“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.
Madlib is a producer who never fails to excite. His collaboration with Freddie Gibbs, Piñata, was one of 2014’s best hip hop records.
Day three of my 2014 round-up features albums for the midnight hour, rare grooves galore and three degrees of hip hop excellence.
30. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
29. Allah-Las – Worship the Sun
28. Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
27. Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything
26. Nick Waterhouse – Holly
25. Ratking – So It Goes
24. BadBadNotGood – III
23. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
22. Nick Mulvey – First Mind
21. People Under the Stairs – 12 Step Program
HMV Forum, LondonWould he show? That was the big question on all the show goers’ lips when I went to see MF Doom live for the first time at the HMV Forum in Kentish Town.