Epic Mixtape Runs: J. Armz Documents His ”How To Be An MC” Series

Epic Mixtape Runs: J. Armz Documents His ”How To Be An MC” Series

Any rapper worth their weight in internet salt circa the early 2000s was more than familiar with the name J. Armz. The producer and engineer went from selling mixtapes on Fordham Rd. in the Bronx, to becoming the official plug for instrumentals. His trademark tag was absolutely unmistakable to those in the know. From radio to mixtapes, to ESPN, he was everywhere.

Review: Black Thought Stays Sharp On “Streams Of Thought, Vol. 2: Traxploitation”

Review: Black Thought Stays Sharp On “Streams Of Thought, Vol. 2: Traxploitation”

One thing that doesn’t need to be debated (anymore) is the fact that Black Thought is an elite MC. A conversation with your fave rapper’s fave rapper will confirm this — as would a listen to essentially any of his verses … ever. His humbleness and the technicality that he was a member of The Roots (though he was clearly the sole MC) deprived the world of a true solo effort. That was until this summer’s Streams of Thought, Vol. 1, which saw the lyrical virtusuo team up with 9th Wonder.

Review: Benny The Butcher Crafts His Magnum Opus With ”Tana Talk 3”

Review: Benny The Butcher Crafts His Magnum Opus With ”Tana Talk 3”

In a crew that stands synonymous with quality, Benny The Butcher has remained — in the minds of many — a best-kept secret, or (more specifically) a secret weapon. They all hold their own, but with Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine having established themselves a little more, Benny had carved out his role as the guy with the fire guest verses over the past few months.