Matthew Ritchie

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Kendrick Lamar 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers' Examines The Ugly Side Of A Modern Rap Superstar

Kendrick is placed under the microscope, using enthralling funk, jazz and soul compositions to fuel the uncomfortable, introspective ramblings that have been churning inside for half a decade.

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Quelle Chris’ ‘DEATHFAME’ Exhibits Excellence At Navigating The Pitfalls Of Popularity

The Detroit rapper crawls through a mountain of piano jazz production that leans toward melancholy, rapping with an introspective clarity that most artists take their entire career to achieve.

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Vince Staples 'Ramona Park Broke My Heart' Illuminates The Nightmare Of American Neglect

Staples creates a foil, musing with exhaustion about becoming disillusioned with his hometown over G-Funk-era production and DJ Mustard beats. Each bar arrives with clarity forged by years of observation, resulting in his most salient showing of introspection yet.

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Review - EST Gee & 42 Dugg 'Last Ones Left' Is Marginally Better Than Outplayed Superstar Rapper Team Ups

The CMG stars create enough moments that bring satisfaction, setting the standard for what one-off duos should aim for in the future, though it doesn't elevate either compared to their solo work.

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Review - Phife Dawg ‘Forever’ Grants the Legend A Space To Say Goodbye On His Terms

Forever grants a mirror into Phife’s soul in the post-ATCQ breakup years. His musings on the importance of family and dedication to those around him, draped in a tight cloak of agile raps that could act as the standard for any era, exist as a timeless sendoff fitting for a legend.

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Review - Lil Durk '7220' Vividly Explores His Pain But Is Undercut By Formulaic Production - & Morgan Wallen

The album is full of minute details that highlight Durk’s complexity as a character and a writer, wielding pain with a skill far beyond others who call themselves melodic rappers. However, too often the production formula runs stale as the piano-led instrumentals mush tracks together.

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SABA 'Few Good Things' Album Is A Cathartic Exhale That Pulls Listeners Through Emotional Dips

Both captivating and endearing, his reflective raps register as powerful and poignant at every turn, showcasing a storyteller at the peak of his abilities.

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The Weeknd 'DAWN FM' Is An 80s-Thrill Ride With R&B, Hip Hop, Pop & Disco For Wheels

Trapping himself and the listener in Purgatory, he embarks upon a love letter to the 80s marked by the metallic sounds of Depeche Mode, The Human League and all-night disco parties.

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Chief Keef ‘4NEM’ Is A Triumphant Exhibition Of The Chicago Drill King’s Longevity

Armed with an apathy for the industry he influenced, Keef breaks through the malaise of the streaming age, employing unpredictability by using a Russian Roulette of flows.

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Jazmine Sullivan ‘Heaux Tales’ Is A Glorious Vocal Exhibition Marked By Emotional Intimacy

The singer undertakes an emotional excavation that spans themes such as love, sexual freedom, heartbreak and loss, while avoiding the pitfalls of unrelatability.

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Review - Summer Walker 'Still Over It' Spins Personal Turmoil Into Gold - Or Platinum

She displays an innate storytelling ability, marked with raw details about the intricacies of her emotions. Refusing to hold back, Walker covers the project in personal drama, navigating a balancing act between compelling and gratuitous.

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Review - Don Toliver ‘Life Of A Don’ Sounds Gorgeous But Also Like Lazy After-Party Vibes

Toliver embodies the same qualities that make his label-head so appealing to the masses: an uncanny ability to cook up flawless hooks and a vast set of melodies that make listeners forget he has almost nothing to say.

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Review - TisaKorean ‘mr. siLLyfLow’ Finds Success Through Being Odd & Off Kilter

The album is a zany and authentic look into the mind of the most silly rapper alive.

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PinkPantheress Proves She’s More Than Snippets On Glorious Debut Project ‘To Hell With It’

The twenty year old breakout Tik Tok star lives up to every meme posted about her.

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Little Simz Delves Into Her Past On Beautiful & Inspiring 'Sometimes I Might Be Introvert'

Simz forever breaks the divide between introvertism and extrovertism, refusing to fall under either classification .

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Lil Tecca Stuffs 'We Love You Tecca 2' With Luxurious Lyrics That Run Their Course

The viral rapper sticks to the script for better and for worse.

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Benny the Butcher Raps With A Vengeance On Previously Unreleased Pyrex Picasso Album

Benny The Butcher back to doing what he does best.

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Young Nudy Delivers Coroner Reports While Pi'erre Bourne Produces Burial Anthems On 'Rich Shooter' Album

Young Nudy proves he's the best rapper on Pi'erre Bourne beats, period.

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Drakeo the Ruler Makes Gripping Return To Peak Cold-Blooded Raps On 'Ain't That The Truth'

Armed with a battalion of threats that reach to the darkest recesses of the dictionary, the Los Angeles rapper puts on a lyrical show stocked with consistent highs

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Snoh Aalegra's ‘TEMPORARY HIGHS IN THE VIOLET SKIES’ Packs Musical Peaks & Valleys

The vulnerable R&B singer tries to take risks, despite mostly settling into a familiar vein with No I.D. production and Tyler, The Creator contributions.

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