Deftones: ‘Ohms’ Is a Return To Form

Deftones are releasing their 9th album, Ohms, on September 25th via Reprise Records. The first single shares a name with the record, and it sounds like the metal band I became fascinated with in the 90s. They’re the masters of mood metal- a genre I might have just created- anchored by Chino Moreno’s perfect snarl…

Nas Delivers On ‘King’s Disease‘

The knock on Nas has always been his beat selection. No one has questioned his pedigree as a premier MC for nearly 30 years- but some of the scattered beats from album to album have left listeners baffled. A lack of cohesion works for some rappers- and it’s certainly worked in part for Nas- as…

WAP Wins Every Time

Cardi B hasn’t released a record since 2018’s smash Invasion of Privacy. Rumor has it she was tied up in a renegotiation of her contract with Atlantic Records. Her bag has clearly arrived, and with it comes “WAP”- a hilarious, sex-positive, freaky collab with Hot Girl Megan Thee Stallion that is actually breaking the internet…

The Art of Storytelling

The mighty mix tape was such a major part of my youth. Remember collecting your favorite songs, sequencing them just right, sharing them with your people? It was vital. It became a language for communicating all the feels.  Now, Spotify playlists have become a staple around my house- putting the power of a great mix…

Aesop Rock- The Impossible Kid

The Impossible Kid- Aesop Rock’s 7th album and second for indie giant Rhymesayers- is a masterclass in American etymology. As with any standard Aesop release, the words pile up and demand an ear- but this time they’re illustrating an obvious distance and loneliness. Aesop carves out space for plenty of math raps, loading each verse…

What a Quarantime To Be Alive Vol. 2

A few months ago I was scared.  Like most Americans, I watched a new virus terrorize Europe- and naively I thought it might not board a plane for the US, and if it did we’d most certainly be “ready”. That purposeful ignorance and blind faith in our leadership didn’t exist due to a lack of…

Latin Grammys

I’m finding it harder and harder to write about music.  But for good measure, lets talk about Action Bronson- a man who weighed nearly 400 pounds a few months ago. During a recent interview with Hot 97 Bronson revealed that he was working on a self-help book and took a good look in the mirror….