Earl Sweatshirt has hinted at new music arriving at some point this year, but before we can properly receive any new offering we need to finish digesting what he’s already given. Here we unpack the complexity of Earl’s discography and life through his lost album: "Gnossos". The irony of Earl Sweatshirt’s elusiveness has always confounded me. The figure who has spent so … [Read more...] about “Gnossos” – The Story Behind Earl Sweatshirt’s Lost Album
Doris, the first of Earl Sweatshirt’s two studio albums, was released on August 20, 2013. In the five years since, the Los Angeles-based rapper has become one of hip hop’s most lauded young lyricists and, much like his Odd Future associate Frank Ocean, one of the culture’s most enigmatic figures. Earl's long absence from the limelight has led devoted fans to pore over his every … [Read more...] about Producing Doris: Every Sample from Earl Sweatshirt’s Debut Studio Album, Analyzed
Since the release of his album Flower Boy, critics have spent a lot of time praising Tyler, the Creator for his maturation as both an artist and human being. But one quick look inside the vinyl assures us that Tyler is still the same old fuck boy that ate a roach back in his Odd Future days - and I couldn't be more glad. Flower Boy is an excellent album filled with instant … [Read more...] about A Look Inside the “Flower Boy” Vinyl
We knew Frank Ocean was a gifted artist with a talent for turning emotions and memories into beautiful music. It turns out he has a few other, less vulnerable, ways he likes to blow off steam too - like throwing elbows in grungy circle pits. Frank Ocean is a man of mystery. Even Frank's diehard fans - the ones who have literally spent months of their lives gobbling up … [Read more...] about Ever Seen Frank Ocean in a Mosh Pit?
Trash Talk brings the fury of hardcore to places it’s never been. Their tie-dye thrash vibe is exactly what you didn’t know you needed. https://www.instagram.com/p/BcTXTY6BhdM/?hl=en&taken-by=leespielman Yeah, that’s Action Bronson, everyone’s favorite rapper/slab of beef acting as guardian of a mosh pit on the rooftop of Vice’s Brooklyn headquarters. Ty Dolla $ign … [Read more...] about Trash Talk: Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Punk Band
Odd Future's legacy of self-expression changed hip hop forever. Whether Brockhampton will leave a similar imprint still remains to be seen - but one thing is for certain: Brockhampton's music has reached a level that Odd Future's never did. No one was talking about Brockhampton last January. Even Brockhampton's earliest adopters were a far cry from the frenzied 'Stans' … [Read more...] about It’s Official: Brockhampton Has Outgrown the Odd Future Comparisons
2017 has been an unusual year for Frank Ocean’s career, even by his own self-imposed standards. Ask an Ocean fan when the last time their favorite artist dropped a non-album single was before this year - you’ll probably get a scratch of the head and shrug of the shoulders. Believe it or not, Frank Ocean had never dropped a non-album single before March 10, 2017. The enigmatic … [Read more...] about Year-End Recap of Frank Ocean’s 2017
NPR's latest installment in their amazing Tiny Desk video series is seriously great. Tyler, The Creator puts on an excellent 24 minute show featuring tracks off his self-produced album, Flower Boy. Backed by a standing bass, drumset, keyboard, and two backup singers, Tyler drives the melodies with his voice and piano skills and drives the energy of the performance with his … [Read more...] about Fresh NPR Tiny Desk: Tyler, The Creator