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The New Wilderness of Liars

Angus Andrew has stepped off alone with his group, and returned to Australia in the process. And if you’re still looking for a theme, he’ll be glad to explain it to you.  

November 02, 2018
Kanye West, “ye”

With his eighth solo album, Kanye West has finally asked too much of us.

June 06, 2018
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Form and Void: Hundred Waters and the Point of Creation

With a beloved music festival now in its fourth year, and a surprise EP setting the stage for a highly anticipated new LP, the trio are firmly inside the machine of the industry. Or so you might think. 

September 06, 2017

photo by Cooper Fox

Don’t Miss: Kweku Collins

From Evanston to Grant Park.

August 01, 2017

photo by Quantrell Colbert

Film + TV
Breaking: Demetrius Shipp Jr.

All eyes are on the first-time actor who was born to play the part of Tupac Shakur.

June 14, 2017
The Weeknd, “Starboy”

“Starboy” is rapt with the same sad-sack bullshit, asinine stabs at humility, and total lack of self-awareness that has plagued The Weeknd since his first tape.

December 13, 2016

Big Baby D.R.A.M. album cover by Boootleg

D.R.A.M., “Big Baby D.R.A.M.”

To love “Big Baby D.R.A.M.” is not the same as thinking it’s actually any good.

November 07, 2016
NxWorries, “Yes Lawd!”

Spending fifty minutes rubbing up against this, Knxwledge and Anderson .Paak’s lavish debut tape as NxWorries, is to luxuriate in smoothness as an end unto itself.

October 28, 2016

Atmosphere “Fishing Blues”

Atmosphere, “Fishing Blues”

Hyper-awareness and gnarled wordplay—that which defined Atmosphere and its ilk’s brand of hip-hop—is now, on the duo’s seventh studio LP, that which makes it merely fine.

August 11, 2016

YG “Still Brazy” (after all these years)

YG, “Still Brazy”

The Compton rapper’s new album is several shades of moral gray darker than 2014’s “My Krazy Life.”

June 27, 2016

Joey Purp / photo by Robert Beckamn

Breaking: Joey Purp

The Chicago rapper is ready to join his Save Money cohort in the spotlight with his official debut mixtape, “iiiDrops.”

May 27, 2016

Beyonce “Formation” Header

Who Cares About Becky with the Good Hair?

To make “Lemonade” all about her potential marital troubles is to once again yoke Beyoncé’s success to her husband—and to stay mired in the madness that this album was built to expose and transcend.

May 03, 2016
Kendrick Lamar, “untitled unmastered.”

And then it simply—as simply as the most respected, volatile voice in rap could have it be—existed.

March 14, 2016

2016. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made”

Yes, we know you’re asking us, Macklemore. But this isn’t about you.

March 08, 2016

2016. Kanye West Life of Pablo cover hi-res

Kanye West, “The Life of Pablo”

Kanye West’s God Complex is finally complete.

February 19, 2016

2015. Pusha T, “King Push Prelude”

Pusha T, “King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude”

Is Pusha T the greatest rapper alive?

December 23, 2015

2015. Kendrick Lamar, “To Pimp a Butterfly” album art

Kendrick Lamar, “To Pimp a Butterfly”

Wracked with pain and pride, sadness and grossness, Kendrick Lamar’s third album doesn’t just sound vital—it takes his entrepreneurial spirit, spits it with a dowel, and lets it turn over and over, for eighty minutes over some quietly building fire.

March 24, 2015

Viet Cong / photo by Jared Sych

Breaking: Viet Cong

Matt Flegel discusses the band’s beginnings with last year’s “Cassette”, avoiding the post-punk pigeonhole, and the deconstructed bleakness of their new self-titled record.

January 21, 2015

2014. Ghostface Killah, “36 Seasons” album art

Ghostface Killah, “36 Seasons”

And so, 36 Seasons chronicles Ghost’s return to Staten Island, where he must take on the role of vigilante to save his ’hood from corruption.

December 09, 2014

2014. Wu-Tang Clan, “A Better Tomorrow”

Wu-Tang Clan, “A Better Tomorrow”

It’s been twenty-one years since 36 Chambers, and the Wu-Tang Clan are still catching up.

December 02, 2014
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