Childish Gambino does a little bit of everything on his best album yet: 3.15.20. By drawing clear influence from the likes of Frank Ocean, Prince, Kanye West, Toro y Moi, and Andre 3000, Gambino creates an eclectic and sprawling work that’s been a decade in the making. On 3.15.20, Donald Glover shifts the paradigm of what anti-genre entails in contemporary music – but his newest experiment doesn’t come without a catch. Continue reading REVIEW: Childish Gambino’s 3.15.20 is a sprawling example of anti-genre
Lana Del Rey doesn’t share the idyllic, charming, uncomplicated view of America that Norman Rockwell’s paintings famously depicted. Her world, like many others’, is entangled with dizzying amounts of confusion, yearning, and fear. Her world is honest, revealing a stark contrast … Continue reading REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
REVIEW Justin Townes Earle’s breakout hit song ‘Harlem River Blues‘ came out in 2010. But as the son of Americana rocker Steve Earle, he was already known in the Southern music scene long before. His newest album, The Saint of … Continue reading REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle – Saint of Lost Causes
REVIEW Kanye West is positioned to have a huge summer. He’s already released his 8th solo studio album ye, and handled all the production for Pusha T’s Daytona. Now, we’re waiting for a summer release from him and Kid Cudi, in addition … Continue reading REVIEW: Kanye acknowledges and embraces his alter ego on ‘ye’
REVIEW Telefone is a profoundly optimistic album filled with organic rhythms and cohesive storytelling. Noname, formerly known as Noname Gypsy, delivers her music through a monotonous but silky smooth voice that is unequivocally confident. On Telefone, She describes her universe with … Continue reading REVIEW: In a year dominated by hip hop, Noname’s Telefone emerges as one of the best
REVIEW After a 4-year hiatus since his debut album, Channel Orange, hip hop crooner Frank Ocean has released his sophomore effort entitled Blonde. The album can be streamed on Apple music right now; meanwhile everyone else will have to buy it on iTunes … Continue reading REVIEW: Frank Ocean’s Blonde is a Subdued Search for Reconciliation with his Past