By the late '80s the start of the '90s, the Native Tongues collective from New York were leading a type of "cubist-movement" within the genre of Hip Hop; challenging the commercial success of gangster-rap, and rejecting audiences' ideas of how a rapper should be. Artists from the Native Tongues collective were quintessential to the culture … Continue reading The Low End Theory At 26 Years-old Today
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
1 year ago today, Isaiah Rashad released "The Sun's Tirade". One of my personal favourite albums from that year, I really love how Rashad narrates his stories with an undertone of anxiety and worries in his words and delivery. They seep through every song as if they could consume him at any moment. Is he … Continue reading The Sun’s Tirade – 12 Months Later.
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.
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
After listening to SZA's recently released debut album, CTRL, more closely throughout the weekend, I think I've come to really get a clearer grasp on what SZA was trying to convey throughout the album, and also why I felt like there was an "underlying sense of spirituality and inner-peace in SZA's lyrics" in a prior … Continue reading SZA – CTRL (ALT-DELETE?)
Mars Today -- San Francisco artist and Los Angeles based producer -- dropped his soul/R&B-styled EP, Bits & Pieces the other day. Released by his hometown-based label, textmerecords, Bits & Pieces is an virtuous record for any season of the year. Sliding guitar lines, soft scatting, and Mars' soothing vocals just make the album perfect for … Continue reading Mars Today – Bits And Pieces
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