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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 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.

Tuesday, February 11 2014

R. Kelly: Black Panties

R. Kelly returns to the obtuse comedy trappings of Double Up and Untitled, but after two albums of retro soul are we really eager to hear a 47-year-old do his best Ty Dolla $ign anymore?

Thursday, January 23 2014

Dom Kennedy: Get Home Safely

Only Kennedy's second retail release, it's also perhaps his first that feels more like a rap album than a fashion statement.

Wednesday, January 8 2014

Beyoncé - BEYONCÉ

It's her most honest album. It's a surprise. It's dirty as hell. It's the fantastic pop album we waited for all year. Happy New Year.

Wednesday, November 20 2013

Braids: Flourish // Perish

Braids drop the guitars, get a little house-y and cut another great compilation of indie rock trends.

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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