Saul Williams’ Third Solo Studio Album (Deluxe Edition)

This album is absolutely spectacular. I think the most distinctive aspect of it may be Saul Williams’ fantastic, original vocal delivery. One moment, he’s screaming out wild exhortations on “Convict Colony” and “List of Demands (Reparations)”; another moment, he’s softly, mournfully singing a dirge on “No One Ever Does”; another moment, he’s rapping and somehowContinue reading “Saul Williams’ Third Solo Studio Album (Deluxe Edition)”

To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

God, there’s so much to talk about on this album, a magnus opus that combines slam poetry, jazz, funk, and the utter genius of Kendrick Lamar to create a contender for the best rap album of all time. It begins with “Wesley’s Theory”, a complex masterwork full of strong, defined harmony (that’s why you getContinue reading “To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar”

The Fall of Hobo Johnson – Hobo Johnson

The Fall of Hobo Johnson is unequivocally a masterpiece, one of my go-to recommendations and one of the best albums on this website. (Hobo Johnson is a stage name adopted by Frank Lopes due to his experience with homelessness; here, I’ll refer to him affectionately as Frank.) This album is blisteringly emotional and sonically innovative;Continue reading “The Fall of Hobo Johnson – Hobo Johnson”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Various Artists

This soundtrack album for the beautifully animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse keeps to the aesthetic of that high-school comic-book movie with the mellow beats and catchy melodies of modern hip hop. Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” is a standout with its bubbly synths and feel-good rhythm, and it’s a perfect fit as whatContinue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Various Artists”

good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar brilliantly covers a Compton upbringing in the incredible concept album good kid, m.A.A.d city; I don’t really know how to talk about the themes of this album, because I honestly don’t know what he’s been through, but it’s absolutely right that Kendrick be awarded a Pulitzer prize for talking about this environment. AsContinue reading “good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar”