I enjoyed listening to rock and rap outside the mainstream, listening to the discographies of artists like Cage the Elephant, Freddie Gibbs, DMX, and The Internet.
Musical theatre, rock, pop, and Game of Thrones soundtracks.
I explore A$AP Rocky, Mos Def, and Big K.R.I.T’s discographies.
With 8 nominations in each of the four major categories, the race is more wide open than ever. Will female artists and rappers triumph?
Despite the tense history between rap and the Grammys, the nominees this year are very interesting.
10 R&B and rap albums from 2018 outside the mainstream spotlight for you to discover. Featuring Joey Purp, 88Rising, Sophie, and more.
I explored old-school hip-hop and EDM during January.
Revisiting releases from earlier this year – 6 months down in my project!
I aimed for a range of different subgenres and types within rap and R&B as well as pop and indie rock in my top 25 albums of 2018. Including Swimming, Voicenotes, Daytona, Isolation, and more.
These album covers from 2018 are not the most beautiful. Rather, they are the most memorable, daring, and unique.
Great rap album releases this month, along with more experimental genres.
All together, the songs from “Blonde” make up the four seasons of the year.
Frank Ocean’s uncanny ability to translate the grand into the familiar and intimate and to make an extraordinary sonic palette accessible and unforgettable is expertly spelled out in this track.
Great projects from Swizz Beatz, Vince Staples, Metro Boomin, Freddie Gibbs, and more.
Exploring lesser known artists during October.
Dipping my toes into a wider variety of genres in September.
First update on my goal of listening to at least one full album a day for the first time.
The seven best albums released before June 30th, 2018. Including names such as Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Pusha T.
Every year, the hip hop magazine XXL releases a list of (usually) 10 rappers on the rise– artists they feel…
Vulture describes it best: “ye is a bit of a success and a bit of a failure. Like a collapsed, undercooked cake, it’s temptingly sweet but also disconcertingly mishandled.”
“Darkest Hour” is alright– until the plot turns painfully contrived and, frankly, baffling by the end. Gary Oldman is the only truly laudable part of this film, which drags on for far too long otherwise.
Kendrick Lamar and other Top Dawg artists showcase artistry and heartwarming cooperation in the unforgettable Championship Tour.
“J. Cole’s pure approach to music is a powerful antidote to the often exhausting excess of hip-hop.”
J. Cole’s heart-wrenching narratives are made complete with these equally poignant beats that make his words linger in your head for days afterward.
Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize win is not only a landmark in hip hop history but also a huge stride in recognizing the immense artistic and cultural significance of hip hop in American society.
The Youtube legends visited my school, and I took this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap some pictures with them.
Wendy’s fires shots at McDonald’s and more, including killer lines like “Why yo’ ice cream machine always broke? Why yo’ drive through always slow?”
The Shape of Water is both harrowing and sensual: an idealistic fairytale and a portrayal of a universal, harsh reality.
Venice and Telluride snag Best Picture wins; Cannes, not so much.
Part 1 of a series on various artists’ best beats. First up: Kendrick Lamar and his five full-length projects.
Historic wins from Peele, Deakins, and del Toro; questionable misses for Lady Bird and Get Out.
Good lineup overall, but the race comes down to two difficult but necessary films in the current polarized climate.
The cultural landmark has ways to go before the rightful attention it deserves will subside.
Once again, Grammy voters refuse to award the top honor to excellent rap albums.
Relatively new rappers dominate the scene this summer.
Tyler is a genius rapper and producer, and his newest project is a brilliant streak of originality in the current hip hop scene that stands toe-to-toe with even the most seasoned artists like Jay-Z.