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.
I’m listening to one new album every day for a year: November
Great rap album releases this month, along with more experimental genres.
When to listen to Blonde by Frank Ocean: A One-Year Calendar
All together, the songs from “Blonde” make up the four seasons of the year.
November is stacked for Rap – Part 1
Great projects from Swizz Beatz, Vince Staples, Metro Boomin, Freddie Gibbs, and more.
I’m listening to one new album every day for a year: October
Exploring lesser known artists during October.
Best Albums of 2018 So Far
The seven best albums released before June 30th, 2018. Including names such as Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Pusha T.
Ranking the XXL Magazine 2018 Freshman Class Freestyles and Cyphers
Every year, the hip hop magazine XXL releases a list of (usually) 10 rappers on the rise– artists they feel … More
ye by Kanye West – Album Review
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.”
I went to a Kendrick Lamar Concert // The Championship Tour
Kendrick Lamar and other Top Dawg artists showcase artistry and heartwarming cooperation in the unforgettable Championship Tour.
The One Vital Lesson Hip-Hop Can Learn From J. Cole
“J. Cole’s pure approach to music is a powerful antidote to the often exhausting excess of hip-hop.”
Best Beats Over the Years: J.Cole (pt.2)
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.
Kendrick Lamar Wins a Pulitzer Prize, Makes Hip Hop History (Grammys, Take Notes.)
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.
Wendy’s (yes, the fast food restaurant) Just Dropped the Best Mixtape of the Year
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?”
Best Beats of All Time – Kendrick Lamar (pt. 1)
Part 1 of a series on various artists’ best beats. First up: Kendrick Lamar and his five full-length projects.
The Black Panther Hype is Just Starting
The cultural landmark has ways to go before the rightful attention it deserves will subside.