Post Malone is a man with obvious talents, it is just a crying shame that he fails to demonstrate all of them on his second album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ which is an hour long barrage of “meh” with the occasional flash of promise.
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?”
Released 24 years ago today, it still stands the test of time as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever produced. Even now in 2017, Ghostface Killah’s bars and RZA’s masterful production ring true and have become staples of the genre.
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”
Now I feel it is rather important for me to stress that I will never EVER condone the behaviour of any artist I mention here, I am simply looking at them from a music critic’s standpoint and not from the perspective of them being vile humans with vile intentions (which most of them are).