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…

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…

The Strokes: The New Abnormal

The Strokes aren’t supposed to be here in this age of isolation. We’ve got five records of triumphs and dumpster fires to revisit when we need a fix of their snotty, Manhattan manufacturing. They’ve given us plenty of punkish, standardized noise for afternoons of restlessly scrubbing the floors or kitchen counters- because that’s what the…

Conway the Machine & The Alchemist feat. ScHoolboy Q: Shoot Sideways

Conway and The Alchemist are set to drop their new project, Lulu, on March 30th- along with an official clothing drop in partnership with Patta the same day. Ironically, “Shoot Sideways” is as straightforward as it gets in terms of Al’s production, and Conway delivers exactly what we’ve come to expect from him with each…

Wet Dirt: CRIMEAPPLE x DJ Skizz

CRIMEAPPLE rocks over the type of production rap nerds have been creaming themselves over the past few years. The sounds are haunting, unwelcoming (think Alchemist, Daringer, Marco Polo)- in other words nothing close to the radio/charts- and for that we’re thankful. But where contemporaries like Roc Marciano and Westside Gunn have a stash box full…