In this month’s edition of Round-Up Reviews we look at some of the July 2019 releases that I didn’t get around to writing full reviews for. There’s albums from big names here, including Blood Orange, Iggy Azalea, Nas, the Dreamville record label (J. Cole, JID etc) and more! Continue reading “Round-Up Reviews: July 2019”
Someone needs to tell Chance The Rapper that throwing eight hundred genres together onto one album doesn’t work. Chance was once one of hip-hop’s shining stars, a Kanye protégé with greatness beckoning, but this guy fell off quicker than Felix Baumgartner; creating one of the most disappointing rap albums of the decade. Continue reading “Chance The Rapper – The Big Day: Album Review”
On his new album, a collaborative effort with some of the most intriguing names in modern hip-hop and pop music, Ed Sheeran flops. Really, really hard. It sounds like he has held each of these featured artists at gun point and forced them to record a verse or hook for him. It’s a real shame because this could have been great; a daring crossover between Ed’s acoustic catchy pop flavours and the rich sounds of grime and rap. We were instead given a dumpster fire with next to no redeeming features. Yikes. Continue reading “Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project: Album Review”
Jaden aimed for the stars on ERYS, and for that you can admire him in a way, but his musical shortcomings will always rear their ugly heads. He just comes across like an artist who isn’t anywhere near as woke as he wants us to think he is, and huge budget production won’t hide the fact he is borrowing everyone else’s style rather than crafting his own.
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The follow-up to 2014’s bonafide classic Piñata from gangsta rap mogul Freddie Gibbs and production wizard Madlib is what we all expected and more. Bandana is a polished, finely-poised and incredibly executed masterclass which confirms much of what we already knew already; and that is that Gibbs is street rap royalty and Madlib is the most innovative hip-hop producer ever. Alone they are fantastic, together they are unstoppable and unmatched.
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