Archive for the Hip-Hop Category
Cold Busted has navigated the smooth seas to unearth Sailing, the new album from Moroccan guitarist and beat-flinger saib. The Casablanca based producer has steered his sound into warmer waters. Mixing tempered hip-hop beats with jazzy vibes and a lounge sensibility, saib. touches on a style that’s both chill and […]
Lords Of The Underground (L.O.T.U.G.) is a hip-hop trio consisting of Newark, New Jersey’s MC’s Mr. Funke, Dupré “Doitall” Kelly and Cleveland-native DJ Lord Jazz who met while still at University.
The long-awaited debut from the Jersey singer is an opulent, raw R&B album that constantly tests the borders of the genre. SZA’s deeply personal lens on modern romance gives these songs endless life.
Having dropped five mixtapes over the course of the past three years, Uzi has slowly but surely been accumulating a raging, die-hard fanbase of his own. But in the past year, he’s been blasting closer and closer to full-blown stardom. From his “Bad and Boujee” verse to the pain-drenched loosie-turned-megahit “XO TOUR […]
Flower Boy, also known as Scum Fuck Flower Boy, is the fourth studio album by American rapper Tyler, The Creator. It was officially released on July 21, 2017 by Columbia Records. The album was solely produced by Tyler, but features contributions from artists such as Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County […]
Texas based analog producer GENSU DEAN started in Jackson, Mississippi producing on the now legendary Crooked Lettaz debut Grey Skies for his friend and Grammy Winner David Banner. Since that time he has gone on to produce for some of the best to ever do it including Ol Dirty Bastard […]
Born and bred in Los Angeles, Benedek began pulling inspiration from the city’s structural and visual dichotomies at a young age. He picked up a guitar at 9 years-old, taking note of any and all sonic surroundings, from prevalent West Coast G-funk to the synthesized sound effects in video games […]
Their third album We Are the Halluci Nation ramps up the activism and accompanies it with some of the heaviest and most infectious sounds around. The patch on the cover of the album underlines the heart and beat of the album: “500 years and still drumming; Our DNA is the […]
Coming from a simpler, more essential, innocent place, the hero could not make heads nor tails of most advancements. From an aerial view, he saw that a good percentage of earthly vibrations were on very small squares and it became his belief that this world was very disposable and the […]
Imbued with the energy and ideas from all the creative embers floating in the atmosphere like fireflies, Shabazz Palaces recorded this entire album over the course of two weeks with Blood in Seattle. New gear and new equipment disintegrated comfort zones into dust and a new path appeared in the […]
JJ Doom is the artist name for producer/vocalist Jneiro Jarel and British-born, mask-wearing maverick Doom (aka MF Doom). The nine track Bookhead EP features tracks from the expanded Butter Edition of the duos debut album Key To The Kuffs including Doom collaborations with Clams Casino, BBNG, Del The Funky Homosapien, […]
Long Beach serial chiller Ahwlee is a beat vet who delivers smooth buttery samples with a nostalgic vibe. 1991 is a cult classic cassette now reissued for the first time. These tracks are dusty, mellow and easy-going. Don’t mistake mellow for boring, however, because Ahwlee’s production is nuanced and intricate […]
Fourth Studio Album from the venerable New York emcee and producer. Includes features from Ka and Knowledge the Pirate and production from Knxwledge, Arch Druids and Roc Marci himself. Time waits for no man, but venerable New York emcee and producer Roc Marci remains a rare exception to the rule. […]
“On The Way Uptown” features unreleased songs and demos from the pre-Uptown Saturday Night era and this album is pretty impressive given the unfinished and unrefined nature of these songs. Similar to Mobb Deep’s unreleased music from the 90s, theses songs are just as good as their finished studio counterparts. […]
Almost 10 years have passed since Onra arrived with the charmingly eccentric Chinoiseries LP. Thirty two hip-hop beats formed the sample-based project – dusty Chinese vinyl hissing and crackling throughout – resulting in an intriguing and spontaneous mix of the producers interest in exploring a newly-discovered style of music with […]
J. Cole’s fourth album arrived exactly two years after 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Released on short notice and with minimal hype, it’s another one without guest verses, and his leanest yet. Told in the first person, most of its tracks trace the life trajectory of Cole’s slain friend, as someone […]
LP version. “The wait is over, Return To The 37th Chamber is El Michels Affair’s highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s underground cult classic Enter the 37th Chamber. Churning out classic records since then for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and tons more, it is clear […]
Vex Ruffin’s definitive full-length statement featuring a guest appearance from hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy. Fab 5 Freddy’s feature is his first musical project since “Change the Beat,” 30 years ago. Fab hopped onto Vex’s track after an intro from his friend Ben Marlowe, the director/animator of Vex’s new video. […]
Bang Ya Head Entertainment is gearing up to release the Instrumentals to the critically acclaimed Bad Neighbor LP by MED and Blu. All beats produced by Madlib. 15 banging instrumentals and three bonus beats for your enjoyment. Everything Madlib creates is innovating but the production on Bad Neighbor LP are […]
The musical blueprint of both Tel Aviv and Los Angeles readily apparent in Cohenbeats’ Stones Throw release, Daily Affirmations. While Israeli samples influenced by jazz, progressive rock and Brazilian music are threaded throughout, the undeniable backbone of the album continues to be inspired by LA beatmakers.