Album Review

Roc Marciano’s ‘Reloaded’ Provided the Blueprint for Modern Underground Rap

Roc Marciano's sophomore album Reloaded didn't just rubber-stamp Roc as an elite lyricist; it provided a path for a blueprint… Read More

November 16, 2022

Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Honors Black And Queer Dance Music’s Legacy

Beyoncé's Renaissance serves as a love letter to Black queer pioneers of dance music from the past and present. Beyoncé has… Read More

August 1, 2022

Drake — The Great Singles Artist — Finally Makes A Great Album With ‘Honestly, Nevermind’

Your typical Drake album isn't a meticulous body of work. Honestly, Nevermind is different. When Certified Lover Boy dropped last… Read More

June 22, 2022

Kendrick Lamar Could Care Less About Being Rap’s Savior

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is ambitiously imperfect, Kendrick Lamar more concerned with healing himself than being rap’s great… Read More

May 19, 2022

Black Star Sound Motivated In Long-Awaited ‘No Fear of Time’ Album

On No Fear of Time, Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey — as Black Star — sound motivated and excited to… Read More

May 6, 2022

Pusha T Is More Stagnant Than Consistent With His Coke Raps On ‘It’s Almost Dry’

More stagnant than it is consistent, It's Almost Dry is a testament to Pusha T becoming too impressed with his own mythology.… Read More

April 22, 2022

‘DONDA 2’ Features an Impassioned Kanye West You’re Either Going to Love or Hate

While the DONDA 2 Experience didn't go off perfectly, the event makes it further clear that Kanye West remains invigorated… Read More

February 23, 2022

Did J. Cole Just Release The Best Album of His Career?

J. Cole's The Off-Season marks the rapper's most entertaining project since 2014 Forest Hills Drive and hints that he has… Read More

May 17, 2021

Jay Electronica, The Tale Of Two Debuts & Which One Is Better

Following the official release of Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), the looming question among fans is: Which is… Read More

October 6, 2020

Eight Takeaways From Jay Electronica (and JAY-Z’s) Momentous ‘A Written Testimony’

Jay Electronica (and JAY-Z) finally delivered and then some on A Written Testimony, a debut that was fully worth the… Read More

March 13, 2020

‘Jesus is King’: Kanye West’s Religious Journey Isn’t For Anyone But Himself

Kanye West's religious crusade has been seen as insincere by critics. But there is nothing "sudden" about West's transition into… Read More

October 25, 2019

10 Takeaways From Little Brother’s Brilliant Comeback Album ‘May the Lord Watch’

Little Brother has released a new studio album, May the Lord Watch. And the album is everything LB fans were… Read More

August 21, 2019

Lil Wayne Proves He’s Still a Rap Icon on ‘Tha Carter V’

Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V was six years in the making. The album proves that the legendary rapper is still one… Read More

October 4, 2018

‘4:44’ Is Officially Shawn Carter’s First Classic Album

Yoh Phillips breaks down how 4:44 should not have its classic status attributed to Jay-Z, but instead to Shawn Corey… Read More

September 7, 2017