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2020 has had many unfortunate events happen so subsequently, that in our own modern way one could say it’s the start of another Depression. Though not as great as the 30s, since the US is the only one still in parallel. Through this current Pandemic and the loss of icons Kobe Bryant, Carl Reiner, and Pop Smoke (in his own right).

The rapper’s unfortunate passing came at the height of the New York City drill trend. The amount of hype driven behind his collection of Meet The Woo mixtapes flooded over into his debut Shoot for the Stars, Aim For…


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Like the evolution in herself, the music speaks similarly in Arca’s KiCk i. The transcendent artist/producer had tremendous outputs in the previous decade, with two albums and headlining the production on one of BJÖRK’s best albums. But unlike all that, KiCk i becomes a one of a kind record filled with so many sounds it’s like bullets flying with double speed right at you.

Mutant and Arca uses a lot of noise and industrial trance to create an atmosphere. But this new album’s approach feels more kin to a fleshed out album with purpose. There is never a dull moment…


Though a belated list, it was a daunting task to try and circumvent a Top 10 that felt right. It took time and multiple listens to come up with what I deemed were some of the best records so far this year.

But first:

Honorable mentions:

Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Ganas — Bad Bunny

Before Love Came To Kill Us — Jessie Reyez

Alfredo — Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist

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10. Circles — Mac Miller (8/10)

As with most of what was heard on swimming, Mac was definitely at the focal point in his musical transitions. He…


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The very rare would admit that Teyana Taylor’s previous album K.T.S.E. was the best amongst the collection released during GOOD Music’s Wyoming Sessions. With her new album The Album, she revitalizes that notion of pure consistent excellence.

Teyana’s growth as an artist is matched by the vigor behind her voice. K.T.S.E. came and went leaving an imprint based around consistency, which replicates on The Album.

The Album has a lot of different factors that jump out at you, amongst the plethora of tracks running down. From interesting duets and features to a collection of solo outputs to flex her strengths…


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For artists in the industry, they are always classified by genre despite the amount of different sounds they incorporate into their music. And as RMR (Rumor) releases his debut EP — Drug Dealing Is A Lost Art, it brings into question what he is.

When he first released his first single “Rascal,” the world wasn’t ready to take that song seriously. Maybe it is the accompanying music video that relays RMR’s crooning and broken heart with a bunch of men in a trailer park wearing ski-masks and wielding AR-15s at the camera. Though RMR did pull a mean flex with…


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Lady GaGa is a monstrous performer capable of bringing her all in her performances, but what she makes up for in this is the deteriorating factor that as a songwriter she has her own hiccups. The Dance-Pop artist’s release comes from a strong two years, where she starred and was nominated in 2018’s A Star is Born, winning for Best Original Song. As tremendous as “Shallow,” was it felt slighted by the abundance of varying uses for the song. It loses its meaning if everyone wants to sing it just to sing it. …


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Lil Yachty goes to prove like everything else in the world the long endured culture can’t be different for older people. At one point he was the definition of “OK BOOMER” when he proclaimed his happiness on a podcast with New Jersey Rapper Joe Budden for Complex. It’s as hip hop has a limit where it can be discredited, but that’s a topic for any other day.

The HAPPY Atlanta rapper, Lil Yachty comes this weekend with an album full of intriguing directions and cheesy mixtape production at its lowest of points.

His new album, Lil Boat 3, comes with…


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There has always been many debates in the world of Hip-Hop and the one debate that has ceased to go away even with admission, is that Eminem is a guest in Hip-Hop. It’s almost like we’re getting to the point they really can’t have anything for themselves and someone else steals their thunder.

But this “menace,” was more than just the scapegoat to the neigh sayers decrying his violent misogynist lyrics and his overt use of faggot and other homophobic content.

The Marshall Mathers LP took Eminem to taller heights on both ends. The negatives derived from parents who saw…


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Yung Lean has always been a musical revolutionary in the same way Kanye was making conscious rap cool in the mid 2000s. In his case it is the progressive and multi-layered atmospheric hip-hop that descended from cloud 9. From the xannie-inducing “Yoshi City,” and “Kyoto,” to more prominent mixtapes, his popularity became marked as a brand — aka the “Sad Boys.”

As the years progressed, he has shifted about the cabin and has put his hands on different takes on the sound — even going down the singing route. …


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Little Simz virtuoso is matched by the quality she has been releasing since the start of her career. Last year’s GREY Area was one of the best releases of last year. Her lyrical prowess empowers the simplicity of the instrumentals creating multi faceted layers of depth to her music. This continues on her new EP Drop 6.

Drop 6 adventures into a percussion-ominous (vibe) realm elevating the sounds higher, albeit short runtimes for the first four tracks. Its themes of empowerment and resilience through the hardships — mental and physical. …

Kevin Montes

Writer by day, human by night.

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