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.
The Best Mixtapes of 2013 | 30 Dec 2013 // 3:20 AM
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.
Emile Haynie: We Fall | 16 Apr 2015 // 8:02 PM
Underground-turned-super producer Emile Haynie (KiD CuDi, Lana Del Ray, Eminem) stunt-casts his debut like crazy (Randy Newman?!) and against the odds crafts a very firm pop record out of the attention deficit.
Brodinski: Brava | 19 Mar 2015 // 8:02 PM
Modern French house pioneer and Yeezus co-producer drops his first solo album after years of remixes and singles. Sadly, the result is far too middling.
I-Wayne - 'Life Teachings' Interview (video) (PopMatters Premiere) | 20 Oct 2011 // 1:30 AM
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.
Rahsaan Patterson - "Crazy (Baby)" | 10 Oct 2011 // 4:05 AM
If anyone in the neo soul/future R&B scene is holding Prince's ideals closest to their vest it's Rahsaan Patterson.