Glasses Malone’s debut album, Beach Cruiser, was originally scheduled to come out in 2006; however, numerous setbacks and label changes kept the album from seeing the day of light for a long time. Finding a home at Suburban Noize Records, Malone has finally released the album to masses, who were anxious to see how it would turn out. So was it worth the wait? Well, that’s going to depend on what you’re looking for.
"Going Bad" is one of the top charting singles from Meek Mill's album Championships. It’s a very boastful record that doesn’t have a much deeper meaning or context. It mainly is championing the success of Meek, who has gone through so much. This is the peak, the “Championship.” Seeing that he’s won against so many past struggles. And these struggles have motivated him to get to this point.
Incapsulating the essence of "Hip-Hop Culture," firstly, this shoot was completely impromptu or was it? When one thinks about hip-hop culture, one thinks about its sheer authenticity, meaning this is how you woke up—no pretentiousness or attitude intended. It is as real as a tree growing from its roots. I’m a female, so looking at it all from this perspective is strange. I guess since women/girls wake up having a whole routine put together: Makeup, men/boys—don’t always have to think about this. Yeah, I guess I’m lucky I don’t suffer from teenage breakouts. I feel for those that do though. OK, I digress, back to hip-hop culture!
When it comes to the Korean Hip-Hop scene, there are few artists hotter than Sik-K (both figuratively and literally). Signed to H1GHR MUSIC, the 24-year-old has actually been around since 2013, debuting with the Young Hot Yellow mixtape, an admittedly impressive effort given the lack of experience possessed by the artist at the time. Fast forward to 2019 and Kwon Minsik is ready to take the world by storm. With an upcoming world tour and numerous successful releases to his name, it’s easy to see why more eyes are starting to fixate on someone with all the potential to be a future megastar.
The new album from Odd Future alumnus Earl Sweatshirt is called, simply, Some Rap Songs. On the surface, the name fits an album that sounds almost like a mixtape; a chaotic, near-schizophrenic barrage of minimalistic rap sketches, cramming 15 tracks into a tight 24 minutes. A relentless barrage of conceptual thumbnails, each track focuses on a different singular point or thought, with no respite between them. Not much in the way of real hooks but plenty of refrain, just to drive his points home. Earl Sweatshirt’s lyrics often deserve to be repeated.