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Rapper Reviews: D-Risha’s 10 Must-See Horror Movies For Halloween

[Editor’s Note] Today, KN is proud to bring you a new feature called Rapper Reviews. Basically, we’re letting some of our favorite rhymers share their opinions on subjects outside of the realm of Hip Hop. And with it being Halloween on Friday, what better way to kick off this new feature than some great horror films to watch on All Hallows’ Eve. We had to go to D-Risha with this topic in mind as he’s a true connoisseur of the genre. While Houston emcee prepares for the release of his GIALLO EP with his 6 Demon Bag cohort That Purple Bastard, he took the time to break down 10 must-see horror movies for your Halloween viewing. Check out the debut of Rapper Reviews below and make sure you grab D-Risha & That Purple Bastard’s GIALLO EP, which drops on Halloween! Words by D-Risha 1. The Burning This film is what I would consider a top tier selection in the “slasher movie” sub-genre of horror. It came out after Halloween and the first Friday The 13th, but has a strong cult following long after its release. In the same way that Three 6 Mafia rarely gets credit for creating the crunk era of southern rap, The Burning contains a hulking serial killer long before Jason was ever introduced, make up effects from the great Tom Savini, and the first on screen appearance of Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander. A true American ’80s slasher diamond in the rough. 2. Suspiria If you don’t know who Dario Argento is and you claim to be a horror buff, I implore ... Read More »

Top 10 Albums of 2013

Justin Ivey: I clearly tipped my hand with the selection Rittz as my top emcee of 2013, so it should come as no surprise that The Life And Times Of Johnny Valiant is my selection for album of the year. The Georgia emcee found that perfect balance of diverse content with a cohesive sound on his Strange Music debut. Rittz used this album to display his talent as songwriter and storyteller, proving he was more than just a skilled lyricist with a rapid flow. While it may have flown under the radar this past year, I predict The Life And Times Of Johnny Valiant will eventual become a landmark album in the career of Rittz. The Wu-Tang Clan may not have delivered a new LP in time for their 20th anniversary, but their presence was felt this year. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck and affiliate Killah Priest all earned spots in the top ten with their respective albums. Kno and Deacon The Villain were heavily involved in the creation of Still Motion, but Natti’s debut proved he could be a captivating orator without his CunninLynguists cohorts beside him. Don Trip & Starlito showed exactly why they should collaborate more often as their Step Brothers sequel did what few do: outdo the original. And I must mention the dual threats of Ka and Black Milk. Both men are equally as impressive on the mic as they are behind the boards and showed that once again in 2013. Rittz – The Life And Times Of Johnny Valiant Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Twelve ... Read More »

Top 10 Smaller/Slept-On Albums of 2013

Justin Ivey: There’s so much music being put out these days, it’s understandable that some great LPs will get overlooked or not given their just due. One album that certainly deserves more praise and recognition is Quelle Chris’ Ghost At The Finish Line. The Detroit emcee has put out some quality projects before, but he hit it out the park with Ghost At The Finish Line. Chris’ twisted humor and outstanding beat selection resulted in one of the most entertaining albums of 2013. Smart Ass Black Boy was Houston’s Fat Tony’s growth as he finally found the right mix of sincerity to pair with his comedic sensibilities. While it may not have gotten as much attention as his free mixtapes tend to receive, Starlito was in vintage form on Cold Turkey. Lito pulls no punches on the LP as his heartfelt rhymes make you feel his frustration and pain. A few other slept-on albums cracking the top ten include excellent efforts by Detroit group Clear Soul Forces, the ghastly duo of The Doppelgangaz and G-Side member ST 2 Lettaz. Quelle Chris – Ghost At The Finish Line Fat Tony – Smart Ass Black Boy Starlito – Cold Turkey Clear Soul Forces – Gold PP7s ST 2 Lettaz – G: The Growth & Development The Doppelgangaz – HARK CASTLE – Gasface Kevin Gates – Stranger Than Fiction Shady Blaze – The 5th Chapter K-Rino – The Maven Honorable Mentions Lyriqs Da Lyraciss – D.A.I.L.Y.F. Greenhouse – Bend But Don’t Break Aceyalone – Leanin’ On Slick Max Minelli – Gunpowder For Breakfast MidaZ The Beast – AU: Another Universe Truth Universal – Invent ... Read More »

Top 10 Emcees of 2013

Justin Ivey: The top three on this list could truly be interchangeable as each emcee made quite the case for #1 crown. But in the end, no one impressed more than Rittz did in 2013. While the Georgia emcee displayed his lyrical abilities on White Jesus and his showstealing appearance on YelaWolf’s “Box Chevy Pt. 3” track, Rittz’s debut LP proved he was more than just tongue-twisting rhymer. The Life And Times Of Johnny Valiant showed a new level of introspection, awareness and creativity that earned him top honors. Killer Mike shined once again as his pairing with El-P continues to reap rewards. Mike’s rhymes have always captivated listeners, yet the backing of El-P has taken his commanding lyrics to new heights. Starlito was amongst the hardest working emcees in 2013 with three albums, a couple mixtapes and an EP all being released over the course of the year. The more impressive feat was the quality of each project the Nashville native dropped; it felt as if Lito was trying to top himself with each subsequent record. Ghostface Killah struck gold with the assistance of Adrian Younge while CunninLynguists member Natti’s solo debut proved he could hold down the fort on his own. And I’d be remiss without acknowledging Killah Priest, who tackled the difficult venture of the double LP and managed to craft one of his best works to date in doing so. Rittz Killer Mike Starlito Ghostface Killah Homeboy Sandman Natti Killah Priest Illogic Locksmith Planet Asia Honorable Mentions Quelle Chris Fat Tony Inspectah ... Read More »

Top 10 Free Albums of 2013

Justin Ivey: It seems to be a recurring theme that the top spot on our “free albums” list could easily be considered the best album of the year, period. Well, 2013 is no different. Killer Mike and El-P teamed up once again on Run The Jewels, this time with El-Producto contributing beats and rhymes, and the LP was a no-brainer for this year’s number one spot. Mike & El-P were making great music before they linked up, but the combination of their talents resulted in the most dynamic duo in Hip Hop today. Big K.R.I.T. appears to be another fixture on this list as he keeps churning out outstanding albums and not charging fans a dime for them. Chance The Rapper took the Hip Hop world by storm with Acid Rap, which quickly transformed him from relative unknown to star in the making. KN favorites like A.Dd+, Nemo Achida & Locksmith earned some more accolades from us with their respective standout LP’s. But perhaps the biggest surprise was EarthGang, who wowed me with their Dungeon Family-rooted style and potent rhymes. While they might not have the high profile of these other names, the quality of music this Georgia group creates cannot be denied. Killer Mike & El-P – Run The Jewels Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap Big K.R.I.T. – King Remembered In Time EarthGang – Shallow Grave For Toys A.Dd+ – DiveHiFlyLo: Every Man Is King Nemo Achida – Midnight Magic LP Locksmith – The Green Box Troy Ave – New York City: The Album DeLorean – GRACE Vic Mensa ... Read More »

Top 10 Albums of 2014
Top 10 Mixtapes/Free Albums of 2014
Top 10 Slept-On Albums of 2014
Top 10 EPs of 2014
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