Posts By Colin Small

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Yung Simmie – Shut Up and Vibe Vol. 1

Yung Simmie - Shut Up and Vibe Vol. 1 Self-released: 2013 Shut Up and Vibe sounds like a strange name for a rap mixtape, given that the genre mostly consists of people who basically never stop talking. But for some reason,…

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Yung Simmie – Basement Musik

Yung Simmie - Basement Musik Self-released: 2013 The Raider Klan can’t seem to stay out of the past. If SpaceGhostPurrp is the resurrection of the early sound of Juicy J mixtapes and the first Three Six Mafia albums, Yung Simmie’s Basement…

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Iamsu! – Kilt II

Iamsu! - Kilt II Self-released: 2013 Iamsu’s music is made with the the building blocks of party rap, sparse and percussive beats that emphasize rhythm and negative space to move a crowd. It embodies the ghost of the Bay Area’s mid-oughts…

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Rick Ross & Birdman – The H: Lost Album Vol. 1

Rick Ross & Birdman - The H: Lost Album Vol. 1 Self-released: 2013 If there’s one thing we can expect from Rick Ross, it’s taste. He’s not polite or sensitive, I think the “U.O.E.N.O.” controversy has proved that, but aesthetically, his consistency…

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Tree – Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out

Tree - Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out Creative Control/Closed Sessions: 2013 The refreshing thing about Chicago’s producer and rapper Tree is that he can simultaneously sound so regional and so overtly surprising in his creative choices. He’s from Chicago,…

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Bibio – Silver Wilkinson

Bibio - Silver Wilkinson Warp: 2013 Since 2009’s Ambivalence Avenue, Bibio’s Steven Wilkinson, the British producer and songwriter behind the project, has been quietly exploring ways to introduce pop songwriting to experimental electronic production without, well, making pop music. His experiments…

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Deerhunter – Monomania

Deerhunter - Monomania 4AD: 2013 The indie rock male has solidified somewhat over the past ten years, as the small world’s aesthetic has merged with the mainstream. To outsiders, the strangely singular sounds of the culture can be described as simply…

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Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y – Live in Concert EP

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - Live In Concert Rostrum: 2013 Ad Libbing at the end of Live in Concert’s first track, “Cabana”, Wiz Khalifa says, “N***as got it confused trying to do what the fuck we do. That’s not the point.…

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Tyga – Hotel California

Tyga - Hotel California YMCMB: 2013 In recent years, Tyga has always seemed a little bit like Young Money’s secret weapon. While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Drake may be good at ruling the charts in the present, Tyga’s 2012 hit…

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The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

The Knife - Shaking The Habitual Rabid: 2013 While they were and always will be a electronic duo known for their strongly recognizable take on the noises a human body makes when it sees something inconceivably horrifying, there has always been…