Blockhead – Free Sweatpants (Backwoodz Studioz)

Blockhead – Free Sweatpants (Backwoodz Studioz)

Blockhead’s influence on the scene over the last two decades has been quietly incredible. Working at first with Aesop Rock - producing the unforgettable ‘Daylight’ (Labor Days, 2001) - Blockhead has since crafted soundscapes for Murs, Cage, Illogic, Homeboy Sandman and fellow backwoodz studioz buddy, billy woods, among others. Whether it’s the odd track or [...]

P.O.S – Never Better [Tenth Anniversary Edition] (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

P.O.S – Never Better [Tenth Anniversary Edition] (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Ten years ago to this day, I put Never Better on for the first time. It seems incredible to say it now but my first reaction was actually slight disappointment. P.O.S had changed his sound, something he would do repeatedly throughout his career, moving away from the raw, punk-infused skittering energy of Ipecac Neat and [...]

MALIBU KEN – SELF-TITLED (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

MALIBU KEN – SELF-TITLED (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

Let’s get this out of the way, Malibu Ken’s artwork is not pleasing to the eye. It’s repulsive, visceral, warped -  and yet, the grotesque portrait possesses an odd magnetism. With this adage, on their debut release, Aesop Rock and Tobacco prove that even when the finer details aren’t so fine, ugliness can be strangely [...]

FOUR FISTS (P.O.S + Astronautalis) INTERVIEW

FOUR FISTS (P.O.S + Astronautalis) INTERVIEW

Following the release of their long-awaited debut album, 6666, the SOUTHSIDERS crew caught up with rap duo, Four Fists, comprising P.O.S (Stefon Alexander), a staple of the Minneapolis underground and a founding member of the Doomtree hip-hop collective, and Astronautalis (Andy Bothwell), an accomplished emcee out of Florida and Alexander’s long-time collaborator. Together, they are [...]

James Blake – Assume Form (Polydor Records)

James Blake – Assume Form (Polydor Records)

James Blake's fourth album is an intransigent study of the darker sides to love, strengthening his already abundant appeal among the pop music elite. Adding collaborators such as Travis Scott and André 3000 to a list that consists of Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West to name a few; Assume Form has further cemented James [...]