Talib Kweli – Fuck the Money (Album Review)

As a premier player in the late 90’s/early 00’s Soulquarian movement, Talib Kweli has bestowed the rap game with a conscious and critical voice for years. His role is very much that of a mature adult offering sage advice for budding generations. His solo debut, Train of Thought (2000), lead us down alleys of fatherhood in Memories Live and […]

Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons to Die II (Album Review)

There is no hip-hop act with a higher regard for the cinematic than the Wu-Tang Clan. It starts with the very foundation the group was erected from: RZA, GZA and O.D.B. bombing around kung-fu theaters in their childhood. 36 years later (appropriately so), the Clan has collectively put out a feature length movie, acquired cinematic aliases (Tony Starks, […]

The 10 Best Hip-Hop Concept Albums

The year 2015 in hip-hop, as diagnosed by Complex Magazine, is the year of “no hits” and “long, complicated albums”. Now, whether or not you’re on board with this recent strain of music, there is a lot to be said about the density of concept albums hip-hop has seen in the past. So for this week […]

Statik Selektah – Lucky 7 (Album Review)

Spinning a Statik Selektah record is like attending a block party in Boston, Massachusetts: it’s packed with people, there’s a seemingly endless number of beats, and everybody gets their turn on the mic. Since his initial LP, Spell My Name Right (2007), Statik Selektah’s drawing power has been in his textured sample-based beats and his legendary ensemble of rappers, including: Q-Tip, […]

Rae and Ghost Roll Out ‘Cuban Linx’ 20th Anniversary Tour

In the words of the RZA, circa 1995: “The only album I wanted to come out in the summer was Cuban Linx… in the summer, it’s more out in the world with it… Cuban Linx [is] more of an out-in-the-world type of album” – RZA (The Wu-Tang Manual, pg. 108). Twenty summers later, the abbot’s words […]

Madlib – Mind Fusion: African Earwax

Madlib’s latest mixtape, Mind Fusion: African Earwax, was originally sold at a DOOM concert earlier this month. The exclusive 30 physical tapes each featured a unique, one-of-a-kind drawing by longtime DOOM album cover artist, Jason Jagel. The digital version was anonymously uploaded today, and is now available on the Stones Throw’s website, and here:

Czarface – Every Hero Needs A Villain (Album Review)

The lore of the supervillain is in many ways parallel to that of the rapper: an origin story of a struggle against oppressive powers, the flaunting of one’s strengths/accomplishments, and a fiery winner-take-all attitude. Though the concept has been somewhat played out (Ghostface’s Tony Stark, MF DOOM’s Madvillain, etc.), there is a necessary resurgence in light of media trends in […]

Kendrick Debuts New ‘Alright’ Verse at BET Awards

As eventful as this year’s BET Awards was – with Bad Boy Records reuniting for a 20th Anniversary Performance, and P Diddy’s spill making the viral rounds – King Kendrick’s performance still came out as the pick of the litter, to not much of our surprise. Performing ‘Alright’ from his wildly successful, To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick mounted the roof […]