Reviews

Thursday, February 13
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (2013)

Written by Fabian Fernandez “Even better than I was the last time,” preaches the gospel choir on Chancelor Bennet’s second mixtape – a triumphant reintroduction. This mixtape for me will always be associated with warm summer nights in the midwest riding bikes and stargazing– those hot day with sun-soaked mornings and technicolor dreams. In the…

Innocence & Experience

Clean living and dirty lyrics: we dance and drink and sing to hip-hop beats like it ain’t no thing…


Thursday, January 16
The Legend Goes On: 2pac’s Undying Life-Force

No rapper has overcome the laws of nature as much as Tupac Shakur. Pac was peerless in his living rap career, and has now moved further, performing and releasing albums from beyond the grave.   Not long ago a friend challenged me to debate whether we should have 2pac-hologram concerts. Granted the apparition performer cannot…

Album Review

Monday, October 21
Review: ALEX G / RL KELLY – SPLIT 7”

In addition to sharing an affinity for homespun, melancholy folk music, Philadelphia’s Alex Giannascoli and Los Angeles’ Rachel Levy share a frustrating nominal quality with respect to their solo projects. Giannascoli records under a shortened version of his name, Alex G – a name that happens to be shared by an insipid YouTube star who…

Reviews

Tuesday, September 24
Review: Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center

Vampire Weekend used to be a millenial buzzword. The band was once just a crew of Columbia University students turned indie rockers, or “those white privileged kids masquerading as Afro-beat hipsters,” or the infamous recipients of the Contra cover-girl’s legal wrath. They made music that was fun to bop to. Even their depreciators would covertly…

Innocence & Experience

Clean living and dirty lyrics: we dance and drink and sing to hip-hop beats like it ain’t no thing…


Sunday, May 5
Where Is the Love?: How Hip-Hop Got Hard

Statistics say about 90 percent of pop songs are about love. The Grammy Awards and critical recognition show hip-hop continues to be marginalized in mainstream music culture despite increasing acceptance in public opinion. Hip-hop as a genre, while underrepresented, is underrepresentative itself—of love.   This past New Years’ Eve my friends and I were counting…

···