In 2015 you can imagine yourself being drawn into a rap song for a lot of reasons. A catchy hook, warbled through a sheen of muddied Autotune. An airy beat with kicks like pillows dropped on a memory foam mattress. […]
When Action Bronson calls you to go on a Croation yacht vacation, you brush up on how to grill sea bass and then you pack your bags, The video for Statik Selektah’s “Beautiful Life” features Statik, Joey Bada$$, and Bronsolino himself […]
Mike Melinoe, “Basquiat extemporized” (“off the dome” for those without a thesaurus), is an addict. Yeah, this song is about drugs, but I’m talking about hip-hop. While some can take a hit, chill, and leave it alone, Melinoe wakes in […]
I’m one of those skeptical millennials, the sort who will fact check your small talk on my phone (feigning texting) as you speak, and then whisper all of your factual errors to those around us once you’re out of earshot. […]
Playboy Carti, fresh off of the post-Lil-B success of “Broke Boy” dropped this ponderous, spacey track with the support of 808 Mafia. The beat, produced by ChrisFresh, sounds like Boards of Canada repurposed for trap. It lends the start of […]
To coincide with the release of Towkio’s (best of 2015?) mixtape .WAV Theory comes a video of the title track. The song’s electronic swell is mirrored by videos of waves around Chicago that themselves mirror landmarks of the city; Towkio and his director LL […]
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