Note: My music reviews will always be “late.” It is my belief that albums should be listened to in different moods, settings, and after extended breaks, all while conditioning yourself to accept what you were given as opposed to what you wanted. Only then can you give a legitimate and honest critique of the material.
With the current wave of mainstream Hip Hop, it can become easy for listeners to get a little jaded, especially if their primary means of music discovery comes from radio or curated playlists. Because like the Bling-era in the 2000s, contemporary Trap music is ruling the airwaves, and it’s reached the point where the sound has become a little sterile and drained of any previous complexities. Amidst this group of artists riding trends, you have others pushing boundaries, as well as others embracing throwbacks, and then you have someone like Vince Staples who, in the middle of 2017, dropped the quirky Big Fish Theory. Continue reading
Just a little over a year after the release of their monolithic Humanz, Gorillaz are back at it with their sixth studio album, The Now Now. Continue reading