Tagged hip-hop

New Music: January Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, February 9 2018 —  Migos – Culture II Culture II feels more like a playlist than an album, making it an unfitting follow-up to last year’s instant classic. The first Culture was a precise distillation of everything Migos does well. Quavo, Offset and especially Takeoff still perform at a very high level,…

Rap in 2018 isn’t trash, Joey Bada$$

By Thomas Johnson, February 2 2018 — Throwback rapper dear Joey Bada$$ thinks the genre is currently trash. In a recent string of tweets, Joey articulated his thoughts on the current climate of hip-hop. Rap is in a very trash state rn with very few exceptions that don’t even get the love and attention that they…

New Music: Maxo Kream

By Thomas Johnson, January 26 2018 — Maxo Kream’s lengthy birth name, Emekwanem Ibemakanam Ogugua “Sunny” Biosah, are among the first words on his debut, Punken. According to the record, ‘Emekwanem’ means, and I quote, “Don’t fuck with me.” Not that you would. Before the age most kids are old enough to inherit a rusting…

New Music: October Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, November 10 2017 —   Young Thug & Future – Super Slimey 2017 has already brought out the best in Future and Young Thug. A week after dropping a popular self-titled album in February, Future released HNDRXX. And Beautiful Thugger Girls, Young Thug’s most accomplished work to date, was released in June. Both…

New Music: Big K.R.I.T.

By Thomas Johnson, November 3 2017 — Prior to 2013’s Cadillactica, Big K.R.I.T. released a blistering mission statement called “Mt. Olympus.” It was advertised as a response to Kendrick Lamar’s infamous diss verse on “Control” from earlier that year. But just as Kendrick didn’t really diss K.R.I.T. on “Control,” “Mt. Olympus” wasn’t really a rebuttal….

New Music: Wu-Tang Clan

By Thomas Johnson, November 2 2017 — One of the most shudder-inducing phrases in the modern lexicon is “new Wu.” Despite achieving mythic status after emerging from the depths of Shaolin, the fabled Wu-Tang Clan have struggled to produce a truly great album since 2007’s 8 Diagrams. The eight remaining original swordsmen are no longer…

New Music: September album wrap-up

By Thomas Johnson, September 28 2017 — The Outfit, TX — Fuel City Fuel City is a fictitious, claustrophobic and diesel-doused urban utopia of The Outfit, TX’s making. It sits somewhere between Atlanta’s futuristic strip-palace nocturnality, the unholy menace of a Memphis dungeon and Saturn’s sixth moon. The newest album by the Dallas ensemble sounds…

New Music: Kendrick Lamar

By Kent Wong, March 15 2016 — Kendrick Lamar has established himself as a pivotal figure in hip-hop, releasing the highly-acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly last year. Lamar considers himself more of a writer than a rapper, which is justified, as Lamar’s work reads like poetry discussing themes of social inequality, race and identity. The…

Shad on being a first-generation Canadian

By Tendayi Moyo, June 12, 2014 —  Canadian artist Shadrach Kabango, better known as Shad, has been making noise in hip-hop since 2005. In 2011, Shad took home the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year, edging out fellow Ontarian Drake. Shad’s fans are accustomed to his thoughtful lyrics that explore his experience as…

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