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    Backxwash: I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses

    If Montreal rapper Backxwash’s previous album God Has Nothing to Do With This, Leave Him Out of It was about feeling your pain, growing past it and learning to forgive those who disappointed you in the past, (although, refracted through an industrial hip-hop lens, that’s kind of hard to tell) then I Lie Here Buried […] More

  • Afro Pessimist by Censored dialogue, album art by Andres Plascencia

    CENSORED dialogue’s Afro Pessimist: A Defiant and Dangerous Debut

    In the broadest terms, Afro-Pessimism is a school of thought that theorises blackness as a social categorisation wherein black people are subject to an appointed societal role that is assigned to them externally. Blackness in America lacks the ability to determine itself, as it exists under constant duress from the dominant white American culture, which […] More

  • A snake rises up surrounded by flowers on the cover for Deathirl's Fresh Flowers for Ill Fruit

    Deathirl: Fresh Flowers for Ill Fruit

    New Jersey rapper Deathirl makes a bid for the experimental hip-hop pantheon with their new six track EP Fresh Flowers for Ill Fruit, a project just as great as their last, Death In Real Life, but in totally different ways. Deathirl often seems willing to allow their collaborators to dictate the style and tone of […] More

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    The Off Season: Less Proves More With J. Cole’s Latest Album

    It’s perhaps strange that North Carolina rapper Jermaine Lamarr Cole should be one of the most polarising rappers of recent years. On paper he has a lot going for him; as one of the most old-school rappers of his generation, few artists on his level have respected the hip-hop blueprint as much as Cole. He’s […] More

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    Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine – Brockhampton Reborn

    When Brockhampton exploded onto the scene in 2017 with no less than three full length albums, their Saturation Trilogy, the group quickly established a reputation with their huge lineup of members and their resulting eclectic, genre-hopping style. Few rap groups have ever sounded so experimental and yet so consistently fun. However, the group hit a […] More

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    …And Then There Was DMX

    As a child, I struggled to find a taste in music that quenched my thirst wholeheartedly. I recall the oldies station playing when I was a youngster—truth be told, I have no problems with that music. The music of the 1950s and 1960s certainly holds weight and is meaningful to me; it just wasn’t “it,” […] More

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    A Perfect 10 by Eminem: Side B

    Eminem has resonated so much through life and entertainment that one top ten list is not enough to encapsulate his impact on the world. As such, I have created a second list, A Perfect 10 by Eminem: Side B, just as Eminem has done with his latest album, Music to be Murdered By. As was done […] More

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    A Perfect 10 by Eminem: Side A

    If you didn’t live it, you don’t know the struggle. Looking back on 1999, if someone asked for a perfect 10 by Eminem, I would have heard of Eminem, but wouldn’t be able to name 10 songs by him. My, how the times have changed. As I sit here and formulate A Perfect 10 by […] More

  • Megan Thee Stallion surrounded by headlines on the Good News album cover

    Megan Thee Stallion Assures Her Longevity With Good News

    2020 has been a tumultuous year for almost everyone, however Megan Thee Stallion, the Texan rapper who became one of 2019’s biggest breakout artists, has had a particularly erratic twelve months. Since May this year, she was at the centre of the year’s biggest story within hip-hop after being allegedly shot by her ex-boyfriend, spoke […] More

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    Aesop Rock, Spirit World Field Guide: The Best Rap Album of 2020

    As we approach the time of year when list article ideas begin percolating with the hot chocolate, it is becoming clear that despite the turmoil that 2020 delivered throughout public life, and many other branches of the arts shutting down or restructuring, the musical landscape has continued to deliver on some phenomenal releases. From the […] More

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    Kanye West Albums Ranked

    2020 presidential candidate, fashion “designer” and sometime recording artist Kanye West is one of the most controversial and celebrated figures of the last decade, not only within hip-hop but just our modern world today. Thanks to the overwhelming brilliance and versatility of his canon, and the general instability of his public persona, as well as […] More

  • Open Mike Eagle: Anime Trauma and Divorce

    Open Mike Eagle: Anime, Trauma and Divorce

    I must confess that I have little previous experience of the work of ‘alt-rapper’ and comedian Open Mike Eagle, however, with his fifth studio album Anime, Trauma and Divorce racing to join of the pack of the very best rap albums of 2020, the fault is clearly all mine, and I look forward to hearing […] More

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