Sunday, December 16 2012
The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.
Thursday, December 13 2012
The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.
Tuesday, December 11 2012
From riotous humor to sociopolitical commentary, hip-hop in 2012 gave us quality and variety.
Sunday, December 9 2012
From forward looking hip-hop and R&B to deep explorations of traditional roots music... from psychedelic pop masterpieces to ruminations on the economy, family, aging and disfunction... from genre-busting electronic music and jazz to rockin' indie... 2012 was a great year for new music.
Monday, December 10 2007
From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to a dope album named Desire, hip-hop showed growth in 2007.
Tuesday, August 3 2010
While the music is well-produced, and the beats are tight, and the fuzz is furious, it's still background music.
Thursday, April 12 2007
Classic hip-hop sounds a lot different after you've filtered it through 1984, through the War in Iraq, through the Patriot Act.
Wednesday, February 2 2005
For this disc, highly-regarded producer El-P gathers some of his rarities, outtakes, and soundtrack work into one place.
Monday, June 14 2004
Aside from the album's tenor, there are problems in the tension between songwriting and improvisation.
Thursday, April 29 2004
Quite simply, whether you're a Matthew Shipp groupie, a Def Jukie or even a Roc soldier, you need to hear this record, as it's probably the biggest step forward for hip-hop as a musical art form since Endtroducing.
Tuesday, May 21 2013
The new song from hip-hop odd couple El-P and Killer Mike continues the synergy found on their outstanding 2012 solo efforts, finding the duo sliding into a masterful, sinister comfort zone that's the equivalent of two super villains doing battle over the world right before they decide to conquer it together.
Friday, June 29 2012
Few would have imagined that one of the most powerful and acclaimed protest songs of the year, “Reagan,” would be about the Iran-Contra scandal of
Wednesday, June 20 2007
El-P readily admits that pessimism pervades his long-awaited second disc, "I'll Sleep When You're Dead." But the unconventional New York rapper, producer and Def Jux