After the whirlwind 2015 we experienced, I won’t lie, I was expecting a bit of a lull as the calendar turned to 2016. Boy, was I wrong. Kanye West released two new tracks (“Facts”, I’m ignoring you) and killed Wiz Khalifa in the process (only to have Amber Rose win the whole charade), David Bowie […]
Last year, southern rap icon Boosie Badazz (formerly Lil Boosie) was diagnosed with and successfully beat cancer. One of rap’s more tragic heroes, Boosie Badazz continued to defy odds with his 2015. Perhaps that’s why he’s as much of an inspiration to today’s most promising rappers, including the ever-great Young Thug and Migos’ Quavo. The […]
Dawn Richard, formerly of all-girl group Danity Kane, released one of the best pop albums of 2015 in Blackheart, the second album in her trilogy culminating this year with RED*emp*tion. She recently released the stellar first single, “Not Above That” – featuring production from electronic music artist Machinedrum. The combination of the two results in a forward-thinking, kinetic […]
After many false starts, ANTI arrived late last night. The album is different from other Rihanna albums in that there aren’t any standout dance floor anthems such as “Only Girl (In The World),” “Rude Boy,” “Umbrella,” or “We Found Love,” or even songs that reach the anthemic heights of “Diamonds.” Instead, ANTI is populated by left turns, with the […]
Flume teams up with Vince Staples (responsible for one of 2015’s best albums) and Kučka on a track from Flume’s upcoming LP Skin. Stream the song above, one that Staples completely owns. No surprise there.
Anti has arrived. Since Unapologetic dropped in 2012, fans have waited for new music from Rihanna. After her string of 2015 non-album singles – “FourFiveSeconds,” “American Oxygen,” “Bitch Better Have My Money” – the Barbados-born singer is finally back with her first LP in over three years. Before the album found its way onto Tidal, Rihanna unleashed the […]
The Range absolutely nails it out of the park on the first single from the forthcoming Potential out in March. I would have more to say, but I’ll let the Range and “Florida” do the talking.
While Iggy Pop is perhaps best known for his work alongside the Stooges, his solo work – including the great albums Lust For Life and The Idiot – ranks among the most underrated records from the era they represent. Lust For Life in particular had an undeniable pop sensibility; just listen to “The Passenger” and the title-track for confirmation. Late […]
As founder of Spacebomb Records, Matthew E. White has helped usher in plush, string-laden sound that is as absorbing as it is engaging. Fellow Spacebomb recording artist Natalie Prass released her great debut LP last year, and the two pre-eminent artists in the Spacebomb repertoire team up on the new single “Cool Out.” White and […]
When Kanye West dropped “Real Friends” a couple weeks back, it came with a snippet of the Kendrick Lamar-featuring track “No More Parties In L.A.,” and now that song has surfaced in full. As much promise as the track held when we heard a glimpse of it with “Friends,” the song exceeds those promises tenfold […]