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15 Feb

25 Songs For A Valentine’s Day That Didn’t Go So Well:

While most of us intellectually know and understand that Valentine’s Day is now an overly commercialized holiday–mainly used by corporations to push plush teddy bears and boxes of chocolates off of shelves, it is still a holiday that can often end up wreaking havoc on emotions. Whether you’re single and felt some type of way looking at all the lovey-dovey instagram posts infiltrating your timeline, you’re in an relationship and Valentine’s Day just didn’t quite live up to expectations, maybe you even found out that you were unknowingly a sidechick, or anything else in-between–Sickerthanyouravg cares if don’t body else cares. So sit back and listen to some of the best Sadderday tracks ever created, while momentarily dwelling in your feelings and maybe even shedding a thug tear or two–don’t worry its natural.

***Disclaimer: If you aren’t already in your feelings, once you listen to these songs be prepared to quickly get into them***

1. Drake – “I Get Lonely Too”


2. The Pharcyde – “Passin’ Me By”

3. The Weeknd – “Same Old Song”

4. Ne-Yo – “So Sick”


5. Carl Thomas & Faith Evans – “Can’t Believe”

6. Kanye West – “Blame Game”

7. Destiny’s Child – “Through With Love”

8. Toni Braxton – “Another Sad Love Song”



9. Mario – “How Could You”

10. Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion”

11. Tank – “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

12. Brandy – “Almost Doesn’t Count”

13. Diddy Feat. Usher & Loon – “I Need A Girl” (Part 1)

14. Tyler The Creator – “Her”

15. Usher – “Burn”

16. Keyshia Cole – “I Should Have Cheated”

17. Nas – “Bye Baby”

18. Aaliyah – “The One I Gave My Heart To”

19. Lianne La Havas – “Lost and Found”



20. Justin Timberlake - "Cry Me A River"



21. Adele - "Melt My Heart To Stone"



22. Lauryn Hill - "When It Hurts So Bad"



23. Mary J Blige - "Not Gon' Cry"



24. Wale - "Break Up Song"



25. Jay Z - "Song Cry"

Fight The Hype: The 25 Best Records You Didn’t Hear in 2013

20 Jan

main list (Pictured above, clockwise: Kelela, Skyzoo, Lorrine Chia, ForteBowie, Lucki Eck$, and Adrian Marcel)

25 Dope Records From 2013 That You Probably Missed Out On:

We can all agree that 2013 was a beautiful year for music. Whether it was our favorite mainstream artist(s) surprising us with albums that we didn’t even know we were waiting for–or some of our indie favorites delivering amazing mixtapes and maybe even a breakout record or two, we saw it all. Unfortunately, with the overwhelmingly high traffic of (free) music in the Internet Age, and in the midst of breakout records like Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap and Action Bronson’s much talked-about Blue Chips 2, it’s easy for tons of other great artists to get lost in the mix. However, have no fear – The good folks at Sicker Than Your Avg are here to shed some light on some of the dopest records that you may have missed in 2013. This includes records that you may have vaguely heard about, but ended up never really getting around to listening to. For whatever reasons, these records managed to cruise under the radar. Some of you may already be well-acquainted with all of these records, and in that case, congratulations *cue confetti*! Now for the rest of you, continue reading to check out the list (we have DOWNLOAD LINKS), and prepare to e x p a n d your playlists.

*List is in no particular order.*

 

1. Skyzoo & Antman Wonder – Ode to Reasonable Doubt reasonable Brooklyn heavyweight Skyzoo pays homage to the album Jay-Z considers his very greatest. Just like Elzhi did with his Illmatic tribute, Elmatic, Skyzoo does more than just re-make a classic – he completely re-invents and reinterprets it. Oh…and the production here is f l a w l e s s. This is a must have for any Hip-Hop fan. No excuse.

 

2. Lorine Chia – Naked Truths artworks-000059729636-i0elyf-t500x500 Coming in like a sharp gust of fresh air from “The City of Wind” Lorine Chia’s debut free album, Naked Truths is a gem. Chia is a young artist with a strong sense of style that leaves her standing out from the pack. Her music seamlessly flows from being soulful and jazzy to dancehall influenced with hiphop being thrown in  the mix–keeping listeners on their toes. Two standout tracks are Lorine’s hard-hitting, chest bumping “Bout It” and her excellent cover of Nina Simone’s iconic “Strange Fruit”. Look at our girl Toyosi’s video review of the album below.

 

3. Vince Staples – Stolen Youth artworks-000051037088-ezl8bj-t500x500 Rising MC, Vince Staples, links up with Larry Fisherman (Mac Miller’s producer-alter-ego) for his latest effort, Stolen Youth. Hailing from Long Beach, California, Staples carries the elusive skill of delivering dope lines without seeming to ever really try. Mr. Fisherman gets an “A” for his production, and Mr. Staples gets an “A” for his vivid, meaningful, struggle-filled rhymes.

 

4. Elbee Thrie (of Phony PPl) – 53,000 artworks-000051031107-fc3esr-t500x500

Surely, many of you have heard of the Hip-Hop collective, Phony PPL. However, the name “Elbee Thrie” likely does not ring a bell. His solo effort, 53000, will definitely do something to change that. This is one of the most catchy, fun-filled Hip-Hop you will hear in a while. His relatable topics and his infectious, outside-the-box production, will have you grinning from ear to ear and nodding your head at the same time.

 

5. Tinashe – Black Water artworks-000063704664-y43jqr-t500x500

Some people are just blessed. Not only is Tinashe quite attractive…she also has a beautiful voice, and has been blessed with beautiful production to match. The very first track, “Black Water” will have you completely hooked on this mixtape. Whether or not R&B is your favorite genre, you will find it very difficult to ignore the pure beauty of this EP.

 

6. Fortebowie – Vice Haus: Deluxe   artworks-000057286563-2gvxd8-t500x500 Atlanta upstart and triple-threat (producer/singer/rapper) ForteBowie is another one to keep your eyes on in 2014. Coming from Atlanta, an area where there seems to be a never-ending cycle of new, short-lived styles and movements may make it hard for a new artist to stand out in an impactful way; but with Vice Haus: Deluxe young Forte let’s you know he’s here to do just that. Don’t get it twisted though, ForteBowie is an unapologetic ATLien. Garnering Peaches’ (from Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik) stamp of approval, Vice Haus: Deluxe weaves in sounds of Atlanta–new and old. A standout track on Vice Haus: Deluxe is “Gang Affiliated”, a thuggish love song of sorts featuring Chicago’s reigning queen of Drill music, Katie Got Bands. Ultimately, Vice Haus: Deluxe makes for a delightful, simmering musical gumbo of various sounds.

 

7. Adrian Marcel – 7 Days of Weak artworks-000043454353-g5ewaj-t500x500 The good folks here at SickerThanYourAvg  love Raphael Saadiq, so naturally, we expect a lot from his prodigy. Adrian Marcel does not disappoint. This tape is extremely dope – R&B with a little edge to it. The production is beautiful too.

 

8. Cocaine 80s – Flower of Life At this point, wonderful music is basically expected from music’s most-known, unknown mysterious collective–Cocaine 80s. Cocaine 80s most recent release–Flower Of Life falls right into step with fans’ high expectations. Simply put, the Flower of Life EP is composed of: beautiful songwriting, beautiful production, and James Fauntleroy’s beautiful voice. What more could you ask for?

 

9. Obie Iyoha – The Low Key artworks-000039712663-yqb02f-t500x500 We came across this young, Nigerian-American, Ann-Arbor MC about a year ago and have been impressed ever since. His debut, The Low Key is one of the most relatable mixtapes 2013 has to offer. In addition to his relatable subject matter, his smooth flow and beat selection make The Low Key a highly enjoyable listen.

 

10. Tiny Hearts – Stay EP a4125726078_10

Even in today’s internet age, in which “different” is the in-thing, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an EP as unique as this one. This Detroit collective blends genres, breaks rules, steps out of the box, etc. The production on this EP can best be described as “dream-like”. If you’re looking for something new to vibe to, this is perfect.

 

11. MdotForMayor – Models Suck artworks-000061266152-be0b9t-t500x500 LA based video director and producer, Mdotformayor curates a free compilation album called Models Suck. Entirely produced by Mdotformayor himself, Models Suck serves as one big West Coast underground affair featuring everyone from Mibbs and Like of Pac Div to Thurz. Despite of an occasional misstep or two, Models Suck makes for a nice, breezy listen.

 

12. Kitty Cash – Love The Free artworks-000065060426-rctdh0-t500x500

Brooklyn based DJ, Kitty Cash collects some of the dopest underground “alternative R&B” singers for her Love The Free mixtape. Peppered with her signature coy meows, you’ll be delighted to hear a great mix of music–featuring everyone from Phony PPL to Vic Mensa, The GTW and Kelela. Listen to Love The Free and you might just discover a new favorite artist while enjoying the good vibes.

 

13. MoRuf – Shades Of Moo a3893189861_10 We don’t do favorites…but this was probably our favorite mixtape of 2013. This Nigerian-American MC from New Jersey has blessed us with a jewel. This is pure Soul-Hop at it’s finest. His lyrics and flow are meaningful and smooth, respectively. The beats…beautiful. This is a free gem.

 

14. Lucki Eck$ – Alternative Trap lucki-eck-alternative-trap-mixtape At 17-years-old, Chicago-bred MC is the youngest on our list. Despite of his young age, Lucki displays a certain type of ease on the mic that’s far from novice in nature. With Lucki’s debut mixtape Alternative Trap, listeners can hear the young MC carefully putting a stamp on his own sound within the burgeoning Chicago music scene. As indicated by the mixtape’s title look to Alternative Trap for mellow songs focused on cold, hard hustle contrasted with carefully selected spacey beats–along with clever wordplay. Alternative Trap cements Lucki as another rising Chicago act to keep your eyes on in 2014.

 

15. Add-2 x Khrysis – Between Heaven & Hell If any member Jamla Records (9th Wonder’s soul-filled record label) is putting out a record, nothing less than greatness is expected. Between Heaven and Hell is pure, classic Hip-Hop. The type that, unfortunately, doesn’t tend to get attention from your local radio station. Add-2 is a brilliant MC…one of the best on this list. Very few producers today deliver beats that knock as hard as Khrysis’ beats.

 

16. Jesse Boykins III – P.O.P (Purpose Or People) Romantic Movement front man Jesse Boykins’ latest release P.O.P. (Purpose Or People) displays the singer mainly delivering stirring covers of various songs, spanning over different genres–while also sprinkling in some remixes and new original music. With Boykins’ sensual vocals, he manages to inject a yearning type of soulfulness into his music that is equally moody as it is calming. P.O.P. has the same effect as a tall glass of cold water on a hot summers day creating for music that is an experience.

 

17. KR – I$0lyf3 2KR_I0lyf3_2-front-large At 18-years-old, this young L.A. MC has skills beyond his years. His beat selection is wonderful, and his flow and lyricism are sharp. Don’t sleep on this young man.

 

18. Nickelus F. & Ohbliv – Yellow Gold 2artworks-000058660472-rhlhrh-t500x500 Many know Nickelus F. from his past work with Drake. Hip-Hop fans should pay more attention to his solo work – his flow is amazing. His wit meshes perfectly with Ohbliv’s grimy/soulful boom-bap production.

 

19. The Foreign Exchange – Love In Flying Colorsforeign-exchange-love-in-flying-colors-lp-lead

The Foreign Exchange is not afraid to sounds old-school. What makes it great is that, despite their retro feel, their music is fresh and can be thoroughly enjoyed by our generation (especially if you have ever been referred to as an “Old Soul”). This is soulful, jazzy, danceable, and relaxing all at the same time.

Buy the album on iTunes HERE.

 

20. After The Smoke – Microwaves after smoke

With a group name like “After The Smoke” and a mixtape title like Microwaves, one generally doesn’t know what to expect when approaching this project. Well, with Microwaves the Florida-based duo (made up of producer Speek and songwriter/lyricist Whuzi) deliver stream of conscious type rhymes and airy vocals, over laid-back, funk tinged tracks that morph into woozy techno influenced beats. All of this makes for one refreshingly unusual mixtape.

 

21. Tree – Sunday School 2: When Church Lets Out 1368606560-treesundayschoolii

Hip-Hop talent abounds in Chicago. Tree is one MC from the Windy City that you may not have heard of…yet. His gravelly, impassioned delivery, along with his unique production style (which he refers to as “SoulTrap”) make this mixtape one of the more unique releases of 2013. Watch out.

 

22. Rikki Blu – XXXII XXXIII-Cover-Front

Hailing from Dallas, Texas (and residing in Tennessee) Rikki Blu may be one of the nicest young up-and-coming rappers hailing from south of the Mason-Dixon line. Rikki makes a stake for that claim with XXXIII, his latest release–produced entirely by 20-year-old Memphis, Tennessee producer Cody Jordan. Along with coming off as extremely genuine, Rikki is a passionate rapper delivering lines with such conviction that you can’t help but feel whatever he says. On XXXIII Rikki Blu gives listeners honest introspective glimpses on his life’s struggles, over Cody’s diverse beats. A standout track is the raucous “Jordan” featuring friend and recent TDE signee, Isaiah Rashad along with Michael Da Vinci. The bass booming track was described by a fan as sounding like, “a real n*gga convention” and it sounds like just that; with each rapper talking their sh*t.

 

23. Prodigy & Alchemist – Albert Einstein prodigy-alechemist-albert-einstein This Queensbridge veteran just never dies. Prodigy links up with the unofficial third member of Mobb Deep to show us, yet again, why he’s one of the greats. Alchemist, of course, never fails us in the production department. If you’re a Hip-Hop head, you’ll enjoy this. Buy the album on iTunes HERE.

 

24. Kelela – Cut 4 Me

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In an era of music comprised of singers with breathy, barely there vocals Kelela Mizanekristos is a welcomed change. Kelela’s debut mixtape, Cut 4 Me takes you on a fantasy adventure. Backed by the sound of throbbing drums and energetic 80s pop and dance influenced production–Kelea’s enchanting voice holds a fiery passion that seems to be on the decline. Kelela doesn’t quite fit into the box of any particular genre and we like it that way.

 

25. Kool John – Peace, Love, Shmoplife artworks-000040733313-m44qro-t500x500 Almost exactly a year ago, HBK crew member and Richmond, California native Kool John released his debut official mixtape, Peace, Love & Shmoplife. Kool John’s simple rhymes are effective through the assistance of bouncing production from frequent collaborators like: Iamsu, P-Lo and Kuya Beats–making for catchy, care-free, party music. Lighten up and have fun rocking to this one.

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Mack Wilds – New York: A Love Story
Jordxn Bryant – Quietlife
Flume – The Mixtape
GQ – Death Threats and Love Notes
 
-Written by: Christine Ahamefule & Chisom Uzosike
If you liked the music on this list, you’re going to love what we have for you next. SickerThanYourAvg presents to you…Fight The Hype, a mixtape showcasing some of the illest cuts from some of the dopest tapes of 2013. Check it out and download it below:
 

Mixtape Rewind: Last Week In Mixtapes

7 Oct

Last week was a pretty eventful one in the ever busy mixtape circuit. So to keep everyone up to speed, here’s your one stop shop for most of last week’s mixtape releases. (How considerate, right?)
 
Vic Mensa – Innanetape
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Save Money crew member Vic Mensa dropped the most talked about mixtape of the week with his debut solo release, Innanetape.

 

CJ Fly – Thee Way Eye See It

Beast Coast representative, CJ Fly recently dropped his debut solo effort with his mixtape, Thee Way Eye See It. Rapping over beats reminiscent of hiphop’s golden era (something that Pro Era is pretty much known for), CJ Fly puts out a strong first effort.

 
OG Ron C – Choppin’ Ain’t The Same
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If you’re a fan of Drake and you like your things a little slowed down and trippy this is the tape for you. OG Ron C, DJ Candlestick, Chopstars, and DJ Slim K create an official chopped not slopped version of Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album–fittingly renaming it  Choppin’ Ain’t The Same.


 

Rob Bank$ – Tha City
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Raider Clan affiliate Robb Bank$ is trying to put on for his city (Miami, Florida by way of NYC) with his newest offering, aptly named Tha City. On the tape we hear an interesting juxtaposition between Robb’s southern drawl and his New York City mentality. The production on Tha City is solely handled by Spaceghostpurp and Nuri.


 

Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 3
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For fans of the MMG rapper, Meek Mill dropped the third mixtape in his Dreamchasers series, hosted by DJ Drama. The mixtape contains an ode of sorts to Lil Snupe–Meek Mill’s young protegé who was recently slayed–we also get a skit where we get to hear we Snupe spittin.


 

Cam’ron – Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1
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Let Cam’ron tell it to you, everybody and their momma was calling him up to ensure that this tape would drop on time as promised  and with the type of fans that Cam’ron has this isn’t too difficult to believe. Killa Cam drops plenty of funny bars on this one, including the hilarious “Instagram (Catfish)” and even addresses Jay Z’s line on “Pound Cake” about Jay making Cam a millionaire.


 

Vinny Cha$e – King’s Landing
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Earlier this week Harlem rapper Vinny Cha$e dropped King’s Landing–his first mixtape since signing to Epic Records earlier this year.  A track that instantly caught my attention was “Money Tonight” featuring none other than Harlem’s very own, (Pastor) Ma$e.


 

Waka Flocka – Roaches To Rollies
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Waka Flocka recently dropped From Roaches To Rollies, his new mixtape which may have one of the ugliest mixtape covers of 2013. Overlooking this and the mixtape’s interesting name we hear Waka brash and aggressive as ever, while taking direct shots at his onetime boss and friend Gucci Mane.


 
-Christine Ahamefule (@cleanyournyash)

Last Week In Interviews…

30 Sep

If you didn’t already know it, last week was a fairly interesting one in music–especially with the amount of compelling artist interviews going around. So if you’re interested we have it for you here.  

Well, first of all Kanye’s interview with Zane Lowe has been one of the most widely talked about interviews  of the year; so if you haven’t seen it yet you can watch it: here and here.

Also if you’re interested here is Jimmy Kimmel’s (unfunny) spoof of Kanye’s interview that sparked Kanye’s wrath on twitter.

Depending on your stance, the cultural phenomenon/train-wreck (or maybe both?) that happens to be Miley Cyrus covered Rolling Stone magazine this month. In her interview she chatted it up and answered questions on just about everything, from race to drugs. Read it here.

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While you may have thought that the enigma that is DMX, was pretty much done with anything OWN related–after his entertaining but unresolved stint on Iyanla Fix My Life. The dog sat down with none other than Dr. Phil himself.

In one of Ja Rule’s most recent interviews since his release from jail, he alongside Irv Gotti spoke candidly with the always entertaining Breakfast Club. Will Ja have us chanting “Its Murdaaaa” once again in 2014?

After an embarrassingly engrossing (you know you twatched despite of better judgement) twitter showdown, with Teyana Taylor and Rihanna tossing around subliminal and not-so subliminal disses. The Harlem native decided to call into Hot 97 and talk about her side of the story.

In a meeting of the lightskins, Drake sat down with the OG, Elliot Wilson for an interview on YN’s CRWN series. The interview goes in-depth and even features some crowd participation–which is a rarity. That laugh though! (If you’ve listened to an Elliot Wilson interview before you’ll know what I mean)

-Christine Ahamefule (@cleanyournyash)

The Back To School Special

10 Sep

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15 Records To Bring With You To Class:

Class is officially in session. (Disclamer) The good people here at sickerthanyouravg.com do NOT condone listening to music during class…but if you must, there are certain mixtapes and albums that should be considered required listening–think of it like an assignment. Allow us to equip you with the perfect soundtrack for your return to campus.

*In No Particular Order

1.  She Got Game – Rapsody

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This time last year I was telling people that Rapsody was one of the most underrated MCs in the game. After listening to her most recent mixtape She Got Game, I’m telling YOU that this North Carolinian MC is both: A.) The most lyrically gifted lady MCs currently in the game, and B.) One of the best MCs in the game period. Don’t believe me just listen.

2.  Acid Rap –  Chance The Rapper

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Chancellor Bennett, better known as Chance The Rapper surprised many and delivered what has now become the unofficial mixtape of the year. A vibrant mixtape filled with emotions reflecting life’s everyday moments; this mixtape will have songs for your momentary homesickness (“Cocoa Butter Kisses”), songs to get hype to (“Juice”), and even a cuffing season anthem of sorts (“Lost’)–and everything else in-between. Ensuring that Acid Rap will be in rotation all semester.

3. Yeezus – Kanye West

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its kanye. even if you think he “fell off”, his lyrics here are still thought-provoking. be it blacks in america (“New Slaves”), religion (“I Am A God”), or even relationships (“Bound 2”); this album will get your brain working hard enough to do that 10 page essay you’ve waited till the last-minute to do.

4. Stolen Youth – Vince Staples

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One of my favorite up and coming  rappers delivers what is in my opinion, one of the best records of 2013. With the onset of fall, Vince’s chilling clipped flow is a perfect reflection of the cooled and harsh weather.   Beware, this isn’t some happy-go-lucky back-to-school record but it will  get you in the feelingless hustler’s mentality needed for your hectic new school-year.

5. Born Sinner – J Cole

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Jermaine is rapping about the struggle–something that every student understands–while also touching on the tribulation that you will be going through during school and when you graduate. This happens to be especially jarring (and maybe even inspiring) considering his current status as a successful rapper.

6. Owl Pharaoh – Travi$ Scott

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The H-town reppin XXL freshman’s first solo effort could also be referred to as “Yeezus Lite.” It’s a more accessible version of his mentor’s last album. Intriguing while being less polarizing, but also lacking in subject matter; Owl Pharaoh is definitely something to turn up to. Case in point is the raucous, bass booming Wondagurl produced, “Uptown” featured below.

7. Magna Carta Holy Grail – Jay Z

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Arguably the album of the summer, Jay Z is rapping about where you want to be.  This will motivate you to stay on the grind until you’re (hopefully) worth what Jay-z’s worth.

8.  Dual EP – Sampha

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Some of you may recognize this British singer from his work with Drake on the beautiful lament which happens to be, “The Motion” or his work with SBTRKT–but chances are that the majority of your don’t.  Allow Sampha’s first solo record Dual to be your introduction to this singer/producer who is definitely one to look at for. The short EP is filled with Sampha’s haunting and soulful vocals matched with his production style that adds up to quite a unique sound. Dual’s standout track happens to be the breath-taking, piano backed “Indecision”, putting Sampha’s rich voice on full display.

Learn a little more about Sampha here

9. SAAB Stories – Action Bronson

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Action Bronson is always a guaranteed worthwhile listen. While this project is short in nature, it can be seen as a pro of sorts since it happens to also be still very concise. Additionally, he’s one of the few rappers that can rap about food without making it seem corny (no pun intended)–putting your basic cafeteria lunch meal to shame.

10. 10 PC Mild – Trinidad James

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Fabo of D4l (the ATLiens who are responsible for the One Hit Wonder, Laffy Taffy) is the only reason to listen to this tape. Not to say the other songs arent great as well, Fabo’s return to the rap game is well worth the computer memory. great songs to turn up to, as well as the obligatory songs to pre game to.

11. Alternative Trap – Lucki Eck$

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Chicago is teeming with talent–especially young talent. 17 year old, Lucki Eck$ (obviously inspired by mobster Lucky Luciano, who serves as album art) is no different with a flow that will have you thinking he’s a few years older. However, Lucki’s style sets him apart from his contemporaries; with his debut mixtape, Alternative Trap, adeptly describing his style–trap minded, drug fueled rap that forgoes uptempo bass booming beats  for a more spacey ,”alternative” production style. With this mixtape in your possession, you’ll be walking to your chemistry class feeling like a young drug kingpin (before the guaranteed downfall).

12. Wrath Of Caine – Pusha T

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More coke rap, what a coincidence… If you need to pay tuition, look no further than Pusha T’s Wrath of Caine. His cocaine laced raps will give you every thing you’ve ever needed to know about the cocaine game and how it may benefit you in your debts to Sallie Mae (aka the devil).  On the other side of the spectrum, if you don’t want to end up selling coke for living to pay debts, Pusha T is one of the better artists out today, and this project (while not his best work) shows it. Use this to help hold you over while fiending for Pusha’s solo debut, My Name Is My Name, due October 8th.

13. Partynextdoor – Partynextdoor

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Until Nothing Was The Same drops you can cry yourself to sleep with OVO’s newest crooner’s mixtape. Or alternatively find the perfect song to seduce a girl to.

14. S – SZA

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SZA, TDE’s newest first lady is a breath of fresh air. The new artist’s etherial voice is the perfect background music for chilling outside during the weekend. Also, SZA  dropped two new tracks (“Teen Spirit” and “Julia”) last month that are quite dope. Learn a little more about SZA here.

15. Droptops – Chuck Inglish

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On Chuck Inglish’s solo record he delivers; where Chuck lacks in lyricism he makes up for by far with his crisp production. Droptops is the perfect soundtrack to have handy in your car, ready to blast whether you’re just driving down the street or having a spur of the moment roadtrip with your friends. The ex Cool Kids rapper’s music still has the magical ability to have you walking around campus feeling “cooler than” once you press play.


*HONORABLE MENTION: Nothing Was The Same – Drake

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Laugh at Aubrey all you want but you know as well as I do that Drake’s album will end up being the unofficial anthem (yes, the entire album) for the 2013-2014 school year. Drake’s singles have always been inescapable and Nothing Was The Same will most likely only set the bar even higher. Set to drop September 24th, get ready to have your classmates fill your twitter timeline with Drake’s heartfelt lyrics.

 

-Contributions made by Christine (@Cleanyournyash), Dave (@Slickyourking), Chisom (@AfricanChisom)

 

Sunday Seven: This Past Week In Music

6 May

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This week in music has been quite an eventful one. We over here at Sicker Than Your Average decided to take a look at some noteworthy news items and releases from this past week, for anyone who missed anything. Enjoy!

-Chisom Uzosike

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Top Hip Hop/R&B Concerts of Summer 2013

24 Apr

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Summertime has arrived, and with its arrival comes the eagerness of college students to replace books, lectures, and taking exams with bathing suits, road trips, and, most importantly…summer concerts. After much research and investigation, I have compiled a list of the 6 concerts that are sure to be the top Hip Hop/R&B tours of Summer 2013.

– Taylor Washington (@_TayRenay)

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Remembering Biggie: Greatest Collaborations

8 Mar

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Tomorrow marks the 16th anniversary of Biggie Small’s tragic passing. Biggie’s solo work often overshadows his collaborations. In my opinion, however, some of the best moments of his career took place when he teamed up with his fellow artists. Let’s take a look back at some of the best collaborations of Mr. Wallace’s career.

– Chisom Uzosike
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Throwback Thursday: A Look Back At 2003 (Ten Whole Years Ago…)

21 Feb

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2003 was such a beautiful year. It seems as if life was a lot simpler back then…after all, I was just a mere 10-year-old. It’s hard to believe we’re a whole decade removed from the days when Mitchell & Ness throwback jerseys, sagged jeans, and Air Force 1’s were very much in style. It’s even harder to believe that superstars like LeBron James, 50 Cent, and Beyoncé were all just getting started with their respective careers. In keeping with the spirit of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look back at some of the best things 2003 had to offer…from a Hip Hop perspective, of course.

-Chisom Uzosike

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Throwback Thursday: A$AP Rocky Takes Us Back

31 Jan


There are few things on this earth I love more than seeing/hearing a bunch of talented MC’s display their talent on one track (this kind of track is called a “Posse Cut”, FYI). A$AP Rocky’s debut album Long Live A$AP brought us one of the more memorable posse cuts in recent history. “1 Train” featured an all-star cast of A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Boy, Action Bronson, and Big K.R.I.T.
After listening to such a star-studded cut, the historian in me couldn’t help but reflect on some of the classic posse cuts I’ve heard during my time on earth. In keeping with the spirit of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a moment to look back at a few of the greatest team efforts ever

-Chisom Uzosike

*Posse Cuts are a team effort. These tracks are special because EVERYONE shines…however, someone always manages to pull off a special MVP performance. Those individuals will be acknowledged.*

5. “Bitch Please II” – Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Nate Dogg

MVP – Eminem spazzed out in true Slim-Shady-In-His-Prime fashion. At this point in Eminem’s career, you only jumped on a track with him if you were totally cool with being outdone.

4. “It’s All About The Benjamins (Remix)” – Puff Daddy, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Lil’ Kim, The Notorious B.I.G.

MVP – Lil’ Kim went all the way in. I know you’re thinking, “But what about Biggie??”. He was dope too, but he got the added benefit of an epic beat-switch. Kim’s verse is boastful, vulgar, confrontational, and catchy all at the same time. You’ve gotta love a rapper who threatens to throw a hex on your whole family. I know I do.

3. “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” – Craig Mack, The Notorious B.I.G., Rampage, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes

MVP – “N*ggas is mad, I get more butt than ass-trays (ashtrays).” Mr. Smalls calmly stepped in and stole the show before anyone else got a chance. This was one of Biggie’s first introductions to the Hip Hop world…before Ready To Die dropped.

2. “Protect Ya Neck” – Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, The RZA, The GZA

MVP – This one is tough…every MC present stands out for one reason or another. In the end, the award goes to ODB, ’cause he be “stickin’ pins in your head like a f*ckin’ nurse.”

1. “I Shot Ya (Remix)” – LL Cool J, Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe, Foxy Brown

MVP – The entire starting five of this Eastern Conference All-Star Team deserves the MVP Award. Who didn’t snap on this beat? This track is the perfect example of what a classic posse cut is all about. If I HAD to choose an MVP…it’d be a tie between Keith Murray and Foxy Brown.

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