Category Urban/Hip Hop

Saro – “In Loving Memory”

On his debut EP, In Loving Memory, Saro puts forth an impressively crafted thematic flow with a solid composition. The EP is a musical representation of the path traveled by those mourning the loss of a love, ending with in my opinion his most realized track, “Rampart”. Label: Mateo Sound Play: 2, 4, 5, 7 FCC: clean RIYL: The xx, […]

We got it from here…

A Tribe Called Quest’s long overdue album, “We Got It From Here…” is finally released! 18 years in the making, this is an amazing album, worth spending some serious time with. They are hip-hop legends for a reason—the lyrics, the beats, it is a really special album. FCC: Clean Play: 1, 2 (all of them!) […]

Big Gigantic – “Brighter Future”

Live electronic duo Big Gigantic from Boulder, Colorado are back at it again with some sweet electro-funk. “Brighter Future” reflects that even if life may get hard, there are beautiful and fantastic things in this world, just like the music on this album! With some big names like Waka Flocka Flame, Logic, and ROZES this […]

Gallant – “Ology”

Gallant is a singer-songwriter hailing from Columbia, Maryland and Ology is his latest studio album. Although I hadn’t heard a lot from Gallant beforehand, I had faith in this album because it comes from a label that I trust, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. He blends emotional R&B with jazz and blues, and just listening to […]

NxWorries – “Yes Lawd!”

NxWorries is the collaborative duo of R&B singer/songwriter extraordinaire Anderson .Paak and super-producer Knxwledge, and I have to say I was very excited to receive this here at the station. The EP the two released last year was absolutely stellar, and Anderson .Paak’s album Malibu is one of my top 3 albums of the year. I knew […]

Various Artists – “The Get Down: Original Soundtrack”

This CD as you can probably tell is the soundtrack to that new Netflix original TV series. The Get Down show is set in the 1970s in South Bronx, but that is all that Google was able to tell me. Although I haven’t seen the show (and I honestly really have no ambition to), they […]

Danny Brown – “Atrocity Exhibition”

Detroit rapper Danny Brown is honestly one of my favorite rappers of all time, and I was very excited to give his new album a listen. Honestly, it blew it away with how stellar it was, and luckily we were sent a clean version here at the station. The production is weird, and unlike anything […]

Mac Miller – “The Divine Feminine”

Mac Miller is an artist who I have been following for a very long time, and it has been absolutely fantastic seeing him progress. When I started listening to him from his The High Life mixtape (and on through his next few tapes and first album) he was really just a fun stoner rapper. Fun to play […]

Frank Ocean – “Blonde”

I have been a fan of Frank Ocean for many years, and waiting for this album to drop was an absolute rollercoaster. For a few weeks there was an Apple Music stream of Frank doing random woodwork, that leaded to him constructing a staircase, and dropping a “visual album,” and then announcing he would drop […]

clipping. – “Splendor & Misery”

Now this is an album I did not expect to get at the station, but I was very excited to receive. clipping. is an experimental hip-hop trio who is fronted by the Tony Award winning actor (for his role in Hamilton) Daveed Diggs. Daveed’s work in musicals may have inspired his creativity, because Splendor & Misery is the […]

De La Soul – “and the Anonymous Nobody”

De La Soul is the legendary hip-hop trio hailing from Long Island, NY who are some of the pioneers of jazz rap. Their album 3 Feet High & Rising is personally one of my favorite albums of all time, and I have loved these guys music for years. This album was funded entirely through kickstarter in 24 […]

Yoni & Geti – “Testarossa”

“Testarossa” is the collaborative efforts of Yoni Wolf of WHY? and underground rapper Serengetti, and this album is duo’s second effort together. Like their first effort, this album has an interesting blend of incredibly ethereal indie-rock music, and incredibly grimy hip-hop. I have honestly never heard anything like this before, and that’s what I love […]

Aesop Rock – “The Impossible Kid”

If you are a fan of hip-hop music that has mass emphasis on lyrical substance, then you probably have heard of San Francisco rapper Aesop Rock, as he is statistically proven to be the most lyrical rapper in history. On his new album “The Impossible Kid,” Aesop Rock is continuing to find new ways to […]

Clairy Browne – “Pool”

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, and that definitely goes the same for albums. I mean, I knew what I was getting myself into when Clairy Browne’s new album came into the station. I had heard “Vanity Fair” before, and I wasn’t too fond of it. This album really is just […]

Sabrina Starke – “Sabrina Starke”

Sabrina Starke is a soul singer from the Netherlands, and I am surprised I had never heard of her before her fifth self-titled album. She’s been at it since 2008, and on her new album Starke is doing what she has been doing for years now, and that is providing listeners with solid soul music. […]

Citizen Kay – “With the People”

Citizen Kay is Ghana-born rapper who spent his life in Australia. In addition to rapping, Citizen Kay also is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. Compared to most contemporary rappers, Kay raps over live instrumentation. Some beats are super funky, some are groovy, and some are jazzy. The lyrics on this album are very personal, and […]

Allen Stone – “Radius (Deluxe Edition)”

Allen Stone is a soul singer from Washington, and his newest album came out in May of last year. ATO Records sent the deluxe edition of his latest album our way. It contains Stone’s same authentic blend of soul and pop music, it just has an additional eight tracks that weren’t on the original release. […]

Boulevards – “Groove!”

Boulevards really described just how the album would sound when he titled it “Groove!,” because every single song on this album makes me want to get up and dance. Some songs are really funky, and some songs are really jazzy, but they have just the perfect amount of pop appeal that it doesn’t become boring. […]

10isee Williams – “Gorilla Warfare”

On his debut album, Seattle-based rapper 10isee Williams paints himself as a soldier on the front line. His lyricism is introspective, diving into topics such as race, politics and classism, which is complimented by his laid-back flow. The album was entirely produced by Eric G, who weaves together Williams’ lyrical themes and flow with production that […]

Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Dope mix of R&B, rap and neo-soul.  Anderson Paak is about to make some huge waves in the R&B community so check him out.  Gritty rough-around-the-edges vocals that are immediately recognizable and classic sounding boom-bap beats.  Fiya. FCC: 5, 9, 11, 13 Play: 3, 4, 7, 1 RIYL: D’Angelo, The Roots, BJ The Chicago Kid

Smino – Sick Sick Sick EP

Really innovative Hip Hop by a St Louis up-n-comer.  Produced in the same studio as Chance the Rapper’s “Acid Rap”.  Some trap influence but gritty and synth driven beats with very melodic rap/sung vocals.  Dope. FCC: Clean Play: ALL RIYL: Chance the Rapper, Towkio

Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered

You already know what Kendrick is about.  Mix of hip hop and funk and experimentalism on this project.  Sounds like a To Pimp a Butterfly B-Sides album but don’t think for a second that means these songs are afterthoughts.  Very good album that stands above a lot of full length releases this year. FCC: Clean […]

Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Dope mix of R&B, rap and neo-soul.  Anderson Paak is about to make some huge waves in the R&B community so check him out.  Gritty rough-around-the-edges vocals that are immediately recognizable and classic sounding boom-bap beats.  Fiya. FCC: 5, 9, 11, 13 Play: 3, 4, 7, 1 RIYL: D’Angelo, The Roots, BJ The Chicago Kid

Various Artists – “Cold Chilling – Compton”

This album is full of a mixture of funk, jazz & R&B covers of Compton hip-hop classics. Artists on the PRMD label cover Dre. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and others. Definitely worth a listen! LABEL: PRMD PLAY: #1, 3, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Cover songs

55

The Knocks new record 55 is all about the group’s live in NYC. A feel good album with hip-hop synth beats. FCC: 1, 4, 9 PLAY: 14, 10 FIYL: Madeon, Chromeo LABEL: Big Beat