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J. Cole is just telling us what we want to hear on KOD

3/5 stars J Cole has to be one of the most divisive artists in hip-hop. Always adored by his dedicated fanbase, never loved by music critics, KOD is sure to revive the debate. In the past Cole has been accused of lacking a distinct style that puts him above his peers. Cole aspires to be […]

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Quelle Chris and Jean Grae’s ‘Everything’s Fine’ is a near-perfect encapsulation of contemporary anxieties

4.5/5 stars Historically, music couples have always captured the hearts of audiences. Bonnie & Clyde and John & Yoko come to mind. Underground hip-hop has found it’s challenger in Quelle Chris and Jean Grae. The Detroit powerhouse delivers on the highly anticipated Everything’s Fine, going bar for bar over some fantastic production. Everything’s Fine is […]

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Roc Marciano’s ‘Rosebud’s Revenge 2’ is a bit of a drag

3.5/5 stars There comes a time in every person’s life where they try, desperately, to like an album. You grit your teeth, you survive one track, you play the next, leave it and return to it. It’s been three days and you’ve made it through the first track. You scour Reddit, hoping to find reasons […]

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Black Milk foregrounds production skills on measured new album

3.5/5 stars When you think of hip-hop in the city of Detroit, Eminem, Danny Brown, Tee Grizzley and J Dilla probably come to mind. That last name is particularly important in this context. While Eminem altered the perception of hip-hop in the mainstream, J Dilla influenced an entire generation of producers, whether it was independently […]

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’44 More’ is a statement of intent and difference from Logic

4/5 stars ’44 More’ by Logic was a surprise release from the Maryland rapper. ’44 More’ is a statement regarding Logic’s prolific nature of releasing fresh content. There’s a consensus that the single is a throwback to Logic’s earlier content. To a large extent, this is true – at least, it’s unlike Logic’s recent content. […]

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Janelle Monáe is back and smoother than ever on ‘Django Jane’

4/5 stars With her new album officially on the way, Janelle had to keep her fanbase engaged with some new music. And engage them she did. ‘Django Jane’ is a wild ride. For one, Janelle Monáe is rapping and she does a fantastic job. The braggadocio she emits can be felt in each of the […]

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack is fun & feature-filled

3.5/5 stars In an interview, Kendrick Lamar stated he and Top Dawg never actually planned on producing the soundtrack to Black Panther. Nevertheless, Black Panther The Album is a very solid project. Kendrick is on nearly every track, sometimes with a more prominent role, and sometimes carrying only a refrain. The first half features the bulk of […]

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88rising and the diversification of rap

Back in late January, the Chinese government banned hip-hop culture and tattoos from being shown on TV. The government has kept an eye on the flourishing hip-hop culture in China, which has been snowballing. Hip-hop’s transcendence from a marginalised genre to global export makes this movement fascinating. Hip-hop as an export has of course not […]