selected REVIEWS

All Natural
All Natural Vintage All Natural Inc • 2005

Being true to hip-hop’s legacy, the group also brings to the table two dedications; a 'Paid in Full'-inspired skit, in which Capital D criticizes the US government, and a creative remake of ATCQ’s 'Check the Time'.

POSTED 01|05|2005
All Natural Inc Presents
All Natural Inc Presents Anthology vol 1 (1997 - present) All Natural Inc. • 2006

'Anthology vol 1' is nothing but greatness, and if you think 2005 was a great year for the Inc, then they will certainly confirm in the new year, if not do better.

POSTED 01|25|2006
Alliance
Alliance We Could Get Used To This First Priority • 1988

The album is one big party and takes you to the essence of hip-hop: havin a good time, escaping everyday hassles. Some soul, funk and a little bit of disco and pop: it’s all in this very strong album.

POSTED 09|02|2004
Amad-Jamal
Amad-Jamal Barely Hangin On ABB Records • 2010

Introspective and honest, this album is a warm but critical dedication to the LA –also referred to by Amad-Jamal as 'Los Scandelous'- with a home-grown underground –live- West Coast sound to it.

POSTED 06|25|2010
Ambidex
Ambidex The Great Potato Famine EarlySpotter • 2005

This album is refreshingly educative, mad creative and a joy to listen to. Rewind!

POSTED 03|07|2005
Amp Live
Amp Live Headphone Concerto Plug Research • 2014

String, brass and woodwind never sounded more contemporary than on ‘Headphone Concerto’.

POSTED 08|22|2014
Apache
Apache Apache Ain't Shit Tommy Boy • 1991

One of the less famous albums that are issued on Tommy Boy, although it has sick rhymes, ill sex vocabulary and the craziest, funkiest beats, laced by the most talented beat smiths of the early 90’s. A Flavor Unit classic.

POSTED 03|08|2004
Apathy
Apathy Honkey Kong Dirty Version Records • 2011

Ap loves rap, he stayed loyal to its purity (‘I never made it, cause I never tried to make you dance’) but it’s revealing to hear that, unlike many other artists, he doesn’t pretend to be the navel of the world. Nor does he incite his fans to put him on a pedestal.

POSTED 09|10|2011
Apathy
Apathy Handshakes With Snakes Dirty Version • 2016

More than an indictment, 'Handshakes with Snakes' -a 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
Aquil
Aquil Blues People N/A • 2008

This album breathes music history (there's skits from The Last Poets and Howling Wolf) and a piece of mind, introducing us to a well-skilled rapper whose debut album we're eagerly waiting.

POSTED 02|04|2009
Army Of The Pharaohs
Army Of The Pharaohs The Torture Papers Babygrande • 2006

The army literally goes for lyrical war. AOTP stands for murder-death-kill rhymes that – metaphorically – trash the competition and the half-assed. Almost every track has that raw war edge, and whether you’re wondering if the whole CD is about bragging and boasting.

POSTED 04|18|2006
Asamov
Asamov And Now 6 Hole • 2005

And now…let us bring back the good vibes of the mid-school ages with Florida’s fourtet Asamov. Compromised of Therapy, Willie Evans Jr, Basic and J-One-Da, this group can be considered as one of 2005’s freshest revelations.

POSTED 01|19|2006
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