Album Review

Watsky delivers lackluster full-length ‘COMPLAINT’

Watsky COMPLAINT Self-Release · January 11, 2019 Although X Infinity felt bloated, COMPLAINT is an overcorrection. It’s good that George Watsky is still making music. The 32-year-old rapper, singer, and writer has been a creative force to be reckoned with for quite some time. Watsky got his start as a slam poet on the HBO original […]

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie overcompensates with ‘Hoodie SZN’

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie Hoodie SZN Atlantic Records · December 21, 2018 A Boogie Wit da Hoodie became a rising star of rap when he debuted with ‘Drowning’ at #38 on the Billboard Top 100 and being named as part of the ten-member 2017 XXL “Freshman Class.” A Boogie’s meteoric rise continues with Hoodie SZN, […]

Method Man revives ’90s hip-hop with ‘Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium’

Method Man Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium Hanz On Music · December 21, 2018 It’s been 25 years since the ground-breaking and genre-shaking release of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, but the group is still very much alive today in 2018. One of the Wu-Tang Clan’s most essential pieces, Method Man, has released his fifth solo […]

Vulfpeck releases unimaginative full-length ‘Hill Climber’

Vulfpeck Hill Climber Vulf Records · December 7, 2018 The laziness in the songwriting almost makes me believe that it is a parody. With Vulfpeck’s third studio album Hill Climber, the band has released 34 minutes of the same old same old. If someone played me a part of this album and said it was one of […]

Ice Cube keeps things going with ‘Everythang’s Corrupt’

Ice Cube Everythang’s Corrupt Interscope Records · December 7, 2018 Despite the antiquated production style, Ice Cube gets his point across through emotional, simple, easy-to-remember lyrics. Fame is a high that few artists are equipped to leave behind. But some don’t have to. Whether or not it is better for the music world; Bruce Springsteen, Neil […]

Less is more on Earl Sweatshirt’s lo-fi masterpiece ‘Some Rap Songs’

Earl Sweatshirt Some Rap Songs Tan Cressida / Columbia Records · November 30, 2018 The brevity of the album does not diminish its quality, but instead heightens the emotional intensity and punches the listener with such curtness. Earl Sweatshirt stands apart from others in the rap game with his unique flow, fuzzy production elements, and most interestingly, […]

Alessia Cara faces major label pressures on ‘The Pains Of Growing’

Alessia Cara The Pains Of Growing Def Jam · November 30, 2018 The Pains of Growing is a troubled album, representative of the negative impact major labels can have on the artistry of new and promising singer-songwriters. It’s been over three years since we were introduced to Alessia Cara with her hit-single ‘Here.’ ‘Here’ painted Cara as […]

J.I.D fails to deliver with ‘DiCaprio 2’

J.I.D DiCaprio 2 Dreamville / Interscope · November 30, 2018 Although DiCaprio 2 has plenty to offer in terms of quick-witted rhymes and intricate flows, much of the album fails to leave an impact. Atlanta rapper J.I.D has been rapidly on the rise in the rap game, with The Never Story being one of my favorite albums in […]

The 1975 soars to new heights with ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’

The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships Polydor / Interscope · November 30, 2018 On their third album, The 1975 soars to new heights that cements them as the most interesting band making music right now. The album appropriately titled for a 2018 audience, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, examines frontman Matty Healy’s heroin recovery and […]

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