Project Pat shows his age with his new single “Twerk It”, a song about a cultural trend that is on its way out the door. Pat, who is undoubtedly an OG in the rap game, is struggling to find a groove in the 2010s but recruiting the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, and Wale helps. Even if just a little. Listen after the jump.

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MMG is Rick Ross’s solid contribution to the rap game because it extends the power of his influence to recruit other great street artists to urban radio rotation. His two marquee acts are in a feud that Meek Mill set off on social media by calling Wale corny. Check the tweets after the jump.
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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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With less than a week to go until the release of Suffering From Success, Khaled has generous enough to leak a good portion of the album, which is akin to the dude that stands on the side of the highway dressed in a giant sandwich costume and hands out coupons for free Subway. However, this cut is actually good. Read More

Video: Wale – “Simple Man”

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He gave the business his heart. It gave him the finger. So now Olubowale is back to his simple needs, not focused on the fame and giving the rhymes and clean minimal video to prove it. This slick Toronto short says all about how he’s quietly positioned himself as one of this year’s chart toppers without going the conflict route. Respect.

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