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Madlib and Oh No collab on new album ‘The Professionals’

Four stars. Legendary Hip Hop producer Madlib collaborates with his brother Oh No for The Professionals, an album where Oh No raps over familial beats, crafted from a diverse range of jazz, funk and soul samples. Madlib’s ability to tailor his instrumentals to the rapper he is working with is apparent here more than ever […]

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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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‘Power’, Rapsody and Lamar

Rating: 4/5 Two long years since demanding the spotlight on ‘Complexion,’ from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Rapsody and Lamar have reunited again on Rapsody’s single ‘Power’. With the subtle intensity of dwindling electric guitar and 9th Wonder’s beats, the song takes listeners on a hypnotic journey about its title: power. The lyrics are […]

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The supply and demand of Kendrick’s untitled unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar’s Section. 80, good kid, m.A.A. city, To Pimp A Butterfly, as music fans we are currently living in an age of one of the most frighteningly consistent artists of our time. Every album – and this will be subject to debate for years to come – better than the last, every release creating […]

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Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Though already four albums deep into his career, with Malibu, Brandon Paak Anderson has finally crafted his breakout record. Clearly that was the intention, given so much of its runtime is devoted to proving himself as an adaptable performer. Traces of so many of his contemporaries are buried throughout that it can be hard to separate Anderson’s own voice […]

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Logic – The Incredible New Story

It has been clear for quite a while now that Logic is equipped with supreme talent. Since the release of his Young Sinatra mixtape trilogy in 2011, fans have flocked to the 25-year-old’s lyrical ability and story. He quickly garnered recognition from industry legends such as Rick Rubin, Nas, and Big Daddy Kane, en-route to […]

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An Interview with Ghostpoet

Ahead of his Mercury Prize nomination on the 20th for his third album, Shedding Skin, Obaro Ejimiwe and I discuss his latest album, his influences and ambitions, and where his music and life intertwine. CG: Thanks for taking the time to chat to The Student, you were the only Mercury nominee to get back to […]

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El-P and Killer Mike do it again on record number two

Run The Jewels is more than the sum of its already formidable parts. On El-P and Killer Mike’s first joint album last year, this came from the complimenting skills brought to the studio. The conventional wisdom went that El-P brought the beats, and Killer Mike the rhymes. It was perhaps the best hip-hop album of 2013: it had charisma.
On their follow up Ru