ANDERSON .PAAK – OXNARD

Anderson. Paak’s new album ‘Oxnard’ was mixed and produced by Dr. Dre.  As such, it positively oozes West Coast.  It’s Los Angeles in the late afternoon heat, it’s palm trees on the eponymous Oxnard Beach, and its sound is every bit as in and of the area as any work of Snoop Dogg or N.W.A. …

VINCE STAPLES – FM!

FM! is Vince Staples’ third studio album, following 2015’s ‘Summertime ’06‘ and 2017’s ‘Big Fish Theory‘.  Released via Def Jam, the album comes primarily produced by Kenny Beats, and features the likes of Jay Rock, Kehlani, Earl Sweatshirt, Buddy and Tyga, among others.  Framed as a radio station takeover, ‘FM!’ features recurring skits hosted by…

ACTION BRONSON – WHITE BRONCO

‘White Bronco’ is Action Bronson’s fourth studio album, and the first he’s released independently since 2011’s ‘Well Done’.  It’s 11 brand new tracks from Bronsolino, including A$AP Rocky collab ‘Swerve On Em’ and the album’s title track and lead single ‘White Bronco‘.  As well as Rocky, Bam Bam also recruits Yung Mehico and Fuck That’s…

MICK JENKINS – PIECES OF A MAN

Mick Jenkins’ long-awaited sophomore album is here, and ‘Pieces Of A Man’ is well worth the wait.  Asked about the meaning behind the album, the Chicago MC said it’s “just as simple as it sounds.  It could definitely be broken down into a couple different things.  I think there’s a lot to unpack but essentially…

808INK – WHEN I’M ABOUT YOU’LL KNOW PT. 2

808INK’s new album is about “Motivation to get your money,” Mumblez Black Ink tells Dazed, “Enjoy yourself, because we’re young, we’re cool, and life is for livin’”.  The follow-up to last year’s ‘When I’m About You’ll Know‘ is every bit as boisterous, and this time comes with features from Kojey Radical, Prynce Mini and House…

RAGZ ORIGINALE – NATURE

London’s Ragz Originale has been busy behind the scenes for a long time, producing for the likes of Skepta as well as his Minikingz cohorts, but has waited until now to release his full-length debut. ‘Nature’ contains the singles ‘She Said Run‘ and ‘Disaronno Straight‘, nestled in between which is the superb ‘En Route’.  In…

COOPS – LIFE IN THE FLESH

“‘Life In The Flesh’ is a conceptual album primarily focused on the cycle of life, death & reincarnation of the spirit/soul,” says Coops.  “Everything that happens in the middle is what makes us who we are. All of our decisions and choices shape and mould our futures in this life and possibly even the next.…