Just under five months after the release of his last album Oxnard, Anderson .Paak returns to his crooning best with a soulful trip into the roots of jazz and funk music. Oxnard was his rap coming-of-age, but Ventura is where Anderson feels most at home, releasing slick and seductive neo-soul from the heart with an extra dose of finger snapping. Continue reading “Anderson .Paak – Ventura: Album Review”
Episode three of our Greatest of all Time series, in which we break down the musical influence and career of true living legends, is dedicated to iconic singer, rapper, producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams. He is a 12 time Grammy Winner, a one time Academy Award winner and all round phenomenon of the industry. In this post we will look at his solo work as well as his work with The Neptunes, N*E*R*D and his endless production credits. Continue reading “The Greatest Of All Time Episode 3: Pharrell Williams”
After several delays, several Mob projects, and several years, A$AP Rocky Finally dropped his third studio album. ‘TESTING’ was a fitting name according to Flacko, who claimed that he was testing new sounds on the album unlike anything he’d released before. But for the years of anticipation, a large portion of Rocky’s audience were left flat. Nearly a year on from the album, is it fair to say that it is criminally underrated? Continue reading “Was ‘TESTING’ Criminally Underrated?”
In 11 tracks and 51 minutes, Dave has not just shattered the glass ceiling surrounding the UK rap scene, he has soared to prophet level. Stylised as a therapy session, Psychodrama is as raw and honest as albums come; serving as a beacon of guidance for anyone struggling within a wide spectrum of difficult and traumatising topics. When artists like Dave come around we need to cherish him, this truly is one of the most essential releases this country has seen in a long time; Psychodrama is the UK rap album of a generation. Continue reading “Dave – Psychodrama: Album Review”
Little Simz has always been an immensely talented MC on the cusp of something special. Well, she’s finally shattered the glass ceiling here; crafting together a true coming-of-age album that feels as triumphant as it does emotive. The UK rap scene has been on the up for a few years now, but they better make room at the round table for a new face, a new hero to join hip-hop royalty; and her name is Simbi Ajikawo.
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