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…

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…

TYLER, THE CREATOR – IGOR

News of Tyler, The Creator’s fifth studio album came initially via a leak from Colombia parent label Sony Music, before Tyler began to roll out a series of bizarre video vignettes on YouTube, teasing 50 odd seconds of album tracks ‘IGOR’S THEME,’NEW MAGIC WAND,’ ‘WHAT’S GOOD’ and ‘A BOY IS A GUN.’  On ‘IGOR’ it…

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…