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Wiki - Half God
Wiki
Half God
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Oct 2

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DCCXX -
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Ever since HEADBOARD was secretly buried within the streaming release of Volume One of Three Sided Tape, it's been hard not be completely enamoured by this relatively unexplored acoustic angle to Lil Ugly Mane. That track was the precursor to an amazing musical transition, and unintentionally became somewhat of a montage soundtrack, fitting so well against long-cast memories, steeped with anonymous nostalgia that almost isn't befitting of the absurd moniker that has also given us the ... read more

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DCCXX -
45
There are so many artists with wildly unique approaches to popular sounds that I love. Danny Brown's insane flows paint a cacophanous and deranged narrative. Bladee's auto-tuned vocals turn the voice into an instrumental weapon. And Playboi Carti's manic high-pitched delivery is as hypnotic and infectious as it is nonsensical. That's why it is continuously disappointing to hear Young Thug's unimpressive and egregious vocalisations over bloated tracklists with half-baked ideas. Like So Much Fun ... read more
DCCXX -
40
BADBADNOTGOOD is a new favourite of mine; recently diving into their previous releases has uncovered some incredible jazz fusion that takes it easy on the often insular composition work jazz can take, incorporating electronic, hip-hop and pop elements tastefully. Their 2017 record IV is easily their most realised work, delighting with flavourful blends of all manner of different ideals. Given the group's proliferance for experimentation amongst brass instrumentation then, and Talk Memory is a ... read more
DCCXX -
50
Don Toliver has one of the most unique inflections in hip-hop right now, really making waves as somewhat of a trap Sampha. He is capable of mesmerising performances, holding it down impressively on Travis Scott's CAN'T SAY, and of course his spell-binding contribution to Kanye's Moon. However, on his solo work, Don Toliver continues to remain in the slow lane, churning out banal trap that only hints at his abilities on the microphone. And while Life of a Don is marginally better than last ... read more
DCCXX -
75
Wiki has been an interesting rapper to follow. While I've never been blown away by his output, the heart and sincerity oozes from his music, and beneath the gritty Nuyorican veneer, there's affection, family and a tight inner circle that weaves its way into his lyrical fabric. Half God is the most realised project of Wiki's that achieves this, and while it can be a jumbled mess of ideas just like its cover art, Wiki himself is rarely to blame as his definitely improved pen game is masterfully ... read more
DCCXX -
75
Like so many other hip-hop projects hopping on the lucrative deluxe bandwagon, bonus tracks from Hitler Wears Hermes 8 were inevitable, especially given Westside Gunn's usually proliferous release schedule. What wasn't expected (as long as you weren't following his Instagram closely) was a whole second tape, 25 minutes longer than its A-side. And while it's definitely not as concise and forward-thinking as Sincerely Adolf, Side B still manages to provide listeners with even more of the thuggish ... read more

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