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…

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…

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…

JELANI BLACKMAN – BRIXTON

“I always hated talking about my personal life in music,” explains Jelani Blackman.  “It made me feel too exposed and vulnerable so I just wrote things that kind of related to me but nothing specific. Starting to get better at sharing cos I realise you just have to be honest with yourself.”  To that end,…

STORMZY – CROWN

“My second single ‘Crown’ drops at midnight,’ Stormzy told us on Thursday. “I’ve been struggling to find words to describe how much this song means to me… struggling to explain exactly why I felt the need to say what I’ve said on the record… and can’t quite summarise the journey of emotions the song takes…

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…