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  • JUKEBOXDC PRESENTS: 2013 DMV Freshman List (Part 1)

    JUKEBOXDC PRESENTS: 2013 DMV Freshman List (Part 1)

    Happy New Year to everybody. It’s that time to reveal the first part of our DMV freshman list from 2013. We made this list to showcase who we feel are the new up and coming artists in the DMV to break. We already know about Shy Glizzy, Wale, Fat Trel and The Slutty Boyz; this list is meant to give some new artists shine. Check out the first three artists on the next page. NEXT PAGE

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  • Proper Villains – Idiots Guide To Molly

    Proper Villains – Idiots Guide To Molly

    I’m not a recreational drug-person. With that said, everyone out there has seen how popular “Molly” has become, although it would seem like this is just a new wave of popularity of Ecstasy. After the deaths of two people during New York’s Electric Zoo festival over the weekend, allegedly from Molly, Dance DJ and producer Proper Villains’ posted his safety guide to doing Molly on his Facebook page. I’m posting an abridged version here too, because this is something important […]

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  • RJD2 – “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” (A Brief Review)

    RJD2 – “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” (A Brief Review)

    RJD2 started as a well-known producer (and then later a solo artist) best known for his work with artists like Murs, El-P and Aesop Rock. Oh yeah and the theme song from “Mad Men” . Anyways,  it has been three years since his last solo album and RJ is returning with a new LP. Similar to some of his earliest three albums, More Is Than Isn’t will be mostly instrumentals, occasionally features vocals from artists like Aaron Livingston (his bandmate […]

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  • RECAP: Hot 97′s Summer Jam XX

    RECAP: Hot 97′s Summer Jam XX

    By: Jamoris Vincent The 20th Anniversary of Summer Jam went down this year at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. Joe Budden was the opening act of 2013′s Summer Jam, which made sense, since he was in his hometown. Joe Budden ran through a few of his classic records, including one of his bigger hits “Pump It Up”. Joe Budden also brought out Tank & Joey Ortiz during his set. Second to hit the stage was Miguel, and he opened […]

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  • Part V: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    Part V: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    We are finally at the top. See what were the best albums and mixtapes of 2012.

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  • Part IV: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    Part IV: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    See who cracks the Top 10 and who fell just short of the Top 5.

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  • Part III: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    Part III: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    We’re back again for the third installment of the Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012.

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  • Part II: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    Part II: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    Welcome back! It’s the second day as we count down the Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012.

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  • Part 1: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    Part 1: Top 25 Rap Albums & Mixtapes of 2012

    Hi, 2013, but before I can fully dive into you musically, I have to talk about the best rap and hip-hop albums and mixtapes of 2012.

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  • REVIEW: Wiz Khalifa (@RealWizKhalifa) – O.N.I.F.C.

    REVIEW: Wiz Khalifa (@RealWizKhalifa) – O.N.I.F.C.

    I feel as if Wiz Khalifa has a pretty bad rap among what I call half-fans: fans that have begun following his ascent once he was in the national eye, but never really knew about his earlier efforts. As a result, a lot of people felt that Wiz Khalifa’s major label debut, Rolling Papers, was a bit of a sellout album: a lot of synthesized tunes that are a departure from his still-party-yet-still-street songs from, say, Deal Or No Deal. […]

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  • Will Trinidad James (@TrinidadJamesGG) Sign With MMG?

    Will Trinidad James (@TrinidadJamesGG) Sign With MMG?

    October 22, 2012: I came across Trinidad James about a week ago when he released his “All Gold Everything” video which already has 160,534 on YouTube.

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  • MTV Announces “Unprecedented Expansion” Of Hip-Hop (On) All Channels

    MTV Announces “Unprecedented Expansion” Of Hip-Hop (On) All Channels

    Sway is probably happy as shit right now. I spotted this All Hip Hop article on Nahright yesterday: “MTV has announced plans to expand and unify Hip-Hop music coverage and content across all of its channels, under the MTV Jams brand name. The goal is to extend the MTV Jams brand from its current, 24-hour digital channel, to all of MTV’s properties, MTV, MTV2 and MTV.com. The new programming initiative will see MTV2′s ‘Sucker Free Countdown’ re-launched as ‘The Week […]

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  • Thoughts on MMG’s “Bag of Money” Remix, Wale, Black Cobain, Judah, etc.

    Thoughts on MMG’s “Bag of Money” Remix, Wale, Black Cobain, Judah, etc.

      Recently, Maybach Music Group released the first remix to their hit single “Bag of Money”.  Aside from multiple MMG members, the song features Mempis favorite Yo Gotti, music superstar Lil’ Wayne and interestingly, Wale affiliate Black Cobain. Around the same time, veteran DC producer and occasional Wale collaborator Judah (pictured above, right)  complained about the DC Hip Hop scene in an excellent, enlightening Washington City Paper interview. The interview showcased Judah’s continuing pessimism (see his 2010 conversation with Jon […]

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  • The 20 Best Mixtapes of 2012 (So Far)

    The 20 Best Mixtapes of 2012 (So Far)

    As we reach the halfway point in 2012, Hip-Hop (and Rap) is off to the races. With so many solid projects, I had to take the time out to name the 20 best so far this year. From the takeover of Maybach Music Group or the return of the real Wiz Khalifa, 2012 has been incredible to see. With that being said,  I didn’t rank the mixtapes, but I did break down the mixtapes in specific categories that they all […]

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  • Purity Ring (@PURITY_RING) – “Fineshrine”

    Purity Ring (@PURITY_RING) – “Fineshrine”

    Canadian indie-pop duo Purity Ring (singer Megan James and producer Corin Roddick) released a song today in preparation for their first album, Shrines, which is coming out July 24th, 2012.  The group, formed in 2010, debuted their first single last January to critical acclaim. Their sound could best be described as hard-hitting 808s with dark, R&B-influenced electronic synths and echoing, distorted vocals thrown on top. Corin Roddick puts together dense tracks that can be both upbeat and intense or heavy […]

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  • The Top 15 Hip-Hop Projects Of 2011 (In My Opinion)

    The Top 15 Hip-Hop Projects Of 2011 (In My Opinion)

    Sketches from Elemental Electronic Music Festival at Alliance Francaise Yangon 2011 Yep, another year gone. Jeez, I’m officially two years away from 30…. Anyway, I can honestly say that this has been an incredible year in Hip-Hop music. A lot of great artists have continued to be great (Drake), some have decided to drop the ball for sales (‘Lasers‘) and a lot of lesser known artists have continued to put out great projects (that often fell on deaf ears). So […]

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  • Dirty G’s View, @Wale Vs @Noz and why we need to Support not Hinder artist from being Great.

    Dirty G’s View, @Wale Vs @Noz and why we need to Support not Hinder artist from being Great.

         A certain Local writer from DC has some hate for a certain DC Rapper. I (Dirty G) over here at jukeboxdc.com dont usually take sides but you read and Decide Hate or not. I usually dont care what people in way like this but once you hit a certain level as a Writer you should not be bias against rappers you should be fair and balanced and to me doesn’t seem like someone got that memo. Link and His rebuttal […]

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  • HenryVIII Album Review: Wale “Ambition”

    HenryVIII Album Review: Wale “Ambition”

    Before I even start, let the record show that (since “Hate is the New Love”) I have always been a Wale supporter. However, I have NEVER been a Wale fan. This in no way compromises my ability to judge his music without bias (although it does prevent me from attending any of his shows). But I must say, as a resident of the DMV, it’s a beautiful thing to finally have strong representation at the forefront of the hip hop […]

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  • JukeBoxDC Editorial: Five Reasons Why You Should Buy Wale’s Ambition

    JukeBoxDC Editorial: Five Reasons Why You Should Buy Wale’s Ambition

    Wale has been through a lot since breaking into the rap game. Strong underground following developed through well put together mixtapes, ups and downs with record labels and is every growing Twitter struggle with his haters and naysayers. Finally all will be put to rest on November 1st as Wale releases his sophomore album, Ambition. With the Maybach Music Group behind him, a legion of fans supporting him and a multi-faceted album, Wale delivers and delivers damn good. With his […]

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  • Cole World: The Sideline Story Album Review

    Cole World: The Sideline Story Album Review

    Cole’s album is finally here. “Cole World: The Sideline Story“. When we think of the word sideline, we automatically think of sitting on the bench. A person gaining knowledge by observing the game and even practicing with the greats. J. Cole released “The Warm Up” to get us prepared for “Friday Night Lights” which made us check out for him on “Any Given Sunday”. Since Cole’s last mixtape “Friday Night Lights” you have to say he had his fans at the edge […]

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  • JUKEBOXDC Editorials: A Night On Fourteenth With Common

    JUKEBOXDC Editorials: A Night On Fourteenth With Common

    This past Saturday night, I was invited to come out to Common’s Green For All event at Park at Fourteenth. I got to the venue a few minutes before Common and his entourage arrived. Once the Chicago emcee arrived, I was escorted along with him to the VIP section where I was formally introduced to Common by my homie RRA from DMV Culture. Common is a real cool brother, very humble and treated me like a friend he knew for years. Common […]

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  • JUKEBOX:DC Editorial: Four Rappers Who Can Possibly Be This Generations’s 2Pac

    JUKEBOX:DC Editorial: Four Rappers Who Can Possibly Be This Generations’s 2Pac

    When people argue the greatest rapper alive Tupac “2Pac” Shakur’s name comes up. When people argue the most influential rapper of all-time, he is the name that comes up. It has been 15 years since his tragic death in Las Vegas and 2Pac’s soul, music and voice is still alive in the hip-hop community. With this new generation of fire spitters and emcees on the come up, our culture is still searching for the next rapper to cultivate us like […]

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  • The 2011 VMAs: A Celebration of Today’s Illuminati Music Industry

    The 2011 VMAs: A Celebration of Today’s Illuminati Music Industry

    MTV’s Video Music Awards give out “Moon Man” trophies to music artists who have had success during the previous year. But there is much more to it than shiny gold trophies. The VMAs are a celebration of the Illuminati industry, of those who push its agenda and a promotional tool to put the next generation of “initiates” into the spotlight. We’ll look at the 2011 VMAs, the stars that were celebrated and the material that leads them there.   Read the […]

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  • JukeBoxDC Editorial: A Tale of Two Carters

    JukeBoxDC Editorial: A Tale of Two Carters

    Meet two men. Both with the same last name. Both kings of their castle. Both with respective careers and occupations. Yet, in 2011, these two men are on two complete opposite sides of the road. Let me give a quick setup. For the past 10 years either Sean Corey Carter or Wayne Michael Carter has been atop or near the top of the hip hop pantheon. From record historic sales, award winning albums, club anthems to pioneering two of the […]

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  • JUKEBOX:DC Editorial: Kendrick Lamar: Please Don’t Go Mainstream

    JUKEBOX:DC Editorial: Kendrick Lamar: Please Don’t Go Mainstream

    Dear Kendrick Lamar, As a fan of yours I felt the need to write this open letter to get a few things off of my chest. One, you are a phenomenal artist, rapper, leader and spoken word performer that captivates my inner soul and others to a degree I haven’t felt in a very long time. No one in the past five years has struck chords through my ear like this since Lupe Fiasco during his 2005-2006 run. However, I […]

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  • JukeBoxDC Editorial: Five Reasons Why Watch The Throne Would’ve Been Better in 2006

    JukeBoxDC Editorial: Five Reasons Why Watch The Throne Would’ve Been Better in 2006

    sYes. I said it. Watch The Throne is a good album. Not classic. Not phenomenal. Not earth shattering, but nonetheless, a good album. This isn’t a review of the pros and cons of the album, the deeper look into the lyrics, subliminal messages or content but a different perspective on the “what if” factor. This is in the same sense as, what if Portland would’ve selected Kevin Durant in the 2009 NBA draft or what if Tupac doesn’t get shot […]

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  • New York Post Reviews Watch The Throne

    New York Post Reviews Watch The Throne

    Jay-Z told his guests at the Hayden Planetarium, there for a listening party to hear “Watch the Throne,” that it took him and Kanye West three tries (over nine months) to make this album. The third time was the charm. Alternating between hard beats with raw raps and risk-free commercial tracks, the record sounds best when it gets tough. On the opener, “No Church in the Wild,” West philosophizes, “What’s a king to a god, what’s a god to a […]

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  • 1 Year Strong, With Many More To Come…

    1 Year Strong, With Many More To Come…

    Hello, I certainly don’t write as much as I’d like to on this here website of ours anymore (that will change), but for those who are reading this, I would really like to say thank you to those that showed real support to our movement (there are so many to shoutout, I’d much rather say thanks in this manner rather than leave out anyone). This was never meant to be more than a blog….one that basically provides any and every thing […]

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  • The Park Live Presents an Idol: Soulful, Sassy Fantasia

    The Park Live Presents an Idol: Soulful, Sassy Fantasia

    An antsy crowd seemed more than relieved when Fantasia, the Grammy-nominated songstress likened to the greats such as Aretha, Patti and Tina Turner, hit the stage for The Park Live last Thursday. The Southern belle, known to belt out tunes, melodies, beautiful sounds from the depth of her soul, donned a sexy wavy bob complementing her star-studded, short, curve-hugging dress. Nearly blinding jewels adorning her wrist and fingers were glistening as much as her toe nails, because you know, in […]

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  • Music Mogul, Sean "Diddy" Combs launches MYMAG – Diddy Dirty Money – A Personal Insight Into His Life and New Band

    Music Mogul, Sean "Diddy" Combs launches MYMAG – Diddy Dirty Money – A Personal Insight Into His Life and New Band

    Diddy now adds magazine curator / editor-in-chief to his already-impressive resume. He curated the material in Diddy Dirty Money, which is both a glossy print magazine and an interactive online experience, offering exclusive video, commentary and much more. Diddy mixes original content, including never-published photographs of him and his band members, Kalenna and Dawn with archived articles from his favorite publications. “I’ve always loved art magazines and dope books. The DDM magazine gave us a chance to illustrate some of […]

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