A Sanctimonious Return – You Only Live 2wice Review

After calling out rapper Logic for stealing his album’s thematics Freddie Gibbs returns with his third studio album. Gibbs’ drug-laced raps are back, albeit featuring less of the paranoia seen in 2015’s Shadow of a Doubt. The tonal shift may be influenced by the European rape allegations, of which he was acquitted in September 2016. The Gary, Indiana native has long bared his injured soul … Continue reading A Sanctimonious Return – You Only Live 2wice Review

Soulfully Empty – Tuxedo II Review

Grammy-nominated neo-soul singer Mayer Hawthorne and hip-hop producer Jake One team up for a peppy sequel to their debut as the group Tuxedo. Aptly named Tuxedo II, the 11 track album (released on March 24, 2017 by Stones Thrown Records) is a frolicking take on the funk and disco sounds reminiscent of the likes of Zapp, Chic, and more. As evidenced by the release of … Continue reading Soulfully Empty – Tuxedo II Review

Weekend Spins 3/24/17

Raekwon – The Wild Boom bap is back with one of the Wu’s premier members merging New York’s patented bumps and beats with more luxurious production fitting of the FILA (Fly International Luxurious Art) aficionado. Alongside just a handful of features Raekwon presents street tales and wisdom with his same dexterity and gruffness, albeit from a top down perspective indicative of his nearly three decades … Continue reading Weekend Spins 3/24/17

The Teflon Don Returns – Rather You Than Me Review

Few rappers embody a sense of majesty and excess stronger than Rick Ross; he’s built an entire career around it. While the Ross-fit aficionado is no stranger to bars about “whippin’ in the kitchin,” Ross has steadily affirmed his position in the rap game from one of the under-lord to the kingpin. Whether you are a believer of his persona or not (in case you … Continue reading The Teflon Don Returns – Rather You Than Me Review

Smino’s Debut Showcase – Blkswn Review

Smino, something of a rapper, something of a singer follows up his 2015 EP Blkjuptr with Blkswn, an 18-track ode to love, success and his roots. Emerging in Chicago but originating in St. Louis, Smino takes liberty with his studio debut by carefully crafting a sound that critics may deem similar to a Bryson Tiller or even a Pharrell Williams at times. Hip-hop in the … Continue reading Smino’s Debut Showcase – Blkswn Review

Weekend Spins 3/10/17

Despite the advent of music streaming and digital availability, the music industry has largely stayed true to a unified release schedule, having accepted a worldwide shift to Midnight Friday releases following years of 12:00am Tuesday releases. Conversely, the option for labels and artists to avoid stocking physical shelves leading up to a release allows for even the most unsuspecting releases to sneak up on music … Continue reading Weekend Spins 3/10/17