes. This is an unbeatable MC. He is spitting his Egyptian merchandise all over some dope beats. He gets some great features from Snoop Dogg, Tristate, Yah-Ra, and more. The production side of things is handled by Body Bag Ben and he does another fantastic job on the boards. His eerie style coupled with hard-hitting drums serves as a perfect backdrop for Planet Asia to do his thing. The highlight of this project is the neck-snapping “Heavy Metal.” As the title suggests, this one is definitely not to be taken lightly. All in all, the 2 two artists do a great job at constructing a strong album for hip hop fans.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#planetasia #asiaticprince #planetasiamedallions #fresno #goldchainmusic #gcm #bodybagben #heistthecrown #htc


SYMBA – RESULTS TAKE TIME

Symba teams up with DJ Drama to drop his highly anticipated debut album Results Take Time. What a fantastic debut from a promising and talented rapper! This is the type of album where you don’t really have a standout banger of a single. Instead, what you have is brick after brick building a strong foundation to a house. He is dropping a lot of knowledge on here and if you listen carefully, you are going to get a lot of free jewelry. He is incredible on the mic and he already sounds like a solid and proven veteran with his confidence and his flow. His wordplay is smart and he also has a message for listeners as well. He has some features from Pusha T, 2 Chainz, RMR, and more. The beats on here are pretty decent overall as well. There might have been 1 or 2 songs that I could have done without, but overall, it is pretty slamming. He really knew how to craft actual songs for this one. This means that they won’t play out quickly like a lot of other songs and albums do. This is an MC that is going places. If you haven’t seen his freestyles, start there. After that, digest this album and you will see why this man has so much potential.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#symba #therealsymba #resultstaketime #rtt


RANSOM & MAYOR – THIS LIFE MADE ME

Ransom teams up with producer Mayor to give us a short, but focused project. If you are a fan of bars, you already know that Ransom is an expert on the mic. He gives us 6 new songs in which he hard presses the beat with his words. There are 2 features from 38 Spesh and Havoc from Mobb Deep. The beats are pretty decent overall. I’d prefer to hear some harder hitting drums, but it was a pretty dope project nonetheless. Ransom continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the industry so if you are not familiar with his stuff, now is the time to do so.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#ransom #ran #ransompls #201ransom #soulkilla #thegreatest #mayor #thislifemademe #tlmm


CROOKED I & JOELL ORTIZ – HARBOR CITY SEASON ONE

Crooked I and Joell Ortiz team up for a brand new album that is free from all of the Slaughterhouse drama. This is a pretty robust album clocking in at 24 tracks total. A lot of them are skits which one can argue if they are necessary or not. They do take up a lot of the time, but one could also argue that they push the narrative forward on the album. It is basically a story of a rookie cop recruit that goes on an adventure in a fictional town and has a pretty huge climaxing scene at the end. On the mic, Crooked and Joell are as magical as they ever have been. They are spitting complex bars of fury and pushing the story ahead as they go along. There aren’t a whole lot of features on here but, you do get a verse from the legendary AZ. The production on here is pretty decent overall. I’d classify the beats somewhere in between average and above average. The highlight of the project is a track called “Community Center” which is a perfectly written dialogue about the effect that community centers had in the lives of the MCs and how important they are. You can almost picture yourself there with them as they tell their stories. This was a bit of different move for the duo that still raps from Slaughterhouse. This might not be their most memorable album ever, but we will take anything they are willing to give us.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#joellortiz #yaowa #crookedi #kxngcrooked #crookedintriago #thenotoriouscrdouble #cob #ssuttx2 #kxng #slaughterhouse #mrweeklys #shadyrecords #shady #harborcityseasonone #harborcityseason1


BILLY DANZE – TOP 5

Billy Danze gets right to the point with this new 5 track EP. It is quick and dirty and is sure to keep fans fed. On the mic, he is hard as he ever was with his gritty Brownsville street rhymes. He definitely hasn’t lost a step at all when it comes to the bars. For the production, he decided to make songs over 5 classic NY tracks and he does a slamming job with all 5 of them. This is a hardcore Brooklyn banger just as he has always done whether solo or as a duo in M.O.P. Fans will definitely appreciate this one and as always, we can’t wait to hear more from Danze and/or M.O.P.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#billydanze #billdanzemop #thebillydanzeproject #mop #brooklyn #bk #brownsville #top5 #topfive


KILLA KYLEON – MIC JORDAN

Killa Kyleon drops a new album that has a lot of soul to it. If you took some of the best 70s and 80s classic R&B songs and sampled them into a dope album, you would end up with this one. It really is uncanny the sound of this entire project. It really takes you back to those times in life by hearing these tracks sampled and reimagined. On the mic, Killa Kyleon has a fantastic flow spitting that Texas slang as he has always done. He has a way of always pressing forward no matter what. Combine his rhymes with classic R&B/soul songs, and you have a great project on your hands. Songs like “RIP Nog,” “Blessing Me,” and “Mama’s Pain” all have dope samples that the old school R&B heads should be able to easily identify. The highlight is probably “It’s My Turn” which features Rich Andrews. It has a beautifully sung hook to it that makes it very melodic and catchy. All in all, if you are fan of classic R&B tracks from the 70s, 80s, and even dipping into the 90s a tad, this will be the album for you.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#killakyleon #houston #micjordan #mj


HEAVEN RAZAH & ROADSART – HELL’S ROAD

Heaven Razah and producer Roadsart join forces once again for another new project. This one is definitely more soulful as production wise, you will hear more soulful vocal samples laced into the beats. Heaven Razah definitely sounds good on beats like this because it gives him a chance to show you his story and his pain. The highlight on this project is “From The Heart” with its beautiful sample and truly real lyrics. Heaven Razah does it again and gives us another dope look into his life and his art.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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38 SPESH – 7 SHOTS

38 Spesh drops a quick new 8 track project. With MC’ing and producing the whole project, he had a lot on his plate. If you want guaranteed quality product, 38 Spesh is the man to trust and the man that will always deliver. On the mic, his rhymes are street and dope at the same time. He has fantastic bars that shows you what the street life is like vividly. He has great features from Freeway, Ransom, Che Noir, Eto, and more. On the boards, he is fantastic, often weaving strong drums and clever samples together to almost breathe through the beats and provide the soundtrack to what he is spitting. There is a soul in his music that purposefully inserted and can be felt through each song. Hip hop heads will definitely be digging this project and you will definitely be rewinding this one back quite a few times.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#38spesh #iamspesh #trustgang #trust #7shots #sevenshots


CAPPADONNA & STU BANGAS – 3RD CHAMBER GRAIL BARS (LIMITED WU-TANG GOLD EDITION)

Cappadonna teams up with producer Stu Bangas to bring us a strong new Cappadonna album. We haven’t heard this much strength from a Cappadonna album in awhile and I think that is directly due to the musical providings of Stu Bangas. His beats are hard and brings out the best of every MC he works with. With hard drums and basslines, he almost forces the rhymes out of the rapper. Stu really did a decent job with these beats on here. Cappadonna raps with a renewed resurgence of power and skill. He is dropping jewels for the masses straight outta the Park Hill projects with this one. He has features from Celph Titled, Planet Asia, Sick Jacken, Ill Bill, and more. This is definitely one of Cappadonna’s better albums and I’m almost certain hip hop fans will find their personal favorites to put on repeat.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


#cappadonna #wu-tangclan #wutangclan #wutang #wu-tang #wutangforever #wtc #stubangas #stu_bangas #3rdchambergrailbars #thirdchambergrailbars