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If You Value Woke Hip-Hop, You'll Love Logic.

Rising above the rank and file rappers of today, Logic is elevating rap music through candidly addressing racial identity politics and the convoluted role spirituality plays in disenfranchised communities. Through artful and experimental musicality that satisfies the intricate beat lovers and the admirers of talented lyricists who seriously spit, Logic spreads a clear message of equality.

Seeing The Light with Electric Guest's New Album Plural

I have a feeling as the days get warmer and that summer sun starts calling for weekend getaways and sunroofs or convertible tops to remain in consistent retraction, Plural will be blasting through the speakers. It’s one of those “start to finish” albums that only requires you to press play and let it take care of the rest.

KAYTRANADA: Electrifying Hip-Hop

Released by XL Recordings in May 2016, 99.9% is as dense and delicious as the best piece of 5-layered red velvet cake I’ve ever had. I relish the way it figuratively sticks to the roof of my mouth—the flavor of sugary beats lingering in my mind throughout the day. The album is not strictly hip-hop nor is it strictly electronic; it’s a fusion that I believe represents the future of urban contemporary music.

A TBOT 2016 Best of Retrospective

More likely than not, in a few hours I’ll be clinking a glass of bubbly before planting a kiss on my partner for good luck while a group of friends stumble through the lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” (why is it that no one can ever remember the words to that damn song? I sing it every year and still have no idea what comes after “Should all acquaintance be forgot.”)

Praying at The Altar of Banks

In the song “Fuck With Myself” instruments like the sitar (or at least what sounds like a sitar to my ear) add an unexpected playfulness to a rather musically stark song—underscored by a simple but satisfying beat that makes me want to choreograph a ridiculous Kabuki inspired hip-hop dance— in my car.   

The Internet

There’s also a smokiness in her vocals that underlines her highly relatable lyrics about sex, love and relationships. Juxtapose her soulful and angelic vocal quality with beats so intricate and three-dimensional they can only be emphasized with a capital P.H.A.T. and you have Ego Death.

Gabriel Garzon Montano

Although Montano’s album was released in February of 2014 (I’m LATE!) his music is like fresh air to me, reminding me of the first time I heard Who Is Jill Scott or Baduism. Yes, the music is that chill with a mixture of foot-tapping beats and sorrowful tunes that swing.

The British Invasion Continues with Disclosure

Many of us can thank Disclosure for introducing Sam Smith to American audiences with the hit single “Latch” off their 2013 debut album Seattle. Mr Smith returns on this new album along with a Who’s Who list of powerhouse artists like The Weekend, Lorde,Miguel and Gregory Porter.

Sylvan Esso

The two also incorporate musical-nods to Tommy James’s “Hanky Panky,” and childhood favorite “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes,” but mix and re-imagine them for the adult twerker in all of us.