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…

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. …

SWIZZ BEATZ – POISON

Swizz Beatz’s highly anticipated album ‘Poison’ dropped last week.  Executively produced by the Hip Hop stalwart, the album’s list of features reads like a roll call for the genre’s hottest, with J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Giggs, Nas, Pusha T all delivering verses.  Singles ‘Pistol On My Side’ and ‘Come Again’ are the obvious…

ANDERSON .PAAK – TINTS [FT. KENDRICK LAMAR]

After teasing the collab on Instagram, Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar have shared new track ‘Tints,’ which premiered on Beats 1 this evening.  Produced by Om’Mas Keith and .Paak himself, ‘Tints’ is the lead single from Anderson .Paak’s forthcoming album ‘Oxnard’, which will be released on Aftermath Entertainment, release date TBA.  What we do know,…

LIL WAYNE – THA CARTER V

Initially slated for release five years ago in 2013, ‘Tha Carter V’ is finally here. Released on Lil Wayne’s birthday, the fifth instalment in the series comes in at twenty three tracks long, and features XXXTentacion, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg and more. All in all, it’s a real mixed bag. ‘Dedicate’…

JAY ROCK – REDEMPTION

Jay Rock releases his third studio album ‘Redemption’, his first body of work since his motorcycle accident in early 2016.  I’m just here to give you the real, man,” he says, “and just basically give y’all more of me.  And just showing you my growth, that’s basically what I’m doing on this album…  Like I said,…