D SMOKE – INGLEWOOD HIGH (WOODWORKS RECORDS)

D SMOKE – INGLEWOOD HIGH (WOODWORKS RECORDS)

As someone who is generally loathed to watch any sort of reality TV, I was nonetheless suckered in by Netflix’s new Rhythm + Flow, where Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. look for the latest hip-hop superstar. Partly this was because R&F largely avoided the corny sentimentality and needless confrontation that other reality shows [...]

billy woods and Kenny Segal – Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)

billy woods and Kenny Segal – Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)

In horror movies, it’s said that what you don’t see is more terrifying than what you do. There’s no need for egregious gore and disfigurement, rather, it’s far more unsettling to imagine that whatever is out there is lurking just off-screen, out of sight - hiding.  And on Hiding Places, billy woods and producer, Kenny [...]

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 [...]

Czarface – Czarface Meets Ghostface (Silver Age)

Czarface – Czarface Meets Ghostface (Silver Age)

Some would consider Ghostface Killah to be the most consistent member of the Wu-Tang Clan, maintaining a steady release of acclaimed records while still innovating and adapting. Over the last few years however, Inspectah Deck, perhaps one of the lesser recognised members, is giving Ghost a run for his money with the supergroup Czarface (which [...]

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 [...]

Atmosphere Madness – Results and Reflections

Atmosphere Madness – Results and Reflections

Inspired by the recent viral 'Kanye Madness' phenomenon, earlier this month the Southsiders gang got together to do our own, more indie-minded bracket - 'Atmosphere Madness'. 64 tracks, carefully selected from every Atmosphere project up until Mi Vida Local. The 64-song bracket aimed to reflect the entirety of the duo's work, ensuring each aspect of their [...]