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August 22, 2020

I’m embarrassed as I write this. I just listened to Vic Mensa’s new album V TAPE, and an artist who I completely wrote off years ago has just proved me wrong. 

I, like most, don’t like to be wrong, but that’s not why I’m ashamed. I feel this way because I gave up on Vic — who at one point in my life was one of my favorite music artists — to the point of where I never thought he’d make anything worthy of my ears again. 

I first came across Vic Mensa through Kids These Days. His versatile voice, mercurial flows, an...

June 11, 2020

Fetti. Bandana. Alfredo. The only rappers in the past 20 years with equal three-album runs are Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Pusha T (if you wanted me to say Drake, close the page now). Freddie Gibbs is in elite company.

The Gary, Indiana native has risen from promising Gangsta rapper and Jeezy signee to a force to be reckoned with at the top of the rap game — a position the Snowman himself never reached at his peak. 

Freddie Kane has ascended to hip-hop’s throne through a mix of his chameleon-like flow that ad...

May 2, 2020

We’re in a time where sports are virtually nonexistent. Media outlets like ESPN and Bleacher Report are reaching further for content than ever before (I don’t know how many more happy birthdays to irrelevant athletes I can handle), and leagues whose seasons have been suspended have reached back into their archives of classic games. 

Yet, it seems like baseball has hardly been missed. Most of the pining I’ve seen on social media has been directed towards the absence of the NBA Playoffs or Champions League. Hell,...

February 28, 2017

Censoring an art form like rap that relies so much on freedom of expression raises issues that can be turned into an article of its own. However, there are some (albeit very few) benefits, whether intentional or not, to clean rap music. I could explain this in writing but I feel like this anecdote from my childhood does a better job: 

A landmark moment in my life was when I got an iPod Mini on my 10th birthday. I brought it to school every day just to show it off to my friends – I wasn’t even allowed to listen t...

December 28, 2016

The Lampin' Blog presents Top 10 Tuesday. On certain Tuesdays we bring you our favorite 10 tracks from one of our favorite music artists. Enjoy.

I think I can speak for Nev when I say T-Pain is one of our favorite artists from the '00s. Say what you want about his gimmicky autotune, T-Pain influenced a whole generation of hip-hop, for better or for worse. Dude has pipes without autotune anyways. 

Along with Akon (the debate between who's better is something we intend to address in the future), Teddy Payne wa...

December 10, 2016

*Disclaimer: These probably aren't the worst Lakers of all time, but they are definitely my least favorite.


 

LA sports fans are stereotyped as fickle bandwagoners that are not as knowledgeable as fans from the east coast or midwest. This may be somewhat true, and a lot of that has to do with the laid back mentality many Californians, specifically Angelenos, possess. 

However, when it comes to the Lakers, LA doesn't fuck around. Ask my mom, who tore her ACL while celebrating a last-minute play...

November 23, 2016

We decided to do this Top 10 in light of recent events involving our beloved Mr. West. We at Lampin’ choose to look not upon the convoluted political rants and societal critiques, not the Twitter beefs or the ridiculously delayed, and may I add, underwhelming (fight me) Life of Pablo.

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