Category Urban/Hip Hop

Raiza Biza & Remi – Black Hole Sun [Low Key Source]

From promoter: “It’s a fiery Antipodean showcase produced entirely by Danny Brown collaborator Black Milk. Black Hole Sun works as much as a showcase for Australia and New Zealand’s immense rap talent as it does as a display of the two-star rappers’ lyrical dexterity and intense charisma.” Label: Low Key Source Start w/ 1, 3, 4 […]

Shreya Pretty – Encore [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Shreya Pretty is a Minneapolis/Chicago based indie R&B songwriter. This is her second, self-released album.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: 4 RIYL: Janelle Monet, BANKS  

Georgia Anne Wuldrow – Overload [Brainfeeder]

Pitchfork: “The restless avant-garde soul singer is still reinventing rhythm and blues for the future, now more than ever on the most pop-focused album of her prolific career.” Label: Brainfeeder Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 FCC: 2 RIYL: The Internet, Nao, Jamila Woods

Peace to Mateo – “Some Strange Reason

Very electronic and dreamy, but the album seems to lack a sense of direction. The DJ and producer clearly is talented but it feels a bit mainstream and oversampled. That being said, Peace to Mateo has all the ingredients to be a great DJ. It doesn’t need all of the fluff he tried to add to […]

“Crazy Rich Asians” Original Soundtrack

Original Soundtrack to the biggest romantic comedy of Summer 2018. Includes covers of Western pop hits, traditional Chinese music, R&B, and jazz.  I enjoyed the covers of Coldplay’s “Yellow” [12] and Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” [10]. The other covers I didn’t care for. The jazz songs by Jasmine Chen are all excellent […]

DJ Taye – Still Trippin’ [Hyperdub]

Originally a mere rapper and beat maker, DJ Taye’s newest release has something for everybody. Tracks 11 and 12 have infectious hooks comparable to mainstream pop tunes, while other tracks are more rap-focused, spitting creative lyrics and boasting features from a myriad of artists. Track 2 contains hints of electronica and dare I say…psychedelia? This […]

Dreamkeepers- N’we Jinan and Indigenous Youth

Each track from a different First Nation in British Columbia produced with artist musician Davis Hodges and First Nation’s youth.  With small groups of students writing their own songs and David produces electrifying and meaningful work.  He uses traditional language and makes music videos with the students as well. Play All!

Porter Ray – Watercolor (Clean)

I’m overcome with deep, raw, colorful, genuine vibes from this album. It touches every part of me. The storytelling, talks of demons, culture, loss, run-ins with the police, relationships… Dreams. Goals. Porter Ray’s Watercolor is filled with dark, lush, colorful synth waves, slappy 808 drum patterns, and fat, grounding bass lines complementing the vocal cadences […]

Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri (Waxisimili) Resilient

Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri (Waxisimili) Resilient- Great combo of Lif’s cool lyrical styles and Balkan Beats and accents. All good! Try: 6,10,4,3,7 RIYL: Mr. Lif, Balkan Beat Box, Nas, Eastern European Vibes, Klezmer, Conscious Hip Hop. FCC: 1, 2, 8

Rapsody (Roc Nation) Laila’s Wisdom

HOT new album from badass hiphop wizard Rapsody! Well-crafted, seamless lyrics are definitely the best part of the album, Rapsody explores being a black woman, modern day racial issues on tracks like “Power,” and brings it all together over some funk, soul, and mellow beats. Also check out all the AMAZING features. Seriously play all […]

Bingx (AVJ Records) My E.G.O

Journey through the good and bad parts of love with solo artist Bingx, with a couple good features. Some haunting/ sing-y vocals and hot fast verses, mix of romantic and aggressive lyrics. A little something for everyone. FCC: 5 Tracks: 1, 7, 8, 12 RIYL: Mac Miller, Watsky, Eminem, Post Malone

Savant x DMX (Self Released) Get It Get It Single

New single by Norwegian rapper Savant. Well produced heavy beats and fast tempo, features by Snoop Dog and DMX, like a cross of house music with an old Snoop song. RIYL: Snoop Dog, Diplo FCC: Clean version

21 Savage – Issa Album (Epic Records)

This project is likely the closest 21 will get to mainstream appeal. The album overall is a lot more consumer friendly than Savage Mode, but that’s not to say this album doesn’t have its fair share of Bangers. Defiantly worth a listen even if you weren’t a 21 fan at first. Favorites: 1, 2, 9, […]

Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls (1017 Records)

AMAZING. Thugga kills it as always! Sweet singing project that is defiantly a departure from some of his trappier old music, but it still pays homage to its roots. Lots of killer features. Listen if you like music. Favorites: 2, 6, 7 FCC: ALL

A$AP Twelvyy – 12 (A$AP Worldwide)

Strong project from an often-overlooked ASAP contributor. Elements of ASAP, Pro ERA and Flatbush all come together to produce a sound that is immediately recognizable as NY. Favorites: 4, 10, 11 FCC: Clean version on Spotify

EARTHGANG – Rags EP (Dreamville Records)

Sick EP, awesome features and dope verses from some of Dreamville and associates finest. J.I.D and Mick Jenkins really shine, but this project does a good job of demonstrating the many different flows Earthgang can serve up. Check if you like J. Cole. Favorites: 1, 3, 5 FCC: ALL

XXXTENTACION – 17 (EMPIRE Distribution)

Not the angry yelling we have grown to expect from XXX, on this album he demonstrates solid vocal and lyrical versatility over several almost acoustic sounding beats that give the project a very personal feel. Worth a listen. Favorites: 2, 5, 11 FCC: ALL

Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2 (Atlantic Records)

Coming off the summer hit XO Tour Life, little Uzi had a lot of hype around this project and he delivers. It is quintessential Uzi, combining themes of heartbreak, womanizing, and partying over for the most part fun upbeat production. Play if you like Young Thug, Playboi Carti. Favorites: 2,4,11,15 all Bangerz FCC: Clean version […]

Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions

Mostly autotune mediocrity. Some tracks, (the one with Stefflon Don, in particular) got a lil whop whop to them. Clean: 9, 20 RIYL: Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Christopher Martin

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 […]