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Friday, December 12 2014

Counterbalance: Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

No one man should have all that power. The 97th most acclaimed album of all time is living in that 21st century, doing something mean to it. Counterbalance has a listen.


The Best Hip-Hop of 2014

This year's push of stylistic diversity, craft, and experimentation adds fuel to hip-hop's movement into the future.


Friday, December 5 2014

Stalley: Ohio

Stalley serves up more intelligent trunk music on his major-label debut.


Wednesday, December 3 2014

Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions

Genuine artistic growth or a cheap ploy to adhere to popular culture's latest trend in music?


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Sam Hunt: Montevallo

Sam Hunt records his first full-length LP, makes an argument about genre, and is still problematic about women.


Friday, November 14 2014

Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.'s second major label debut continues his reign of dominance as he claims the role as "King of the South".


Wednesday, November 12 2014

Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

A bluesy howl of addictive beats, political fury, and hypnotic technique, the sequel to Run the Jewels' triumphant debut bests the original in every way.


Monday, November 10 2014

Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste

After endless delays, the New York rapper finally drops her first album, a postmodern pop epic that aims to make an impression rather than please.


T.I.: Paperwork

Paperwork is an album that doesn't have to be long to be expansive, but it's stuffed full of songs anyway. If you sift through them, you'll find some great moments, though, ones that suggest T.I.'s best days may not all be behind him.


Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers


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Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time (Reviews) [29.Oct.14]
Kypski: Wreck Fader (Capsule Reviews) [27.Oct.14]
I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch! (Columns) [27.Oct.14]
Tre Mission: Stigmata (Reviews) [24.Oct.14]
Gary Clark Jr.: Live (Reviews) [23.Oct.14]
Jessie Ware: Tough Love (Reviews) [22.Oct.14]
Guilty Simpson: The Simpson Tape (Reviews) [20.Oct.14]
Beats, Rhymes and Jihad (Columns) [7.Oct.14]
Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! (Reviews) [6.Oct.14]
Chuck D: The Black in Man (Reviews) [6.Oct.14]
MC Frontalot: Question Bedtime (Capsule Reviews) [2.Oct.14]
Hudson Mohawke: Chimes EP (Capsule Reviews) [29.Sep.14]
BADBADNOTGOOD: III (Reviews) [13.May.14]
Duck Sauce: Quack (Reviews) [17.Apr.14]
Talib Kweli: Gravitas (Reviews) [17.Apr.14]
Clear Soul Forces: Gold PP7’s (Reviews) [14.Jan.14]
John Newman: Tribute (Reviews) [28.Oct.13]
Ariana Grande: Yours Truly (Reviews) [12.Sep.13]
The Weeknd: Kiss Land (Reviews) [11.Sep.13]
Stalley: Honest Cowboy (Reviews) [5.Sep.13]
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