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 […]

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 […]

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 […]