December 5, 2013
(Today's Reader Review comes from frequent contributor Sir Bonkers, who took some time from his own site, Diggin' In The Crates, to listen to one-hit wonder Skee-Lo's debut album I Wish. Leave your thoughts for him below.)
December 2, 2013
(I was originally going to run this after I finally got around to my own review for Sean Price's sophomore album, but I figured that you two would be okay with the blog jumping straight into the third round. Jay tackles Ruck's third magnum opus, the oft-delayed Mic Tyson: leave your thoughts for him below, and I'll see what I can do about getting my review for Jesus Price Supastar published soon.)
November 27, 2013
My Gut Reaction/Something Different: Kenna - Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide - Chapter 2 (October 22, 2013)
This is another write-up I had planned on running earlier in the month, but life, as it does, got in the way. Why I elected to run the Earl Sweatshirt review when I had a much shorter one in my back pocket I don't know, but I have a feeling this one won't get quite the same response anyway. Still, my blog, blah blah blah, whatever, go eat your turkey and shut up.
November 22, 2013
With today's post, it's official that my self-imposed blackout on all released from the West Coast-based Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All camp officially only extends to the leader of the movement, Tyler, The Creator. Yeah, I fucking said it. I know a lot of you two are curious as to why I choose to ignore his work when there are so many other shitty artists within our chosen genre. To which I say: Because shut up, that's why.
November 9, 2013
Happy Wu-nniversary! Two Gut Reactions: Mathematics - The Answer (August 27, 2013) & True Master - Master Craftsman (September 8, 2013)
To celebrate the twentieth (fuck, I feel old) anniversary of the release of the very first Wu-Tang Clan album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), I've decided to give you two different reviews, each for a recent project from a Wu-affiliated producer (in this case, Allah Mathematics and True Master, respectively). I've been forced to do this because there really wasn't an alternative: apparently the Wu-Tang Clan proper are too goddamn busy to do anything to celebrate their own accolade (sure, they released a single track, “Family Reunion”, through the Soul Temple label earlier this year, but it seems all that talk about a final album was, as always, just talk), and also, there aren't any Wu-related projects I feel are appropriate to discuss on a day such as today (not any I haven't already written about, anyway). So for the Wu stans out there, enjoy! And for those of you who aren't fans of the Wu, get over yourself. You knew what you were getting into when you started following me.
Or you could also go celebrate the twentieth anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. "Electric Relaxation" ranks among one of my favorite songs of all time, so that would be an acceptable alternative for non-Wu stans who can't believe I'm still writing this post.
November 6, 2013
Eminem's eighth solo album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, is being publicized as a sequel to what many would refer to as the man's finest work, The Marshall Mathers LP (duh). While this might have excited a stan or two who haven't listened to any of the man's output post-Encore, I was left with a mixture of concern and dread. Concern because a lot of artists are running the whole “sequel” thing into the ground, and dread because, well, have you heard Eminem's music lately?
October 29, 2013
Thirteen years after the fact, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, Teren “Del tha Funkee Homosapien” Jones, and Eric “DJ Kid Koala” San finally managed to release the sequel to their 2000 magnum opus, the sci-fi opera Deltron 3030, after many false starts and empty promises. The landscape is much different than it was back in 2000: if you'll recall, Bill Clinton was still the President, and boy, were we going to be surprised at what happened next. And also, nobody was really clamoring for a sequel to Deltron 3030 as much as they just wanted to hear new music from the trio: the storyline from the original had a satisfying-enough conclusion that didn't really leave the door open for a continuation (to me, anyway). So was it worth waiting thirteen years for an album that you didn't realize you were even waiting for since you didn't honestly believe it was going to happen in the first place?
October 18, 2013
Today's post is a companion piece to the last one, dedicated to clearing out my coffers of pretty much all of the Clipse-related albums and mixtapes in my crates or on my hard drive. Three separate projects are the focus for today: while this means that you two get an extra-long write-up to help you get through your work day, consider this my way of crossing Pusha T and Malice off of my “finish what I started” list. That's right, I'm serious about trying to complete the task at hand.
October 12, 2013
Two Gut Reactions: Pusha T - My Name Is My Name (October 8, 2013) + No Malice - Hear Ye Him (August 18, 2013)
First off, apologies to everyone who kept checking back to see what I would write about after Drake. While I'm still trying to work through the real life shit that triggered my most recent hiatus, I have been actually trying to write, but I've blown self-imposed deadline after self-imposed deadline, due to a combination of exhaustion and laziness. (Hi, Deltron! Maybe we'll see your post up here soon, yeah?) As my way of trying to make sure you all have something to read while you're at work / in class / mid-coitus, today I present a double review for the brothers Thornton and their separate solo full-length debuts.
September 26, 2013
Today's post attempts to make sense of all of the attention Drake has been receiving as of late. Sure, he's only in the news because he's "promoting a new album" and whatnot, but I choose to believe there's more to it than that. I hope.
September 22, 2013
September 14, 2013
August 2, 2013
As I sort-of hinted at in the last post, there's some stuff going on in the real world that is keeping me from giving my full attention to the blog. I plan on returning as soon as I can with new content.
July 29, 2013
I had intended on writing about this project earlier, because it's a Wu-Tang Clan release and, seriously, come on, but life got in the way, so if any of you two were getting pissed that I hadn't yet gotten to U-God yet, well, fuck off, some shit went down last week, and I had to reshuffle my schedule, which is why Xzibit made a random appearance on the site. However, if you were merely curious as to why I hadn't written about The Keynote Speaker until today, hopefully this post will appease you, and I apologize for being rude.
July 26, 2013
In 2004, Alvin "Xzibit" Joyner released his fifth album, Weapons Of Mass Destruction, on a major label (Sony) and with a major label budget backing him. This outcome made sense, as the man's third and fourth albums, both overseen by the almighty Dr. Dre, had sold a ton of copies, so clearly it was the man, and not his backers, that brought those projects to their respective levels of success. At least, that's what Xzibit felt at the time.