“Pray for Haiti” truly feels like a more mellow and reclusive version of Westside Gunn’s 2020 release “Pray for Paris,” but with the same level of confidence and assuredness in the art that is being put forth.
Overall, “Be Right Back” is more than satisfactory as the holdover record until Jorja’s second album. The EP features fantastic, melodically in-tune vocals with strong emotion complemented by soothing and enjoyable production.
“The Off-Season” is some of Cole’s best work. Simply, he is at the peak of his rapping ability from front to back.
Nick Sligh picks a list of his top fifteen J. Cole songs before the release of "The Off-Season," J. Cole's 6th studio album.
Nick Sligh comes up with a list of his top fifteen J. Cole songs before the release of “The Off-Season,” J. Cole’s 6th studio album.
Nick Sligh talks with Marcellus Juvann about his latest EP, "Hardheaded," the musician's roots and ambitions and producing music during COVID-19.
Despite the sparks of high potential and a couple of really good songs, Kenny’s boldness and blurry sounds often make things too cluttered and murky in places.
Cordae's EP "Just Until...." provides a couple of really good loose tracks that apparently didn’t make the cut for his next album.
Conway the Machine's second studio album still provides a handful of great tracks, as well as bold expansions into new sounds which I really respect to see in his artistry.
Topaz Jones is one of the more original, creative and talented artists currently in hip-hop, and “Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma'' cements that.
"Art Dealer Chic 4" is an enjoyable compilation, featuring ever-strong vocals and pleasant production selections.
Joyce Wrice’s studio debut album has finally arrived, after a long string of quality singles, EPs and guest features.
Guapdad 4000 is coming into his own more as an artist as time goes along, and “1176” is a constructive step with him coming closer to his high potential.
Arts & Life's Nick Sligh ranks the top 25 R&B albums of 2020, closing out the list with some of his favorite R&B songs across the year.
Nick Sligh reviews last year's top R&B albums, including Orion Sun's "Hold Space For Me" and Jessie Reyez' “Before Love Came To Kill Us."
Brockhampton, America’s favorite hip-hop boy band of the last half-decade, is back with the release of their 6th studio album “Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine.”
Although I respect the attempt at some of the bold changes in vocal delivery and style, I thought that the execution fell flat in many places, ranging anywhere from not enjoyable to just plain bad at times.
It’s hard to predict where Vic Mensa’s trajectory is going, given just how unpredictable his career has been to this point. Regardless, “I Tape” is an intriguing listen, especially following the positive momentum that he has built over the last year.
Since shortly after the inception of rap music, women have been making an impact throughout the genre and have always been important forces in growing the genre into one of the most popular in the world. The purpose of this series is to highlight and celebrate some of the most quality contributions to hip-hop/rap in the past decade, especially those that do not get the mainstream recognition and attention that they deserve.
Despite the commercial acclaim and attention that the few most popular women artists are beginning to receive, there are still so many women making incredible contributions to hip-hop that are not receiving the recognition that they deserve.
Hip hop, as with everything, has benefited significantly from meaningful contributions by women — yet unfortunately, they are often overlooked. Since the inception of rap music, women have been making an impact throughout the genre, and have always been important forces in growing the genre into one of the most popular in the world.
This past year has seen even more women in rap continue to establish themselves as great artists to watch throughout the current decade. The year 2020 saw fantastic albums and projects from women in rap that helped to build a very promising foundation for the decade ahead.
Being an independent artist in the modern music industry is difficult, but Kota the Friend embraces that challenge. Since the start of his career, Kota has been a major advocate for independent artists, having a do-it-yourself mentality and maintaining full control over the artistic process.
Despite making great music for nearly the past two decades, Benny The Butcher is a name that has spent much of this century only in underground circles.