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David Amidon
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David Amidon has been writing for PopMatters since 2009, focusing on hip-hop, R&B and pop. He also manages Run That Shit on, a collection of lists and rankings of over 1,000 reviewed hip-hop albums created mostly to be helpful and/or instigating. You can reach him on Twitter at @Nodima.


Monday, December 30 2013

The Best Mixtapes of 2013

In the four years since mixtapes became anything but a mix on tape, rap listeners have grown accustomed to the idea that not only should they feel like a brand new album, but also that they should probably be better than the product you pay for.


Wednesday, February 18 2015

Future & Zaytoven: Beast Mode

By teaming up with one of Atlanta hip-hop's biggest cult heroes and trimming all the fat, Future has not only put out his definitive album, but perhaps one of 2015's as well.

Wednesday, January 14 2015

Rick Ross: Hood Billionaire

Rick Ross' second album of 2014 might've better served his fans as a mixtape but if you wanted more of exactly what you'd expect from him, here it is.

Sunday, June 15 2014

Thee Oh Sees: Drop

Thee Oh Sees made a studio album. It's different in the right way.

Monday, April 21 2014

Young Money: Rise of an Empire

Lil' Wayne hits the reset button on his Cash Money imprint, but with only minor roster changes is it worth the effort?

Wednesday, February 26 2014

ScHoolboy Q: Oxymoron

ScHoolboy Q takes everything he's learned in the Top Dawg stable and unleashes it in a very finely tuned burst.

TNGHT: TNGHT EP [8.Aug.12]
Mohn: Mohn [9.Jul.12]
Danny!: Payback [15.Mar.12]
Blu: NoYork! [16.Feb.12]
T-Pain: rEVOLVEr [6.Dec.11]
The Roots: undun [5.Dec.11]
Joker: The Vision [15.Nov.11]
Drake: Take Care [13.Nov.11]
Wale: Ambition [3.Nov.11]
Danny Brown: XXX [22.Sep.11]
Zomby: Dedication [13.Jul.11]
Beyoncé: 4 [28.Jun.11]
The Left: Gas Mask [23.Feb.11]
Redman: Reggie [10.Jan.11]
T.I.: No Mercy [3.Jan.11]
Rihanna: Loud [12.Dec.10]
Vado: Slime Flu [22.Nov.10]
Shad: TSOL [18.Nov.10]
N*E*R*D: Nothing [2.Nov.10]
Jyoti: Ocotea [21.Sep.10]
Bun B: Trill O.G. [12.Aug.10]
MV + EE: Barn Nova [22.Oct.09]
Karl Blau: Zebra [8.Oct.09]


Thursday, October 20 2011

I-Wayne - 'Life Teachings' Interview (video) (PopMatters Premiere)

In promotion of his recently released third album, Life Teachings, VP Records offers up a video to shed some light on exactly what I-Wayne means to his home country of Jamaica.

Monday, October 10 2011

Rahsaan Patterson - "Crazy (Baby)"

If anyone in the neo soul/future R&B scene is holding Prince's ideals closest to their vest it's Rahsaan Patterson.

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