This article originally appeared on ClashMusic.com In the weeks leading up to the release of ‘Fetti’, Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs had been teasing fans with their social media back and forth. With Alchemist having already completed his work on the production, the main dialogue between the rappers involved who needed to finish their verses in order for this anticipated album to be released. Eventually, they … Continue reading Review | Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist – Fetti
PART I | PART II Curren$y – The Carrollton Heist (2016) Producer: Alchemist With their first collaboration – Covert Coup (2011) – being so well received, it was no surprise that Curren$y and Alchemist linked up again for The Carrollton Heist. Despite the risk of tarnishing their accomplished work from their debut project, Spitta and Alc masterfully lived up to expectations with another impressive collection of tracks. … Continue reading Top 5’s | Single Artist/Producer Albums, Pt. III
Part I Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number (1994) Producer: R. Kelly* An album that is often overlooked due to the impressive work that followed, but Aaliyah’s debut album should be remembered very fondly for the hits it produced (including ‘Back & Forth’, ‘Throw Your Hands Up’ and ‘Down With The Clique’) and the genre-defining, 90’s R&B sound implemented by R. Kelly. Snoop Dogg … Continue reading Top 5’s | Single Artist/Producer Albums, Pt. II
I’ve always admired when an artist and a producer lock-in together to create an album, so below is a list some of my favourites. In order to qualify, the album in question must be by an artist(s) and produced by one person, excluding those who already perform as part of a group. So, for example, albums from Slum Village are not acceptable as J. Dilla … Continue reading Top 5’s | Single Artist/Producer Albums, Pt. I
“I said it’s like that, dropped one classic, came right back / ‘Nother classic, right back / My next album, the whole industry on a ice pack”. And it was with those words (and a few others) delivered in ‘The Heart Part 4’ that the palpable anticipation for Kendrick Lamar’s next body of work became apparent. Less than a month later, he had released DAMN., … Continue reading Review | Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
My top ten favourite albums of the year: Anderson .Paak – Malibu “After making a tremendous impression on various tracks on Dr. Dre’s Compton, Anderson Paak consolidates his place as a leading newcomer in Soul/R&B with Malibu. His raspy, sing-rap vocal delivery emphasises the trace of the classic soul sound, aided by his choice of producers (eg. Madlib & 9th Wonder, among others), in order to … Continue reading Albums of the Year | 2016
For those who have followed ScHoolboy Q’s music career, you will be aware that his life has been littered with its fair share of setbacks. He’s had to battle against his habits and contradictions, which has led Q to becoming somewhat of an oxymoron. Regardless of all the potential pitfalls, ScHoolboy Q has managed to navigate his way to the point where his fourth album … Continue reading Review | ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP