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"It's not entirely clear whether it's an album or a mixtape." Is it ever any more?
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February 4, 2016 on Stream Boosie Badazz Out My Feelings (In My Past)
Sick bars, when's your tape dropping?
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January 20, 2016 on Future: Best Rapper Alive?
I think Purple Reign is really good, but sometimes my biggest stumbling block to entering #FutureHive is #FutureHive itself.
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January 20, 2016 on Future: Best Rapper Alive?
We got "No More Parties in L.A." this week - featuring all-time great verses from all-time great rappers - and you really have to ask this question?
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January 20, 2016 on Future: Best Rapper Alive?
Anyone else still too winded by yesterday's punch in the gut to listen to anything but Bowie? I'll start listening to new music again eventually, but man, it's going to take some time.
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January 12, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Bloodiest Bloodiest
We're going to have to step 1.Outside and have a heart-to-heart about one of your omissions.
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January 5, 2016 on Album Of The Week: David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)
It'll be Chairlift, because POPTIMISM.
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January 5, 2016 on Album Of The Week: David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)
Time to start taking bets for how long GNR will keep people waiting before they take the stage at Coachella. I'll (conservatively) wager 90 minutes.
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December 29, 2015 on Guns N’ Roses Confirmed To Reunite For Coachella
OK, I'll amend: I think Chance is being a little tone-deaf to the satire at play here. It's not a "Chicago" movie, and Lee takes pains to point out that this is a global issue.
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December 16, 2015 on Chance The Rapper Calls Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq “Some Bill Cosby ‘Pull Up Your Pants’ Stuff”
Don't believe the gripe! I get why Chance and other Chicago natives might feel that the movie's too soon, but if anything I think that's what makes it so timely. Chi-Raq is thrilling, artistically adventurous, and filled to the brim with great performances - one of the year's best.
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December 16, 2015 on Chance The Rapper Calls Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq “Some Bill Cosby ‘Pull Up Your Pants’ Stuff”
Am I a cold, unfeeling soul if Chance's current "run" doesn't excite me in the least? I was all-in after Acid Rap - I think he emerged fully-formed on that mixtape, and that overall it was just a few weak guest verses of being a classic. Furthermore I think his persona had a great marriage of light and dark there. He'd spit verses about the Chicago that's become infamous in the news, but then balance that with a skit about his strong relationship with his dad (revelatory in hip hop!). That balance is what I'm missing now. Nowadays Chance is more apt to leave out the darkness entirely and rhyme about how happy he is, all the things that he's grateful for. And without that darkness I think he's slipped into preachiness this year, making Surf one of my least favorite 2015 listens (it doesn't help that the mastering and mixing on that one is totally lacking).
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December 16, 2015 on Chance The Rapper Is Doing Incredible Things
Glad to see some appreciation for that record from someone else. Hellfyre Club was on a TEAR this year.
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December 7, 2015 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2015
Take Care and Nothing Was the Same have higher highs, but are both pretty lumpy sequencing-wise. If You're Reading This... flows a lot better, is consistently good from start to finish, and I also wince way less when I listen to it.
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December 7, 2015 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2015
If You're Reading This... is low-key Drake's best release. I'd also add that anybody who hasn't checked out milo's album from this year, so the flies don't come, is missing out on some great wordplay and great, bluesy beats. Highly recommended for anyone who thought Earl skewed just a little too close to the abyss on his latest.
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December 7, 2015 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2015
Not sure how much point there is in adding my voice to an already-packed chorus, but... 1) Carrie & Lowell, by Sufjan Stevens 2) To Pimp a Butterfly, by Kendrick Lamar 3) Vulnicura, by Bjork 4) The Epic, by Kamasi Washington 5) Divers, by Joanna Newsom 6) In Colour, by Jamie xx 7) Garden of Delete, by Oneohtrix Point Never 8) Compton, by Dr. Dre 9) Platform, by Holly Herndon 10) Harmlessness, by The World Is... Seeing Grimes at #1 confirms my theory that it's either extreme love or extreme hate with Grimes; she's showing the men how it's done, or she's everything wrong with the Internet. Maybe it's because of Grimes News Stories, or Grimes Opinions, but I feel like it's become impossible to have a clear-headed conversation about her music. People seem more interested in being a cheerleader or a hater. Speaking personally, I think it's a fun pop album that's a little derivative, but would still end up in my 11-20. Opting out of the controversy. Anyway, props to Stereogum on another year! I find myself at odds with your editorial voice a lot of the time, but the fact that there are so many people chiming in on this page (and on a regular basis, too) is a testament to the community you've fostered. Keep it up in '16.
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December 1, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
I’m sure this is fine, but I doubt if it’s close to as idiosyncratic as Arca’s Mutant (and that's coming from a Piñata superfan!). For me the immediate comparison point for Arca's journey from Xen to this (maybe because he went from black to red on the album covers?) is RTJ. Xen, like their first album, was more of a sampler pack of things Arca can do well. Mutant is heavier and feels more in tune with its own flow. It can both toss out extraterrestrial bangers like “Sinner" and follow that moodier material like “Anger," in a way doesn’t feel a bit out of place. You listen to the title track, just stupidly complex, or “Sever,” which sounds like tuning into John Carpenter from another galaxy, and it shouldn’t be a question at that he’s one of the best in the game. Also “Soichiro” is masterfully precise chaos (I’ve mentioned a penultimate track, is this the part where someone chimes in from the wings?) that sets the stage for the closer, also great, so so well. I was worried that between his recent production credits – Yeezus, LP1, Vulnicura, all among the best albums of their respective years – and Xen that Arca might be spreading himself too thin, but I was dead wrong. It’s a bummer that these kinds of artists and releases don’t get much notice on Stereogum.
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November 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Freddie Gibbs Shadow Of A Doubt