Category Archives: Hip-hop

Ghostface Killah – “TWELVE REASONS TO DIE” Quick Review

Ghostface Killah - 12 Reasons To Die

Ghostface Killah – “Twelve Reasons To Die”
Genre: Hip-hop

Label: Soul Temple Records

This feels like one of those cases that laying down an introduction to Ghostface Killah is pointless – if the name doesn’t ring a bell at all with you, then you’ve probably been walking around with your eyes (and ears) closed. One of the more prominent Wu-Tang Clan members, one of the more successful solo successes of Wu-Tang and perhaps one of the best storytellers in hip-hop period. If you’ve never heard “Supreme Clientele” or “Ironman”, please give those a listen before reading on. Continue reading

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Death Grips Live Review (HMV Forum, London. 2/5/13)

If ATP couldn’t get enough of my respect already for putting on great events, they somehow squeezed some more out of me with this. Death Grips, anyone who follows this review blog should know, is a band who has done nothing wrong in my books and has been consistently blasted via my laptop, record player and iPod ever since “Exmilitary” came out. After unfortunately missing their previous shows/tours for various reasons, I made this particular gig in London a mission that could not be failed. Continue reading

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Social Studies – “SOCIAL STUDIES” EP Review

Social Studies - Social Studies EP

Social Studies – Social Studies EP
Genre: Hip-hop/Experimental hip-hop

Label: Daddy Tank Records

Social Studies is a duo project made up by vocalist Zano and producer Chris Devoe, and while their names are known, very little else seems to be known about them, managing to stay in the dark better than most artists who emphasise a hidden identity (although, MF Doom has been pretty on top of it). However, the duo behind Social Studies never really focus on this and simply deliver groundbreaking music – and perhaps it is with no platform to be biased on that it’s best to hear experimental hip-hop this way. Continue reading

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Death Grips – “NO LOVE DEEP WEB” Review

Death Grips – No Love Deep Web
Genre: Hip-Hop/Experimental Hip-Hop

Label: Epic

Death Grips, if you haven’t been caught up in internet hype recently, is the three-piece Sacromento-based band who are known for their noisy and experimental hip-hop. Fronted by MC Ride (real name Stefan Burnett), percussion provided by noise-rock warrior Zach Hill and synths, samples and general production is handled by Flatlander (real name Andy Morin). Earlier in the year I reviewed their first album of 2012, “The Money Store”, here. Now we have their greatly anticipated second full-length release of 2012! Continue reading

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Flying Lotus – “Until The Quiet Comes” Quick Review

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Genre: Electronic/Hip-Hop

Label: Warp

Flying Lotus, real name Steven Ellison, is perhaps one of the most renowned and talked about electronic producers of the past decade, enthusing elements of IDM, hip-hop, jazz, glitch-hop and many more styles into his music. Just as varied influences are, each of his releases are very different in his considerably short yet rapidly blooming career so far. For example, while his “Reset” EP flowers on deep, low and glitchy seductive beats while “Los Angeles” is an album that scarily concentrates on intricate textures, especially with the use of clicks and clacks in a mind bending collage of sounds. Continue reading

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JJ Doom – “KEYS TO THE KUFFS” Review

JJ Doom – Keys To The Kuffs
Genre: Hip-Hop

Label: Lex Records

JJ Doom is a collaborative project between the MF Doom, at this moment in time known as Doom, and producer Jneiro Jarel – and “Key To The Kuffs” is their debut release. Now, if you consider yourself a hip-hop fan and find yourself wondering “who exactly is this Doom character?” then maybe you should consider otherwise…  Continue reading

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Joey Bada$$ – “1999” Review

Joey Bada$$ – 1999
Genre – Hip-hop

Label: Self-released

Joey Bada$$ is a 17-year-old Brooklyn MC, and “1999” is his largely anticipated debut mixtape, after releasing several tracks here and there over the past couple of months. He’s also part of the Pro Era (Progressive Era) collective of MCs and producers. One of the main things that becomes so obvious when listening to Joey Bada$$ is that he’s incredibly aware for his age, both socially and musically. Continue reading

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Death Grips – “The Money Store” Review

Death Grips – The Money Store
Genre: Hip-hop/Experimental Hip-hop

Label: Epic

“The Money Store” was released earlier this year in April, but there was no way I could pass by an opportunity to review it. First of all, Death Grips is a hip-hop project made up by a trio that consists of  vocalist MC Ride (real name Stefan Burnett), drummer Zach Hill (of Hella and many more) and keyboard/sampler Andy Morin. Continue reading

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