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…

Album Review: ‘Blond’ – Frank Ocean

He did it, he actually did it. (I know it’s not a ‘hip hop’ album but how could I not talk about this thing?) Four years. Four long, grueling years it took for Frank Ocean to release new music to our ears. After so many rumours and disappointments, so much hype and doubt; the guy…

Album Review: ‘Major Key’ – DJ Khaled

You know Snapchat’s motivation master does music too, right? The living meme himself, DJ Khaled (real name Khaled Mohamed Khaled), is a truly fascinating specimen. Having been behind the boards for a plethora of both his own and other hip hop and R&B records for the past 10 years, he’s a figure that has been recognized…

Album Review: ‘Negus’ – Kemba

You’re going to want to hear this, America. To be deemed ‘lyrical’ is both a blessing and a curse; not just in the contemporary hip hop game, but in the music industry as a whole. You’re known for cleverly stringing together metaphors and imagery all in one poetic facet and sparking thought in the listener….

The Sound of Slur – Why do we love rappers we can’t understand?

EXPLORING MUMBLE-RAP AND ITS RISE TO SUCCESS It’s no secret that hip hop is constantly changing and evolving; it’s been doing it since its birth. From the electric party rap of the 70’s , gangsta rap of the 80’s, the breakthrough of the 90’s to the club-focused rap of the noughties, the genre has never…

Album Review: ‘Blank Face LP’ – ScHoolboy Q

TDE’s Blank Face killer arrives witH His next HigHly-anticipated album It was always going to be a daunting task being the next guy to push out a release on the Top Dawg Entertainment label following the (not one, but two) Kendrick Lamar projects dropped both last and this year. Fans waited patiently to see who step up…

Album Review: ‘Still Brazy’ – YG

Bompton’s very own keeps it West Coast with his sophomore LP ‘Gangster’ (or ‘gangsta’, which ever you prefer) is a term that’s thrown around lightly a lot by modern-day rappers to back up their persona or the message behind their music. Sure, it’s a significant component in what makes up hip-hop, but these days it’s…

EP Review: ‘There’s Alot Going On’ – Vic Mensa

The Roc Nation signee preludes his upcoming album with a new 7-track EP Born and raised Chicagoan Vic Mensa has had a pretty erratic rise from obscurity to fame over the last 5 years; bouncing from sub-genre to sub-genre while simultaneously gaining more of a following  with every musical release. Here, he supplies his fans with a short…