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…

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….

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…

Mission Of Burma: Signals, Calls, and Marches (Matador, 2008)

This EP is the reason we suffer with the term ‘post-punk’.  Boston label Ace of Hearts put this recording out in 1981, and it flipped a switch. It’s a brainy mess- packed with raw punk energy- but glued in place with angular, intelligent playing that would go on to influence everyone from Fugazi to Paint…

Lorde Fredd33- NORF: The Legend of Hotboy Ronald

Lorde Fredd33’s debut, The Legend of Hotboy Ronald, dropped last May. Pitchfork called it “a deeply personal portrait of Black life from America’s rust belt”. That’s a great sentence. I need to write more. Fredd33’s art is wedged perfectly between jazzy 90’s nods and today’s top-40 electronic pulse. You could pigeonhole his sound as “trap”,…