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22 HIPHOP / RNB album of the month Rick ross - Mastermind Def Jam Recordings Issue 58 / 2013 Artist of the month Pusha T December is the month of the biggest bawse in the rap game. UGH!! Rapper and CEO Rick Ross releases the sixth studio album of his successful career and if the anticipation and hype surrounding the album is telling, he is on course for the fifth number one record in his catalogue. The lead single, No Games, produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, features the bouncy southern style characteristic of the rapper and with the assistance of co-executive producer DJ Khaled's rolodex of industry contacts ranging from artists to producers, the album is sure to be as he himself put it "a masterpiece", drawing from diverse musical inspirations and sounds. Fans have been teased with news about a track of colossal proportions featuring hiphop juggernaut Jay-Z and another featuring soul legend Bobby Womack. Be on the lookout for an album that will command the ears of listeners and decks of DJs all over the world; in a way only a boss can. Legends of the Month Pimp C King Push, as the rapper proclaims himself, has ascended through the ranks over the last decade as one of the most feared and revered lyricists in the modern hiphop era. With lyrics that paint movie-like depictions of street life, drugs, money and an overall extravagant and indulgent lifestyle, Pusha has asserted himself as a contender for the Top 10 list of greatest lyricists to pick up a microphone. From his Clipse days, a duo founded with his brother No Malice, he has been accredited for his witty wordplay, metaphors, and complex rhyme patterns, with which he is able to take a subject matter which has been well used and abused in the hiphop genre, life of a hustler, and give it a new outlook and viewpoint from which we have yet to see. His debut album, My Name is My Name, released earlier this year, is being touted as one of the best hiphop albums of the year, even by the confident, braggadocious MC himself. From lyrical masterpieces like 'Numbers on the Board' to R&B infused 'Sweet Serenade", Pu- The month of December marks the untimely passing of one of hip-hop's fledgling legends, Pimp-C. Born Chad Lamont Butler, he formed the rap group Underground Kingz (UGK for short) with best friend Bernard Freeman A.K.A. Bun B. The group released the albums Too Hard to Swallow and Super Tight in 1992 and 1994 respectively under the Jive record label to little commercial success. The duo relentlessly kept working, building momentum for the releases of Ridin' Dirty and Dirty Money, their most successful albums to date before Butler was incarcerated in 2002. The year before Pimp-C passed from a drug overdose, he released Pimpalation which was certified Gold in the US. When he passed, he had been working on the UGK album, which was posthumously released, debuting at number one on the Billboard Charts. Although never fully experiencing mainstream success through his career, Pimp C was highly regarded by his peers as a mentor, a leader and an honest individual. Rest in Peace Pimp! sha T has displayed a level of versatility and lyrical dexterity that serves him well in the eyes and ears of Hiphop listeners globally and his abrasive, honest way of communicating his opinions has gotten him in controversy and fueds with fellow emcees including Consequence and superstar Lil Wayne, but has in turn endeared him with fans still showing their support. If your a fan of lyrics that make you stop and rewind, metaphors that quiz your mind and a raw delivery style, then King Push should reign over your music playlists. More @ OUR PLAYLIST Here's the hip hop on our playlist this month: B.O.B All I Want R Kelly Genius Little Mix Move Eminem Survival

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