JID – DiCaprio 2 (Dreamville Records)

JID – DiCaprio 2 (Dreamville Records)

This Atlanta native came to the attention of the wider hip-hop community after his seismic debut album, The Never Story, was released last year and DiCaprio 2 appears to be the incisive aftershock succeeding the tremor. JID has frequently cited Leonardo DiCaprio as his favourite actor. At the time of the release of his first mixtape, DiCaprio, [...]

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

“The magic is black.”  In many ways, Aesop Rock’s opening gambit on ‘Acid King’ illustrates his approach. Known for dense lyricism and abstract imagery, Aesop’s style is a verbose nail bomb - yes, the explosion is dangerous, but it’s the little pieces that you need to watch out for.  An alumnus of legendary - and [...]

FOUR FISTS – 6666 (DOOMTREE RECORDS)

FOUR FISTS – 6666 (DOOMTREE RECORDS)

Diffused responsibility is a curious social phenomenon. The idea supposes that individuals, regardless of urgency, will shirk from intervention in the presence of a collective. This inaction is governed by a set of dangerous stances: it’s none of my concern, it’s someone else's problem, and I cannot be held accountable. However, on their long-awaited debut [...]

Shad – A Short Story About A War (Secret City Records)

Shad – A Short Story About A War   (Secret City Records)

It’s been five years since Shad released his last proper hip-hop album, Adult Contempt (2016) being more in the pop-rock genre, but the time away from the mic hasn’t been wasted. A Short Story About A War stays focused the socio-political issues Shad has covered since When This Is Over but unlike a large proportion [...]

Atmosphere – Mi Vida Local (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Atmosphere – Mi Vida Local (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Atmosphere are special. They give us special music consistently. Their latest album Mi Vida Local (2018) is one of their strongest in recent years. In the first single, ‘Virgo’, Slug ties in a reference to their previous record Fishing Blues (2016), telling us he’s “got the vision of somebody going fishing in the dark” before [...]

Homeboy Sandman & Edan – Humble Pi (Stones Throw Records)

Homeboy Sandman & Edan – Humble Pi (Stones Throw Records)

Homeboy Sandman is no stranger to individually produced EP’s. Having previously released works with names such as Paul White and EL RNTC he has crafted lyrically dexterous passages over the chosen producers recordings. On Humble Pi opener 'Grim Seasons' it’s business as usual, Homeboy Sandman on vocals, Edan producing. What sets this producer/MC pairing apart [...]