[Music] Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator

Album: Scum Fuck Flower Boy Artist: Tyler, The Creator Released: 21st July, 2017 Rating: 8.0/10 When I heard that Tyler, The Creator’s new album was to be titled Scum Fuck Flower Boy, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. It seemed that Tyler’s claims to maturity had been far overstated; the title alone reeked of the juvenile edginess and … Continue reading [Music] Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator


[Music] 4:44 – Jay-Z

Album: 4:44 Artist: Jay-Z Released: 30th June, 2017 Rating: 8.0/10 For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, I missed the entire build up towards Jay-Z’s latest album, 4:44. Suddenly, sometime in July, I came across an article praising Jay-Z’s latest project and, with a mixture of guilt and anticipation, I played the track that had received particular … Continue reading [Music] 4:44 – Jay-Z

[Music] The Life of Pablo – Kanye West [2016]

Album: The Life of Pablo Artist: Kanye West Released: 14 February, 2016 Rating: 6.5/10 If music is truly a reflection of its maker’s mind, then perhaps it really shouldn’t come as such a surprise that Kanye West’s latest effort, The Life of Pablo, is more mess than masterpiece. In an era where excellence in the genre is found in … Continue reading [Music] The Life of Pablo – Kanye West [2016]

[Music] Summertime ’06 – Vince Staples

Album: Summertime '06 Artist: Vince Staples Released: 30th June, 2015 Rating: 6.5/10 Gangsta rap has been around, in some form or another, for the better part of the last 30 years and while the specific musical trends of the various hip-hop eras have come and gone in the intervening years, thematically, not a whole lot has changed. The artists … Continue reading [Music] Summertime ’06 – Vince Staples

[Music] Overgrown – James Blake (2013)

Album: Overgrown Artist: James Blake Released: April 13th,  2013 Rating: 7.3/10 A crackling fire, hot chocolate and warm blankets on a cold day in the middle of winter – those the images that British electronic musician James Blake evokes in his sophomore album, Overgrown. Like its predecessor, Blake’s self-titled James Blake, Overgrown is introspective and creative but what the … Continue reading [Music] Overgrown – James Blake (2013)

[Music] Dopium – U-God (2009)

Album: Dopium Artist: U-God Released: June 23, 2009 Rating: 5.8/10 Good but just never good enough seems like the perfect way of describing U-God, his music and his career. Even when the legendary Wu-Tang Clan was at the height of its fame, U-God was never its most prominent member. In a collective filled with some of the most talented … Continue reading [Music] Dopium – U-God (2009)

[Music] Since I Left You – The Avalanches

Album: Since I Left You Artist: The Avalanches Released: November 27, 2000 Rating: 8.6/10 The line between plagiarism and homage is an oddly blurred one in art. What constitutes theft and what inspiration? It is a distinction that The Avalanche debut and, to date, only album Since I Left You dismisses by taking the art of sampling to its … Continue reading [Music] Since I Left You – The Avalanches