Lucas Acid, Moodie Black

By Nimish Sarin, Contributing Writer SCORE: 8.6 Lucas Acid is the first full-length project from noise-rap pioneers Moodie Black in over four years. The Minneapolis-based group has been releasing grimy experimental music for over a decade under the record label Fake Four Inc., which houses multiple creative acts in the world of underground hip-hop. Moodie Black perfectly fits this description boasting grimy industrial production and … Continue reading Lucas Acid, Moodie Black

Joyride, Tinashe

By Tyler Moore, Contributing Writer SCORE: 3.5 Joyride is Tinashe’s second album, the sophomore project following her 2014 album, Aquamarine. Tinashe, in the past, has been compared to the likes of The Weeknd and Janet Jackson, though closer to The Weeknd. Both comparisons are very complimentary, but they are a step above where Tinashe falls on the release of this album. Tinashe works with a … Continue reading Joyride, Tinashe

CARE FOR ME, Saba

By Daniel Winogradoff, Albums Editor SCORE: 9.2 If there was a clear and consensual pecking order to Chicago’s rap history disguised as a family dinner, this is what I would imagine it’d look like: you’d have outlandish parent Kanye West at the head of the table, serving up a sweet tray of Italian beef sandwiches to his loving family. Then you’d have young Chano, the … Continue reading CARE FOR ME, Saba

Vacation in Hell, Flatbush Zombies

By Logan Rude, Concerts Editor SCORE: 7.3 In the early 2010s, hip-hop’s birthplace saw the rise of a new class of rappers who embraced their New York roots. Among them were A$AP Mob, Pro Era, The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies. Each collective has found their own way to put a new spin on their New York roots. Flatbush Zombies stand out as not only the … Continue reading Vacation in Hell, Flatbush Zombies

Expectations, Hayley Kiyoko

By Geordon Wollner, Contributing Writer SCORE: 8.0 Breaking ground with her 2015 single “Girls Like Girls,” LA native Hayley Kiyoko has pushed to call out ‘straight songs’ in order to normalize feelings for everyone. Taking note of the cover for her debut album Expectations, the female gaze is finally on the front lines. Kiyoko, also known as “Lesbian Jesus” by her fans, has become a contemporary icon … Continue reading Expectations, Hayley Kiyoko