SLOWTHAI – NOTHING GREAT ABOUT BRITAIN

Slowthai’s debut album ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ makes every bit as much of a statement as its title might suggest.  It’s a searing treatise on what it means to be British in 2019; one that deserves to be held aloft next to the likes of ‘Original Pirate Material’, ‘Boy In Da Corner’ and ‘Never Mind…

SCHOOLBOY Q – CRASH TALK

ScHoolboy Q’s fifth studio album arrives almost three years after his ‘Blank Face’ LP, and postponed several months due to the passing of Q’s close friend and collaborator Mac Miller.  “You know I drop albums every two years, right?” said Puffy during a November 2018 concert.  “But listen, with my nigga gone right now, I…

ANDERSON .PAAK – VENTURA

‘Ventura’ is Anderson .Paak’s fourth studio album, and has to be one of the most hotly anticipated this year so far. Following the West Coast place name theme of his previous albums, .Paak makes his way up the California coast on ‘Ventura.’ Again following a theme, it also comes executive produced by none other than…

2 CHAINZ – RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE

‘Rap or Go to the League’ is 2 Chainz’ fifth studio album, its title a reference to the misconception of young African-American men that their only options for success are as rappers or athletes [see also Biggie’s ‘Things Done Changed‘.  2 Chainz himself was a high school and college basketball player before ultimately deciding to…

GIGGS – BIG BAD…

Giggs’ follows up last year’s ‘Wamp 2 Dem‘ mixtape with new album ‘Big Bad…’ . The heavyweight record features Gashi, Jadakiss, Kristian Hamilton, Theophilus London, Labrinth, Ghetts, Lil Yatchy, French Montana, Swizz Beatz and Wretch 32.  It’s a slightly more polished version of Giggs we hear on ‘Big Bad…’; it’s the kind of album that…

5TATIC – WORLD OF SOSAI

5TATIC shares new debut EP ‘World of Sosai’ via his own South Space Records in partnership with [PIAS].  The South East Londoner’s debut EP is a cinematic, experimental one; journeying through unique sounds and strange textures.  “This project has a lot of hidden personal meaning for me. Each track was written over very different points in my life last…

ALCATRZ – MEMOIRS OF AN ITALIAN NEGRO

We spoke to Alcatrz about his new EP in an exclusive interview last Summer, which is now out via Digital Pop Records.  It’s been a real work in progress for the London-based rapper and producer: “Scrapped it once, scrapped it twice.  Recorded, re-recorded and finally picked 5 songs out of the 45 I made.”  Largely, the…