SKEPTA, CHIP & YOUNG ADZ – INSOMNIA

Only announced only less than a week ago, BBK head honcho Skepta, Cash Motto [jheez, remember them?] founder Chip and D-Block Europe front-runner Young Adz release ‘Insomnia.’ The collaborative album is a real mixed bag, shuffling around a variety of UK Rap sounds.  There’s a whole lot of autotune, and in the main it feels…

RUN THE JEWELS – YANKEE AND THE BRAVE / OOH LA LA

In these troubling times it feels only right that El-P and Killer Mike answer the clarion call with the first two tastes of ‘RTJ4’.  First came ‘Yankee and The Brave [Ep. 4]’, the title of which references the North/South divide between the two collaborators, in this case referencing their respective home baseball teams.  El-P first…

CHILDISH GAMBINO – 3.15.20

Childish Gambino’s new album ‘3.15.20’ was released with very little fanfare; just a blank website, a blank cover, and timestamps for most of the track titles.  In many ways it’s comparable to Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 release ‘untitled unmastered.’ in that it’s an incredibly worthwhile album in and of itself, even if it’s packaging appears intentionally…

PRINCESS NOKIA – EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL / EVERYTHING SUCKS

New York’s Princess Nokia presents two albums, ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ and ‘Everything Sucks,’ a double album project exploring her own duality.  The latter was reportedly made in 10 days with producer Chris Lare [aka owwwls], and is “a brash, ruthless and insistent collection,” while the former “a representation of the sensitive, feminine side of the…

MAC MILLER – GOOD NEWS

Before his untimely death in September 2018, Mac Miller was reportedly working on a sister project to his fifth studio album ‘Swimming‘ entitled ‘Circles’. “At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process of recording his companion album to ‘Swimming’, entitled Circles,” reads the official statement from his family.  “Two different styles…

MS BANKS – THE COLDEST WINTER EVER PT. 2

Ms Banks follows up last year’s ‘The Coldest Winter Ever‘ with part two; a 12 track project featuring Tiggs Da Author, Moelogo, Kida Kudz & Geko.  The south-east Londoner’s switches gears from a more menacing brand of trap to upbeat Afropop with ease.  Originally slated for a release earlier this year in May, the project…

STORMZY – HEAVY IS THE HEAD

Stormzy’s sophomore album comes in the form of ‘Heavy Is the Head,’ a 16 track collection featuring singles ‘Vossi Bop,’ ‘Wiley Flow,’ ‘Crown‘ and ‘Own It.’  The album’s title and central theme explores the weight of expectation on Big Mike following his recent successes.  It’s a kind of humble brag that allows Stormzy to make…