Top 10 Albums of 2016

The few good parts of 2016 One thing that has stayed constant throughout history, whether good year or bad, you’ll always hear the same statement; “This year was a terrible one for music”. The beauty of opinion flourishes at the end of every 365 day-term when people decide to discuss their favourite projects through calm,…

Album Review: ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ – J. Cole

Carolina’s finest returns 3 years ago Jermaine Cole, better known as the abbreviated stage name J. Cole, was not a name synonymous with the words ‘platinum with no features’. Neither was he a presence many considered to be even near the top of the hip hop game, with no real standout release – an underdog…

Album Review: Danny Brown – ‘Atrocity Exhibition’

Hip hop’s most unique voice treats us to a mind-trip Danny Brown, Detroit rapper and who many consider a leading figure in the ‘new school underground’, has always been untested and unreachable in terms of singularity. His unique voice, flow and overall sound has allowed him to forge his own lane in the genre, gaining…

Album Review: ‘Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight’ – Travis Scott

La Flame finally opens up the cage door The impact and impression that Travis Scott, the Houston-born singer/ rapper, has been (if summed up in one word) phenomenal. Having gradually crept into the ears of many listeners over the years through his mixtapes ‘Owl Pharaoh’ and ‘Days Before Rodeo’, he built up somewhat of a cult following, drawing…

Album Review: ‘The Sun’s Tirade’ – Isaiah Rashad

Chattanooga’s very own shines on his first full-length LP To tirade – a loud, angry speech of criticism or accusation. To tirade is to speak ill of or denounce something or someone, a habit that has found itself to be a staple of hip hop as a whole. From battle-rapping to a diss track, staging a…

EP Review: ‘Prima Donna’ – Vince Staples

Long Beach just got a whole lot crazier 23 year old Vince Staples, a California-born rapper and ex-gang banging provocateur of one of the West Coast’s most dangerous areas (Long Beach) has always seemed to be anxious when approaching the topic of fame. Known for his gritty, abrasive lyrics and dark production, Staples has never been…