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The smooth, soulful sampling is a hip-hop tradition among lyrical maestros like Freddie Gibbs and Royce Da 5'9'. It's the kind of cozy, warm sonic-space where somehow MCs can manage to rap about the horrors of being black in America while nestled in a perfect groove you can't help but nod your head to. Lukah is from Memphis, TN—a city rich with black history and culture—and took the time to look inward for this project inspired by his grandfather's philosophical wisdom. The result ... read more
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Looks like Whitney has started microdosing.
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When I lived in Nashville, the look of a Friday night was a stranger's kitchen flooded with young, moppy-haired dude-types dressed like they'd walked out of 1974. These folks also made music—everybody does in Nashville, obviously—and were obsessed with emulating a new psychedelia and garage-rock that was dreamy and nasty all at the same time. Watching Pearl Charles' video for the first track "Only For Tonight" immediately brought to mind the now defunct Stone Fox pub where ... read more
grayola -
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The absolute biggest blind-spot this year that's been following me like a ghost—I can't hear or see it, but I know it's there. This is kitchen music, my god! I made a stew in a jiffy with these bumpy grooves scoring the chop of my knife. It's absolutely nuts that I was able to avoid this juggernaut and at the same time, completely right, since it's TJ Maxx-ready jams couldn't reach me from the confines of my home. This is what I'll play for my passengers should I ever drive Uber. We'll ... read more
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Listening after today's Grammy nominations and for its mammoth of tracks, there's such little to show for it. The experience of making this album—much of it freestyled on an island paradise in Hawaii—seems like it was more fun to make than listening to it. And this was an early-year release too... the R&B records from this year aren't sticking to the popular zeitgeist except for maybe The Weeknd's AFTER HOURS and I keep wanting something fresh. A good voice just doesn't cut it ... read more
Sep 18, 2020
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