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 0Posted on Feb 11th | re: Album Of The Week: Sun Kil Moon Benji (52 comments)

also the Perils From the Sea release. Caroline had some of my favorite lyrics of 2013.

 0Posted on Dec 12th, 2013 | re: Mixtape Of The Week: Ian Isiah The Love Champion (3 comments)

That mixtape cover is Grim Fandango-esque. Thumbs up.

 0Posted on Nov 14th, 2013 | re: The Black Album Turns 10 (35 comments)

The second verse on Ignorant Shit is one of his slickest verses ever. The pass-off between him and Siegel is seamless.

 +4Posted on Nov 8th, 2013 | re: Eminem: Rap Game Eric Clapton (29 comments)

My god…he’s right.

 0Posted on Jun 20th, 2013 | re: Stream Freddie Gibbs ESGN (2 comments)

Totally agree. I’m excited about Cocaine Pinata though. Production-wise, it’ll be refreshing to see him step away from the hard-as-fuck, but oft-repetitive, gangster shit. On a side note, I’ve never heard anyone like this guy Big Kill. Dude sounds like Tyrone Biggums picked up a mic.

 0Posted on May 23rd, 2013 | re: Earl Sweatshirt - "Guild" (Feat. Mac Miller) (3 comments)

I don’t know how Mac Miller suddenly ingratiated himself with L.A’s hip-hop scene, but it’s been working really, really well for him. SDS is one of my favorite tracks of the year. That sort of rhyming would’ve fit right in with the UOENO Black Hippy remix too.

 +1Posted on Feb 22nd, 2013 | re: The 5 Best Videos Of The Week (10 comments)

Go Blue.

 0Posted on Nov 12th, 2012 | re: Stream Roc Marciano Reloaded (1 comments)

A little disappointed he didn’t involve Quelle or Danny Brown with this album. Shotgun was one of my favorite tracks of 2011.

 +5Posted on Oct 23rd, 2012 | re: Album Of The Week: Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (75 comments)

Sing About Me/Dying of Thirst is some Memoirs of A Geisha type shit when Kendrick takes on the working girl narrative. The multiple narratives are definitely the initial draw, but what I really loved was the way he cut his cadence up with those breathes in Dying of Thirst. Something about that rhythm added a lot to its power. Plus the beat is crazy good. The heaven/hell images that hang over that song are drawn out so well by the poignancy of the melody.

 +1Posted on Oct 2nd, 2012 | re: Debating The Grizzly Bear NY Mag Story And Making A Living Making Music (192 comments)

This might be a dumb idea, but why don’t more bands use KickStarter as a means of receiving money for their music? Couldn’t they just set a donation minimum (say $1m, which, given the size of the fan base for a band like Grizzly Bear wouldn’t be completely out of the question) to pay for their living expenses, recording costs, etc. and live off that until they make their next record? They wouldn’t distribute the music until they received the money. Yes, royalties are taken out of the equation, but if they’re worried about album sales and such, as the current situation stands, why not just say fuck it to that and just make as much money as they think they can up front? I’m not at all savvy to the benefits of a record labels, so I don’t know what the effects of taking out the middle man here would be, but I’m interested to know why more bands don’t try this.