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Last year I wrote a review of DJ Nu-Mark’s Take Me With You. Released incredibly closely to the other former Jurassic 5-ist Cut Chemist’s similarly Afro-Caribbean inspired mix, my review went to the tune of ‘This is much better, this isn’t meant to happen.’ You see, the now legendary hip-hop group Jurassic 5 sounded a lot [...]

I’ve spent that past few weeks trying to pinpoint a reason why Homeboy Sandman’s First of a Living Breed is one of my favourite albums of the year. It’s the reason this review has taken as long as it has. I tend to ponder on reviews until I have targeted one reason why (or why not) [...]

Like all good stories this one starts on MySpace. While everyone was decidedly friends with Tom, I never found much use in MySpace besides music. That’s probably why my only strong memory of the original social network comes in the form of a back and forth between me and Abdominal.

Take away the cliches like we do, and seemingly rappers run out of fallbacks to revisit when short of ideas. This tends to result in underground hip-hop filled with tracks about ‘laxing or what sports they like and a special kind of artist will get preachy on a greater than thou tip. And now Canadian [...]

DOOM’s greatly lauded reinvention of himself as an artist feels like it’s in a strange place, or at least a stranger place than the one he has conjured up for his characters. Luckily, he’s slowed down his output. Which makes sense, he’s a bigger name now and his style is so specific there was no [...]

“Let me get as drunk as fast as I can, so I can pass out and dream about being a different man”. There’s no denying that the air thickens when Dave Kohn, aka Serengeti, steps out of the guse of the Comical Chicagoan Kenny Dennis. The lyrical content gets incredibly darker and he becomes introspective beyond [...]

When EL-P’s alternative hip-hop label Definitive Jux announced, what has become a permanent hiatus, many of its roster were forced into decisions. Some signed deals elsewhere, some started their own thing up, but Aesop Rock did nothing. The verbose rapper from New York City was already enjoying a massive reputation after the success of Labor [...]

4NML HSPL is easily, the self-proclaimed art rapper’s most inaccessible and ambitious record to date. For those that missed his previous handful of albums, Unapologetic Art Rap & Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes, Open Mike Eagle’s rise to alternative hip-hop notoriety came from a willingness to experiment. Whether that’s lyrically, by combining informed observations on [...]

Rap has had some pretty groanworthy lines over the years and “I’ll take you out of the ring, like your ex-wife’s finger” or “I love rap like a falafel in a pita bun” would surely rank high in anyone’s list of them. But on his 3rd album, aptly titled 3rdburglar, the Canadian underground rapper Wordburglar [...]

To say I wasn’t excited for this album to be released would be an understatement. Oddisee’s People Hear What They See is the album that combines his producing experience from previous work such as Rock Creek Park and Odd Seasons, and lyrically potent raps which we heard glimpses of from other projects. Calling this Oddisee’s [...]

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