Neutral :: Cryface Jordan


First, we have to acknowledge the obvious: any group that would name themselves after the greatest Internet meme of all time deserves at least one spin. The mysterious Cryface Jordan is a group that is trying to shed some light on gender neutrality with the aptly named “Neutral”. At first listen, I couldn’t really hone in on the subject matter and what they were trying to say, but it is a smooth ride either way. Enjoy.


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Just Nice :: Sauce Money


I stumbled across this record while looking for another Sauce Money song from the 1990s and while this one dropped two years ago, the bars on this thing are absolutely vicious. There’s nothing more frustrating than a rapper who’s nice enough to sit back and collect residuals from ghostwriting gigs but who’s still hungry enough to drop an excellent record every couple of years. Give us an album, Sauce Muthafuckin’!

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Double Pedigree :: Ingrid


Rapper/singer Ingrid’s H-Town bounce isn’t your typical ride. Though she was once a neighbor to the Knowles family, it was never a relationship she expected to get anything out of, according to her recent interview for Elle. However, her influence on Bey’s more recent music can be heard ever since she was asked to collaborate on 2013’s BeyoncĂ©, which eventually turned into her signing to the diva’s Parkwood Entertainment imprint.

“Double Pedigree” is a great introduction into the mind of the artist and what I imagine she wants to make available to young listeners who want and need powerful voices to ring out in hip-hop with something of substance to say behind the bravado and beats. Starting with Dutch Rebelle and now with Ingrid, Front-Free is really looking at upcoming female MCs to set the trend and make rap an open forum for powerful young women who also get busy on the mic, because male or female…bars matter…but most importantly, women have been an integral part of hip-hop culture from the beginning and unfortunately, they face an uphill battle toeing the line between being taken seriously and being asked to portray certain images that may not be what they’re about. Big salute to women on the mic.

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Making A Murderer :: Black Thought f. Styles P (Prod. By 9th Wonder)


I gotta admit I was not prepared for new Thought music today, but here we are. When you throw in a feature from Styles P and production by 9th Wonder…


I’ve come to the realization…for like the millionth time…that Black Thought is quite easily top five dead or alive, which is a tremendous feat for someone who’s technically never released a solo album. While I believe there’s something to be said for an artist putting together a solo LP before certain kudos can be given to them as a solo MC, but I think Thought qualifies as a special case. Styles is no slouch either on this and no disrespect to him, but this one Thought verse could have been followed by 9th letting the beat ride out and I’d still be one satisfied citizen. Enjoy. This takes it back to what it was like when MCs actually spit bars worth rewinding to hear again, all while making the ugliest face imaginable.

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Carlos Slim :: Riff Raff


Riff Raff’s been a polarizing figure in the hip-hop community but for those who “get it”, he’s also the satirical figure hip-hop needed to spoof the vapid trap rap trend before it even really blew up. Maybe you didn’t see Riff’s spoof of MTV Cribs where he takes you through a very basic one-bedroom apartment telling obvious lies about the various items he comes across, but from this, it’s clear that the guy is in on the joke and if you’re not…you’re just gonna be mad or confused or both. I’d take a bugged out, creative, and probably intentionally ignorant Riff Raff record any day just for the lols over the Young Thug gibberish he and the people who like his stuff take seriously. The spoof only gets more funny the more his original act seems to coincide with the face that the mainstream rap world puts on the culture. Funny to ya’ boy.

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