Migos have returned with Culture II, the Atlanta trio’s third studio album clocks in at a monstrous 1 hour 45 minutes. We all know what to expect from Quavo, Takeoff and Offset by now. So much so that we were able to review the project six months before it came out and got it mostly right.
But we aren’t here to talk about an album that’s longer than The Lion King; this is the breakdown of their music video for lead single “Stir Fry”.
First, let’s introduce the Migos a little bit. The group is comprised of dreadlocked and bespectacled Quavo, his cousin Offset and Quavo’s nephew Takeoff. The trap rappers have been culturally relevant since popularising the dab, they hit the mainstream in 2017 after the surprise success of “Bad and Boujee”. Continue reading →
In case you missed it, Cardi B has emerged as an established New York MC. We all know “Bodak Yellow” was monster hit; but any expectation of one hit wonder status were scuppered when her first five charting singles became five of the top 10 Hip-Hop/R&B on the American charts.
Cardi B has become the first woman to have 5 simultaneous singles on the Billboard R&B and hip-hop top 10 pic.twitter.com/ejUqpYvjh4
Eminem’s ninth studio album, Revival to complete a lukewarm trilogy with Relapse  and Recovery . Revival, along with much of Eminem’s recent output, has received a mixed reception. We must ask: do people still care about the Shady Records founder?
Grime has re-emerged from the commercial doldrums to storm the UK charts. With artists like Skepta and Giggs embraced by North American rappers, the genre is moving in a strong direction. British artists, unlike their American counterparts, prefer tracksuits and casualwear to designer. We’re going to look at the most iconic tracksuit moments in British rap, each moment tied to a critical event in the genre’s history. Let’s start with Skepta announcing his rejection of upmarket brands:
Dizzee Rascal’s 2003 debut album Boy In Da Corner codified Grime and marked it as a commercially viable sound. His project captured the zeitgeist for the black youth, and became a generation-defining work. Dizzee appeared on the cover dressed in a black all-in-one tracksuit, with a pair of Nike Air Max. 14 years later, British rappers dress much the same. Continue reading →
Rapping is hard. It’s about more than rhyming words together; there are important considerations such as flow and the way you say things. 21 Savage isn’t a great technical rapper, but makes good music thanks to his captivating personality and the grim, atmospheric beats he rhymes over.
Today we are going to talk about a rap song by 21 Savage that is very bad. It’s called “7 Minute Freestyle”, it goes on for a very long time and I’d like to tell you how terrible it is. Continue reading →