ANDERSON .PAAK – VENTURA

‘Ventura’ is Anderson .Paak’s fourth studio album, and has to be one of the most hotly anticipated this year so far. Following the West Coast place name theme of his previous albums, .Paak makes his way up the California coast on ‘Ventura.’ Again following a theme, it also comes executive produced by none other than…

LITTLE SIMZ – GREY AREA

“At the time I was writing, I was in a very confusing headspace,” Little Simz told The Guardian of her third studio album. “Everything was in this weird area, and it was all a shade of grey. Being in your mid-twenties feels like a strange place to be. I’m still discovering myself and things are…

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…

5TATIC – WORLD OF SOSAI

5TATIC shares new debut EP ‘World of Sosai’ via his own South Space Records in partnership with [PIAS].  The South East Londoner’s debut EP is a cinematic, experimental one; journeying through unique sounds and strange textures.  “This project has a lot of hidden personal meaning for me. Each track was written over very different points in my life last…

FREDO – THIRD AVENUE

Fredo releases his debut studio album ‘Third Avenue,’ which follows the West London rapper’s prior mixtape releases ‘Get Rich Or Get Recalled’ [2017] and ‘Tables Turn’ [2018] and features the singles ‘BMT’ and ‘Survival of the Fittest.’  The album’s title is a reference to the avenue where Fredo grew up: “I’m from a place called Mozart Estate,”…

SKEPTA – WISH YOU WERE HERE

Popcorn at the ready.  Skepta drops a new track ‘Wish You Were Here’, a diss track explicitly aimed at fellow Grime legend Wiley, who recently took aim at Skepta for collaborating with Dizzee Rascal, with whom Wiley has long since had beef.  The new track riffs on the fact that Wiley [famed for his no-shows]…

KOJEY RADICAL – 25 FT. KZ

Kojey Radical teams up with long-term collaborator KZ on new track ’25’, his first release since last year’s album ‘IN GOD’S BODY‘.  In essence, it’s a celebration of what he’s managed to achieve at the age of just 25: “I’ve had a little bit of time and reflect as of late, a younger version of me…