Laid-Back Le$ – Midnight Club Review

Like fine brushed metal , Le$‘s most recent project, produced entirely by DJ Mr. Rogers, is a sleek and unassuming album that melds the down tempo, southern melodies of Louisiana and Texas with enchanting beats that place the duo somewhere between the sounds of Curren$y and Devin The Dude. Instead of the synthetic bass laden compositions of late, DJ Mr. Rogers relies on an antique approach … Continue reading Laid-Back Le$ – Midnight Club Review

Zo’s Time Capsule – Black Beach Review

Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and Winnipeg producer Frost Gamble team up for the album Black Beach, released May 26, 2017. Courtesy of 22 Entertainment, the 13 track album (with an additional 13 instrumentals on the Bandcamp deluxe edition) features hip-hop stalwarts Guilty Simpson, Sadat-X and KXNG Crooked, as well as newer names like Coko Buttaflie and Dustin Davie. The union of Zo and Frost across Black … Continue reading Zo’s Time Capsule – Black Beach Review

Prep for Dear Annie – The Moon & You Review

In anticipation of the release of his debut studio album, Dear Annie, Dublin-born rapper Rejjie Snow dropped a mixtape, The Moon and You, on May 17, 2017. The 13 track outing features smooth jazz and jazz rock rhythms dappled with electronic and synth supported instrumentals that occasionally draw upon sonic structures similar to those heard on recent releases from Saba, Joey Purpp and Smino. The … Continue reading Prep for Dear Annie – The Moon & You Review

The Depths of Debauchery – Memoirs of the Reaper Review

Azizi Gibson released his third project in as many years, Memoirs of the Reaper on May 9, 2017. The 11 track album is a cohesive plunge into Gibson’s vices melded with eerie, murky production organized in part by long-time collaborator Kamandi. Opening with a speech as the Reaper himself, Gibson narrates a mesmerizing journey into his intoxicated lifestyle, best summarized on the “Intro” by, “It’s … Continue reading The Depths of Debauchery – Memoirs of the Reaper Review

Rings, Erneh! – Area 21 Grills Ray Allen (without Ray Allen)

On Monday, May 8, 2017, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, members of the 2008 Champion Boston Celtics, gathered on Kevin Garnett’s Area 21 in a sort of class reunion that saw the guys reflect on their past successes as well as project future 2017 playoff matchups. Following a cameo by head coach Doc Rivers, the Area 21 crew tackled a much … Continue reading Rings, Erneh! – Area 21 Grills Ray Allen (without Ray Allen)

Tuki’s Steady Confidence – Flowers and Planes Review

Tattoo artist-turned-rapper Tuki Carter released his debut studio album Flowers and Planes April 28, 2017. Repping Atlanta by way of California, Tuki crafts a taste of the sun-drenched melodies from the West amidst the bass-riddled rhythms of the South in a charismatic showcase of his formerly visual canvas made auditory. Across 11 tracks, Tuki exudes a confidence bred in part by his work with body … Continue reading Tuki’s Steady Confidence – Flowers and Planes Review

Nef The Pharaoh Sampler – The Chang Project Review

Vallejo, California rapper Nef the Pharaoh released The Chang Project on April 28, 2017. The 15-track outing sees the 22 year old artist deliver an upbeat set, alongside features from a myriad of collaborators including NorCal natives, Loe Gino and Slimmy B, and Larry June as well as the nationally known Ty Dolla $ign. Over the past year Nef, who dons the moniker Chang over … Continue reading Nef The Pharaoh Sampler – The Chang Project Review