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, […]

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, […]

Vince Staples – Summertime 06′ (Album Review)

Production: This album has elements of new age hip-hop and old school boom bap. The symphasizers, distorted bass and guitar create the rhythm that makes the music stand out, the drums keep our heads knodding and his flow tight. This is that gangster and still intelligent California style album I have been waiting for. It […]

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 […]

Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – Surf (Album Review)

This is the long awaited album by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment. If you have had your head in the dirt than you don’t know the Social Experiment is the group led by (although he would humbly disagree) Chance The Rapper with Peter Cottontale and Nate Fox. Donnie Trumpet is the alias for singer/songwriter […]

A$AP Rocky – At. Long. Last. A$AP (Album Review)

Production: This album is well rounded with a bunch of different types of instrumentals. This isn’t just a drug album, this isn’t just a club album, it is all the above and more. There are songs with rock style guitar and almost eerie sounding bass lines. The decisions on sampling are extremely powerful. The choir […]

Murs – Have a Nice Life (Album Review)

Murs is an emcee who is widely respected for his longtime efforts and heavy hitting collaborations. Just recently he signed to Tech N9ne’s Strange Music imprint. ‘Have a Nice Life’ is his debut album with the rising label. Production: What isn’t there to the production on this tape. You have every instrument across the board. […]

Bishop Nehru – ‘Nehruvia: The Nehruvian EP’ (Review)

Mass Appeal Record’s youngster Bishop Nehru has just dropped his second EP following his critically acclaimed full length collaboration with MF Doom entitled NehruvianDOOM. Although he is only 18 years old he has already put work in on a few mixtapes, a previous EP and has been promoted by hip-hop greats such as Nas, 9th […]