LULU – Conway the Machine ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2020 LULU Conway the Machine ★★★★ 77 Hip-Hop At only 22 minutes long, Conway the Machine might technically consider LULU an EP, but it feels like a complete album, and The Alchemist’s production just transports you into Conway’s world, with HARD bass notes, menacing, dissonant synths and gritty, methodicalContinue reading “LULU – Conway the Machine ★★★★”

I Know NIGO! – Nigo ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 I Know Nigo! Nigo ★★★½ 72 Hip-Hop I Know Nigo! Is a quick, fun, hip-hop compilation record curated by Japanese fashion designer and BAPE founder Nigo. A DJ with Japanese hip-hop group Teriyaki Boy, the second album under his name — and first since way back in 2000Continue reading “I Know NIGO! – Nigo ★★★½”

Straight Outta Compton – NWA ★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1988 Straight Outta Compton N.W.A. ★★ 40 Hip-Hop Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. was a monumental and pioneering hip-hop record, but age has not been kind to it, and while you have to talk about how instrumental the album was in forming gangsta rap, highly political music about racialContinue reading “Straight Outta Compton – NWA ★★”

House of Balloons -The Weeknd ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2011 House of Balloons The Weeknd ★★★★½ 87 Hip-Hop R&B Alternative R&B I really love how House of Balloons flows from beginning to end, that the subjects and themes return from song to song, and put the main character through a wringer of emotions and situations delivered with R&BContinue reading “House of Balloons -The Weeknd ★★★★½”

The Impossible Kid – Aesop Rock ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2016 The Impossible Kid Aesop Rock ★★★ 60 Hip-Hop The Impossible Kid is a fine album from a rapper who’s a holdout from an era of underground, electronic alternative New York-based hip hop that never really thrived or flourished into the mainstream. While most of Aesop Rock’s peers fromContinue reading “The Impossible Kid – Aesop Rock ★★★”

Whole Lotta Red – Playboi Carti ★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2020 Whole Lotta Red Playboi Carti ★★½ 46 Hip-Hop Playboi Carti is an artist who has always been more about vibe and aesthetic than substance. His beat selection mixed with adlibs, repetitive hooks and lyrics make for a hypnotic, non-stop, “get hype” experience that all runs and flows together. Continue reading “Whole Lotta Red – Playboi Carti ★★½”

RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART – Vince Staples ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART Vince Staples ★★★★ 80 Hip-Hop Vince Staples has done it again, creating another highly-consistent and cohesive hip-hop album in RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART, which sounds both very different from anything he’s done before and also feels exactly like any other album VinceContinue reading “RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART – Vince Staples ★★★★”

2000 – Grand Puba ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1995 2000 Grand Puba ★★★ 56 Hip-Hop The production here is the star. Grand Puba’s 2000 features some smooth, chill, jazzy hip-hop production that’s really easy to listen to. There’s a nice, laid back kick drum, some soul samples and nice bass lines. It’s just a step below AContinue reading “2000 – Grand Puba ★★★”

Run the Jewels 2 – Run the Jewels ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2014 Run The Jewels 2 Run The Jewels ★★★½ 74 Hip-Hop Run the Jewels is such a consistent group that it’s hard trying to judge any of their albums against one another. They each have their big highlights. They each show Killer Mike and El-P’s growth as songwriters andContinue reading “Run the Jewels 2 – Run the Jewels ★★★½”

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West ★★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West ★★★★★ 99 Hip-Hop My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of those albums that, when you throw it on, it’s impossible not to sing along to the entire way through. From the Nicki Minaj introductory monologue and Kanye’s masterful opening verse, toContinue reading “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West ★★★★★”