Kaytranada – Instrumental Hip Hop Is Dead [@KAYTRANADA]


If we were to put stock in certain acts in 2014, I’d drop a few ducketts on Montreal producer Kaytranada. Not only did he have a rather productive 2013 helping piece together a solid instrumental album, a collaboration with JMSN that became one of my favorite tracks of the year (February’s “All We Do”) and […]

Meet The New #NewRules: Beyoncé Releases Beyoncé: The Visual Album On iTunes


Thought Scandal‘s season finale was going to set Black Twitter on fire? That has nothing on Beyoncé releasing her self-titled fifth album on iTunes. Out of the absolute blue. Titled Beyoncé: The Visual Album, the new LP features 14 brand new tracks along with 18 (!) videos and features from Drake, Jay Z, Blue Ivy […]

The ARE Cook With Marvin Gaye on ‘Here, My Dear’ [@TheARE]


The trouble with The ARE’s latest record of more than vibrant instrumentals is that it shares the same title as Marvin Gaye’s classic Here, My Dear album. Thus, any Google search will cause you to reflect and dig into Gaye’s classic record while making almost everything the multi-platinum producers created for their own Here, My […]

Dallas Duo A.Dd+ Release ‘DiveHiFlyLo’ [@addhoe @gravyslim @parispershun]


Ten months and four songs. It may sound like the subheadline to an Arrested Development track but the sentence is more like the rhyme and reason as to why A.Dd+’s long awaited DiveHiFlyLo project was deemed Dallas only for a giant bulk of the year until today, with its national release. Four new songs. DC9 […]

Stream It: Ab & 14KT – Saturn Return [@abmusic @14kt]


Last week, Ab & 14KT offered their initial dance into Saturn Return with “Lover’s Galaxy”, a record we couldn’t help trying to two-step to and try our hand at D’Angelo adlibs with. As promised the duo release the project in full with plenty of moments that fit themselves to 14KT’s hard hitting drums and extraterrestrial […]

Luveerd – Push [@Luveerd]


While other parts of the country are mistakenly attributing Bay Area sayings and mannerisms to other artists (no, my dear, Stalley did not coin the term “slaps,”), those rappers actually in the area have instead focused on introducing the masses to the term by providing music that does indeed slap. Hard. As his recent release […]

phenomENON – Hustlin [@EnonThaPhenom]


From culture to music, the Bay Area has always done its own thing; gaining notoriety for both it’s thriving indie scene, as well as their innovating contribution. While the rest of the country has always been a tad late catching the beat; the ‘Yay Area’ as it’s affectionately known as, has continuously left their footprints […]

Download Sertified & Heart Beatz’ FilthyFckingHumans Album [@sertified @BeatzWithHeart]


Ah Sertified, the lovable oaf of Austin who’s beefy personality makes him a fun listen for whatever situation. Sure, he has quite a weed habit and the penchant to knock a few decibels off of your speakers for his own personal enjoyment but for the most part he’s one of the few cats in ATX […]

First Look: John Legend – Love in The Future [@johnlegend]

John Legend - Love in The Future_cover

Since unveiling his early singles “The Beginning” and, more recently, “Made to Love,” John Legend has made it perfectly clear that his upcoming fourth studio album, Love in The Future, will be one of this coming fall’s better musical offerings. Although Love in The Future isn’t officially set to arrive until September, Legend today unveiled the album’s official cover […]

Freddie Gibbs Releases #ESGN Three Weeks Early [@freddiegibbs]


It’s quite clear that Gangsta Gibbs literally cares nothing about traditionalism in rap. To him, it’s all about loyalty and respect, not to mention stepping on people’s necks with some of the best verses and grimy album cuts we’ve heard from a chiseled rapper in years. Him stepping away from Young Jeezy & CTE should […]