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Aesop Rock’s ‘Integrated Tech Solutions’ Continues His Excellence

Aesop Rock’s ‘Integrated Tech Solutions’ Continues His Excellence

Aesop Rock has always excelled at vivid character sketches and using his music to work through the most challenging parts of life. His latest LP is no different.

Kid Cudi Channels Travis Scott on ‘Insano’

Kid Cudi Channels Travis Scott on ‘Insano’

Kid Cudi’s 21-track-long effort is disastrously dull, vague, and full of clichés from his media library of sounds and the genre in general.

The 21 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

The 21 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2023

The best hip-hop albums celebrate classic styles with new approaches, blend rap with electronic, jazz, and soul, and push the boundaries of genre.

Nicki Minaj Reigns on ‘Pink Friday 2’

Nicki Minaj Reigns on ‘Pink Friday 2’

Pink Friday 2 is the sound of Nicki Minaj cracking her knuckles and getting her hands dirty again. It’s the purest distillation of her uniquely feminine bravado.

Exploring the Hip-Hop Vibration with Hank Shocklee

Exploring the Hip-Hop Vibration with Hank Shocklee

Tying in his legacy to a new short film trilogy, legendary Public Enemy/Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee traces the line from his classic grooves to our modern sound.

Pretty Lights Ignite at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco

Pretty Lights Ignite at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco

Electronic dance act Pretty Lights crank up their interdimensional soundship space system with transcendent results and a dazzling psychedelic light show.

‘Robed in Rareness’ Elaborates Shabazz Palaces’ Afrofuturism

‘Robed in Rareness’ Elaborates Shabazz Palaces’ Afrofuturism

On Robed in Rareness, Ishmael Butler aka Shabazz Palaces takes yet another step in his forward-thinking, far-sighted project of Afrofuturistic hip-hop.

Sweaty Roses for Bad Boy’s Da Band

Sweaty Roses for Bad Boy’s Da Band

Bad Boy’s Da Band didn’t work out for the same reason it was supposed to. Hip-hop is a monster that feeds off its young and sweats out its expired goods.

Raps From the Golden Age: Jungle Brothers’ Straight Out the Jungle at 35

Raps From the Golden Age: Jungle Brothers’ Straight Out the Jungle at 35

Jungle Brothers’ 35-year-old Straight Out the Jungle shows cerebral rapping, experimentation, and African rhythms. It was the first Native Tongues hip-hop LP.

Abstract Hip-Hop Duo Armand Hammer Return with Superb New LP

Abstract Hip-Hop Duo Armand Hammer Return with Superb New LP

We Buy Diabetic Test Strips is an incredible offering from Armand Hammer, one of the headiest yet most exciting alternative hip-hop groups right now.

Jaboukie Young-White Shows Off Music Chops on Debut

Jaboukie Young-White Shows Off Music Chops on Debut

Jaboukie Young-White’s clever wordplay, creative use of metaphor, and engaging storytelling prove he’s adept at applying his perceptive talents to music.

‘Judgment Night’ Soundtrack Merged Rock and Hip-Hop 30 Years Ago

‘Judgment Night’ Soundtrack Merged Rock and Hip-Hop 30 Years Ago

The Judgment Night soundtrack blazed the path that led the evolution of rock and roll into nu-metal of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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