Trina

The Week That Was: The Secondhand Smoke Edition

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Interested in what current albums are worth listening to, buying and, conversely, those that should be avoided at all costs? Let us give you our take on a few that we managed to review this week. -- “Showin Skillz” – [...].

Statlanta

“The Beginning” – Review Of Stat Quo’s Statlanta

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/download-stat-quo-presents-2010-the-mixtape"> Time and time again you see the surplus of a rap dynasty's signing spree just kaput to shit when the general interest of the movement wanes. After waiting in the wing ghostwriting and prepping for his turn in the spotlight on Dr. Dre's Aftermath roster, Atlanta lyricist Stat Quo saw his opportunity fizzle before his first single even made its rounds. Wayward but undeterred by the setback, Stat hammered out numerous mixtapes before finally linking up with Sha Money XL (of 50 Cent fame) as they breathe new life into his prolonged debut, Statlanta. Stat Quo is unique in his merits as he possesses the skills a lot of Southerners are guilty of lacking: a versatile flow packed with wit and intellective content. Over mild piano riffs and moody instrumentation, Stat sounds right at home depicting the struggle with Talib Kweli on "Alright." Switching gears to a somewhat more upbeat tempo, the spoils of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/03/stat-quo-success-back-to-u-video">"Success (Back to U)"</a> highlight that willpower Stat displayed while riding the pine all those years on Aftermath.

Statlanta

Stat Quo – “Success (Back To U)” Video

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It's finally <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/stat-quo">Stat's</a> turn to determine his own destiny.


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