Vince Staples's third Def Jam album is a punchy distillation of the Long Beach MCs’ appeal.
For his first release on Dr. Dre’s label, .Paak proves to be something of a gravitational force, buzzing at the center of a swirl of crazed imagery, enlaced genres and high-profile collaborations. On this, his homecoming album, newfound fame and status take .Paak in new directions.
Rocé’s idea of gathering 24 francophone tracks that focus notions of labor, anti-colonial sentiment and struggles for emancipation between 1969 and 1988 confirms his reputation as an informed and engaged rapper. The result is a compilation entitled Par les damné.e.s de la terre (By the Damned of the Earth).
Fresh off the release of his Pieces Of A Man album, we spoke to Mick Jenkins about the influence of Gil Scott-Heron on his music, trading bars with Ghostface, and how he balances the demands of the music industry with maintaining a private life.
The pairing of Edan’s beats with Homeboy Sandman’s rhymes is a good hip-hop combination. Over the seven tracks of this Stones Throw EP, the New York City-based duo put faith in a blend of gritty, abrasive drum loops, psychedelic sample flourishes, and smartly-recited flows.
New Thundercat Track, “King of the Hill,” Features Bad Bad Not Good and Flying Lotus. It Forms Part of Brainfeeder X, the 10th Anniversary Compilation Album for Flying Lotus’ Celebrated Label. Listen Here.