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Dumbfoundead Album Review: DFD


Waddup y’all its the kid Remix aka Swagneto.  Gave the homie Dumbfoundead’s album a couple listens, and it definitely did not disappoint.  I like the production and the fact that it’s different from a lot of stuff coming out now.  Dumbfoundead is known for killing it over any beat, and even acapella in freestyles.  His lyricism here is bar none, and he definitely goes in on the standout tracks “Town”, “Green”, and “Are We There Yet”. 

The opener features a slick acoustic guitar riff and laid back drums that give it a live sort of feel.  Entitled “Town”, it has a catchy hook that describes his relationship with his home and the people around him.  This track has a more mainstream oriented sound than some of the others, but it clicks with me and is a good listen.

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New Rick Ross Album Cover and Single

Earlier this week we posted about Ross’ forthcoming single “You the Boss”. Well, via his tumblr, Ross has dropped the official artwork for his album.


Here is another single off “God Forgives, I Don’t”, entitled “I Love My Bitches”. The production was handled by none other than Just Blaze.

Peace and Love, Swagneto.

"Cole World: The Sideline Story" R&G Review

This is Rise&Grind’s personal review of J. Cole’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story” written by Jeremy “Remix” Siegel aka Swagneto.


It would be an understatement to say that it is a difficult thing to release a debut album shortly after two of the most anticipated albums of the year.  Yes, there was much hype surrounding “Cole World: The Sideline Story”, a buzz that was maintained throughout the epic struggle that arose between the chart topping albums “Tha Carter IV” and “Watch the Throne”.  How difficult is it to release an album in the shadow of your own co-signer, Mr. Nice Watch himself?  This folks, despite the misleading title, is not “The Sideline Story”.  This is Cole World: The Path to Greatness, starring J. Cole. 

How else can I start this but by saying this album is my pick for album of the year?  The production is flawless (over half of it is self-produced) and melodic, his flow is impeccable, and his hooks are not only catchy but as he says so himself, “come from the heart.”  He tells his story without using much more than his lyrics, and the skits are brief and poignant.  J. Cole seems as starstruck about hanging out with Jay-Z and Steve Stoute as Kanye was on “College Dropout”, and I would consider this album being on par with Yeezy’s debut.   If being co-signed by HOV is a common theme on these two albums, J. Cole definitely takes his own spin on things and runs with it.  We’ve heard this story before but somehow it’s different, and refreshing.

Track by track review and a video of J. Cole speaking about authentic rap after the break.

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