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King Fantastic – The Great Man Theory

October 23rd, 2014
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Close to Perfect

King Fantastic consists of rapper Killer Reese and DJ/producer Troublemaker. On their latest LP Great Man Theory, these two expand on the sound they’ve already made semi-famous.  They describe their sound as “Westcoastsynthesizerbeachbumgangstermusic” and it’s the perfect summation of what they do.  Killer Reese has a certain charisma on the mike that is rare these days, both funny without coming across as silly and real and without coming across as faking it, he has all the qualities it takes to be a good MC. On the other side Troublemaker creates some of the most unique beats heard on a hip hop track.  Troublemaker incorporates indie rock-ish instrumentals morphed with more traditional hip hop elements making something that truly sounds unique. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Bishop Nehru & DOOM – NehruvianDOOM

October 14th, 2014
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More Than Just Hype

NehruvianDOOM is equal parts Bishop Nehru and MF Doom. Doom produces 8 out of the 9 tracks and throws a verse or chorus here and there, but Doom never overshadows the other side of this equation in Nehru. This 18 year old MC controls the mic like a veteran and can hang with the big dogs, even if he is still seen as a puppy by some. NehruvianDOOM elevates Nehru to a different level and should garnish him that spotlight he rightfully deserves. Read more…

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Buck 65 – NEVERLOVE

October 5th, 2014
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Heartache, Despair and Regret

“You better be careful/Love will fuck you up,” Buck 65 confesses on his latest release NEVERLOVE. Written during and after his divorce, this is a break-up album through and through. Verses expressing heartache, despair and regret collide with some remarkable beats to create an LP that will make anyone who has ever gone through similar circumstances automatically be teleported back to that moment in time. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark – Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark

September 22nd, 2014
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Working Hard or Hardly Working?

In 2001, Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark released an EP entitled Another Day Another Dollar. Now the two are collaborating once again on their latest release,  self-titled Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark. Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark have more in common with each other than with their new LP. Both have been a part of notable hip hop acts: Nu-mark as a DJ for Jurassic 5 and Slimkid3 as one of the original members of The Pharcyde. Read more…

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Busdriver – Perfect Hair

September 19th, 2014
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Album Full of Supercuts

Many artists never reach their tenth album. However, on Perfect Hair Busdriver proves that can be an attainable goal. With the vocabulary of a Scrabble champion and the vocal delivery of a cattle auctioneer, Busdriver is an artist who stands out among his contemporaries. Perfect Hair is the culmination of over a decade of determination. Never sacrificing substance for filler or compromising principles for profit, Busdriver has the type of artistic integrity that makes him a force in hip hop. Read more…

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Sims – Field Notes

September 10th, 2014
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Stronger than an Oak

Sims, one seventh of the rap collective Doomtree,  goes out on a limb with his third solo effort Field Notes. As they say the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree; Sims brought some of his compadres along, creating seven unstoppable beats. Field Notes blossoms track after track with green leaves of lyricism and beautiful budding bass lines. Read more…

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MC Frontalot – Question Bedtime

September 5th, 2014
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The Future of Fairy Tales

Self proclaimed “world’s 579th greatest rapper,” MC Frontalot has gone in a new direction with his sixth release Question Bedtime. Known as a “nerdcore” rapper, Frontalot aims to gain a different demographic into his fan base: children. Question Bedtime takes a twist on 14 different children’s bedtime stories and fables and delivers them in both an entertaining and interesting way. Though younger listeners will enjoy these songs, that’s not to say that it’s strictly a children’s album; there will be no comparison to Kid’s Bop here. Instead, presented are over a dozen songs that are great hip hop tracks that just so happen to center around fictional accounts of make believe events. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Katie Kate – Nation

August 24th, 2014
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One Nation, Divisible

Katie Kate studied classical music and played the flute in college, but since her days at Cornish University, she has gathered her own electronic orchestra in which she is the maestro. On her sophomore release, Nation, Katie Kate proves she is a hip hop virtuoso, crafting interesting beats, spitting fierce lyrics and singing formidable hooks. These 10 compositions start off strong but starts to fall flat after a few songs. Read more…

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Tre Mission – Stigmata

August 16th, 2014
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Man on a Mission

At the age of 22, Toronto-born rapper Tre Mission sits in a very precarious place.  After his debut album Malmaison dropped in 2013, phrases like “Grime’s Must Watch Artist” began to circulate.  Now on his sophomore effort, Stigmata, many wonder: can Tre Mission can live up to the hype or will he be crushed under its weight? Upon first listen, its evident that Tre has learned a lot over the last few years and have developed into a more polished artist. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Planet Asia & TzariZM – Via Satellite

August 12th, 2014
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Too Much To Finish

Grammy award nominee Planet Asia and producer TzariZM come together like Rice Krispies and marshmallows to make us a delicious treat served up as Via Satellite. Veteran Asia brings the familiar flavor he’s notorious for while TzariZM holds everything together with some gooey beats. Don’t be deceived though; there is nothing sweet about this composition. Via Satellite contains ruthless, revenge-soaked diatribes that pull no punches. Read more…

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