DOOM Madness – Results and Reflections

DOOM Madness – Results and Reflections

Hot on the heels of last year's Atmosphere Madness breakdown, the SOUTHSIDERS crew are back with another custom-made, guaranteed-argument-starter. And this time, we turn our attention to the one and only metal faced villain: DOOM (aka MF DOOM, aka Viktor Vaughn, aka King Geedorah, aka... well, you get the idea). From 1999's Operation: Doomsday to [...]

Sage Francis Interview

Sage Francis Interview

Sage Francis and B. Dolan are the Epic Beard Men. Though accurate, the name started out as a joke, a calibrated goof on bro culture, from two rap greybeards who aren’t afraid to swing freely from dead-serious to wryly hilarious. Hailing from the industrial outskirts of Providence, both artists are walking hip-hop vaults. Last year’s [...]

Choosey & Exile – Black Beans (Dirty Science Records)

Choosey & Exile – Black Beans (Dirty Science Records)

Dirty Science artist and San Diego native Choosey once again links up with the legendary hip hop producer Exile, this time around with Black Beans, a full project which somehow does a wonderful job dissecting a plethora of social issues while at the same time transporting you to the front seat of a 1960's Cadillac [...]

Quelle Chris – Guns [Mello Music Group]

Quelle Chris – Guns [Mello Music Group]

I waited to listen to the full album to drop after the first single, such is my relationship with Quelle. Despite releasing two further singles (“Straight Shot” and “Obamacare” after the initial “Guns”), Quelle Chris is very much an artist who excels on the long play format. Many now are content with picking and choosing [...]

EPIC BEARD MEN – THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN (STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS)

EPIC BEARD MEN – THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN (STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS)

Sage and B. Dolan are back for their second official outing as the super-duo Epic Beard Men and this time, with their debut LP, they’re looking to kick back and have fun. Both Sage and Dolan have been in the game for several decades and have earned a hard-core cadre of fans thanks to their [...]

Slug Interview

Slug Interview

As the name implies, Atmosphere's latest LP, Mi Vida Local is intensely focused on the place it was created–the southside of Minneapolis–where Slug and Ant work tirelessly in their “beautiful basements”, refining their sound without interruption. (Although a handful of friends from the Minneapolis hip-hop community showed up to contribute.) A year of one-on-one collaboration resulting [...]