Snoop Dogg’s surprise 220 EP is a throwback to G-Funk and more

In place of the gospel album that never materialized at the Super Bowl, Snoop Dogg returns in 2018 with 220, a surprise EP released February 20, 2018. Over the eight-track spread, Snoop does his best impression of a chameleon, interspersing styles suited for his contemporaries in between throwback g-funk cuts. Channeling his inner Curren$y, Snoop, aka, “your favorite rapper’s rapper” cruises in on a bassy, … Continue reading Snoop Dogg’s surprise 220 EP is a throwback to G-Funk and more

Ravyn Lenae’s Crush EP is a beautiful, Steve Lacy produced duet – Review

When an artist chooses to work with a sole producer for a project, there are two possible outcomes. Either the project sounds phoned in, lacking the symbiosis that should accompany an exclusive two-person team. Or, it’s the perfect conversation, a back and forth between creators sharing the same vision. For Ravyn Lenae’s 2018 EP Crush, her union with Compton producer Steve Lacy is much the … Continue reading Ravyn Lenae’s Crush EP is a beautiful, Steve Lacy produced duet – Review

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Norman Perry’s Play by Play Lays a Thoughtful Foundation

If there was an essential guide to making a debut album, delivery would deserve a chapter or two. Choosing how to structure lyrics, select words and manage tone are the ties that bind each track to both the tape and the artist’s identity. If the album is a house, then the artist’s delivery is one of its many pillars – you might not notice the … Continue reading Norman Perry’s Play by Play Lays a Thoughtful Foundation

Murder on a Full Moon – Without Warning Review

When Antoni Patek began making time pieces in 1839, he likely didn’t foresee becoming a trap legend. 178 years after crafting his first pocket watch, Patek is rolling in his grave, lamenting the missed opportunity to partner with the likes of Offset, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’. This Atlanta based trio joined forces for the surprise drop, Without Warning, released Tuesday, Oct 31 2017. Featuring … Continue reading Murder on a Full Moon – Without Warning Review

New Music: The Game’s “Oh I” Embraces Groupie Love

In the two years since The Game dropped the favorably received The Documentary 2/2.5, the Compton artist has kept busy in the studio, creating soundtracks for both his mobile game Block Wars and his A&E show Streets of Compton. Lacking the punch and undeniably L.A. twang of the Documentary series, neither album impressed, and his follow-up, 1992 only managed a few standout cuts (“True Colors,” … Continue reading New Music: The Game’s “Oh I” Embraces Groupie Love

Rexx Life Raj Teases New Album With “2 Free”

Over the last few years, Berkeley, CA rapper/singer Rexx Life Raj has steadily built up his discography, dropping project after project with the hunger and consistency of an underground artist. His best-known work, Father Figure garnered attention from critics and media outlets, notably with Vice running a feature attesting to it being wholly, “good music”. On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Raj dropped “2 Free”, the … Continue reading Rexx Life Raj Teases New Album With “2 Free”

Symbiosis At Its Finest – Synthia Part 1: Dial Tone Review

Over the last half-decade or so, Chicago’s hip-hop landscape has given birth to an intersection of acts that have primed the region as one of hip-hop’s reemerging holy lands. The work of Chief Keef, Young Chop and the drill scene eventually gave way to Mick Jenkins, No Name and Chance the Rapper’s more inspiring sonics, and ultimately shone a spotlight on a town once dominated … Continue reading Symbiosis At Its Finest – Synthia Part 1: Dial Tone Review

Tone x Frost Revive The Classic – Respect Is Earned Not Given Review

“You don’t want it fall back, leave it alone/ or your name and today’s date are gonna read on your stone.” – Tone Chop, “The Return Intro” In case you weren’t aware, hip-hop has finally made it. The craft, one that started at a block party in 1973 on the heels of DJ Kool Herc’s record flipping, was certified by Nielsen Music to be the … Continue reading Tone x Frost Revive The Classic – Respect Is Earned Not Given Review

New Music: Jhené Aiko Leads Listeners on a Trip

When Jhené Aiko slipped into the R&B scene with her solo project Souled Out in 2014, her name became synonymous with the spacey, luscious and dreamy production that gave her a backdrop for personal exploration. Whereas her debut mixtape, Sailing Soul(s) (2011) was a whirlwind of feelings and emotions speckled cameos from major names of the time (Drake, Gucci Mane, Kanye West etc.), Souled Out … Continue reading New Music: Jhené Aiko Leads Listeners on a Trip

Issa Album – 21 Savage Review

By the power of simple addition (7+7+17-10=21), rapper 21 Savage dropped his debut studio album Issa Album, on July 7, 2017. The Atlanta native follows up his 2016 Savage Mode joint tape with Metro Boomin with a set of 14 tracks, half of which rekindle the 21-Metro union. 21 also enlists production help from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, Wheezy, Southside and Pi’erre Bourne in addition to … Continue reading Issa Album – 21 Savage Review