Tag Archives: Rap

Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory Review – Danceable Club-Rap with Needle-Like Precision

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

DJ Khaled: Grateful Review – Another One? Nah, You’re Alright Mate

You gotta hand it to DJ Khaled, he knows how to recruit. His latest album features no less than 34 collaborators across its bloated 22-track listing and they’re Continue reading DJ Khaled: Grateful Review – Another One? Nah, You’re Alright Mate

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

Katy Perry’s ‘Bon Appetit’ Might Just Make You Lose Your Appetite

Katy Perry’s ‘Bon Appetit’ will probably leave you with conflicted feelings. Let’s start with the positives; first of all, Perry enlists songwriter/producer to the Continue reading Katy Perry’s ‘Bon Appetit’ Might Just Make You Lose Your Appetite

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’

Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love! Review – A Promising Transition into Funk

Perhaps the biggest preconceived risk attached to Awaken, My Love! was Childish Gambino’s commendable rap lyricism giving way to the uncompromising stench of grooved-out funk. The first single that preceded Awaken, ‘Me and Your Mama’, now arguably Gambino’s Continue reading Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love! Review – A Promising Transition into Funk

Childish Gambino’s Soulful Resurgence Continues on ‘Redbone’

Donald Glover is a man of many talents who can don many hats- but I never saw a transition this severe in the trajectory of Childish Gambino. His comeback single ‘Me and Your Mama’ was a surprising return, with Gambino adopting an Continue reading Childish Gambino’s Soulful Resurgence Continues on ‘Redbone’

‘Me and Your Mama’ Single Review: Childish Gambino Ditches Rapping and it could be his Best Decision Yet

Achieving further cult status with the success of Atlanta. Your new Lando Calrissian. 30 Rock and Community. Donald Glover’s 15 minutes is turning into an age. Then add his rapper persona Childish Gambino to the mix and you have someone

Continue reading ‘Me and Your Mama’ Single Review: Childish Gambino Ditches Rapping and it could be his Best Decision Yet