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With anticipation growing for their forthcoming third LP, Slaughterhouse drops a new ten-track mixtape to hold their fans over in the interim. House Rules includes an impressive production lineup with instrumentals coming from The Heatmakerz, araabMUZIK, Harry Fraud, Nottz, and more.

Stream and tracklist after the jump. Read More

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DC’s Fat Trel returns with the release of his newest mixtape, entitled Gleesh.

The project includes features from MMG compadres Rick Ross, Rockie Fresh, Stalley, and Wale as well as production from the likes of Young Chop, Harry Fraud and All Star. Read More

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In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover.

So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers.

Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.

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The art to making a good Hip-Hop song is a very simple equation. Good lyrics plus a good beat equals perfection—or a “banger” as some might call it. This is a formula that has eluded many, and ultimately lead to their demise, in this “here today, gone tomorrow” industry. Read More

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