‘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

Single Drop: Kesha makes her triumphant return, and Drake stays true to form

  By Heather Gunn   Drake – “Signs” On his latest release, Drake is sticking with the tropical, toned down sound that emerged from his most recent record More Life, a lengthy project that spurned hits like “Passionfruit” and “Blem.” These songs were slightly new territory for Drake, who previously hadn’t delved too much into tropical dancehall; It’s a great fit for his vocals and … Continue reading Single Drop: Kesha makes her triumphant return, and Drake stays true to form

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’

‘LANY’ is a Film-like Soundscape of Melancholic First Love

For those who aren’t familiar with LANY, their debut album comes as just that: a debut. An exciting new album to listen to, a new artist to discover. For those who are familiar with LANY, their debut album comes as a moment of excitement, that breath of finally. (Even described as “FINALLY” by lead singer Paul Jason Klein himself in the newsletter they sent out … Continue reading ‘LANY’ is a Film-like Soundscape of Melancholic First Love

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