Some Rap Songs, Earl Sweatshirt

By Daniel Winogradoff, Albums Editor SCORE: 9.5 For this review, I shall only refer to Earl Sweatshirt, the name most people are probably more familiar with, as Thebe Kgositsile, his birth name. If you need reason why, here’s a snippet from Some Rap Song’s twelfth track, “Veins”: “Earl is not my name, the world is my domain, kid.” The third-to-last track of L.A. cult moniker … Continue reading Some Rap Songs, Earl Sweatshirt

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

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

Lord Willin’, Clipse

By Daniel Winogradoff, Albums Editor Each week, Sunday School takes a second look at a classic album worth revisiting years after its release. EMMIE staff handpick releases that shaped a genre, defined a generation or deserve recognition despite being left in the distance. Keep up with Sunday School for your weekly dose of dusted-off classics and throwbacks that merit a second spin. Lord Willin’, Clipse … Continue reading Lord Willin’, Clipse

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 (Chance … Continue reading CARE FOR ME, Saba