Evidence – Unlearning Vol. 1 (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Evidence – Unlearning Vol. 1 (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Staying relevant in music has always been a fickle game. Stay in your lane - and risk becoming irrelevant. Alter your sound or experiment too much - and potentially lose fans who started their journey with you. Treading that fine line requires an evolution that Venice Beach’s Evidence has excelled at. From his days in [...]

Mac Miller – Circles [Warner Records]

Mac Miller – Circles [Warner Records]

It became hard for me to reconcile excitement for this Mac Miller project. I knew that it was potentially the full stop on a tremendously diverse musical career which has seen me through my twenties. That battle inside me manifested between the forces of palpable anticipation and a melancholic hesitation both reigning blows on one [...]

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 [...]

Atmosphere Madness – Results and Reflections

Atmosphere Madness – Results and Reflections

Disclaimer. At the time of writing, June 27th 2020, due to the numerous allegations that have surfaced against Rhymesayers Entertainment, Doomtree Records and their extended family, we here at SOUTHSIDERS will no longer promote these individuals or those who are complicit in their silence.  We have decided not to take down articles which we have [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]