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Class of 2018: The Overachievers

You know it’s been a strange year in music when the Billboard charts and the critic’s year-end lists have so much in common. Stereogum gave the #1 spot to a pop country album; the same album that topped lists from People and Entertainment Weekly. Janelle Monáe finally got the credit she deserved when she released The ArchAndroid eight years ago. Mitski… Read more →

Nas. Cervantes. 11.15.13

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is one of the most deceptive venue names in history. The club exists in a dead zone of Five Points, at least eight blocks from the nearest watering hole. The venue serves its purpose well, but it’s not the type of place you want to hang out all night. It was for this reason that we found… Read more →

Nas. Red Rocks. 09.06.13

“Yo, all I need is one mic, one beat, one stage…“ Nas couldn’t have closed out his career-spanning set with a more appropriate song. The ‘one mic, one nigga front’ philosophy is just one reason Nas is still a legitimate performer at 39 years old — twenty years after Illmatic — but it is one of the most important reasons.… Read more →

Nas & Ms. Lauryn Hill. Fillmore.11.16.12

Every time I walk into a hip-hop show, I do my best to leave my expectations at the door.  Despite my best intentions, I usually walk out disappointed by the complete lack of respect the artists have for the people who paid money to see them perform.  I know I’ve said this many times before, but the late-starts, crowded stages… Read more →

Re-Up: July 2010

Every month I will recap the albums and songs I can recommend under the Re-Up heading. Click on each album cover for more information. Songs: Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglij & Best Coast – All Summer (internet only via Converse) Free Energy – Bang Pop (from Stuck on Nothing out now) Steel Train – Bullet (from Steel Train out now) Kristen… Read more →

Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives

Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives Full disclosure:  I like almost anything Nas does and think he’s the true King of East Coast Hip-Hop.  I am intrigued by the dark continent.  I do not like reggae music.  That being said, I am really feeling this album lately.  Is it a classic?  No.  Is it a little too preachy?  Yes. … Read more →