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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 RateYourMusic.com, 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.


Features

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.


Reviews

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.


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.


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]

Blogs

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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