Reviews

AlunaGeorge – Body Music

Music fandom often follows a slow boomerang trajectory: listen to top-40 radio through your tween and early teen years, reject those impulses in favor…

Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne was introduced by Frank Ocean parsing the respective qualities of gods and kings. Two years later, both…

Ciara

Ciara’s 2004 debut Goodies arrived at the tail-end of the last R&B boom. Its best moments used the churn and snap of “crunk’n’b” as…

J. Cole – Born Sinner

Born Sinner, the heavily referential second LP for Roc Nation signee Jermaine Cole, borrows its title from the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy”. By the time…

Action Bronson Saaab Stories

Before you even press play on Saaab Stories, you’re confronted by the unsettling dichotomy within Action Bronson: The Flushing rapper has a tremendous ear…

Kanye West Yeezus

Look at the song title “I Am a God” and it seems like easy blasphemy– Kanye West’s update of John Lennon’s “more popular than…

The-Dream IV Play

“I know they ain’t gon’ play this on top 40 radio,” begins “Slow It Down”, IV Play’s confrontational first single. An indignant backlash against…