Posts tagged "hip hop"

Album artwork of 'To Pimp a Butterfly' by Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar

If Good Kid, M.A.A.D City introduced Kendrick Lamar to the masses, To Pimp A Butterfly cements his place in the hip hop hall of fame. This is an instant classic.

Album artwork of 'The Powers that B' by Death Grips

The Powers that B Death Grips

A lot of The Power That B seems like it shouldn't work, and yet it does. It's a huge, crazy wall of sound, and that makes for an exhausting listen.

Album artwork of 'Compton' by Dr. Dre

Compton Dr. Dre

A polished, lumbering beast of an album. Not so much concerned with peaks and troughs as with a steady, charismatic drone of all things Compton.

Album artwork of 'MartyrLoserKing' by Saul Williams

MartyrLoserKing Saul Williams

While there’s little wrong with any of the cuts, the album in its entirety can feel a little half-baked. An extra push could have made this Williams' defining work.

Album artwork of 'The Life of Pablo' by Kanye West

The Life of Pablo Kanye West

Uneven, sporadic, and totally erratic; an unfinished version of a potentially great album. Enjoyment and frustration abound in equal measure.

Album artwork of 'untitled unmastered.' by Kendrick Lamar

untitled unmastered. Kendrick Lamar

Comprised mostly of dabbles and snippets from the formative months of To Pimp a Butterfly, this album embraces its patchwork nature and in doing so manages to sound more complete than many ‘real’ records do.

Album artwork of 'La Revancha Del Tango' by Gotan Project

The timeless allure of ‘La Revancha Del Tango’

This still makes for a great listen, especially for anyone with a penchant for hip-hop and breakbeat music looking something slightly different.

By Andrew Bridge

Album artwork of 'Illmatic' by Nas

Illmatic Nas

Illmatic has every element required that goes into making a great hip-hop record, with no gimmicks to intervene. It is, at its core, ten essential tracks.

Album artwork of 'G. Love and Special Sauce' by G. Love & Special Sauce

G. Love and Special Sauce G. Love & Special Sauce

The album is ice-cool summer groove music, with shimmering guitar stabs, slender double bass slides, and silky smooth vocal delivery aplenty.

Album artwork of 'Blond' by Frank Ocean

Blond Frank Ocean

Blond flirts with indulgence but just about manages to stay grounded. It’s an account of slight thoughts, vague ideas, and delicate musings.