Tag Archives: Hip Hop

Beautiful Thugger Girls Review: Young Thug’s Buoyant Personality Finds a Place in Pop

Young Thug exists at an unfortunate intersection; one where his chart record fails to match his notoriety. Young Thug released three records last year which were all received well but still failed to Continue reading Beautiful Thugger Girls Review: Young Thug’s Buoyant Personality Finds a Place in Pop

Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La Review – Heems and Riz MC Swap Conscious Rap for Tongue-in-Cheek Anthems

On their debut album, Cashmere, the Swet Shop Boys’ broadness of discussion was only outdone by the South Asian diaspora that came to inform their work. Like so many of the Continue reading Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La Review – Heems and Riz MC Swap Conscious Rap for Tongue-in-Cheek Anthems

Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions Review – Unpredictable, Joyful and Often Masterful, but Severely Unbalanced

Hip-Hop and rap continues to schism, and there hasn’t been such disparity as there has been over the last few years. The rise of the pop-rapper has been buoyed by viral hits from the likes of Continue reading Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions Review – Unpredictable, Joyful and Often Masterful, but Severely Unbalanced

Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Review – Operating in a League all of his own

Above all, Kendrick Lamar is an extraordinary storyteller. and the final track on his fourth album DAMN., ‘DUCKWORTH.’, is the ultimate Continue reading Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Review – Operating in a League all of his own

Kendrick Lamar Kills The Competition Two Weeks Running on ‘Humble’

Kendrick Lamar’s latest single ‘Humble’ is a turbulent journey from poverty to the top floor of modern hip-hop. It talks of Lamar’s modest beginnings before shifting quickly into

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Kendrick Lamar Buries His Rivals on ‘The Heart Part 4’

‘Like clockwork, I blow it all/And get some more/Get you somebody that can do both’ – Rae Sremmurd, ‘Black Beatles’ (2016).

‘Raindrop (drip), drop top (drop top)/Smokin’ on cookie in the hotbox (cookie)’ – Migos, ‘Bad and Boujee’ (2016).

‘Who you put in your top five and claim they the saviour of rap’ – Big Sean – ‘No More Interviews’ (2016).

As time progresses, the ties between virality, specifically memes, and hip-hop become more and more synonymous. The artists become caricatured visions of the serious Continue reading Kendrick Lamar Buries His Rivals on ‘The Heart Part 4’

Calvin Harris Shares Frank Ocean & Migos Collaboration ‘Slide’

After weeks of speculation and a string of teases on social media, Calvin Harris has unveiled his first track of 2017, a collaboration with Frank  Ocean and two thirds of hip-hop trio Migos titled ‘Slide’. Continue reading Calvin Harris Shares Frank Ocean & Migos Collaboration ‘Slide’

Interview: Gabriel Gassi

With a handful of remixes scattered across social media, Stockholm-based singer-songwriter/producer Gabriel Gassi has quietly built himself a solid reputation. Working around his studies, Gassi’s intelligent ear has allowed him to Continue reading Interview: Gabriel Gassi

Does ‘Avalanche’s’ Full Inception Signal a Full-Length Return for Madvillain in the Near Future?

It’s amazing to think that Madvillainy is almost 15 years old and yet the demand for a second helping from Madvillain, comprising of Madlib and MF DOOM, fails to wane. But now, optimistic Madvillain followers can rejoice as a Continue reading Does ‘Avalanche’s’ Full Inception Signal a Full-Length Return for Madvillain in the Near Future?

The Vending Machine: Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak – GLOWED UP

I think what works well in the union of Montreal producer Kaytranada and the star-in-waiting Anderson .Paak is their collective propensity to breach time and all of its musical shifts. With Kaytranada, his debut album 99.9% keenly grabs Continue reading The Vending Machine: Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak – GLOWED UP