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
Extraordinary producer, Talos, has unveiled his Lowlight EP. The 5-track project is an outstanding example of Talos’ talents as a producer, incorporating all of his Jazz, Soul and Hip Hop influences into a seamless and cohesive effort. For feature spots, he calls upon frequent collaborator, Coops, in addition to exceptional vocalists, Poppy Ajudha & Jerome Thomas, who all contribute remarkable performances. The release of Lowlight concludes … Continue reading Music | Talos – Lowlight EP
It’s a common feature within Hip Hop to have a producer and emcee that combine to make a duo, with Eric B & Rakim, GangStarr and Pete Rock & CL Smooth being prominent examples. What is less common is a producer teaming up with a singer to create something similar, but that’s just what Knxledge and Anderson .Paak have done, conceiving NxWorries. The pair first … Continue reading Review | NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
Within Hip Hop culture, determining one’s Top 5 is a debate that will seemingly continue forever. So, with that being said, I’ve asked artists to share and justify their Top 5 selections… Talos – Top 5 Producers J. Dilla “Dilla had the perfect internal rhythm, sloppy and human, but precise at the same time. Dilla’s music showed me that you could take the tiniest section … Continue reading Top 5’s | Talos
Within Hip Hop culture, determining one’s Top 5 is a debate that will seemingly continue forever. So, with that being said, I’ve asked artists to share and justify their Top 5 selections… Scott Xylo – Top 5 Producers Shlohmo “He, hands down, has the best atmosphere in his music; just the blend acoustics on his album had vibes that changed my life. Even in his … Continue reading Top 5’s | Scott Xylo
After giving us the Thuggin’ EP (2011) as well as the Shame EP (2012), Gary, Indiana emcee, Freddie Gibbs, and legendary producer, Madlib, have linked up once more and released the full-length LP entitled, Piñata. Now, I do not usually begin my reviews with an outlandish statement, but this particular project has forced me to; I would be surprised if I hear a better Hip … Continue reading Review | Freddie Gibbs x Madlib – Piñata