REVIEW: Digital Wildlife – The Physics

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Digital Wildlife
Self-released; 2013

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 4 / 5

The Physics tackle one of the most relevant questions of modern-day music-making on their new album, Digital Wildlife: How does the digital realm affect our understanding of, and interaction with, the analog when it comes to recorded music? Click here to read my album review over at Potholes In My Blog.

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REVIEW: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem

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The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Interscope; 2013

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 3 / 5

On the sequel to his 2000 breakout album, Eminem (with help from Rick Rubin) reaches back in hip hop time to mine hits for a modern-day audience. The outcome: mixed results. Read what I wrote about The Marshall Mathers LP 2 over at Potholes In My Blog.

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REVIEW: Saaab Stories – Action Bronson & Harry Fraud

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Saaab Stories
 Vice / Atlantic; 2013

Score (Beats Per Minute scale): 70 / 100

Action Bronson’s new EP, Saaab Stories, is entertaining but the least enjoyable album the Flushing, Queens rapper has released to date. Most of that has to do with Harry Fraud’s production, however, which doesn’t give the MC’s largesse enough room to breathe. Click here to read my review over at Beats Per Minute.

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REVIEW: Yeezus – Kanye West

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Yeezus
Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam; 2013

Score: Recommended (with sweet and sour sauce)

Buried at the end of “Last Call”, the final track on The College Dropout, is a nine minute long interview-style recording of Kanye West recounting the crowning events that lead to his eventual signing to Roc-A-Fella Records. In retrospect this segment is probably the most captivating part of the rapper-producer’s debut album. Here was a measured, sane, Kanye speaking in endearingly giddy tones about meeting his idols — Jay, Dame, Cam, Kweli — for the first time ever. This moment symbolized the Spring of West’s pop career, a season in which his only crises were ones of the physical world: stacking enough paper to cop a Pelle Pelle and some J’s; moving sight unseen from Chicago to an apartment in Newark, New Jersey; finding enough time in his rapidly increasing work schedule to finish mundane tasks like assembling Ikea furniture. “Last Call” was Kanye at his most relatable. His most normal. His most likeable.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Authentic – LL Cool J

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Authentic
S-BRO Music Group / 429 Records; 2013

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 1.5 / 5.0

The winter has officially arrived for LL Cool J’s rap career; even longtime fans should don their parkas for this one. Click here to read my review.

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REVIEW: Twelve Reasons to Die – Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge

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Twelve Reasons to Die
Soul Temple Records / RED Disribution; 2013

Score (Beats Per Minute scale): 79 / 100

Gangster and horror movie pulp explodes all over your face on Twelve Reasons to Die, the new album from Ghostface Killah and producer Adrian Younge. Click here to read my review over at Beats Per Minute.

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