This year has been an undoubtedly tumultuous time for everyone, musicians included. As a result of the pandemic, long-awaited releases have been shelved indefinitely, tours have been halted world-wide, and the independent music landscape looks rockier than ever. Regardless of tours or promotion opportunities many artists have continued to produce…


Donald Glover has had an undeniably rapid growth into stardom over the past decade. Setting aside his achievements in comedy, film, and television, his Childish Gambino alias has produced one of the most diverse catalogs in modern hip-hop. His beginning was muddled by poorly-aged internet nerd rap on projects like…


Ghosteen finds prolific songwriter Nick Cave a few years after the release of 2016’s devastating Skeleton Tree, recorded during the aftermath of his teenage son’s unexpected death. Tree was heartbreaking from front to back, enlisting a minimal electronic sound palette that provided a backdrop to Cave’s grievous vocal wallowing. It…


By this point, Tyler the Creator needs no introduction. Fans and onlookers alike have held mixed opinions towards his work over the last decade, with him popping up into the mainstream via Adult Swim television shows, a successful fashion line, and a discography ranging from horror-core to alternative rock. I…


The career of Schoolboy Q has been an unpredictable one. After signing to the then-unknown record label Top Dawg Entertainment nearly a decade ago, his rise has been largely overshadowed by peers Kendrick Lamar and SZA. To date, he’s had two number one albums, his biggest being 2014's Oxymoron which…


The first aspect that greets the listener on Solange Knowles’s fourth album, When I Get Home, is repetition. The opener “Things I Imagined” is a blunt reiteration over airy synthesizers and piano, beckoning “I saw things I imagined” some dozen times. For the rest of project repetition shows up on…


#50) serpentwithfeet-soil

R&B artist Josiah Wise has created a kaleidoscopic listening experience with his debut album soil. …


J.I.D, photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Billboard

After years of relatively unknown projects and quiet appearances with fellow Atlanta artists, Destin Route, aka J.I.D, finally got his well-deserved recognition in March of last year. His debut album The Never Story was unveiled through one of the hip-hop industry’s biggest possible co-signs (J. Cole’s Dreamville Records) and cemented…


Vince Staples may be modern rap music’s most important cynic. Since his breakout in late 2014 with the Hell Can Wait EP, his public image has remained both hilarious and brutally honest throughout Twitter hot takes, food critiques, and one of the most confusing videos to ever go viral. Running…


BROCKHAMPTON Members Dom McLennon, Merlyn Wood, Kevin Abstract, Romil Hemnani, Joba, Matt Champion, and Bearface

2018 has been a tumultuous year for BROCKHAMPTON. After a lightning-fast rise into the mainstream due to last year’s brilliant SATURATION album trilogy and co-signs from the likes of Rick Rubin, Zane Lowe, and Jaden Smith, the group faced seemingly impassable abuse allegations towards founding member Ameer Vann. Many saw…

Brett Peters

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