NO THANK YOU – Little Simz ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 NO THANK YOU Little Simz ★★★★ 84 Hip-Hop An album that was likely missed and that might be forgotten because it was released in late December, 2022, NO THANK YOU by British emcee Little Simz once again shows that she’s one of the best and smartest out there.Continue reading “NO THANK YOU – Little Simz ★★★★”

It’s Almost Dry – Pusha T ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 It’s Almost Dry Pusha T ★★★★½ 85 Hip-Hop A hip-hop veteran who’s always worn his confidence and swagger on his sleeve across his collaborations, albums and feature verses, Pusha T has been in a great rhythm since Daytona came out in 2018. It’s Almost Dry is such aContinue reading “It’s Almost Dry – Pusha T ★★★★½”

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers Kendrick Lamar ★★★★ 82 Hip-Hop Whenever Kendrick Lamar puts anything out — a full album, a compilation, a new single, a new feature — it’s an event. It’s something that demands attention beyond just hip-hop fans or those that follow music cultureContinue reading “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar ★★★★”

Renaissance – Beyonce ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Renaissance Beyonce ★★★★½ 86 Pop Dance Pop R&B What are the two things you want from a DJ when you’re out dancing? You want them to play something that you recognize, and you want the music to transition seamlessly from one track to the next. On Renaissance, BeyonceContinue reading “Renaissance – Beyonce ★★★★½”

Cocodrillo Turbo – Action Bronson ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Crocodrillo Turbo Action Bronson ★★★★ 77 Hip-Hop Action Bronson’s a pretty interesting character, and he’s had an interesting career too. He started underground, making mixtapes and singles with pretty esteemed producers, and was featured on tracks with Odd Future, Vince Staples, A$AP Rocky and others before making hisContinue reading “Cocodrillo Turbo – Action Bronson ★★★★”

SOS – SZA ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 SOS SZA ★★★★ 84 Hip-Hop R&B Pop If SZA’s gonna consistently put out classics, I’m fine waiting five years between releases, and I’m happy with them including 23 tracks.  SZA’s stardom in 2022 is so much bigger than it was back in 2017, when she was about toContinue reading “SOS – SZA ★★★★”

The Forever Story – JID ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 The Forever Story JID ★★★★½ 89 Hip-Hop Whether it’s rapping on his own albums, as a feature or part of a collaboration, I think JID has pound-for-pound become the most consistently high-performing hip-hop artist out there today.  Sure, when Kendrick Lamar releases something it’s still an event thatContinue reading “The Forever Story – JID ★★★★½”

Cheat Codes – Black Thought and Danger Mouse ★★★★

Year Album Artists Stars Score Genre 2022 Cheat Codes Danger Mouse, Black Thought ★★★★ 75 Hip-Hop Cheat Codes brings together a seemingly natural pairing: Black Thought — lead MC for the Roots and a legendary voice in the conscious-rap movement of the late 90s and early 2000s — and Danger Mouse —a longtime producer whoContinue reading “Cheat Codes – Black Thought and Danger Mouse ★★★★”

Honestly, Nevermind – Drake ★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Honestly, Nevermind Drake ★ 24 Pop Pop Hip-Hop What would happen if you took “Passionfruit,” removed the fun character of it and threw it on top of a watered down tropical house beat?  What would “One Dance” be like if you removed the memorable upbeat vocals and gaveContinue reading “Honestly, Nevermind – Drake ★”

Be – Common ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2005 Be Common ★★★★½ 89 Hip-Hop The concept of a comeback record wasn’t really a thing in hip-hop back in 2005. One reason, and a big one, is that the genre was still relatively new at the time. With only 20 years or so of history — and closerContinue reading “Be – Common ★★★★½”