Hip Hop – R&B – Soul

K. Flay – Life as a Dog

K. Flay – Life as a Dog

In 2012, after our trip to Treasure Island, Delicious cautioned the people, “Don’t Sleep on K. Flay.” But some of you did and that’s okay. I did too even though I’d been spinning tracks from her three-part, beatjacked mixtape I Stopped Caring in ’96 as inspired cardio gym jams since...

Review by Charles
RATKING – So It Goes

RATKING – So It Goes

If you happen to come across a writhing mass of rats intertwined by their tails, essentially knotted together with blood, feces and dirt, you have found a rat king.  A rare phenomenon associated with bad omens, more specifically plagues. If you happen to come across a New York rap trio...

Review by Griffen Callahan
Atmosphere – Southsiders

Atmosphere – Southsiders

It’s a bizarre thing to experience trepidation when one of your favorite artists releases a new album. To feel a fear based in the idea that we all age, change and are fallible. Atmosphere has been, after all, one of my top hip-hop groups for over a decade and with...

Review by Griffen Callahan
B L A C K I E…All Caps, With Spaces – Only 4 The Real

B L A C K I E…All Caps, With Spaces – Only 4 The Real

Ice T once said (and I’m going to liberally paraphrase here) that the Riots were a tantrum, the violent expression of a rage purely owned and unadulterated. The desperate action of a people offended, oppressed and ignored so long as to make the acquittal of the pigs who bashed Rodney...

Review by Charles
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

While comparing Charles Bradley to Otis Redding springs to mind, it may not be entirely fair. For one, both men led very different lives up to the point of their music career taking off. Otis Redding, being so young when finding success was able to lead a (far too short)...

Review by Daniel G
Toro y Moi – Anything In Return

Toro y Moi – Anything In Return

I never ate twinkles because I was a fat kid. I didn’t get fat by eating Twinkies, and certainly had no reason to dislike them, but I wouldn’t get near them for the fear someone would make a quick association and pigeonhole me. As evidenced by his latest work for...

Review by Big Ben
2012 Adult Swim Singles Program (1-6)

2012 Adult Swim Singles Program (1-6)

First of all, I do not really enjoy the programming on Adult Swim. For a time during college, I was into some of the shows but after I graduated the allure of non-sequential cartoons did not interest me. Even though Family Guy has passed my interest plane and Dethklok still...

Review by Kaptain Carbon
Aesop Rock – Skelethon

Aesop Rock – Skelethon

Shit. I really like Aesop Rock but I always feel so unprepared and uncertain when talking about hip hop. Unlike metal, I am more uncertain regarding historic styles and periphery elements which would influence the creation of albums. Perhaps I can only fuel my review off emotion and elemental taste....

Review by Kaptain Carbon