2017 was an absolutely unbelievable year for rap and music in general. We saw stellar releases from Kendrick Lamar, Vince Stapes, Tyler the Creator and Joey Bada$$. My one critique is that despite rap being on amazing form, R&B matched it and maybe even beat it. SZA, Miguel and Daniel Caesar all brought out great albums. It’s still relatively early in the year, but could we be looking at 2018 being raps biggest year yet? Continue reading “Will 2018 Be Raps Biggest Year Yet?”
In 2013, Chicago hip hop artist Chance the Rapper released his second mixtape Acid Rap. The project was released for free by Chance, who has to this date never sold his music. It won all sorts of end of year awards and nominations, and it was the mixtape that really pushed Chance into stardom before his eventual Grammy wins for his 2016 mixtape Coloring Book.
Bringing a new segment to Viberant, every Thursday will be a throwback list, whether it’s 2016 or 1973, we’ll be looking at the best and worst of the past. First off, the top 10 albums of 2016.
Every year, hip-hop publication XXL produce a list of 10 of the biggest up-and-comers in the rap genre; the staple figures they deem to be the flag bearers of a new era of rap music. Ever since it’s induction in 2007 fans have eagerly awaited the artists selected as the “Leaders of the New School” as XXL themselves put it in their first edition. Here we will look at some of the best cases of these covers, mainly the artists who have gone on to live up to their hype and beyond, but also the very worst cases, those who faded into irrelevancy not too long after their cover appearance. Continue reading “The XXL Freshman List: Best and Worst Cases”