Common – Black America Again review

The ever-dramatic race for the White House was more controversial than ever this year – and we all know how it ended now. But the arrival of the 2016 US Presidential Election was also the chief reason behind Chicago rapper Common releasing his eleventh studio album, Black America Again. It’s an invigorating record for the turbulent times that America, and the world, are facing. Continue reading

Kanye West – The Life of Pablo review

Nowadays, Kanye the celebrity is far more of the focus than Kanye the musician. “I got rid of my phone so I can have air to create”, West tweeted on September 14, 2016. That may be the entertainment tweet of the year. For real. But this, nor West’s bizarre fashion line can change the fact that his seventh album, The Life of Pablo, is a muddled affair that lacks real direction. Continue reading

In Praise of Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean - 2012 press photo 01 (1448x815)It’s incredible how little I have written about Frank Ocean considering how many times I have played his music over the last four years, and how deeply it has touched me. Following the release of his second album, Blonde, in August, it’s high time I remedied this fact with a piece in praise of this singular artist. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Common – Letter to the Free

Common - Letter to the Free single (630x354)Storied hip hop artist, Common, has long placed conscious messages at the centre of his music. Responding to the testing events that have gripped the United States, he shared the thought-provoking ‘Letter to the Free’ this week. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Kanye West – No More Parties in LA (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Kanye West - No More Parties in LA single (640x360)“I know some fans thought I wouldn’t rap like this again, but the writer’s block is over” hollers a defiant Kanye West on new single, ‘No More Parties in LA’. The ever-opinionated rapper shrugs off criticism of his recent eccentricities, and his last album, Yeezus – which critics loved, but some fans detested – with this dangerously confident track. This is West returning to the funk loops of his early records, courtesy of Madlib, and the effect is immediately enticing. Continue reading