TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2019

2019 in Britain has been tumultuous; despite endless discussion, we’re no closer to a harmonious Brexit, and Boris Johnson has the overwhelming support of the majority – trying times, to say the least.  And it’s been reflected in the music.  This year’s Mercury Prize Awards was possibly the most angry in history.  Bands like IDLES…

KANYE WEST – FOLLOW GOD [VIDEO]

Kanye West has released a visual accompaniment to ‘Follow God,’ a track taken from recent album ‘Jesus Is King.’  The video sees Ye reconnect with his father on his Wyoming ranch, as the two of them stunt in a Russian ATV [called a Sherp].  A slate at the end of the video explains: “My dad…

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…

KANYE WEST – I LOVE IT

Kanye West dropped a brand new track on Friday, and as usual there’s a whole lot to unpack.  Before we get to the track itself, let’s give it some context.  ‘I Love It’ made it’s debut at the first annual [and seemingly disastrous] Pornhub Awards, at which West was co-Creative Director.  The new job, we…

NAS – NASIR

‘Nasir’ is the new, self-titled album by New York Rap legend Nas.  The album’s executive producer Kanye West teased the release on Twitter earlier this summer, before its live-streamed premiere last night underneath the Queensboro Bridge in Nas’ native Queens.  With features from The Dream featuring heavily, beats by Ye and of course the seemingly-obligatory…

KANYE WEST & KID CUDI – KIDS SEE GHOSTS

Kids See Ghosts is both the name of Kid Cudi / Kanye West project and the name of their first album together.  The third album in a series of five albums executively produced by West [following ‘Pusha T’s ‘DAYTONA‘ and his solo album ‘Ye‘] follows suit by containing seven songs, and was promised back in…

KANYE WEST – YE

Kanye West releases his 8th solo studio album, ‘Ye’, having only announced it in April. The album is now available on streaming services following its launch at a Wyoming listening party. According to wife Kim Kardashian, West shot the album cover on his iPhone on his way to the event. More info as we have…

A$AP ROCKY – TESTING

A$AP Rocky follows last album ‘AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP’ with the brand new ‘TESTING’, an conceptual album centered on experimentation with new sounds: “People are scared to test new sounds, so they go with what’s current, ‘cause it’s the easy thing to do. I don’t just rap – I actually make music.  That’s why it takes time.  These sonics…

PUSHA T – DAYTONA

Over the last few years, Pusha T has occasionally hit upon a unique, winning formula. Tracks like ‘Nosetalgia’, ‘Numbers On The Board’ and ‘Crutches Crosses Caskets’ feature beats so stark in their minimalism they’re borderline uncomfortable. While they lurch onward, all eyes are on Push’s tales of dope dealing.  It’s precisely this formula that seems…