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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.


Thursday, April 16 2015

Emile Haynie: We Fall

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.

Thursday, March 19 2015

Brodinski: Brava

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.

Wednesday, March 4 2015

Kid Ink: Full Speed

Kid Ink is a major label rapper, and Full Speed is his collection of major label rap song facsimiles.

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.

Thee Oh Sees: Drop [15.Jun.14]
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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