New Track: “Gold Roses” – Drake x Rick Ross

“Do you love me, or love seeking attention?”, grills Drake on his newest cut with Rick Ross: a side-eyed, piano-flickered freestyle that reiterates the OVO singer-rapper’s still-earnest desire to be memorialized for Aubrey Graham, and Aubrey Graham alone. With So Far Gone celebrating its tenth birthday this past February, the Drake legacy is a decade + in…

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….

“i”: Kendrick Lamar’s Strictly Spiritual Homecoming

Two years later and ducking a bombardment of fan impatience, sophomore-slump prophecies, and inactivity accusations, 27-year-old Kendrick Lamar has certainly been feeling the pressure, post-good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Not known for the breaking of promises, however, the Compton-rooted K-Dot has chosen to manage this stress in the healthiest of possible ways: by dropping a brand-new…

Logic Leaks ‘Under Pressure’ EP Title Track

Maryland hip-hop artist Logic’s under-the-radar status remains puzzling. With a recent signing to the Def Jam label and 4 mixtapes under his belt–all with Frank Sinatra-themed eloquence and a self-effacing calling card–you’d think the 24-year-old lyrical sniper would’ve made a bigger dent in the hip-hop sphere by now. He even made moves with Childish Gambino,…

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…

Lauryn Hill & The Evaporation of the Female Rapper

Lauryn Hill’s breakthrough solo hip-hop album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, turns a whopping sixteen years old next week. Besides its 1998 Grammy Album of the Year-status, for a lot of 90s kids like myself, this album was a huge part of child-musichood. While most of us were too young to appreciate Fugees-era Lauryn, we were just…

in OVO news: a little about Majid Jordan…

So although I’m late to the party…the one regarding Drake’s OVO pals/label signee Majid Jordan, that is, I wanted to take a moment to both praise and bask in all of the electro-R&B magic that is this young Canadian DJ duo. We first heard their talents in the background of “Hold On We’re Going Home”…that…

“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…

Schoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ Shakes & Rattles Hip-Hop

Any time Black Hippy member/solorap artist Schoolboy Q has a new project in the works, the underground hip-hop world naturally stirs. Following in the footsteps of TDE teammate Kendrick Lamar, the West-Coast rapper drops his sophomore EP with a bang, [and some bangers]. 2013 was the year of K. Dot and m.A.A.d. City, (deservingly so), but…