Posts By Bogar Alonso

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Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die

Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons to Die Soul Temple Records: 2013 Roll out the red carpet for the Cuban Linx era, Adrian Younge-orchestrated Twelve Reasons To Die resuscitates Wu-Tang lore, the Ghost of Hip-Hop Past, and Ghostface’s pre-Fishscale form in one…

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David Bowie – The Next Day

David Bowie - The Next Day ISO/RCA: 2013 Pick up your tongues from the floor. David Bowie shouldn’t have been the one dispelling rumors of a career disembarkment, it should have been music journalists. Granted, news of a comeback from one…

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Uptown XO – Colour De Grey

Uptown XO – Colour De Grey Mello Music Group: 2013 If Lupe Fiasco getting thrown off stage at President Obama’s inaugural event has taught us anything it’s that social critique can be its own worst enemy (and that Obama’s cultural…

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Meyhem Lauren – Mandatory Brunch Meetings

Meyhem Lauren - Mandatory Brunch Meetings Mishka: 2012 In hip-hop, perhaps more than in any other genre, you can usually judge an act by the company they keep. Considering that Meyhem Lauren is joined by Harry Fraud, Mike Finito, Tommy Mas,…

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The Black Opera – Libretto: of King Legend

The Black Opera - Libretto: Of King Legend Mello Music Group: 2012 If social media has made the world smaller, our attention spans have gone with it. Whole marketing empires, the tailor-suited jesters of this post-Microwave Age, are scratching their heads…

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Oh No & Chris Keys – Ashes

Oh No & Chris Keys - Ashes Heavy Keys Records: 2012 Great hip-hop duos are more plentiful than the criminally individualistic rap game would suggest. Just as there’s no “I” in team, there’s no “I” in album either, and from Blackalicious…

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Rapsody – The Idea Of Beautiful

Rapsody - The Idea Of Beautiful IWWMG: 2012 For those of you who were sleeping: “You need to wake your ass up!” Hip-hop has long survived as an acronym, courtesy of Common, and even as the “Olympic sponsor of the black glock,”…

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Jon Connor – While You Were Sleeping

Jon Connor - While You Were Sleeping Self-released: 2012 “I never sleep, ’cause sleep is the cousin of death.” One of hip-hop’s most venerated lyrics is incorrectly attributed to the genius of Nas. Not that the man isn’t a genius―it wouldn’t…

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Flatbush Zombies – D.R.U.G.S.

Flatbush Zombies - D.R.U.G.S. Self-released: 2012 To call Frankenstein a simple zombie would be grounds enough to lose your horror card (something akin to a man card but for horror junkies). While Frankenstein is in essence a reanimated corpse, much like…