CHANCE THE RAPPER – THE BIG DAY

It’s hard to believe given his status, but ‘The Big Day’ is actually Chance the Rapper’s debut studio album. His fourth solo project features the likes of Timbaland, Gucci Mane, Megan Thee Stallion, Justin Vernon, Francis and the Lights, Shawn Mendes and Nicki Minaj, and is a departure from his signature Gospel sound relative to…

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…

CHANCE THE RAPPER – 4 NEW SONGS

Although its not quite the album fans have been waiting for, Chance The Rapper drops four new songs in the form of new EP, ‘4 New Songs’. Each track comes with its own artwork, that of track two ‘I Might Need Security’ being a stylised version of anger meme ‘Arthur’s Fist’, with the hook and…

CHANCE THE RAPPER – SAME DRUGS [VIDEO]

Vocalist Eryn Allen Kane joined Chance, The Rapper on ‘Coloring Book’ stand-out ‘Same Drugs’, but it’s one of the many puppets that joined him on his Coloring Book Tour who gets a seat at the grand piano for the video.  Premiered live on Facebook, the video follows ‘No Problem‘ and ‘Angels‘ as the third to come from the…

TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2016

2016 really has fucked us over, but let’s not dwell on the political catastrophes, acts of terrorism and the deaths of countless global icons that will forever categorise what truly has been a disaster of a year.  Musically, it’s been a different story.  At a time when the rise of the playlist threatened its demise the…

REMEMBERING HOW TO SMILE GOOD: THE INFLUENCE OF ‘COLORING BOOK’

Chance The Rapper is undoubtedly the biggest independent artist in the world right now.  To celebrate the release of his third mixtape ‘Coloring Book‘ across all major platforms this week, we asked his top scholar on Genius, Roy Henriquez, just how good it really is. There’s a feeling that everyone gets when they listen to their…

CHANCE THE RAPPER – COLORING BOOK

Chance The Rapper’s releases his third mixtape, ‘Coloring Book’.  The first mixtape ever to be debuted exclusively on Apple Music, ‘Coloring Book’ features the likes of Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Young Thug and Future.  It’s a brilliantly positive, upbeat collection, which is due to go live on all other streaming services in a fortnight.  Stream below via…

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – THIS UNRULY MESS I’VE MADE

After cavorting about on mopeds on ‘Downtown‘ and ruffling a few feathers with ‘White Privelege II‘, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return with new album ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’, which boasts features from the likes of Chance, The Rapper, Grandmaster Flash, KRS-One and Anderson .Paak.  It’s a whole lot of fun, and simultaneously makes some extremely…

KANYE WEST – THE LIFE OF PABLO

After endless changes to the name, tracklist, release date and artwork, ‘The Life Of Pablo’ is finally here.  The catch – you’ve got to be a Tidal subscriber to listen, for now at least.  Kanye West’s long-awaited seventh studio album feels much less frustrated and urgent than previous album ‘Yeezus’, but every bit as experimental and inventive.  We’ll…