Tagged hip-hop

New Music: March Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, April 6 2018 —  YFN Lucci – Ray Ray From Summerhill For a long time, the best parts of YFN Lucci’s career were thanks to collaborations with hard-hitting geniuses like Takeoff and Quavo, with Lucci slinking around verses with a voice as viscous as Newtonian fluid. Ray Ray From Summerhill is YFN…

New Music: Vince Ash

By Thomas Johnson, April 3 2018 —  Grit won’t age but it will refine. Under pressure, coal turns to diamonds, sand to pearls and so on. These past few weeks have been replete with slander against Tupac Shakur, ironically by young rappers whose careers are largely built off of the unrefined realness of the late icon….

New Music: February Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, March 9 2018 — Roc Marciano – RR2 – The Bitter Dose  Since releasing Marcberg in 2010, Roc Marciano has stealthily carved himself a nook among rap’s elite. He’s a pristine revivalist, one that doesn’t fall into the gimmicks and tropes that saturate the ‘golden age’ that’s looked upon with such reverence,…

New Music: Kodak Black

By Thomas Johnson, March 7 2018 — There’s a reason #FreeKodak never really took off. Kodak Black isn’t even 20 and bolsters a jaw-dropping list of criminal offences. He’s not a role model — he’s an on-again-off-again member of society. Even though his rap sheet is egregious enough to put him among a special echelon…

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…

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