Wednesday, June 12 2013
Through comedy, the members of the Lonely Island provide another direct criticism on American subcultures and flaunt their knowledge and reverence of rap and hip hop with The Wack Album.
Wednesday, June 5 2013
There’s no dance-floor friendly banger or loud snapping snares. It's all easy entrances and exits: guests stopping over unexpectedly to relate a sad story and then exiting quietly through the back while you're pouring the tea.
Monday, April 15 2013
This record relaxes on your sofa and instead of asking you to grab it a beer on your way to the fridge, it offers to share those that it brought. It’s all give. It’s easy. When the hour grows late you might even ask it to stay a little longer. And when it’s time to part, you'll already be planning to do it again.
Thursday, June 7 2012
This week we look at racial profiling through the lens of controversial writer John Derbyshire. We also talk about racism within hip-hop and find ourselves stimulated by the riot porn of the new Jay-Z and Kanye West video. Flash Points ends on a more positive note: the rise of the walking dead.
Wednesday, October 19 2011
As a complement to PopMatters' "Nevermind Nostalgia" retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at a partial selection of the year's hip-hop highlights that lean more towards beats production than the era’s increasingly popular gangsta genre.
Thursday, September 29 2011
Where once they might have been subtle in criticising the predomination of pop culture, Relax shows Das Racist wanting to now be a part of it.
Tuesday, September 13 2011
Rising UK producer continues drawing comparisons to Madlib with his first release featuring rap collaborations.
Wednesday, September 7 2011
Young, socially conscious hip hop crew falls short with their first offering.
Tuesday, September 6 2011
Playdough's self-awareness lends well to his confident, funny, and painfully real new outing Hotdoggin.
Sunday, August 21 2011
Red Hook's Infinitirock makes instrumentals that would shut down a library.