Posts By Michael Russam

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Travi$ Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Travi$ Scott - Days Before Rodeo Grand Hustle: 2014 There are a lot of rappers—Young Thug, Chance The Rapper, etc.—that are threatening to go stratospheric in a very real way with very unique styles, but Travi$ Scott is amongst the most promising. The…

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King Louie – Tony

King Louie – Tony Lawless: 2014 Despite all of the column inches given over to Chicago’s drill scene when Chief Keef first started dropping his dead-eyed, ragged throated death threats, King Louie never quite got the same traction as the…

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Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser

Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser   Brainfeeder: 2014 Multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin’s Early Riser, his Brainfeeder debut, is a record of glorious contradictions. At its centre is a series of pushes and pulls—between live instrumentation and modernist beat construction, between tight…

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Slaughterhouse – House Rules

Slaughterhouse – House Rules Shady: 2014 Slaughterhouse have always been something of a weird proposition. In some ways they sort of make sense, a super group of roughneck rhymers that all feel more than a little out of step with…

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ProbCause – Waves EP

ProbCause - Waves EP Self-released: 2014 If you’re a reader of this site, you probably don’t need to be told again how much hip-hop talent is pouring out of Chicago. It is not merely the quantity of talented MCs but the…

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Well$ – MTSYD: The Revenge Of The African Booty Scratcher

Well$ - MTSYD: The Revenge Of The African Booty Scratcher Immaculate Taste: 2014 Hunger is one of the most undervalued but precious commodities a young MC can possess. This is particularly true as laid-back swag and bright, wonky sounds that seemed…

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Smoke DZA – Dream.ZONE.Achieve

Smoke DZA – Dream.ZONE.Achieve R.F.C. Music Group: 2014 An ear for great beats has always been Smoke DZA’s not-so-secret weapon. None of his previous projects has demonstrated this to the same degree as Dream.Zone.Achieve, his latest album (that’s album, not…

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Madlib & Freddie Gibbs – Pinata

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs – Pinata Madlib Invazion: 2014 Piñata, the new collaborative album from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, radiates nothing if not class, right down to the elegantly minimal cover art and uniformly one-word song titles. That word –…

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Pharrell – G I R L

Pharrell – G I R L Columbia: 2014 The fact that people care about G I R L, the new Pharrell Williams album, even a little is pretty incredible in and of itself. It follows In My Mind (2006), an…

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Com Truise – Wave 1

Com Truise – Wave 1 Ghostly: 2014 Com Truise is a giver, at the very least. He might not have released a full-length of new material since 2011’s Glactic Melt, but his output since then has included an EP, a…