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
‘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’
The next five tracks on our Top 50 Songs of 2016 feature hip-hop stars new and old (one of which features twice within the next five tracks) and a couple of indie-pop acts fresh off of their second albums. Here’s numbers 40-36: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 40-36
2016 was a peculiar year for a number reasons- and that statement stretches beyond music. It was a year powered by the meme’s keyboard-driven satire and one that is synonymous with political movement of both a poignant and extreme nature. Even though it had its full-length highlights, 2016 was an overall disappointment for the album. But in terms of memorable and arresting singles, 2016 was generous. Here’s the first instalment of Vendor’s list of 2016’s 100 tracks of the year. Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 50-46