Every few years, a major national publication will publish an overview of the Christian music industry. This week, Kelefa Sanneh has a good one in The New Yorker. Sanneh’s history of Christian rock and pop begins way back in the 1950s, with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s advice-column exhortation that gospel and the devil’s … More »
In a time where mumble rap is the mainstream as melodies, harmonies, and brands seem to matter more than the meaning of lyrics, Eminem strikes back with a scathing lyrical full-length, Kamikaze, out of the blue, executively produced by Dr. Dre.
The intro track, The Ringer, wittily attacks media for his less than stellar reviews on his previous album, Revival, dropped eight months prior. Em’s specialty is rap battling, so of course 8 Mile’s own had to counter. Though, from listening to Kamikaze, it seems like the media turning Eminem mad got him back to destroying anyone in his path with his legendary wordplay and lyrical prowess.
A good example of his high caliber rhyming is when he goes after this era’s popular hip-hop music: “Get this f***in’ audio out my Audi yo, adios // I can see why people like Lil Yachty, but not me though.” Em goes back full-circle later in the verse, claiming that’s simply his opinion and if it were up to him, there’s a lot he would shake up. Who wouldn’t? “Not Alike” featuring Royce da 5’9″ also finds the Detroit rapper taking aim and spraying. With the same vocal cadence to Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Marshal Mathers and Royce go on to attack the conscious desire for uniformity.
On “Fall” Em attacked Joe Budden, Tyler, The Creator (amidst homophobic slurs), and the Grammys while celebrating his inspiration of some of todays hip-hop geniuses such as Hopsin, K. Dot, and Logic. Eminem is touted as this generation’s greatest battle rapper, and with everything happening around him, the seasoned emcee pulled out all the stops on his surprise new LP.
One of the foundational principles of being a teenager is posturing like you’re cooler and more grown-up than you actually are. The budding career of Billie Eilish is this ruse writ large with a major-label budget, presented so convincingly you wonder whether it might actually be authentic. More »
Logic, the woke and nerdy Maryland rapper who claims one of the most fervently devoted audiences in hip-hop and the clout to get Adult Swim icons Rick & Morty on his album, is apparently a big fan of druggy, chilled-out indie-rock festival staples. He’s such a big fan, in fact, that he’s covering his body … More »
Ty Dolla $ign gets around. The R&B lothario releases quite a bit of his own music — 11 full-lengths and two EPs since 2011, plus a joint project with Jeremih called MihTy dropping later this month — but the collaborative section of his discography sprawls as endlessly as his native LA. At the end of … More »
Logic and Marshmello are two dudes that came into 2018 on a mission. Marshmello has been releasing new music literally every week and Logic has continued to grace us with lyrical perfection with his mixtape “Bobby Tarantino II”. On said mixtape, the two collaborated for the timeless track “EVERYDAY” (not to be confused with Logic’s
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