Another week, another pretty great mixtape of horny, spacey California R&B. And why not? The stuff sounds great in summertime, existing specifically to soundtrack sunlit top-down cruises and…   Read Story »
On Monday afternoon, within a couple of hours of each other, two mixtapes from highly-touted coastal musicians with dollar-signs in their names hit the internet. Both have vaguely seasonal titles,…   Read Story »
A quick programming note: El-P and Killer Mike's Run The Jewels is out now, and it is a monster. The music I usually consider for this column is the music that's out there for legal free download,…   Read Story »
A couple of days ago, when I was writing about Yeezus, I was bathing in that album, thinking about it for days on end, playing it front-to-back on repeat for hours. Yeezus is a great album, but it's…   Read Story »
Tyga is not an especially good rapper by any metric, but he still made my favorite single of last year, in any genre, with "Rack City." That track seems to hover in space. Its evil wobbling…   Read Story »
When I think about Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's output, more often than not, the thing that strikes me as most distinctly impressive is his lyrics. For eX, storytelling with a thesaurus-like grasp of…   Read Story »
The Chicago rapper/producer Tree calls his style "soul-trap," and that's a better genre descriptor than a critic nerd like me could come up with. Seen from a certain angle, Tree is an inheritor to…   Read Story »
The-Dream has a knack for pulling out a variety of things from the artists he works with. Just today, Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland released a Dream-produced track, "Dirty Laundry," recounting…   Read Story »
In the mid-'90s, when I was in high school, the German label Crypt Records had cornered the market on the sleazy, knuckedragging, oilstained-bowling-shirt garage rock that was all over the American…   Read Story »
Chance The Rapper is going to irritate the shit out of a lot of people. This is unavoidable. His voice is a pitched-up puberty-squeak, cracking and cackling and warbling all over tracks, never quite…   Read Story »