‘The Booty Tape’ Review: Thanks Ugly God

The Booty Tape is the long-awaited debut from 2017 XXL Freshman Ugly God, best known for his viral single “Water” which closes off this album. While many contemporary rappers take themselves very seriously, Ugly God is exactly the opposite. His music is just a form of comedy for him, characterized by hilariously vulgar and pornographic lyrics. But somehow this all manages to translate into a … Continue reading ‘The Booty Tape’ Review: Thanks Ugly God

JAY-Z Wrestles with Identity on 4:44

JAY-Z has gotten personal in the past, but his latest album, 4:44, is by far his most introspective work to date. The name originates from the time in the morning JAY woke up to write the title track, which is an apology to his wife Beyoncé over his infidelity. This album is essentially just a slice out of JAY’s life and his current situation. Conceptually, … Continue reading JAY-Z Wrestles with Identity on 4:44

Vince Staples Crafts his own Personal ‘Yeezus’ with ‘Big Fish Theory’

Big Fish Theory is the sophomore album from Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, marking a major sonic shift from Summertime ’06. Here, he has moved past his “post-gangster rap” sound and seems to have been heavily inspired by Yeezus with his experimentation, all the while not going too far off the beaten path. As an emcee, Vince is stellar as usual, giving captivating performances on every track. Conceptually, the … Continue reading Vince Staples Crafts his own Personal ‘Yeezus’ with ‘Big Fish Theory’

Quick N’ Lazy Hip-Hop Reviews: Big Boi, Brockhampton, 2 Chainz, & Young Thug

Big Boi, one-half of the mighty Outkast, was once a considered a top tier emcee, but his latest album Boomiverse proves that is no longer true. While his flow is consistent, many of his verses are incredibly boring and lack any real focus sounding more like a freestyle than a written. The only truly great track is “Kill Jill” which features a phenomenal opening verse from Killer Mike plus a Hatsune Miku sample laced into the instrumental. Continue reading Quick N’ Lazy Hip-Hop Reviews: Big Boi, Brockhampton, 2 Chainz, & Young Thug

Gucci Mane and Metro Boomin’s ‘DropTopWop’ Lives up to Potential

DropTopWop is a collaborative mixtape between trap legend Gucci Mane and the hottest producer right now, Metro Boomin. While Metro has produced tracks for Gucci in the past, this is the first time they have done a full project together. Fans of both artists have been long anticipating this collab and it manages to exceed expectations. Ever since Gucci got out of prison last year … Continue reading Gucci Mane and Metro Boomin’s ‘DropTopWop’ Lives up to Potential

Lil Yachty’s ‘Teenage Emotions’ Strikes a Balance between Ridiculous and Obnoxious

Ever since Lil Yachty blew up last year with his single “1 Night,” he has been one the most controversial figures in the modern hip-hop scene. He angered many with his lack of knowledge of classic rap, but his I-don’t-care attitude is the very ethos of the genre. Continue reading Lil Yachty’s ‘Teenage Emotions’ Strikes a Balance between Ridiculous and Obnoxious

The Underachievers’ ‘Renaissance’ Sharpens their Skills While Continuing their Trademark Sound

The Underachievers are a psychedelic hip-hop duo consisting of Issa Gold and AKTHESAVIOR. Their sound is reminiscent of ‘90s boom-bap but also contains trap and cloud rap influences. In 2015, the pair released their incredibly conceptual album Evermore: The Art of Duality. Apart from having some of the best artwork in rap history, it is arguably a modern classic. Their latest release, Renaissance, is not nearly as conceptual, although it is a quality follow up. Continue reading The Underachievers’ ‘Renaissance’ Sharpens their Skills While Continuing their Trademark Sound