Neomadic – Neomadic

August 22nd, 2017 by

The opening line of this tape, “We’ve been flowing over beats for some time now”, asserts the confidence that Neomadic have in their abilities. It’s something that becomes more and more apparent after submitting yourself to this incredibly immersive project by the young Dublin duo. This project, which takes obvious influence from the likes of […]

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

June 28th, 2017 by

Vince Staples has spent the better part of seven years carving out his own lane in hip hop, initially appearing as a featured artist on the now heralded early Odd Future mixtapes. However, he always distanced himself from the crew, a brave move considering how blatantly obvious their imminent explosion was. His debut album, Summertime […]

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN

April 17th, 2017 by

One thing immediately apparent from listening to DAMN is that Kendrick Lamar has a chip on his shoulder. His demeanour on the album’s minimalistic cover and the anger in his voice on many of these tracks suggests that he has become tired and weary of the world. He may appear dejected on the cover but […]

Stormzy – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 30th, 2017 by

After releasing his acclaimed debut Gang Signs and Prayer, which shot to number one in the charts almost instantly, Stormzy is finally ready to take his show back on the road. Having already been announced as a Longitude headliner, probably due to the speed at which this gig sold out, it only makes sense that […]

Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

March 6th, 2017 by

Stormzy is a name that many have had no option but to get familiar with over the past year or two. Preceding this debut album he has won awards, toured the world and won over pretty much everyone in his path. The level of anticipation for Gang Signs and Prayer was astronomically high, putting a […]

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

December 5th, 2016 by

A couple of months ago, a listening party/live show was held to debut Awaken, My Love! to fans at Joshua Tree National Park in California. No social media and the discouragement of phone use in general meant that every detail about the event was kept hush hush aside from a few pictures that were released […]

Danny Brown – The Academy, Dublin

November 19th, 2016 by

Danny Brown has performed in Ireland more times in the past three years than almost any other international rapper. His live show has come leaps and bounds since his last headline outing in the same venue almost three years ago, appearing more comfortable and confident than ever before. You’d think perhaps that might be because […]

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

November 19th, 2016 by

A couple of months ago, the likelihood of A Tribe Called Quest ever making new music together seemed  slim to none. Even before the untimely death of Phife Dawg in late March of this year, tensions seemed to still be bubbling under the surface between certain absent members during interviews and appearances to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album. It obviously came as a huge shock […]

Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

October 4th, 2016 by

Danny Brown brings something to hip hop music that no one else could and that’s true variety. He is already well known for his unique delivery and ability to rap on pretty much any beat. This new album, Atrocity Exhibition, is equally as challenging as what he has released before, but the main focus is […]

Flatbush Zombies – the Academy, Dublin

September 22nd, 2016 by

Flatbush Zombies never shy away from professing their love of wrestling. While there are no blatantly obvious references to the WWE in their live show, at least to the untrained eye, the huge amounts of showmanship on display clearly draw from that world to some degree. Their hour-long set is nothing short of a spectacle […]

De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody

September 10th, 2016 by

De La Soul occupy a strange place in hip hop. No one can take away the illustrious career and worldwide influence they have had. However, their transition to the digital era has been bumpy – to say the least. Being one of the groups that revolutionised sampling might sound great, but they have been punished in […]

Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over

August 24th, 2016 by

Supergroups can really go either way. They can be unnecessary groupings, made only out of greed and lack of interest in individual projects. However, every once in a while one comes along and blows that theory completely out of the water. Prophets of Rage consists of three members of Rage Against The Machine, B-Real from Cypress […]

Schoolboy Q – Blank Face

July 12th, 2016 by

On first listen, it’s clear that Blank Face might not be exactly what everyone wanted from TDE’s second in command. The opening guitar riff, (yes you read that right) immediately differentiates this project from his last release Oxymoron, a darker and foreboding album that brought Schoolboy Q’s career to new heights. While the subject matter and […]

Big Sean..”My shows are fuckin’ hype”

June 19th, 2016 by

Perhaps the only signee of G.O.O.D Music to get his deal by rapping for Kanye West on the side of the street, Detroit’s Big Sean is an artist who has been making huge waves stateside for a number of years now. He has worked with a who’s who of major players in the music industry […]