NAS – THE LOST TAPES 2

‘The Lost Tapes 2’ is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks by legendary New York MC, Nas, taken from recording sessions for his previous four albums; ‘Hip Hop Is Dead,’ ‘Untitled,’ ‘Life Is Good’ and NASIR. The last instalment in the series came in 2002, and this time around tracks left on the cutting room…

DÁMÌ SULE – THIS LOVE I HAVE

At just three tracks, Dámì Sule’s ‘This Love I Have’ doesn’t ask for much of your time, but it truly deserves it. MAARS-produced opener ‘You Could Be The One’ brims with a shuffling Funk that’s completely infectious, as is ’80s-imbued bubbler ‘With You.’  Think Anderson .Paak meets the likes of Pomo & Kaytranada, via Kojey…

FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – BANDANA

Five years ago Atlanta rapper Freddie Gibbs and Oxnard producer Madlib released ‘Piñata‘ and it was low key the album of 2014.  Only a handful of people would attest to it, but it was.  The duo oft hinted that a follow-up was on the cards, but there appeared to be no rush.  Gibbs in particular…

SKEPTA – IGNORANCE IS BLISS

Skepta’s fifth studio album and the follow-up to his May 2016’s ‘Konnichiwa’ is here. ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ features fellow UK rappers J Hus, Lancey Foux, and Nafe Smallz, as well as a selection of Skeppy’s Boy Better Know cohorts.  Originally titled ‘SkLEVEL’ [which Skepta has since dubbed a ‘2018 pattern,’ ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ features singles…

BEAST COAST – ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

There was a time [2014, to be precise] when it felt like the most fresh and exciting Hip Hop music was coming out of New York again.  The Odd Future bubble had begun to burst, and three New York collectives were beginning to put out their respectively different takes on a classic sound; Flatbush Zombies,…

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…