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DELS – Petals Have Fallen

November 17th, 2014
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Three years after his debut release in 2011, DELS returns with Petals Have Fallen. His first album, GOB, received much praise upon it’s release but hype has a shelf life, and with his sophomore release it seems DELS might fall into the hip-hop annals as a one hit wonder. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Moors – Moors

November 13th, 2014
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Not Easy Listening

Moors consists of actor and rapper Keith Stanfield and producer HH, and on their self titled debut EP the two give a nice preview of the unique style they have created. Lyrically all of the songs are dark, but HH does a good job of not letting the dark clouds linger too long. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

November 6th, 2014
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Hip Hop at it’s Finest

After last year’s successful self titled album, Killer Mike and EL-P continue onward with Run The Jewels 2. Over the course of a year these two’s bond has grown more tightly knit and it definitely shows. Whether live onstage or in an interview at a studio the chemistry between these two is undeniable. The way they talk and vibe off of one another you can tell they truly like and enjoy the other’s company. On RTJ2 EL-P plays duel roles as both producer and MC and juggles each job with ease, but it’s Killer Mike who shows the most improvement since their last get together. Killer Mike was never weak on the mic but on RTJ2 he stepped up his game and it is phenomenal. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

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…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

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…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

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