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Wednesday, March 25 2015

Earl Sweatshirt: I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

Earl Sweatshirt leaves shock horror behind and finds something much better on his brilliant third album.


Tuesday, March 24 2015

BadBadNotGood and Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul

Does every album have to be a classic? Minor pleasures are still pleasures, at the end of the day.


Monday, March 23 2015

Fundraiser Concert: A Chat with Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic's Hail Mary Mallon project is one of indie-rap's best kept secrets, but nothing compares to Rob's knowledge of Conway Twitty albums.


Friday, March 20 2015

Counterbalance: The Streets’ ‘Original Pirate Material’

Geezers need excitement. If their lives don't provide them this they incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. So here's the very exciting UK hip-hop debut of the Streets. An early aughts phenomenon is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, March 13 2015

Heems: Eat Pray Thug

Heems, having broken away from rap group Das Racist, tackles politics, race and romance on his disparate yet ultimately compelling first solo album.


Wednesday, March 4 2015

An Echo From the Ghetto: An Interview With Rapper Luca Brazi

Spitting poems from England's ghettos, British rapper Luca Brazi presents a more sombre and thoughtful approach to hip-hop.


Monday, March 2 2015

Doomtree: All Hands

For all the lip-service they pay cooperation, Doomtree's members fight against nobody so much as each other on this dilute offering.


Friday, February 27 2015

Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

Ethel Payne's gripping accounts of black life in post-World War II America provided critical information that was largely missing from mainstream journalism.


Thursday, February 26 2015

Drake: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

At the peak of his game, Drake has begun to embrace the darker sides of success.


Monday, February 16 2015

Rorschack and T.O.N.E-z - “Bar Tab” (video) (Premiere)

Hip-hop and EDM meet in the new collaborative album by T.O.N.E-z and Rorschack, Handcuffs.


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Sam Hunt: Montevallo (Reviews) [19.Nov.14]
Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica (Reviews) [14.Nov.14]
Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2 (Reviews) [12.Nov.14]
T.I.: Paperwork (Reviews) [10.Nov.14]
Matt Brevner: Eclectricity (Reviews) [4.Nov.14]
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]
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