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Navy Blue matures in his sophomore offering

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ On Song of Sage: Post Panic! Navy Blue places himself within an emerging movement of alternative Hip Hop that draws from deep within the culture’s history while finding space to experiment. The most obvious comparison stylistically would be with Earl Sweatshirt, who Navy Blue collaborated with on Earl’s 2018 classic Some Rap Songs. […]

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MIKE’s ‘Weight of the World’ matches experimental production with vulnerability

Four stars. Rooted in both the sprawling, densely packed metropolis of New York City and the limitless virtual terrain of the internet is the fervently DIY and non-conforming Hip-Hop collective sLUms. Formed back in 2015 by a group of ‘kids who are lost and became lost together’, as they put it in their 12-minute online […]

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2018 Round-up: a look at The Student’s favourite records of the year

Arguably 2018 was one of the best years for music in recent memory, yielding lots of bold and beautiful statements from a variety of artists. 9. Noname – Room 25 One of the most interesting fusions of hip-hop and R&B came from the talented Noname with this breakout record chronicling injustice, insecurities, and growing into […]