Noname – Telefone

Hip-hop fans have long been awaiting a debut project from Chicago rapper Noname. Formerly known as Noname Gypsy, Noname made a name for herself via a flurry of guest spots on songs from Chicago artists like Mick Jenkins and Chance The Rapper. Her talent was obvious  - but for years, listeners lived without a full-fledged project, and without a real … [Read more...]

The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

On Undun, The Roots’ previous album, the band entirely devoted its brand of hip-hop towards a focused outlook that could truly be labeled a concept album. There was an emphasis on telling a story with an arc that was as equally compelling as it was musically diverse. And although it wasn’t the Philadelphia collective’s singular foray into … [Read more...]

Nosaj Thing – Home

Growing up drawn in to hip-hop, Nosaj Thing’s Jason Chung highlighted these kinds of sensibilities on his debut album, Drift. Obtuse and booming, Chung’s basses enhanced the music’s already downcast, smooth tones. On “Fog” the beats would be jagged and upfront and later, on “Us,” Chung employed more directly-driven patterns – with the help of … [Read more...]

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

It’s no secret that a sense of swaggering narcissism is as closely linked to hip-hop music as maudlin introspection probably is to rock.  Whether or not that axiom holds any water in 2011 is up for debate, but so long as artists like Kanye West and Coldplay continue to make headway on the charts, bravado and earnestness respectively will remain the … [Read more...]

Sole and the Skyrider Band – Hello Cruel World

There shouldn’t be much confusion in realizing the ever-developing role of hip-hop music. Many have turned it into an alternative new world where guest artists, samples and desire come together for a blissful, motivating presentation. As Sole, Tim Holland has continued to use these aspects in being the chief proponent to his band’s driving music. … [Read more...]

Tyler The Creator-Goblin

Goblin has been out for more than a month now and I feel as though this wonderful website needs something a little different to mix it up a bit, so here it goes. Goblin is going to freak you out plain and simple. There is enough creepy imagery here to make David Lynch want to call a psychiatrist for this kid. Speaking of psychiatrist, this is the … [Read more...]

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Somewhere between the brilliance that was Demon Days and the excellent debut that was their self-titled effort, Gorillaz pushed the boundaries of pop music to new realms. Delving deeper and into a world of synths, hip-hop collaborations, dancefloor hooks, delectable melodies and propulsive production, Damon Albarn wanted to push everything that … [Read more...]

Yoome – The Boredom of Me.

The idea to bring a Chicago rapper and a New Zealand folk singer together is surely a gallant one. With so much of our newest music recalling so much of our other newest music, creating something unique and entirely fresh seems mostly impossible. And whether or not you can truly love an album like The Boredom of Me. is a particular opinion but the … [Read more...]