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)”

Trench – Twenty One Pilots

Finally, we’re at the Trench review! This is a fantastic album, though you’ll really want good audio to listen to it. Thanks in part to MUTEMATH’s Paul Meany, Twenty One Pilots got darker and more serious, dipping further into experimental, emotive electronic sounds. The concept surrounding the album discusses a city known as Dema ruledContinue reading “Trench – Twenty One Pilots”

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”

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”

MONTERO – Lil Nas X

Ever since I heard “INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow)”, not a day has gone by where I didn’t think about this man. That’s right, I’m a Jack Harlow superfan. No, seriously, I have had that song stuck in my head again and again, and it is never a negative experience. I think it’s Lil NasContinue reading “MONTERO – Lil Nas X”

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”