Being the unrelenting critic that I am, if artists cared for my opinion then it would likely disincentivize the older ones. Because I’m always going to compare their new music to their old music, which is likely really good, otherwise why would they still be relevant in hip-hop? I don’t expect the new to be exactly the same or better than the old, but I do want it to be as compelling. So here we are with the new Wu-Tang album, A Better Tomorrow. After a classic debut, multiple decent-to-great group follow-ups, 98 core member solo albums, 306 Wu-affiliates, and 6 billion other albums and mixtapes and compilations, they chose to bring everyone together one more time to make another album, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that debut album.
Another old jawn, cuz I do wot I wawnt!
In 2005, when I first learned of The Hieroglyphics crew, I was amazed at these West Coast rappers whose lyrics were as intricate as my East Coast favorites. I knew nothing of Del’s history, his connection to Ice Cube (they’re cousins!), or Souls of Mischief’s classic 93 Til Infinity. Don’t crucify me please! I’ve since learned, but I continue to be amazed that they’re just as sharp now as then. While my favorites like Nas have arguably fallen off, Hiero is still dropping dope albums like 2013’s The Kitchen. Continue reading Hieroglyphics – The Kitchen
Hear Sum Evil is a new mixtape from Da Mafia 6ix that’s meant to build anticipation for their album coming early next year. But first, let’s deal with the name/roster change for a second. Da Mafia 6ix means there’s no Juicy J, for some contractual reason that I haven’t yet tried to understand. And, apparently since this past May, there’s no Gangsta Boo either. Both voices would have definitely been nice on Hear Sum Evil, but it’s good enough that I barely missed them.