Mudboy, Sheck Wes

By Daniel Winogradoff, Albums Editor SCORE: 8.3 In late February, Harlem’s self-proclaimed renaissance man Sheck Wes said in an interview, “I’m a mudboy. I came from the mud, oozed out the concrete. I’m not a rose. I’m a mudboy, I came from nothing.” This mantra, this self-bestowed label is all you need to know about Sheck Wes and his music; everything is raw. Life, in … Continue reading Mudboy, Sheck Wes

iridescence, BROCKHAMPTON

By Rishabh Kishore, Staff Writer SCORE: 8.3 BROCKHAMPTON did it again. It has been an interesting year for the boy band. After releasing the third and final part of the SATURATION trilogy, BROCKHAMPTON took off on tour and, consequently, promised another album. The boy band is an absolute powerhouse; the group has released four albums in the span of eighteen months with each album showcasing … Continue reading iridescence, BROCKHAMPTON

East Atlanta Love Letter, 6LACK

By Daniel Winogradoff, Albums Editor SCORE: 7.7 As we approach the 10th anniversary of Kanye West’s tragic-rooted experiment– the dimly lit 808s & Heartbreak – we reach for an understanding of its innumerable influence. As a case study, 808s earthed the contemporary iciness of the R&B-Hip Hop fusion we see today. Without 808s, there is no Bryson Tiller, no Travis Scott, no Lil Uzi Vert, … Continue reading East Atlanta Love Letter, 6LACK

Room 25, Noname

By Logan Rude, Editor-In-Chief SCORE: 9.2 Room 25, the latest album from Noname, is lullaby rap. No, really! She says so herself! Luckily, lullabies don’t have to be boring. Noname’s lullabies build a world in which you can calmly and peacefully contemplate your thoughts — regardless of intensity — with the care they deserve. Noname has only been seriously releasing music for two years, yet … Continue reading Room 25, Noname

Selfless EP, Kiana Ledè

By Amanda Rovitz, Contributing Writer SCORE: 9.1 Today’s female R&B scene has created a distinct narrative on what makes good music “good:” great vocals, meaningful lyricism and strong production value are all prerequisites for success. Recently, forces like Jessie Reyez, SZA, H.E.R., Jorja Smith and many others have created identities as powerful figures in the R&B realm through this model. In addition, Republic Records recording … Continue reading Selfless EP, Kiana Ledè