Archive for the Rap/Hip-Hop Category
Ty Dolla $ign raises the bar for the third instalment of Beach House, a mixtape series that old fans hold in very high esteem. The album carries no shortage of the smirk-inducing, club-ready sex talk he broke with, but also ruminates on fame and its pressures, as well as the […]
The fifth studio album from The Doppelgangaz. A statement piece solidifying their unique sound and brand through the lens of the Black Cloak Lifestyle. Raw and rugged, yet refined.
On 2Pac‘s debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, the rapper showed himself to be a supremely passionate man, brimming over with ideas and anger and ready to voice his political and social opinions, call things like he saw them. This same kind of energy and lyrical acumen is found on his sophomore release, Strictly 4 […]
The Mississippi MC’s ambitious third album is split between his stage persona and private life—the first half opens with “Big K.R.I.T.”; the second, “Justin Scott.” Fittingly, K.R.I.T.’s Southern rap purism is at its most personal here: “Price of Fame” explores the disconnect between success and true happiness. But the mood […]
Snow Dog Records present a reissue of South Central Cartel’s debut album “South Central Madness”, originally released in 1991. Los Angeles’s South Central Cartel were pioneers in the West Coast gangsta rap genre, in the same league as Dr. Dre, NWA, Eazy E, Ice Cube, Compton’s Most Wanted, Above the […]
Stranger is the third studio album by Swedish rapper Yung Lean. It was released on November 10, 2017, by the record label Year0001, and was executively produced by Gud, along with additional production from Yung Sherman and Whitearmor
The third installment in Action Bronson’s “Blue Chips” series and his first release in two years, Blue Chips 7000 has finally debuted. In an interview with Complex magazine on August 23, Action described the album’s title, saying, “It just sounds better…The ‘7000’ is just because it’s beyond. It’s not part three, it’s part 7000.”
milo is a sharp-tongued rapper whose wordplay rewards close listening. On his third and best LP, the Maine emcee carries the flag for the underground rap scene that birthed him.
After a hefty while, Brooklyn native Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire has returned with his Brainiac EP. This is his first project since 2015’s Live Forever. The six track EP finds eXquire spitting tight flows and heavy bars over underground production from the likes of The Alchemist, Parallel Thought, Canya Reial and CONSTROBUZ.
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde proved Daisy Age philosophy akin to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest wasn’t purely an East Coast phenomenon. Skits and interludes with live backing (usually just drums and piano) only enhance the freeform nature of the proceedings, and the group even succeeds when […]
Wiki’s debut solo album is a love letter to New York and features beats and rhymes from Ghostface Killah, Kaytranada, Lakutis, Your Old Droog and many others.
The release of DJ Quik’s debut album, Quik Is the Name, in 1991 begged the question: does rap really need yet another gangsta rapper? Indeed, by that time, rap had become saturated with numerous soundalike gangsta rappers — most of whom weren’t even a fraction as interesting as such pioneers […]
Prophets Of Rage quickly became as much a shared experience between its members as it was a call-to-action for the world at large. The sessions created a new space for growth and progression, whether with the incorporation of DJ Lord’s turntablist elements or B-Real tackling broader subjects, such as homelessness […]
“While Main Source’s debut failed to transform them into superstars and was met by indifference by the larger record-buying public, the album was fawned over by critics and beat-junkies alike. Writer Jonathan Shecter of The Source wrote “As a debut album, Breaking Atoms is a bright beacon of hope that […]
“Despite some indecision on to whom he’s speaking, Yachty does challenge himself to take on new roles on Teenage Emotions, and in certain instances he’s bewitching. On “Made of Glass,” a soothing synthpop ballad, he sings of unrequited love, unseen by the girl of his dreams. As he moves in […]
Menace II Society is the name of the official soundtrack for the movie of the same name. It was released May 26, 1993 by Jive. It peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 11 on the Billboard 200. Several songs heard both in the […]
Somewhere between the jazzy, feel-good grooves of A Tribe Called Quest and the yin-yang chemistry of Outkast lies Little Brother. The Durham, NC trio make music that brilliantly splits the line between art and commercialism, all while maintaining their fun-loving hip-hop purist stance. – The group’s members; MC’s Phonte and […]
Double vinyl LP pressing in wide-spine single pocket jacket with insert. Includes three additional tracks. Reissued to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the album’s release. When it was originally released in 1991 it peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard 200 […]
Vinyl LP pressing, includes bonus 12 inch single. Like master painters exploring a subject over a lifetime’s work, Kevin Martin and Dylan Carlson – The Bug and Earth, respectively – have each been mining and defining their genres for more than 20 years. They’re united by an interest in – […]