Nate Patrin’s magnificently written and wildly informative new book argues for the artistry of sampling, its potential for beauty.
Kendrick Lamar has produced a scattered album for a scattered time.
Prima Donna is a rare thing: a conceptual EP that works.
The Get Down has the tragic resonance it deserves, though Baz Luhrmann pulls back from confronting the narrative’s political implications.
Imagine Yourself in a Free and Natural World finds B L A C K I E reaching an ambitious artistic high, delivering potent pieces of jazzy discord that impressively conflate the barbaric and the beautiful.
Some listeners are undoubtedly going to dismiss Lese Majesty as a collection of vignettes or motifs, formless for all intents and purposes. That would be a shame.
In red gloves and dark glasses, popping and locking, the Wondertwins are both imposing humans and robotic objects, organic and mechanical reproduction.
Hopefully, Death Grips can keep finding new ways to convey contemporary dissonance, because as it stands now they have produced four of the most important musical works of the 21st Century.
Those cynical about the album’s extravagant promotional campaign will be glad to hear that Jay-Z’s latest studio effort is very hit-or-miss.
With “Run the Jewels,” El-P and Killer Mike have turned out one of the most passionately rapped and impeccably produced hip hop albums in recent memory.