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.
Monday, December 12 2011
Newcomers, giants, throwbacks, and collaborators -- 2011 was the year of diversity, in which rap fans were faced with enough variety to find whatever flavor of hip-hop they wanted.
Tuesday, November 11 2014
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.
Tuesday, November 20 2012
On communism's rhetoric of eschatology, and why dick jokes beat slogans.
Wednesday, May 23 2012
Killer Mike and El-P revive the spirit of early '90s Bomb Squad productions from Ice Cube and Public Enemy as faithfully and forward-thinkingly as possible.
Thursday, June 2 2011
Former Dungeon Family understudy releases his first major label album in years; despite typical major label rap issues, he shines as bright as usual.
Thursday, August 21 2008
Killer Mike cut down on the promotional posse-cuts that took up half of his last album, thus rendering the second installment of his I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind series his most essential album, a fully realized example of his incredible promise.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) have dropped a cut from their forthcoming Run the Jewels 2, "Blockbuster Night Part 1".
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.
Thursday, June 7 2012
Killer Mike has just dropped his video for the single "Big Beast" featuring featuring Bun B and T.I. The NSFW video comes across as a take on a Robert Rodriguez film.
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