Review: Teyana Taylor’s ‘VII’

Still more popular for her Adidas line, Ka’oir lipstick deal, and Instagram handle–the social media platform most illustrative of her urban-fashion-queen status–the once-My Super Sweet Sixteen star Teyana Taylor is itching to prove she’s a lot more than that. Harlem’s own smoky-toned, R&B undergrounder, the 23-year-old multi-tasker can–if you weren’t aware–sing like no other. And…

Streaming: Theophilus London’s ‘Vibes’

If you were curious about the Trinidadian-Brooklynite, can’t-be-categorized artist, his November 4th studio album is now Soundcloud stream-ready. Yeezy-produced, Vibes embodies a Theo that gracefully dabbles in disco, trance, hip-hop, and probably five other genres. In a semi-hipster Maxwell-meets-Kid Cudi amalgam, and with help from a ‘Ye custom beat-tailoring, there’s really no instrumental London can’t fit into….

Underrated Drake: 10 OVO Gems (Still) in Hiding

Though Drake’s spent his past birthday weekend cranking out a trio of new material, [“How About Now”, “6 God”, “Heat of the Moment”–all of which you can find here], there’s nothing like taking a moment to dig back into pre-OVO Drizzy and observe the transformation. The iconic So Far Gone, AKA the 2009 ‘start-all’ mixtape, still…

Released: Childish Gambino’s ‘STN MTN’ in Entirety

Having slipped us a taste of his latest work via the serenely hallucinogenic “Sober” just over a week ago, Gambino now officially reveals the STN MTN mixtape in its entirety…[and freely]. The other “half”, entitled Kauai, will be an iTunes-exclusive release, with an ETA not yet announced. 11 tracks deep, STN MTN depicts an occasionally R&B-entangled Gambino (“U…

Elijah Blake’s ‘Drift’ Discreetly Makes it to iTunes

Without much notice, mellow-natured R&B-er Elijah Blake published his newest studio album today by enabling an open, SoundCloud stream-session. The entire album is also available for purchase in iTunes. A behind-the-scenes sort of artist, Blake hasn’t yet produced the public hype that his big voice–or his writing ability [see Usher’s “Climax]–deserves. Besides a summer 2013…

Childish Gambino Drops the Spaced-Out “Sober”

Most of us get a little jumpy when singing-Gambino pops in. Maybe even a little misty-eyed…cause it’s such a treat. Though sporadic an appearance it might be, the role always proves to be a soft and seamless conversion…even for the enigmatic and reserved Donald Glover, whose usual modus operandi is colored with luxuriant puns, double…

[Acid-Jazz-Hop is a Thing]: ‘Never Catch Me’-Flying Lotus x Kendrick Lamar

On September 3rd, the otherworldly producer Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) invited K-Dot onto an instrumental…and what ensued was a jazz-infused, psychotropic ear-blowout of a track, tailor-made for a hip hop-inclined martian. It works, though. The usually Electronic-leaning beats-maker takes an extremely urban-fusion turn on “Never Catch Me”, while Kendrick rides shotgun. Divergent, jewelry-store piano riffs…

Drake x ILOVEMAKONNEN “Tuesday” Single Goes iTunes Official

The freshly remixed “Tuesday”, presented by Drizzy & Atlanta-based, multi-genre artist ILOVEMAKONNEN, is now iTunes official–having previously sat on SoundCloud and multiple urban music sites for a solid 3 weeks…(as well as Drake’s Instagram). And as of August 31st, Makonnen just became the OVO label’s newest signee. Although the single doesn’t truly fit the definition of a…

“0 to 100” and Drake’s Mastery of the Outro

With the drop of Drizzy’s possibly most career-defining track, it’s clear that the 27-year-old rapper can play both roles: soft and hard. 0 to 100 is not just any boasting joint, like “Trophies”, “Draft Day”, or even “Started from the Bottom”. Rather, it’s more like a long-awaited success story to tell: one Drake happens to…

Iggy Azalea: “The New Classic” of White-Girl Rap

Since it’s safe to assume Iggy Azalea’s just about the only white, Australian girl in the rap game, it’s only fitting to conclude that, considering all these things…she’s killing it. The 23-year-old hip-hop artist’s latest EP, The New Classic, blends fast raps with witty hooks that border on ear-friendly pop, while Iggy sets listeners straight…