As I held a copy of Lust For Life in my hands and surveyed the cover art, the first thing you notice is the beaming smile of Lana Del Rey herself. The second is the Continue reading Lana Del Rey: Lust For Life Review – Symbolic, Mythic Musings on Americana Past and Present
Vince Staples sounds like he wants to have a good time on Big Fish Theory but the subtext suggests otherwise. ‘If I die today/Would you even know I existed?’ he asks on ‘Ramona Park is Yankee Stadium’. Staples is very much a Continue reading Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory Review – Danceable Club-Rap with Needle-Like Precision
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
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
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
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’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
‘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’
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’
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