I saw this video tonight which claimed Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. is already a "classic". Crazy. I was really baffled that at only 7 months since the album's release, it's already hailed as a classic by the well-known music-journalism website: Pitchfork. DAMN. in 2017 wasn’t culturally digested by Hip Hop and mainstream audiences the same way … Continue reading Instant Classics In 2017?
It's been awhile since I've went out and bought an album. I went on a hiatus for a little while because an airport mishap in the Philippines lost me a bunch of albums I really loved. I was discouraged from buying albums for awhile because of that mishap, and I'd just download ZIP files of … Continue reading Nothin’ Even Matters
With the recent domestic-abuse allegations, "17" album, a place on the 2017 XXL-freshmen list, and now a new music video for "Look At Me"; Florida-state rapper - XXXTentacion - has been placed firmly into the limelight of today's Hip Hop. In fact, just last week his debut-album - 17 - sold 86,000 units on its first … Continue reading XXXTENTACION – Don’t Look At Me
Of all the high moments on Drake's More Life; from the multiple song transitions (especially 4422-Gyalchester), the string of melodic beats, great guest appearances, infectious hooks, and instant-classic punchlines after instant-classic punchlines... it's almost universally agreed on by fans and casual listeners that Young Thug had one of the album's defining moments when he dropped the … Continue reading How Young Thug Bodied Drake’s Sacrifices On A Whole Other Level.
I remember being in the Philippines last year and drinking cheap bottles of liquor in a hotel room by myself while my parents caught up with their distant relatives, and my brother went out for some smokes. Observing a skyline view of the city which birthed me, from a 56-storey building which gentrified my family's … Continue reading Momma
Be: Common’s triumphant second-wind in his career, which saw him regaining his focus in messages and ability to lyrically explore/connect ideas. Further assisted by the production efforts of a younger Kanye West and J Dilla, “Be” re-established Common as a premiere lyricist in the genre of Hip Hop after his string of "soulquarian"/90s albums had … Continue reading Common — Be
Today Hip Hop mourns over the passing of Hayden Johnson -- Prodigy -- founding member, and one half of Queensbridge's Mobb Deep, with fellow rapper Havoc. Hayden's work was very much an influential force in Hip Hop's golden-age in the '90s, with works such as The Infamous (1995) and Hell On Earth (1996) aging into 'classics' in the minds of … Continue reading Prodigy // (2/11/1974 – 20/07/2017)
Before the Cilvia Demo EP dropped, Isaiah Rashad was originally gonna drop a mixtape titled "Pieces of a Kid". The rumoured mixtape was never released but fans made their own versions instead with songs released by Zay on SoundCloud and others scattered elsewhere. The finished products are 2 well-known mixtapes - Welcome To The Game … Continue reading GIL
When I first heard Ol Dirty Bastard's (ODB for short) cult-favourite album: "Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version", I was completely taken back by the album's cover-art and its intro. Truthfully, I was drunk by myself on a Saturday night when I first heard it too, but I ironically found myself laughing really … Continue reading ODB’s Genius