Quintessential & Eddou XL – “Playing Friends”

The groovy and silly red record, My Cheese Budget Is Growing, which is the debut for Quintessential, is excellent for many lyrical (and frankly theatrical) achievements as well as for the smooth beats provided by Eddou XL. “Playing Friends,” especially in context, goes unbelievably hard—and I can’t help but fixate on the openness of the final line of the chorus and song: “I made a … Continue reading Quintessential & Eddou XL – “Playing Friends”

Little Simz is Redefining Simbi

Vulnerable, aspirational, and admirable. Words to describe Little Simz’s sort-of self-titled album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, and the London artist herself, or at least the potentially exaggerated character she plays across its 19 tracks. The 2021 album, produced by Inflo, is a mirror, working through hard memories and harsh reality. It also sees beyond itself, acknowledging the community in which she is enmeshed and … Continue reading Little Simz is Redefining Simbi

Mega Ran is Balling

Whatever happened to Elizabeth Warren’s favorite HBO half-hour dramedy, Ballers? Just kidding, a quick Google reveals that it was canceled unceremoniously in 2020, leaving a respectable legacy of five seasons. The title of the show is a double-entendre, of course, literally referring to the fact that the characters are or interact with athletes, and in a more colloquial sense, that they are absolute fucking powerhouses. … Continue reading Mega Ran is Balling

Rico Nasty Drops Music Video for Summer Single “Magic”

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. If anything was a cultural reset in the past three years, it was Rico Nasty’s “Smack a Bitch.” The iconic single and its remix appear on Rico’s debut album Nightmare Vacation, which was released only last year. The punk-rap star from the DMV has wasted no time with new material—her forthcoming mixtape Rx will include new single “Magic,” which has dropped alongside a … Continue reading Rico Nasty Drops Music Video for Summer Single “Magic”

Little Simz Honors Black Women Around The World on Latest Single “Woman”

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Don’t let the title of Little Simz forthcoming album fool you; her leading singles have both been bombastic and demanding of your attention. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is due out September 3rd via Age 101, and will contain “Woman,” the most recent release from the London-based artist featuring repeat collaborator Cleo Sol. It is an ode to Black and brown ladies everywhere and the … Continue reading Little Simz Honors Black Women Around The World on Latest Single “Woman”

Reading R.A.P. Ferreira’s Transmissions Under the Purple Moonlight

sngalbums: Rory Ferreira is a shark. His bars are vicious and majestic, and as an artist he is never stagnant. I could spend 1,000 words describing all the past and current projects that Ferreira has undertaken. Instead, let’s just agree that the breadth of his work expands like the universe—all-encompassing, yet still uncovering new territory on every release.  His 2020 release came in mid-March, or … Continue reading Reading R.A.P. Ferreira’s Transmissions Under the Purple Moonlight

Reading R.A.P. Ferreira’s Transmissions Under the Purple Moonlight

Rory Ferreira is a shark. His bars are vicious and majestic, and as an artist he is never stagnant. I could spend 1,000 words describing all the past and current projects that Ferreira has undertaken. Instead, let’s just agree that the breadth of his work expands like the universe—all-encompassing, yet still uncovering new territory on every release.  His 2020 release came in mid-March, or just … Continue reading Reading R.A.P. Ferreira’s Transmissions Under the Purple Moonlight

Best Songs of 2020: 1. def.sound & Zhao

sawdustandgin: Bouncy bars travel along smooth terrain before reaching a mystical destination. Get electrocuted by love, courtesy of Def Sound and Zhao.  Best Songs of 20201. def.sound – “STRUCK!” produced by Zhao The friendships I forged with both def.sound and Zhao stoke the fire of my love for this track—”STRUCK!“ is energized by life, love, and art. My relationship with these artists may have been eroded by … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 1. def.sound & Zhao

Sampa the Great – “Times Up” feat. Junglepussy

All Black Queens to the Front: Rap Alongside Sampa the Great and Junglepussy by Entering “Time’s Up” Remix Competition Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The world is finally ready for Sampa the Great. The Zambian rapper, raised in Botswana and currently based in Australia, represents the electric underground rap scene, always sure to incorporate elements of herself—from her lyrics to Afro-centric instrumentation in a track’s … Continue reading Sampa the Great – “Times Up” feat. Junglepussy

Holding Out for a Hero

Holding out for a Hero? Tunde Olaniran Comes to Save the Day Photo Credit: Bre’Ann White Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Tunde Olaniran is an adept singer whose range seems boundless. They have been known to quickly change from heavenly falsetto to gruff hip hop bars on a dime. Their thematically-rich 2018 record Stranger supplied plenty of varying rhythms to exercise … Continue reading Holding Out for a Hero