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Public Enemy – Man Plans God Laughs Read More

Public Enemy – Man Plans God Laughs

Within the space of a week, both Dr. Dre and Public Enemy have released new studio albums. It’s hard not to take a step back to google something on your phone just to reassure yourself that it really is 2015 and not the early 90s. Dre’s album was primarily used as a tool to fuel […]

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Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre Read More

Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

After 16 years since his last solo album and having released two singles in 2008 for an album that is now deemed to never see the light of day, Dr. Dre surprised the world by announcing ‘Compton’ with just a couple of weeks notice. Speculation spread like wildfire instantly. Who would be on it? What […]

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Tyler The Creator – Cherry Bomb Read More

Tyler The Creator – Cherry Bomb

Much like himself, Tyler the Creator’s fourth album Cherry Bomb is a complex being. At times, it is intricately layered with serene production and backing vocals. However, it can also be a distorted, messy affair that lacks structure, or the finesse that we have come to expect from him. He has never been one to […]

Mr. Wonderful -Action Bronson Read More

Mr. Wonderful -Action Bronson

For a rapper from Queens, Action Bronson is an incredibly unique artist. His descriptive and wacky lyrics can often feature him doing gymnastics in and out of different vehicles or “getting topped off in the front row of the opera”. In a few short years he has made the transition from a chef to a […]

Earl Sweatshirt I Don’t Like Shit. I Don’t Go Outside. Read More

Earl Sweatshirt I Don’t Like Shit. I Don’t Go Outside.

Earl Sweatshirt has progressed into a different artist than what was heard on his debut album ‘Doris’. The monotonous delivery that we were reluctantly becoming accustomed to has been cast aside in favour of a more passionate and natural style of performing. Many praised his premature level of skill that he introduced us to on […]

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly Read More

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

There are a large variety of themes and issues addressed on Kendrick Lamar’s third album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Anger , depression, & race to name a few. Each one is explored in detail, always drawing back to his own life for comparison and relatability. Almost every track runs well over four minutes, resulting in […]

Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul Read More

Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul

It is amazing to see how far Badbadnotgood have come in just a few short years. Humbly beginning as a hip hop cover band with a jazz twist, their initial covers of and subsequent endorsements from Tyler, the Creator and MF DOOM brought them to the attention of the hip hop community. This collaborative record […]

Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$ Read More

Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$

Joey Bada$$ is one of the artists who has been at the forefront of a new wave of rappers influenced by the Golden Age of hip hop in the late 80s to mid-90s. Born in Brooklyn in 1995, he was immediately immersed into the culture through his parents who were both huge fans. It is […]

High Elders – Forest Of Pencils Read More

High Elders – Forest Of Pencils

High Elders are an experimental hip hop duo comprised of Gentle Jones, an underground emcee from Delaware USA, and Auxiliary Phoenix, a producer from Carlow, Ireland. Living on opposite sides of the world has clearly not hindered their ability to create a musical rapport. Both of their individual styles combine to create an interesting and […]

MuRli – Surface Tension EP Read More

MuRli – Surface Tension EP

MuRli is an African/Irish emcee, often associated with God Knows & MynameisjOhn, a Limerick based act whose excellent album Rusangano/Family resulted in a lot of exposure for the group and support slots for Run the Jewels, Snoop Dogg and others. MuRli’s latest seven track EP,  Surface Tension, allows the spotlight to shine on him and […]

Wu Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow Read More

Wu Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow

For such a notorious and legendary group, the Wu Tang Clan has been lacking consistency on their most recent releases. It is important to realise that many of these albums were mainly criticised for not having been a replication of their debut 36 Chambers, which is unfair, but it was also hard to deny that […]

Class A Narcotics – Ez Craven Read More

Class A Narcotics – Ez Craven

On Class A Narcotics, Ez Craven shows us that where you are from and what label you are signed to doesn’t affect your ability to write a captivating hip hop record. Instead of venturing down the E.P or mixtape route for what is his debut solo project, Ez provides the listener with a 17 track […]