Consider this piece less of an investigation and more of a candid observation
Both had breakout mixtapes, underwhelming debuts, and career-defining sophomore albums. Their careers couldn’t be more different.
We asked two experts to break down the future of live performance in light of COVID-19.
Rest in infinite power, Groggs.
Marlowe, JWords, RaFia, and Yui & Aio make up our lo-fi rap snack pack for the week beginning July 6, 2020.
The late Brooklyn rapper’s posthumous debut is a statement piece.
“You have to find a voice in it.”
“Close to You” is no simple interlude; it is a calling out into the void for ease.
Despite the formidable challenges, hip-hop’s second home, France, made a typically impressive account for itself in the second quarter of 2020.
JPEGMAFIA, MIKE, Black Noi$e, and Drew Dave make up our lo-fi rap snack pack for the week beginning June 29, 2020.
“Until we dismantle capitalism, the music industry will continue to promote reprehensible acts in the name of a dollar.”
“Beach Chair” was the moment JAY-Z finally let go of his youth, marking his journey into the philosophical elder statesman we celebrate today.
In celebration of Isaiah Rashad’s sophomore album, we present a series of vignettes for a ‘The Sun’s Tirade’ summer.
It’s been a mystery for nearly 20 years, but through the efforts of a devoted digger, a coveted MF DOOM sample has been uncovered. How, why, and what does it mean?
In an era where death tolls rise daily from myriad causes, Kenny Mason is a wellspring of living.
“As the reality of tour and rehearsals being postponed set in indefinitely, we had to begin to accommodate a new lifestyle.”
Blu & Exile, Asher Simmons, Sadhugold, and Animist make up our lo-fi rap snack pack for the week beginning June 22, 2020.
“How can we be expected to both demolish white supremacy and rock you to sleep? We have too much to lose.”
“With every fresh listen, ‘DAMN.’ sounds more and more like a premonition of the end of days, an album made for this exact uncertain and imperfect world.”
By prioritizing looser, more subversive song titles, artists like Chris Crack and JPEGMAFIA are helping push hip-hop culture forward.
Week 17. Four more must-hear lo-fi records.
The initial shock of his viral hit “Rascal” may have worn off, but RMR is no one-hit wonder.
“You need a soundtrack to go along this beautiful hashtag this generation has created.”
Among the metrics with which we differentiate MCs, this one claim may be the most telling. At the very least, it’s worth talking about. Here’s why.
Week 16. Four more must-hear lo-fi rap songs.
“Self Control,” produced by Malay, Jon Brion, and Frank Ocean, is all about timing and the losses which come by way of poor timing in love.
Week 15. Four more lo-fi raps to discover.
“...brass knuckle lyricism.”
“Thankfully, I have an outlet that keeps me sane.”