LISTED REVIEWS

MindsOne & DJ Iron
MindsOne & DJ Iron Phaseology EP Ill Adrenaline • 2016

'I like thinking about my role in the universe.', KonSci told us once. ‘The idea of infinity can be overwhelming and humbling in the same breath. It gives me comfort.’ Yet to translate those idea's fluently into a record: hats off!

POSTED 08|18|2016
Atmosphere
Atmosphere Fishing Blues Rhymesayers • 2016

Despite spending numerous days on a tour bus, Atmosphere releases a little masterpiece every 2 to 3 years. It might not be the crown jewel to their discography, but again this seventh studio effort applies for record of the year.

POSTED 08|10|2016
Apathy
Apathy Handshakes With Snakes Dirty Version • 2016

More than an indictment, 'Handshakes with Snakes' –lovely title- is an ode to an era. Of which a lot of heavyweights also feature on the album: O.C., Ras Kass, or B-Real.

POSTED 08|02|2016
Torae
Torae Entitled Internal Affairs • 2016

‘Entitled’ entices with addictive boombap. And it tickles with great instrumental highlights. Such as the solid trumpet solo on ‘Imperial Sound’ and the raunchy guitar outro on ‘Override’.

POSTED 01|20|2016
Murs & 9th Wonder
Murs & 9th Wonder Brighter Daze Jamla • 2015

Murs’ tone and voice kidnap one's attention. Check ‘How To Rob With Rob’, a hood story that sucks you up and surprises. Check ‘Love Murs’ or ‘Get Naked’, love tunes with little clichés, a laugh and a tear.

POSTED 01|19|2016
Cavanaugh
Cavanaugh Time & Materials Mello Music Group • 2015

The Project Blowed affiliates excel in dark, bittersweet sound bits. They both rally each other for most wittiest lyricist. And they schizophrenically gross in profound persona’s.

POSTED 12|21|2015
Blackalicious
Blackalicious Imani vol. 1 OGM Recordings • 2015

‘Imani vol. 1’ doesn’t surprise. It has no new vibes, no new adventures, no new kinds of production. But that’s just fine. The first part of the saga sounds timeless. Despite another two albums in the pipeline, fans can already be satisfied.

POSTED 11|16|2015
Jamall Bufford & Kensaye
Jamall Bufford & Kensaye Freedom Is TBO • 2015

With London producer Kensaye, the Michigan MC has found an overseas soul mate, in the tradition of producers he worked with in the past.

POSTED 09|01|2015
Blueprint
Blueprint King No Crown Weightless Recordings • 2015

This record grabs one by the throat. It moves with personal stories. It tickles your inner Luther King with lucid observations.

POSTED 08|24|2015
Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan A Better Tomorrow Warner Bros Music • 2014

How could we have doubted the Staten Island wonder formation? Wu-Tang Clan is the most talented flock of rappers since decades. All Wu members excellent in their craft. Each member’s style is still unique till this day. ‘I’m hot as hell’s kitchen with the oven on’. And RZA remains a producing genius that has lost little to none of his prodigy.

POSTED 01|21|2015
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