★★★★1/2: Revisiting Little Simz’s “GREY area” for the 2nd time.
Graduation was not only more commercially successful than Curtis, with over 266k more albums sold, it was more critically acclaimed than Curtis
★★★1/2: Very good; a few bland songs or minor flaws throughout.
★★★: Hearing Intellect try melodies on “Your Eyes” was refreshing, but probably would sound more polished if he tried it more often
★★★: Most of my favorite moments on XIII: Far From Here are on the 2nd half of the album
★★★★: Rapping is merely a pocket on IGOR – an album focused on harmonies, chords, & production sophistication
★★★1/2: “Yeah, she can freestyle…but can she put together a song?” Megan Thee Stallion silences all critics on her debut album FEVER!
★★★1/2: Chicago up & comer Queen Key delivers a project that touches on a variety of subject matter over various production!
★★★★: Backed by Sean House’s 1980s contemporary vibes & pop-soul samples, Umbrella Symphony is a perfect backdrop to Curren$y’s laid-back lyrics.
★★★3/4: Bay Area legend Berner delivers another page of his audio-autobiography with El Chivo aka THE GOAT
This week’s episode of VINYL OF THE WEEK is a Stones Throw release, 7 DAYS OF FUNK. This cult favorite was recorded in just 7 days!
★★★★: Your Old Droog gives us a peek into his Central European heritage, and also his elusive Hip-Hop kinships