Chronicles, Featured, Releases

Chronicles: D.R.A.M.

Artists such as D.R.A.M., Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, iLoveMakonnen and Chance the Rapper hold a charismatic aura that’s present regardless of whether they use it for inspiration or introspection. That character is tied to an emotional vulnerability that they all willingly share with the world through their music – perhaps more visibly on their […]

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Chronicles: Goth Money – Goth Money Trillionaires

If there is to be any overt or ulterior goal of bubbling-up rap crew Goth Money’s music, it’s a convoluted one; interviews of the six members frame their project as a form of positivity achieved through organic, artistic union, while the group’s material is most often somewhat a literal incarnation of their name. Either way, […]

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Chronicles, Releases

Premiere: Brown Irvin – Bay Fog

Brown Irvin is a new project from LA’s AshTreJinkins, whose main focus over the past decade has been in the world of dusty, beat-driven hip-hop. This new persona sees him move in different directions, a side project for him to explore house and techno from his own particular point of view. Having released a three-track digital […]

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Chronicles, Downloads, Releases, Sunday's Best

Summer’s Best Pt. XXXIII

What a time to be a Truant. Autumn’s release schedule is like a cheesecake, real late at night: sensational. But we couldn’t proceed without giving the summer its due, so we’ve got a bumper edition of our Sunday’s Best column to top it all off. We’ve kept ourselves busy with various mixes and features popping […]

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Chronicles: Retch – Finesse The World

We usually shutter to ascertain authenticity in music, but Retch’s rap is such that his ability to seamlessly integrate his incriminating extra-curriculars into it makes it most tantalizing as a square outsider looking in. Among the preeminent rappers actively occupying the classically-oriented street narrative stratum, like the more popular Roc Marciano, Black Milk, and Meyhem Lauren, […]

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Recommended: Chester Watson – Guru Vol. 4

The precocious Chester Watson has seemingly remained out of the bounds of rap’s radar; a lack of attention that could be framed, in addition to his music’s pillaring features (a tongue-twisting low-key rhyme, impending, decrepit instrumentals), as an ode to the DOOM-ish alternative underground sphere from which he scarcely crawls out—as much as he, as […]

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Review: Young Thug – The Barter 6

I told Wayne I was ready for the paper like Usher He said cool, sit back, stay away from busters Now Thug got the big (?), I am a gusher I am not the best but I am better than others Young Thug there on “Achieve” (from I Came From Nothing) at one of his many […]

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Recommended: Father – Who’s Gonna Get F***** First?

It feels like surprise release drops have been the talk of major labels town ever since Beyoncé’s self-titled tornado tore through social media, towards that increasingly rare thing – actual album sales. Even though Beyoncé is hardly the first artist to have gone down that route (though she may have been the first to successfully […]

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Chronicles

Recommended: Que – The 6th Man

The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is given to the player who has been the most important over the course of the season, while not being part of the starting lineup.  They usually move to another team to be the main piece, “a smartass pawn/James Harden”, and can then potentially compete for MVP. […]

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Chronicles, Interviews, Various

Interview: Suicideyear

Since his debut release Japan back in 2012, James Prudhomme alias Suicideyear has come a long way. Japan was a self-released project that started as a vivid dream he had  in the period where he quit smoking weed in his bedroom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It soon circulated the internet and eventually caught the ear of Swedish […]

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Chronicles, Downloads

Chronicles: Ratking – 700-Fill

Livening the discourse surrounding the health of New York hip-hop in recent years (and concurrently providing somewhat of a chew toy for salty genre purists),  Ratking made their full-length debut a year ago on the XL offshoot Hot Charity. The tripartite of Wiki, Hak, and producer Sporting Life have sidestepped label mediation however, for a new surprise […]

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