Listen, I'm not saying the thing was a masterpiece, but A Beautiful Lie at least has some guilty pleasure nostalgia attachment. The only guilt related to It's the End of the World, But It's a Beautiful Day is that I listened to the first two songs and didn't just instinctively say "I won't like the next 33 minutes if I don't stop this."
Favorite track: The pretend bonus track I decided plays at the very end, which is just the ... read more
Favorite track: Contact
Favorite track: Gualala
Fully recognizing how hyperbolic this is, SCARING THE HOES may be one of the best things to ever happen to experimental/abstract hip hop. Danny Brown and JPEGMAFIA are already modern legends of the last decade from their individual work so there was no mystery that the two would have more than enough talent to put together a fun collaborative project. That's not even scratching the surface - Brown and JPEG aren't just complimentary ... read more
Favorite track - I Wish you Roses
Sorry, I don't know how to do this anymore. I like the change up here. The last album had some fun elements to it but, quite frankly, I didn't come back to them much. UGLY definitely feels like something I can come back to later as a full project. Neat! Wow!
Favorite Track - UGLY
After El-P's label closed its doors Aesop Rock went on a five year hiatus before releasing Skelethon, then took another four year hiatus (outside of singles) before The Impossible Kid. Over the last three years, though, Aesop has been busier than ever, ... read more
My brother, who was also a member of the podcast, passed away a little over a month ago now. He spent three months in the hospital dealing with various health issues surrounding a heart transplant he received as a baby. After his heart ... read more
This is an album of highs and lows, including a complete nosedive by the end that severely impacts the ability to enjoy Donda as a whole project. It took what felt like ages for the controversial star to finally release his highly anticipated album, seeming to push it back and tease it and preview it and try and pull it back again so much that it already made the wait feel like it wasn't worth it. You ... read more