Built around this idea of vinyl, sampling and paying homage to the artists who paved the way for him, the Maryland rapper delivers a love letter to his influences that doesn't get too bogged down in his gripes with his perception.
Lupe's latest reflects on the ugly side of the music industry, from untimely rapper deaths and posthumous music cash grabbing to the commodification of the art he loves and his role in allowing it.
Much like their previous collaboration, the generally low-tempo MC sounds especially menacing over dark and engagingly boom-bap-tinged soundscapes.
Lack of everyday slappers aside, it's a grand return to form, giving truth to the bars, "Black Star shines eternally," off their debut single 24 years ago.
“B.I.B.L.E.” opens many doors for drill's crossover appeal, even if it's doing it for the benefit of Fivio and not the culture that helped make him.
Despite sporting top to bottom production from Daringer, Beat Butcha, and HipHopDX 2021 producer of the year Alchemist, Tana Talk 4’s sound feels much less dark, while still maintaining the persona fans have become accustomed to over the years.
This body of work uncorks a lot of the themes and realities that the Buffalo native has been keeping bottled up throughout his recent run, pivoting from his usual darker content — giving listeners a peek behind the curtain.
Aside from some incredible features, the 12 song affair further builds on her production prowess, handling the tracklist's shiniest gems herself.
The tightly sequenced, nine-song release meant to tide fans over until KD3, easily fares as one of the more potent in the 48-year-old MC's catalog.
The companion piece to one of the best Hip Hop albums of the year doesn't hold a candle to the original but still works as a solid add on.
On his return LP Belly falls into the background rather than making a grand re-entrance.
If this is truly Flygod's last (full-length) hurrah, he's definitely going out with a bang.
Whether it's a cryogenic chamber or witchcraft, AZ seems to have defeated the constructs of aging (both on the mic and in physical appearance).
This new body of work (released on the anniversary of the late DJ Shay's death) positions Hyde as one to watch as we enter Griselda-wave 2.0.
While it could have benefitted from a few strategic snips to tighten things up, the singer manages to deliver her most refined collection of music to date.
It's a new beginning for the Dilated MC, and he sounds hungrier than ever.
The veteran Cali rapper is releasing his new album through his new production company and describes the new chapter of his career as a re-introduction: "I feel like it's my demo."
With Griselda's Westside Gunn back in the co-pilot seat, Mach-Hommy is aiming to become a rap icon. Period.
Given what the starters from both squads have been dropping recently, this feels more like an appetizer — albeit one that leaves you wanting more.
The Chicago rapper's latest snack-sized project gives weight to his ongoing plight for justice and reform above all.