Concert Review: Hudson Mohawke Is Full of Surprises

[caption id="attachment_76487" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Martin Blondet[/caption] Manhattan's Webster Hall swelled with anticipation last Wednesday as Hudson Mohawke stealthily approached the DJ booth, soaked in fog and purple lighting, accompanied by thin layer of watery synths....

SOUNDSET 2014: PHOTOS & REVIEW

Photography by Khammy Phanthavong Words by Ryan Reyes Over 30,000 eager hip hop fans descended on Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota for the 7th annual Soundset Festival. The bill was diverse: ranging from Minnesota-based artists such as Atmosphere, Prof, deM atlaS, Lizzo and...

Album Review: Atmosphere – Southsiders

The last time we heard Atmosphere, they had made a sizable departure from the sound fans were used to hearing. Their 2011 Family Sign album featured live instruments and a noticeable relaxation and contentment in the lyrics (at least as content as Slug would ever get). This can be attributed to...

Album Review: Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic

Ever since “Pussy,” Iggy Azalea’s infamous ode to the female sex organ, went viral on YouTube in 2011, fans and haters alike have been clamoring for more from the young artist. But The New Classic, her oft-delayed, debut album, has been a long time coming. Buzz for The New Classic...

Album Review: Future – Honest

No one has controlled the sound of hip-hop over the last 3 years more than Future. The man born Nayvadius Wilburn has illustrated an umatched knack for blending street hip-hop and R&B crooning. After introducing himself to the world in 2011 on "Racks," the Atlanta native took us to Pluto...

Album Review: Pharoahe Monch – PTSD

 P.T.S.D. is complicated. Whether we are speaking of the harrowing mental illness or of Pharoahe Monch's fourth studio album, it remains that each experience is intense, full of more vision, and bursting with more thought than the average mind can handle. The variety and volume of Monch's ideas...

Photo Recap: TY Dolla $ign, Travis $cott & Topaz Jones @ University of Pennsylvania

Shout out to the University of Pennsylvania for getting the Ivy League excited about underground hip-hop. Last month they invited Brooklyn rap duo The Underachievers and Canada's hottest new producer Kaytranada for a tag team performance that rocked Philadelphia's Rotunda Theater. This...

Concert Review: G-Eazy’s These Things Happen Tour

As Spring Break gets underway, many concertgoers are clearing their calendars and preparing for some of the season's hottest tours featuring their favorite artists. On April 4, 2014, anxious fans stood in line waiting for the doors to open so that they could secure their spots inside the Heaven...

Movie Review: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton – This Is Stones Throw Records

Two deaths punctuate Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, the new, absurdist chronology of Peanut Butter Wolf and his beloved Stones Throw Records. Though J Dilla was widely known before signing to PBW's label and Charizma never made music under the imprint, the two talents' respective passings mark the...

The 5 Coolest Rhymesayers Album Designs

Rhymesayers, the nearly-twenty year-old independent Minnesota record label, is home to many great talents. Artists such as Atmosphere, MF DOOM, Brother Ali, Evidence and more call it home, and have released plenty of music through the label. That may be, at least in part, because the label...